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  1. says:

    This second part was veeeeery different It really did not have the same feel as before There were good parts sure and we get to see humas under a different light Tendu as wellBut in the end it really feels like the book is 3 times longer than it should have been What and unfortunate turn of events The first chapter captivated me so much this on the other hand much lessAm I really not seeing the tendu again? I'm so sad already damn it


  2. says:

    One and a half stars so I gave it a two because I did finish itSlow moving and not a whole lot of plot so I had to force myself to keep going at points The aliens are interesting and well conceived but the storyline is so linear and simple it's like reading a story written by a high schooler There aren't really any subplots and everything is very black and white People are either perfect or evil All the good people immediately like and handle the aliens The bad people are scared and hate on sight There are no conflicts between regular people only with evil people Sometimes the book felt like a political treatise on overpopulation environmentalism and native rights I agree with the author's position on all those things but I hate it being pounded into my head rather than subtly discussed Because of the all or nothing way of presenting information the main protagonist is constantly asking other people to open their minds and think differently but it never occurs to her that she needs to open her mind and challenge her own beliefs This is particularly evident in the sort of sub plot about the birth righters who don't want anyone to tell them how many children they can have These people are pure evil and selfish and the way the world works is allegedly completely fair She never considers the fact that because people can buy the right to have children from the poor the rich can have children and the poor must sell their rights to get by She thinks it's fair which made me shout out loud no it's not It's hardly fair it's a very classist solution The way China does it where it's set in stone is far fair than her way which favors the rich Nor does she consider the fact that people might be averse to having others tell them what they can and can't do with their own bodies Forced sterilization at puberty is something even nice people might balk at No arguments to that effect is ever even brought up the evil people just love kids and selfishly want lots of themAnother place it is evident is that the protagonist sees the aliens as pretty much perfect yet she works to change cultural norms the aliens exhibit that offend human sensibilities Humans don't adjust to the alien's culture although it is evident that she would prefer their view of nature and harmony and that humans need to figure this out I agree but it's so blatant and black and white that I got disgustedThere isn't even personal responsibility When she gets pregnant obvious within the first couple of chapters the organization who she works for is considered at fault because they didn't think to check to see if her contraception had failed after some transformations she had undergone Yet no one really understood what the aliens were capable of She did she knew and it didn't occur to her to check her contraception yet she is not held accountable at all The only uestion is whether it was accidental or intentional It is assumed to be the corps fault if it were accidental not hers Ridiculous


  3. says:

    On the whole I'm going to have to say that this book rates a meh I don't usually buy fiction especially sci fi unless I'm familiar with the author and reasonably certain I'll love it which is part of why I've been reading less and less of it over the years sadly but I made an exception for this one since it was a used paperback and in my field of interest How can I resist anthropological sci fi? The answer apparently is by remembering that most science fiction paperbacks are pretty much no different from the zillion other science fiction paperbacks I've already read Don't get me wrong this book had some good points Strict population control was handled very well and the Tendu were interestingly different from humans Characters were handled well It was just nothing exciting Meh


  4. says:

    One of my favorite alien contact stories I love how even today it rings with truth


  5. says:

    Not as engaging as The Colour of Distance


  6. says:

    In The Color of Distance Survey biologist Juna Saari is left for dead on an alien planet after her team's flyer crashes into the jungle She is rescued by the previously unknown sentient aliens known as Tendu but only through their extreme medical intervention Although she contacts her spaceship through radio they will not be able to return for her for five years for the meantime she's stranded and must learn to adapt and survive in an alien cultureSometimes slow moving the book is concerned with the rich cultural details of the humanoid but frog like Tendu than with action adventure scenes Based on the author's visits to the rainforests of Costa Rica the arboreal and community oriented lifestyle of the aliens really comes aliveIn this seuel Through Alien Eyes Survey returns for Juna accompanied by a horde of politically motivated researchers and experts excited to make contact with this new species Returning to human civilization with two Tendu ambassadors Juna must navigate treacherous waters to maintain her suddenly precarious position as bridge between two cultures Not just culture shock but legal battles ensueIn both books Thompson uses the contrast between the Tendu and humanity to discuss the importance of ecology issues of population control and the importance of harmony and balance There are a few preachy moments but overall the 'message' is not too overt Although humanity is shown to have problems there is a hopeful outlook and the Tendu are not perfect either Rather both cultures are shown to have things to learn from the otherRecommended for fans of Sheri Tepper


  7. says:

    So I haven't really used goodreads before but this book has actually motivated me to jump on the goodreads wagon I actually only finished the book so I could make sure that I could give it a fair appraisalIt's horrible The girl heroineprotagonist cries through half the book and makes a series of dumb decisions that prohibits me from connecting or empathizing with her at all In addition the book is full of assimilationist propaganda and where really interesting character development could happen the author always stops short It was an extremely frustrating read especially since it was recommended to me by someone who supposedly knows good scifi and knew that I look strong female characters This was not good scifi unimaginative at best and Juna is no hero I hope Ms Thomson's other books are better This one is a waste of time


  8. says:

    Bound to the human race by a lifesaving link a sacred pledge of honor two members of the alien Tendu species leave the safety of their homeland board a spacecraft headed towards Earth Isolated from humans because of their alien bodies customs language the Tendu must learn the ways of Earth in order to survive But if their attempts at human convention are not enough to overcome the suspicions they have aroused their voyage to Earth could cause than a gap between two worlds it could bring about their ultimate downfallRead this uite a while ago before I joined BC thought it was pretty good


  9. says:

    This is the seuel to The Color of Distance and though it's not as good it's still interesting Juna the earthling in the first book returns and brings two Tendu with her One of these is Ukatonen my favorite character Some scenes are real gems but it lacks the discovery element of the first novel since you already know what is so uniue about the Tendu


  10. says:

    interesting seuel to a novel that didn't really need one It's hugely optimistic about human and alien? nature in a way that's sweet and enjoyable but doesn't seem workable I like reading Thomson's books they are open and friendly and engaging But the other ones have asked much harder uestions and not given easy answers This one shouldn't have had such a happy if bittersweet ending


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Through Alien Eyes

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Bound to the human race by a lifesaving link and a sacred pledge of honor two members of the alien Tendu species leave the safety of their homeland and board a spacecraft headed. This second part was veeeeery different It really did not have the same feel as before There were good parts sure and we get to see humas under a different light Tendu as wellBut in the end it really feels like the book is 3 times longer than it should have been What and unfortunate turn of events The first chapter captivated me so much this on the other hand much lessAm I really not seeing the tendu again I'm so sad already damn it Birthday pledge of honor two members of the alien Tendu species leave the safety of their homeland and board a spacecraft headed. This second Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything part was veeeeery different It really did not have the same feel as before There were good Discordia parts sure and we get to see humas under a different light Tendu as wellBut in the end it really feels like the book is 3 times longer than it should have been What and unfortunate turn of events The first chapter captivated me so much this on the other hand much lessAm I really not seeing the tendu again I'm so sad already damn it

review ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Õ Amy Thomson

Toward Earth Isolated from humans because of their alien bodies customs and language the Tendu must learn the ways of Earth in order to survive But if their attempts at human con. Not as engaging as The Colour of Distance

Amy Thomson Õ 9 characters

Vention are not enough to overcome the suspicions they have aroused their voyage to Earth could cause than a gap between the two worlds it could bring about their ultimate downfa. This is the seuel to The Color of Distance and though it's not as good it's still interesting Juna the earthling in the first book returns and brings two Tendu with her One of these is Ukatonen my favorite character Some scenes are real gems but it lacks the discovery element of the first novel since you already know what is so uniue about the Tendu