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C. J. Cherryh planned to write since the age of ten. When she was older, she learned to use a type writer while triple-majoring in Classics, Latin and Greek. At 33, she signed over her first three books to DAW and has worked with DAW ever since. She can be found at cherryh.com.

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One of my all-time favorites! The Company War is all but over, and things in Union and Alliance space are changing to accommodate the new realities. In the midst of all this a young ship's captain, the only survivor of a horrible pirate boarding, runs into a Union merchanter princess that makes him throw all caution to the wind and bet his health and all he has to win her over. A unique sf romance with lots of action and very satisfying ending. ( )
  Kardaen | Apr 24, 2020 |
Cherryh is a master storyteller, and this book showcases her amazing talents at characterization and plotting. It is not one of her stronger books, I'll admit that, and I personally think it should have been titled "Ghost Ship" to represent the nature of the lead character's (Sandor's) character development in regards to his past. In fact, the story really is more about the relationship between Sandor and his spaceship (named Lucy) than even about Sandor's infatuation with the wealthy and beautiful space merchanter Allison. The romance between Sandor and Allison is a plot point, and mostly reflects youthful folly and blind luck, while the story of Sandor and Lucy is profound, deeply moving, and far more important that any other relationship in the book.

What Cherryh excels at is the measured pace of experience as it happens; while she can write a cracking-good, heart-stopping adventure scene, her writing is first and foremost about what people are thinking and feeling as events happen around them. Pages and pages are spent getting a ship out of dock, or a character across the width of a space station, but the wealth of information we get as events unfold is mind-boggling. Nothing is scrap is Cherryh's prose, because every word means something or hints at circumstances. ( )
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Don't hate me, but I have often found C.J. Cherryh's work difficult to engage with. (I have similar problems with John Crowley and M. John Harrison.) I bought this at Eastercon to give her another try, having rather bounced off both Downbelow Station, to which this is a sequel, and Cyteen a few years back. I'm afraid this didn't work for me either; I appreciate the tightness of the prose, but I lost track of the plot early on and could not work out why I should care much about the characters. Lesson learned, I guess. ( )
  nwhyte | Dec 11, 2016 |
Merchanter's Luck is a short, but enjoyable, read. I have to admit, though, I don't really get the premise. Allison meets some down-on-his-luck smuggler in a bar, and she turns around and decides to invest millions of her family's money, and put her life and those of four of her family members in his hands, without so much as asking him about his past? Despite this, I enjoyed reading about the various character interactions, and the story's political setting (introduced in Downbelow Station) is very engaging, even if the characters here aren't the movers and shakers. ( )
  Phrim | Jan 9, 2014 |
Man meets woman. Woman is way above man's station. Man falls head over heels & risks the only thing he actually has to see woman again. Trouble for man ensues. Timeless kind of story & made even more fun that this takes us back to Pell. This is a terrifically short book but a very good installment in the Alliance Space series. I loved the first Downbelow Station & have some sort of obsession with life aboard a spacestation apparently. Sandor & Allison were well done characters but that's not surprising to me given that it's Cherryh. I really felt for Sandor being all alone with only his ship & trying to make his way along. I understood why he was tired of it all at the age of twenty-seven. He really was put through the ringer on station & that made me sad for him all the more. Tally & Mallory are enough to undo the most relaxed sorts, so Sandor didn't stand a chance. Allison, took a little longer to grow on me but I understood that her hyper-vigilance was not just necessary given the situation but also, sound. Space is a dangerous place & people on both sides of the line can be prickly. I was most excited to read what was going on on Pell & the peek in at the Konstantins.

The action was well paced & of course, everything came together in quite a nice end. The thread of having no family & having one that played out between Sandor & Allison (& the other Reillys) was excellent. Sandor's yearning for that sense of community balanced so well with Allison's yearning to break free of hers in order for a true chance to let her ambition soar. While I didn't love this as much as Downbelow Station, it's a very solid installment & I liked all the characters. As this was one of the only installments in the series that I lacked, I can now get on to the rest of the series in earnest. ( )
  anissaannalise | Jan 1, 2014 |
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C. J. Cherryh planned to write since the age of ten. When she was older, she learned to use a type writer while triple-majoring in Classics, Latin and Greek. At 33, she signed over her first three books to DAW and has worked with DAW ever since. She can be found at cherryh.com.

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