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This Gulf of Time and Stars

(Reunification #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  284 ratings  ·  41 reviews
...I’d lived on a starship long enough to value the small sounds the Fox made: the whoosh of air through vents, the bone-deep growl of lift engines, and the reassuring almost-whine that meant not only gravity, but that we were moving through subspace under power. Sound meant we were safe and all was well.

Silence meant the opposite...

First in a new science fiction trilogy,
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published November 3rd 2015 by DAW
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Bob Milne
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: canadian, space-opera
he Clan Chronicles is a series of books (This Gulf of Time and Stars is the first book of the third trilogy) set in a distant future of interstellar travel, alien races, and telepathic abilities. The Trade Pact, the first trilogy, introduced us to the alien Clan, a humanoid race that has doomed itself to extinction through selective breeding. The fact that Clan females kill their prospective mates, though, isn’t the scariest thing about them – it’s the way they exist in secret, disguised as Huma ...more
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Betareader's review of first draft - no spoilers.

At the end of Rift in the SkyJulie promised readers that this would top everything that's come so far and I'm so pleased to confirm that it has. This novel is like two books in one with twice the build up, twice the action and twice the revelations! And oh the revelations! You won't believe what everything so far is building up to! The end of this book left me so excited, so intrigued, so concerned! I don't know how she does it but Julie Czerneda
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
Review forthcoming- I had the opportunity to read this early. I don't think I know another author who writes as lyrically as Julie does. This book is worth it just for the amazing prose alone...and the story is pretty fantastic too!
Jul 29, 2015 rated it liked it
This Gulf of Time and Stars was my first Clan Chronicles book. It took a little bit of time for me to get into, mostly because a lot of the humorous scenes toward the beginning didn't mesh with my own sense of humor but also because I didn't understand a few things early on due to not having read previous books. However, it made more sense later and I did enjoy it--and now I do want to both read the earlier books and find out what happens next!

7/10 - Liked it

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Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
It is definitely an interesting book set in an intriguing world. The premise of controlled breeding to reinforce desired characteristics among sentient humanoids has social and cultural ramifications, and I wanted to see how this concept played out. Unfortunately, I didn't see sufficient reason for those in charge (the ubiquitous "Council") to breed for the Powers that they were reinforcing to justify the obvious (even to bureaucrats) lethal outcomes.

The characters are engaging, but there seem
The Heroine Bookstore
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing

There is blood on page one. We see the danger coming before we switch over to the main crew of characters from the Ties of Power trilogy, and see how happy and content they are. Yeah, that won't last. The first half of the book pushes The Clan into a corner that they can't use their power or alliances to get out of. They can only run. With Sira at the helm, the second half has The Clan journey to find a safe haven. But while that journey is fraught with perils of its own, The Clan also discover

Costi Gurgu
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Although I attended all of Julie’s book launches, I waited for her to finish this entire series to start reading it. This one is Reunification #1 and it was launched in 2015. I got it with a nice autograph at the Bakka Phoenix Bookstore launch.

Now, I know I said this is the first in a series, but actually it’s the first book in the third trilogy inside a three trilogies series, called “The Clan Chronicles”. Julie is an expert in creating vast, sophisticated worlds with huge casts of characters,
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
This Gulf of Time and Stars marks a return to Julie Czerneda’s Clan Chronicles. In two previous series, she told the story of the Clan, a group of aliens similar in appearance to humans but who have tremendous psi powers. The Stratification trilogy covers the origins of the Clan, while the Trade Pact trilogy describes the interactions between the Clan and other species, including humans. That series centers around two main characters, Sira, the most powerful Clan member ever born, and Jason, a h ...more
Lis Carey
This is the first book of a trilogy, but that trilogy is the third trilogy in a larger series. Despite that, while it's a bit confusing at first, enough backstory is salted in along the way that even coming to it cold I was able to catch up and enjoy the story.

We begin with a very dark scene, with individuals of some power and status within the various races of the Trade Pact meeting in secret. They're there to plot the destruction of the Clan, a race newly invited to join the Trade Pact. The Cl
Brian Palmer
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction, 2016
Julie E. Czerneda's writing is always top-notch, so I had a lot of fun reading this. I hadn't read this particular setting before -- from other reviews, I glean this book starts the third trilogy in the setting -- but it's perfectly fine by itself. It involves a species of human-lookalike aliens ("the Clan") who have been involved in a breeding program for increasingly powerful psychic powers for generations while hidden within the Human population; unfortunately the breeding program has driven ...more
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
I’d like to start out by saying that Julie E Czerneda is my favorite science fiction writer and This Gulf of Time and Stars is just one of the more shining examples of why I enjoy her books so much. There’s a few reasons why I highly anticipated this book in particular, but one stands above the rest:

At the very back of A Rift in the Sky (the final book in her Stratification Trilogy), almost as an afterthought, Czerneda conveyed the following in her Author’s Note:

I hope you enjoy the first six bo
Morgan McGuire
Jun 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
I loved the first 15 or so of Czerneda's novels...and then they changed. The descriptions in the newer books are sparse, there are a lot of characters and subplots, and I simply have no idea what is going on anymore. This is the third book in a row I've abandoned around 15% because I just couldn't follow it.
I started to just JUMP into this one, but realized I had to go back and read 1-3.... then about 2/3 of the way through I realized I'd have to re-read the prequel trilogy, too...
Patrick St-Denis
Mea culpa: I've never read anything by Julie E. Czerneda before picking up This Gulf of Time and Stars. Considering the amount of Daw titles I've bought over the years, I have no excuse. None whatsoever. Especially since the author is Canadian. Better late than never, or so they say.

