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Chanur (Chanur #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  5,371 Ratings  ·  194 Reviews
Au spatioport, on a vu l'inconnu errer, hagard, apeuré, apparaissant et disparaissant dans le dédale des conteneurs, des ponts et des passerelles.

Et c'est lui que la capitaine Chanur et son équipage découvrent à bord de leur vaisseau qui vient de prendre l'air. Quel est cet être à la peau pâle et nue, sans crocs ni griffes, et qui ne semble pas comprendre leurs questions ?
Mass Market Paperback, 318 pages
Published May 1983 by J'ai lu (first published January 1st 1981)
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Dianne This is soft sci-fi/fantasy. It deals with species interactions set in space. It is fast paced, complicated, engrossing fiction. I am re-reading it…moreThis is soft sci-fi/fantasy. It deals with species interactions set in space. It is fast paced, complicated, engrossing fiction. I am re-reading it after several years abstinence.(less)
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Dec 19, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, space-opera
Definitely a high 3.5 stars, but not quite a 4 for me, Cherryh’s _The Pride of Chanur_ combines space opera with some gritty “hard-ish” sf elements in the beginning of a saga that deals with the political and economic ramifications of first contact. In this first volume of the Chanur saga we follow the exploits of a crew of Hani (lion-like aliens) on the eponymous merchant space freighter The Pride of Chanur. Expecting nothing more than a routine run across their trade routes, Pyanfar Chanur, ca ...more
Apr 13, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
C.J. Cherryh is one of the most respected SF authors in the genre, she has written hundreds of books over several decades and won several awards. Yet – until now – I have never read any of her books, I attempted her highly esteemed Cyteen but had to give it up after struggling mightily with it for 50 or so pages. So, The Pride of Chanur is my second attempt at a Cherryh book. I did finish it but it was still a mighty struggle. I thought I had a false start with Cyteen but this Chanur book may ...more
Feb 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
CJ Cherryh doesn't take a lot of time to fill you in on the background in her worlds. . . she just dumps you into the deep end and from there it's catch as catch can. It can be tough to understand what's going on at times, but basically it's a fast-moving action-adventure story which has a breathless momentum that drags you along in its wake. I've read the whole series about half a dozen times, and they make more and more sense (in terms of the political maneuvering). There's definitely an inter ...more
Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I liked this series! An all-female crew of cat people finds a poor lost human male. Nobody in this part of space has ever encountered a human being before, so the crew take pity on the poor creature. I mean, you can't let a male out of the ship! He is too excitable to fend for himself!

I found myself chuckling at the sexism exhibited by the female protagonists. We men have populated plenty of books with a token, beautiful female. This is PAYBACK! This book is not for those without a sense of hum
La Orgullo de Chanur es una nave mercante perteneciente a las hani, una raza extraterrestre semejante físicamente a felinos, cuya capitana, Pyanfar Chanur, y su tripulación pertenecen al género femenino. En la actualidad existe un Pacto para comerciar entre las diferentes especies, tanto las que respiran oxígeno como las que respiran metano, siendo posible el viaje interestelar a largas distancias entre planetas y estaciones gracias a la tecnología existente. La historia comienza con la nave de ...more
Oct 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
An old favorite. Cherryh has an amazing ability to craft cultures that are both believable and completely alien. It's fun to get inside the head of the cat-like hani, because they don't think like a human, but nevertheless finds themselves having to deal with one. That outsider's view of our species is a refreshing twist. The other races are unique and fascinating in their own rights, even though I have a perverse soft spot for the cold-blooded kif. More than enough alien psychology, Machiavelli ...more
Snarktastic Sonja
This book has been on my radar for a long time . . . probably since it was actually written. I've picked it up a few times and been unable to get into it. Along came a sci-fi pick it for me challenge - and it was picked. I was intrigued enough to pick it up again.

The beginning was a little rough. The language is quite stilted and the story is sometimes hard to follow. I believe this is intentional - we are, after all, in the head of an alien. To further this . . . uncomfortableness . . . we hav
May 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mada sam ovo pročitao 1988 u izdanju Mladosti na upis me potaklo svježe izdanje Algoritma, posebice jer vidim da su namjerili izdati i ostale iz serije.

Kako se radi o vrhunskoj space-operi preporuka svim SF-ljupcima.

Jedna od rjeđih knjiga gdje se Zemljani nađu kao slučajni "alieni" u tuđem, izuzetno fascinantnom svijetu.

Za ostatak prikaza posuđujem riječi kolege:

Fascinantno je ono što je u stanju smisliti ženski mozak.

