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Mirage

(Web Shifter's Library #2)

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The second book in the Web Shifter's Library series returns to the adventures of Esen, a shapeshifting alien who must navigate the perils of a hostile universe.

Relationships get complicated when you don’t know who—or what—you really are. Esen must find a way to rescue a hapless group of chimeras, beings who are a new and unique blend of species she knows, when she can’t be
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Kindle Edition, 431 pages
Published August 11th 2020 by DAW
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Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I’m a mega Czerneda fan, and Beholder’s Eye (the first Esen novel) has long been a go-to scifi recommend. It was my first Czerneda… heck, it was one of my first sci-fi’s, and I’m sure that plays a role in how thoroughly I’m enjoying this revisit, even 15 years later. Since that first read, I’ve read all of the sci-fi trilogy sets she has on the market, and one thing has become abundantly clear: Czerneda is having more fun than ever.

Her writing always had a good bit of situational humor (my favor
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Minx
Mirage was a fun and exciting addition to the Web Shifter’s Library series! This story deals with the indirect consequence of a choice made by Esen that was creatively interpreted. Anything that involves Esen always seems to skew to a much larger scale than she ever intended but her intentions are always so sincere and good that it is hard to get mad at her or dislike her for her choices. I just love her character because she is so entertaining.

Something exciting about Mirage was that there was
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Margaret
What a thoroughly entertaining read!

This series has what I enjoy most in science fiction: plenty of believable aliens with their own cultures, biology, motivations, etc. etc.!

Can't wait for the next installment in this series!

Highly recommended for series readers, hard sf fans, and fans of this Web Shifters series!
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Ernest
Aug 01, 2020 added it
Mirage (Web Shifter’s Library) by Julie E. Czerneda | Aug 11, | DAW

Julie E. Czerneda’s second novel about the All Species’ Library of Linguistics and Culture brings back a cast of characters that readers of her work will enjoy spending time with. These include Esen, the shapeshifting web being, and Evan Gooseberry, the alien ambassador with anxiety issues around aliens, who has chosen to spend his vacation at the library rather than facing family wondering when he’s going to provide more Goosebe
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Ed
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic addition to the web shifter's universe. ...more
Jerold Farver
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had forgotten how good a writer this woman is, as soon I write this review I have to buy every title I don't own!
...BUY, buy
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Robert
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Although this has more of a story line than previous volume, I am somewhat going off this series. I quite liked Esen in the previous volume, at least her adventures growing up on Picco's Moon, but now I'm beginning to find her a bit irritating, and Mr. Gooseberry is just too silly for words.
I also have problems in this volume with the language, and often have to reread a passage two or three times to understand it or to work out who is actually speaking.
Julie Czerneda is still up there among my
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Darceylaine
Sep 01, 2020 rated it liked it
A delightful and uplifting read during these difficult pandemic times. SO great to have characters with personal integrity and conscience. Also great to have so many fantastical examples into how cultural misunderstandings and communication happen.
I gave the book only 3 stars because I've seen all these themes and tropes from Czerneda before. Also because sometimes her sentences are a bit convoluted and her references to previous books oblique and unnecessary.
I will absolutely keep reading the
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Terry
Jan 07, 2021 rated it liked it
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It is probably my own fault for allowing too much time to elapse between volumes of Czerneda’s Web series, but at times there were just too many plots and back references to keep me engaged. I enjoy the humor and the imaginative array of species, which serve to illuminate the foibles that trouble all relationships. Of course, just when I was on the verge of letting go of this series, Czerneda hooked me at the end; I guess I will be reading the final volume, sooner rather than later.
Bonnie McDaniel
This is the latest in a series started more than twenty years ago (in mass market paperback, no less! I miss MMPs) about a fascinating alien race. Esen-alit-Quar is a Web-being, a (to use a memorable phrase from this book) "bright blue blobbie that eats tree trunks." Web-beings evolved in vacuum and can survive and travel in it, can take the form of any species whose DNA they assimilate, communicate with each other by exchanging hunks of Web-flesh containing specially sorted memories, and are da ...more
Dani
Aug 14, 2020 rated it liked it
The books seems to have a plot - the Library is at the center of an interstellar intrigue - but the book is primarily a cross-species comedy of manners. Scholars from numerous species meet peacefully at the Library, but you never know when one will mistake another for lunch. At the center is Esen, who is a centuries-old expert on other species, but who is also an impulsive child who is constantly getting into trouble.

The book is good, but not outstanding. I had a hard time pushing through the mi
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Brian Gaston
Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
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I thought this was a very strong addition to "The Web Shifter's Library" series. The familiar characters are well done and the plot strong. If I were to nit pick, the flashbacks to develop characters sometimes took away from the flow of the narrative. ...more
Caroline Ingvaldsen
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
The second Web Shifter's Library adventure is another entertaining romp starring the charming adolescent Blob and her likeable coterie of pals confronted by militaristic machinations. ...more
June
Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. I thought it was a strong second book in a series but that could be a result of knowing the characters and realizing where they "belonged" within the storyline. ...more
Joshua
The plot thickens. It was super good, I loved it. Now to wait for the next one to come out in a few months.
I'm still absorbing and assimilating everything. Lots of speculation. I'll come back and do a real review later.
Ok, I'm back. I like Lesty a lot. Evan continues to gain interest as a character. Skalet, we wait for more to come. Poor Lionel.
My speculation, this new species leaving dead ships is like the Ro in "Species Imperative" using biology and genetics as tools/technology. I'm sooooo e
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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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