I was intrigued by the premise of this first installment in the Reunification trilogy when I read the blurb. All the more so when I was informed that one did not need to have read the previous two series in the Clan
Bonnie McDaniel
This is the seventh book in the Clan Chronicles series, a series that started twenty years ago with the author's first published novel, A Thousand Words for Stranger. Czerneda is a biologist, and it shows; her aliens are complex and fascinating. The aliens in this series are the Clan, a species that looks Human, and can hide among the various aliens and Humans that make up the Trade Pact. The Clan have psi powers and can teleport through an extradimensional space they call the M'hir, even betwee ...more
Jennifer Taw
Sep 25, 2018 rated it liked it
This book, the first in a new series that picks up where another left off, is rife with fun, vivid images of different alien races, is helmed by a female protagonist with enormous power, and touches on a broad range of issues (authority, parenting, adult relationships, genocide, science, technology, politics, survival - both immediate and generational, greed, manipulation, sex, trust, negotiations, geography, the fog impeding perfect knowledge, etc.). I found my response to it very much driven b ...more
Joe Slavinsky
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Returning to the "Trade Pact Universe", some of her earliest work, Czerneda continues the story of the M'Hiray, formerly called the Clan. They are humanoid creatures, with the ability to travel, instantaneously, to anywhere they've been before, or have a "locate" for. They can also read minds, and communicate telepathically, with each other. Their numbers relatively few, they have been persecuted throughout their history, in some cases with cause, as they would use their powers to get what they ...more
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
All my own fault, but this is the first Julie Czerneda novel I haven't thoroughly enjoyed. I really should have reread one or more of the previous books - it was quite a while ago, and I didn't realise how much I had forgotten.
I have to say too that while Julie's prose is normally a delight to read, I found this book more awkward. Quite apart from two glaring misuses of "whomever" (I hope those were misprints), at times I found it difficult to know who was speaking.
That said, she is still one of
Jennifer Custer
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
I love all the clan books. This one puts you on the path to origins. The M'hiray go back to Cersi with Jason and Sira leading them
Aling the way Aryl comes back onto the story. Makes me choke with emotion reading about Aryl again. Czerneda is bringing not just a world or people to life but a while universe. The thoughts and emotions seemed to jump out from the pages. This series has so much imagination it's a wonder if it's actually science fiction or a real future setting.
Jul 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This one did not relieve the book hangover created by If Today Be Sweet. It took 70-80 pages just to get reoriented in the universe that Czerneda created - the problem with continuing a series after an 8-year layoff and not being willing to reread previous books. However, as I read, some scenes and images started to emerge from my memory and I will find time for the next two books.
Layla Ishler
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very good read.

I had read some of this series years ago, but with my memory being what it is, I had forgotten. This was another writer who left me pleasantly surprised. I like the story, the depth of the characters, and the alien tech. I will definitely be waiting for the next book.
Jun 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, space-opera
I read this without realizing it was actually part seven of a nine-part series. That was probably a mistake; as a result, it took a long time for me to grok who the characters were and what was going on. That aside, Czerneda's prose is impeccable as always, and the concepts and conflicts facing the Clan are interesting enough.
Sheila Craig
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I didn't realize this was actually book 4 of a longer series rather than book 1 of a trilogy. As such, I was pretty confused for the 1st third of the novel but once I got settled in the universe and had gleaned enough of the backstory, I enjoyed it very much. I think I'll go back to A Thousand Words for Stranger next!
Dale Shumate
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it
I didn't really enjoy this book that much. It got a good rating here though . If you want a book that doesn't explain concepts and has probably 40 or more characters to keep up with, then this book is for you!
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good read from Czerneda

Started a little slow, a bit hard to follow. But once I ignored the technical alien jargon, her characters emerged in full strength. Loved the story.
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Don’t start with this book. This final trilogy ties together everything that comes before. Very creative.
Nick Serjeantson
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Enjoyed the first part of the book but found the second part too slow for me and i missed the characters from the first trilogy which is one of my very favourites.
Guy Stewart
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've loved Julie Czerneda's books since I read my first one, A THOUSAND WORDS FOR STRANGER about ten years ago. Since then, I've devoured the books.

While my favorite are the SPECIES IMPERATIVE books, SURVIVAL, MIGRATION, and REGENERATION and I have a sort of "aversion" to "psi" books, starting THE CLAN CHRONICLES in the middle of the action was perfect for me. I got to know the most important characters -- Sira and Jason right off the bat. I read the prequels and now, finally, it's going to all
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
A Thousand Words For Stranger is one of my favorite science fiction novels and I've read every other book by Julie Czerneda hoping for that same wonder and adventure and joy in discovering new worlds and characters.

Sira's perspective in that first book drew me in and helped me connect with the scale of the worlds she encountered and the various characters and challenges that came her way. It felt it odd that the next two books were some of my least favorites of Ms. Czerneda's novels. I was look
Oct 26, 2015 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I've not read much by Julie Czerneda, and the blurb for this book sounded interesting, so I gave it a try. Unfortunately, a couple of things did not work in its favor. One was just the formatting. The edition I had had sentences chopped in the middle of the page and random margins, which didn't improve the reading experience. Next, the prologue was entirely confusing. I think it may have made sense to readers who have
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For over twenty years, Canadian author/ former biologist Julie E. Czerneda has shared her curiosity about living things through her science fiction, published by DAW Books, NY. Julie’s written fantasy too, the first installments of her Night’s Edge series (DAW) A Turn of Light and A Play of Shadow, winning consecutive Aurora Awards (Canada’s Hugo) for Best English Novel. Having completed her Clan ...more

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