Ako ste čitali Bujoldicinog Milesa vidjeli ste hrpu raznih c
Number 144 on my SFF reading project list. This was a rollicking good space opera--lots of alien life forms, plots of intrigue, plenty of things going boom! I don’t know about you, but I can’t exist on a reading diet of only serious, thoughtful books and this provided a fun, relaxing romp through the universe when I needed one.

Cherryh writes aliens well. I loved the lion people of Anuurn—The Pride of Chanur may have been the name of their vessel, but they are also socially arranged into prides,
Jamie Collins
2.5 stars. I liked a lot of things about this, but I found the prose muddled and unsatisfying, as I sometimes do with Cherryh. It’s frustrating, because her settings are fantastic.

This is early 1980’s space opera. A crew of feline-ish beings rescues a human refugee, who’s just escaped from being kidnapped and tortured by a villainous race of beings who are eager to be the first to take advantage of humankind, a previously unknown species.

This has multiple spacefaring civilizations interacting wi
Ivan Lutz
Zgodna space opera s dosta feminizma. Odmor za mozak. Problem je pun kufer imena i likova koji samo prolaze kroz roman pa se čovjek pogubi. Ima i minusa u vidu ne baš razrađene fabule, a i nema baš ni neke poruke pa koketira s zanimljivim space pulpom - dakle avantura i pucačina. Dosta nejasnih stvari oko važnosti ljudi tj. čovjeka oko kojeg se radnja vrti... mislim da bi radnja funkcionirala bez problema i bez njaga(da su ukrali bilo što, a ne Stranca). VEselim se prijevodu knjiga iz ostalog se ...more
Mar 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, sci-fi, favorites
The best ever human as alien book. Ms. Cherryh is the master of making me believe a human is the alien. Love the series but this one is comfort food for me and I reread it all the time. I also recommend it to readers at the bookstore where I work as the best introduction to Ms. Cherryh's work.
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3/5; 3 stars; B

Audible had a pretty good sale on this month so I picked up several books I've been meaning to read for awhile and this was one of them. I actually have quite a few books by this author inherited from my sister's library but I thought I'd start with this one on audio. Dina Pearlman was the narrator and she did a good job. She has a very businesslike style of speaking which was well suited to a science fiction book of this nature.
The story itself was entertaining and I can see mys
An alien stowaway thrusts one ship and crew into an interspecies conflict. The concept here--of human as alien, and as a secondary character--is fantastic, but not always fully realized: hani, the protagonist alien society, is insufficiently weird, insufficiently non-human; but other alien species are weirder, which is more intriguing and also convincing, and the approach to interspecies interactions, via cultural frameworks and linguistics, is a compelling addition to the space opera subgenre. ...more
May 30, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Take a look at the book cover. This was such a great idea. A lone human escapes a alien ship where he was being held captive along with 3 other humans (now dead). He steals aboard another ship that belongs to the Chanur (tiger people is how I thought of them).

The Chanur at first are like WTF is IT, because none of the other species has EVER seen a human. They try to kill him until they discover that he isn't some wild beast. He can communicate and is a sentient being with thoughts and feelings.
Apr 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As written in other reviews, Cherryh tends to dump the reader into a situation at which point it's sink or swim. The downside to this is that it may not be to the taste of everyone but, if one sticks with the story, the reader is rewarded with a tale rich in imagery, vision, and plot. Her works all share this similar vein and The Pride of Chanur is no exception.

We are taken on a journey of first-contact, though not from the human perspective. Instead of glossing over the language and familiarity
Apr 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, space-opera, 1980s
The Pride of Chanur starts off strong with a lot of action. Tully, a human, is taken prisoner by the kif, a dangerous alien race. He escapes on a station, and Pyanfur of the hani (cat/lion-like alien race), takes him in on her ship, The Pride of Chanur, to defend him.

