It was the last matter on the mind of the noble, the distinguished captain Pyanfar Chanur, who was setting out down her own rampway for the docks. She was hani, this captain splendidly maned and bearded in red-gold… and she was dressed as befitted a hani of captain’s rank, blousing scarlet breeches tucked up at her waist with a broad gold belt, with silk cords of every shade of red and orange wrapping that about, each knotted cord with a pendant jewel on its dangling end. Gold finished the breeches at her knees. Gold filigree was her armlet. And a row of fine gold rings and a large pendent pearl decorated the tufted sweep of her left ear. She strode down her own rampway in the security of ownership, still high-blooded from a quarrel with her niece—and yelled and bared claws as the intruder came bearing down on her.
And with this opening, we are off on an adventure in Compact Space where several species dwell:
Think about the description we first have of Tully—Pyanfar describes him in terms we might use for a cockroach or a rat! And yet, the descriptions WE are given as readers of the various species at Meetpoint Station clearly indicate that to OUR eyes, many of the “people” at Meetpoint would appear to be }”less-than-human” to us!. Between the various aliens we are trying to get used to and the strange names and the fast pace of the action [Pyanfar “blows” station before we have read 25 pages!], this is a very different novel from those we have read before. What are some of your first impressions of either the author’s style or the universe in which the novel is set and the species who inhabit that universe? Is there anything that has particularly caught your attention so far? What is it? Remember, be careful about alerting us if you will be revealing a “spoiler” to those of us who may not be as far into the novel as you!
Don't forget--you need to post a response to my questions or an original response with your OWN questions, and then you must post in response to someone else's post before the end of the week [midnight on Saturday!].
Enjoy your reading!
Teacher Barb :)