REVIEW ¾ Hestia by CJ Cherryh

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DAW paperback original one of several later printings see individual listings An early 1979 Cherryh novel about colonists on an alien world and th. Hestia is a really a prime example of CJ Cherryh's early works it is a detailed methodical and slower paced combination of fantasy and science fiction which reuires a certain amount of patience The settings often involve a group of human colonists assigned or stranded on a terraformed or Earth like world struggling to survive in a difficult environment where natives of the planet object to their presence There's usually a main protagonist who comes to be the medium either by choice or circumstance between the two factions In this case it's a stranded engineer who has agreed to help nearly defeated colonists build a dam which might save their drowning lands yet the natives don't care for this idea at all secretly sabotaging and slaying encroachers When Sam Merritt finds a young female cat like humanoid who was caught in a rock clearing explosion he wants to learn about her and her peoples yet naturally the colonists object and the situation turns ugly forcing him to choose who to help and protectIf you want non stop thrills even at the cost of good writing and realistic world building Cherryh's work will often seem slow or overly descriptive but I prefer solid writing and balanced plots over flash and bang any day CJ can always be counted upon for thoughtful believable sci fifantasy with good characterization A great plus for me also I prefer the shorter stand alone works like Hestia and absolutely love the cover art from back in the day before so much is computer generated Lovely cover art by Don Maitz

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Hestia by C.J. CherrEir interactions with the catlike natives centering on a young engineer sent to solve the colonists' problems and his relationship with one of the. The concept is explained very uickly with engineers from earth arriving to help a colonised planet but they don't like the job and all but one manage to get off planet That one Sam Merritt is stuck between an episode of Rednecks in space and Avatar and unsurprisingly is always at odds with someone Easy to read

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REVIEW ¾ Hestia by C.J. Cherryh Ê DAW paperback original one of several later printings see individual listings An early 1979 Cherryh novel about colonists on an alien world and their interactions with the catlike natives centering on a young engineer sent to solve the colonists' problems and his relationship with one of the natives Major themes in Natives Major themes in this novel include sexual liberation sexual aberration hypocrisy of social s and responsibility toward indigenous peoples. I liked where the story kept heading Just very tiny print