This action starts a lot of trouble for Pyanfur and her crew, and they immediately leave the station and escape into space. They're hunted by the kif, while piquing the interests of the other alien races in the area, as humans have
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Humans do not predominate in this book but rather are the "Outsiders." Pyanfar is the captain of the Pride of Chanur, a space ship that travels to do trade with other members of the Compact, a confederation of six worlds scattered across space. While at a space station to do some trading, an Outsider manages to sneak on board the Pride. He is battered and bruised and stinks. He has escaped from the Kif, a not so nice sentient species. For some reason, Pyanfar does not give him back and the fun b ...more
Éric Kasprak
This is a strange one for me. The book is really a 5 star book, but I ended up giving it only 3 stars. Let me explain; this is a solid and tense, fast pace adventure with all kinds of interesting characters in a very good setting/universe. When I was not reading the book, I could not stop thinking about it, I felt like I was part of the story, part of the Pride's (the spaceship) crew. Even now I think about the book fondly. So why the 3 stars? Ms. Cherryh writing style is extremely difficult to ...more
Kari Chapman
The Pride of Chanur has a lot of potential. It's a first contact story told from the aliens point of view. The other species were very interesting - lots of variety and an attempt to move away from human-like aliens. The technology is interesting as well. I like the translator-making kit. It's a computer that comes with a bunch of keyboards that have pictures on all the keys. The new species and press each button and say what the image is. The computer then takes the dictionary and starts making ...more
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 'Pride of Chanur' is the story of Pyanfar, captain of The Pride, a merchant ship of the hani house of Chanur. She and her crew, one of whom is her niece, are roped into a bizarre first contact situation when an unknown alien escapes from the clutches of a predatory kif hunter and takes refuge aboard her ship. The alien, a human named Tully, is the first of his kind to visit The Compact, an economic alliance of six races, and the last survivor of his ship. When Pyanfar decides to offer the hu ...more
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book and think that it is a great science fiction piece. The story follows the captain of a merchant space ship as she finds an interesting thing on her ship that has never been seen before, a human. Now she finds herself being chased and in loads of trouble thanks to her new found friend. This book is a interesting combination of action, political maneuvering, and good old fashioned friendship. What I mostly take away from this story is writing from a position not just different fr ...more
Oct 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was already a Cherryh fan when I read this series, and it never gets old for me. She has an amazing talent for creating believable alien races/cultures and immersing you in them. She shows you how their culture works through the story, letting the characters explain the universe they live in through their thoughts and actions - as opposed to simply giving you what amounts to an anthropology paper with some action thrown in. I don't think of these as "light" books, you have to pay attention, bu ...more
Feb 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Epic Sci-Fi and political fiction lovers
Recommended to Bill by: CJ Cherryh
Shelves: science-fiction
I last read this when it was released by SFBC about 1985. It is classic Cherryh, a master at alien-human and alien-alien interactions. The detail in this series foretells that of the larger Foreigner series, her massive and still progressing effort. All of these novels are timeless and are a relief from the masses of dystopic Sci-Fi infesting the bookshelves today. These remain modern Space Opera at its best.

A solid 8 of 10 stars
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
3.5 stars. This classic has been on my to-read list forever, so I'm glad I finally made time for it. The story is told from the alien point of view, a story type I have always enjoyed in sci-fi. I enjoyed it thoroughly despite getting the alien species mixed up a time or two. The confusion was probably a result of my multitasking rather than the writing.

The narrator had a lovely voice and did an excellent job. The Pride of Chanur is part of a series, but can be read as a stand-alone novel.
This book was awesome!! A crazy science-fiction book where the main character isn't even human! For reals! And while I admit, that at times I did visualize a human being instead of Pyanfar's Hani species, I thought that the civilization was so cool. And asked so many philosophical questions! Plus, they are freaking lions. How awesome is that?! And, the science-fiction space travel still holds up to this day. So, a great older science fiction story right up my alley. Onto book 2!
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Would have given it five stars, but - while I am a fan of Cherryh not holding your hand to explain all the alien jargon flying thick and fast in this novel - and while I, for the most part, understood it all, there were bits, especially near the end, where I was almost totally lost and felt very much like the lone human Tully.

I am excited to search out the others in the series though, and see what happens to Pyanfar and her crew.
Buzz H.
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f-sf, space-opera
This novel is the outstanding start to a multi-book space opera series. It can be read as a single book, but those that follow are some of the best space opera ever written. Highly recommended.

More detail please, you ask? All right. Imagine that you are E.T., far from home, with no phone. And reputable cloth merchants are a must if one is color blind.
May 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
CJ Cherryh is a master of bringing to life the most realistic and interesting alien species. The Hani, Kif, Stsho, Mahendo'sat, K'nnn, and other races of this series are some of the finest ever put to ink. I was blown away by this book and I recommend it to all lovers of great Science Fiction.
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Currently resident in Spokane, Washington, C.J. Cherryh has won four Hugos and is one of the best-selling and most critically acclaimed authors in the science fiction and fantasy field. She is the author of more than forty novels. Her hobbies include travel, photography, reef culture, Mariners baseball, and, a late passion, figure skating: she intends to compete in the adult USFSA track. She began ...more
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Chanur (5 books)
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