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All I'll say here is, I don't exactly feel flattered by Cherryh's view of "men" in general. The old "paladin" spends half the book considering forcing the heroine to have sex with him...for her own good of course.. Sheesh. Talk about a really tired stereotype. I suppose the constant idiocy of the male character in this novel is to show the female character's struggle to be taken as an equal, but it just doesn't work. Well, it doesn't work unless y ...more
In a nutshell we have the main character, and exiled sword master from a china-like fantasy kingdom. A peasant girl whose family have been casualties of the political strife in his former kingdom comes to him and demands that he train her so that she can revenge herself on the Lord responsible. I don't think that it's re ...more
In some ways it's not a typical Cherryh book, as some of the usual characteristics of her style are absent or muted: most noticeably there's far less emphasis than usual on the internal thought processes of the protagonists. Most of her books could never be described as action-oriented - even the more recent volumes in the Foreigner series, which have tended towards more excitement, are still built aroun ...more
The male protagonist is a brilliant, bitter man who has surrendered long ago—gone into exile to get out of a corrupt political struggle which he cannot win ...more
In addition to the world-building (a semi-China or Japan) and the general feel of the book, what I liked the most was the way Cherryh chose to use the problematic guy as the protagonist. It would have been oh so easy to write this story from the point of view of the young girl, but instead, we follow the less sympathetic man, who s ...more
Totally great. I love an apprentice story, which is basically a makeover story (and I have probably said before that I LOVE makeover stories), and the characters were interesting and behaved like normal, stupid people.
AND THEN, just when things are getting good ...more
The usual line would be tough guy gets tough girl with a lot of adventure along the way; and that is the basic story line, I suppose. But I couldn't put this one down. The tension and process of coming to an accommodation with another human in order to share a life is described with a perfect trueness. There is attention to life detail that makes these characters real, and the story more ...more
This book straddles genres. Fantasy, with Asian-flavoured world building. Adventure, yes. Redemption. Revenge. Love story. Yes!
How the same person authored both is just beyond me. The first two thirds of 'Paladin' are at best eye-rolling, cringe worthy, repetitive, and downright insulting. The only reason I slogged through to the very end was the hope that just maybe Cherryh would reveal that this whole novel was written ...more
První třetina knihy je okoukávání situace, která je podána celkem slušně a srozumitelně.
Druhá třetina knihy je o slovech "blázen" a "nebudu s vámi spát". Asi nejzajímavější část knihy.
Poslední třetina knihy je učiněný chaos.
Co je však důležitější, není to nejhorší, ale není to ani pro příliš mladé čtenáře. (Soudím podle sebe. Protože až po určité době a řadě pokusů se mi tuto knihu podařilo konečně ...more
As with the other Cherryh books I've read, the text is sometimes obscure, and the meaning hard to discern, requiring several p ...more
First book I've read by Cherryh and I'm intrigued. It's a standalone, martial-arts-fantasy set in a land very similar to medievil China. An inland Empire called Chiyaden, a nation of warring provinces, courtly intrigue and a weak Emperor where lords take advantage of the peasant population and women are second class citizens. Taizu, a young 16-year old girl who had her entire village slaughtered by the warlord Gitu, is dead set on revenge. Shoka, a legendary swordsman betrayed by his Em...more
Taizu's training is detailed, and Cherryh clearly did her research. The story is set in an Oriental land, but references to squash and opossum make it clear that it's not set on our world (or, if it is, that it's set after trade began between the Americas and the Orient). There is no magic, a ...more
My previous exposure to Cherryh has been some of the Foreigner and Alliance/Union books, which I enjoyed; I've never read her fantasy. I had a feeling this wasn't going to be dark SF, but I didn't know what to expect. It turns out to be a no-magic fantasy set in a vaguely Chinese secondary world in which a girl, Taizu, is seeking revenge on a local warlord and is hoping to be trained by Shoka, who was the greatest court swordsman of his day ...more
After reading the wor ...more