Sunday, May 15

Book Review: A Thousand Words for Stranger

Title: A Thousand Words for Stranger

Author: Julie Czerneda

Pages: 404

Summary: Ambushed by unknown assailants, cut off from her escort, and on the run with no memory of who she was, what she was doing on the world known as Auord, or why she was driven by a compulsion to find a specific ship and head for an unknown destination, she was forced to accept the help of a space trader named Morgan. Captain Morgan gve her the name of Sira and a berth on his spaceship, but there was something about him she could not quite trust, something he was hiding from her.

Yet, sought bu the Enforcers of the intersteller Trade Pac, by representatives of the Clan of which Sira herself was a member, and by a mysterious pursuer determined to use Sir for his own endsmshe hd no choice but to ally herself with Morgan - even though each might well prove the other's doom. . . .

My Rating: 7.75/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: Overall, I enjoyed the book; I always veered away from Sci-Fi, thinking that the technological and futuristic setting would take away from the characterization and plot, but this book did not. It had both well written, and intriguing characters, and an interesting, and slightly complex plot that kept my attention throughout the book.

One of favourite aspects of the book, was trying to figure out who the Clan were, what there history was, and what makes them so different. Although by the end of the book there are still a lot of unanswered questions, more than answered ones, I enjoyed learning about them and the other races of aliens in this universe. This was also one of the problems I had with the book. The background idea of the clan was great, and not knowing much about them kept me intrigued, but there were many times I was confused on some of the details of the clan, and how their psychic powers and other characteristics worked. I hope I find the answers in other books in the trilogy or prequel trilogy.

Both the characters and setting were well done. Neither is sacrificed to focus on the other, but there was a nice balance between them both. I would have liked a little more history on this universe, know more background information on the “who, whats and whys, in the book, but I think I’ll have some answers in the other books in the series. But the characters help make the book, Morgon is a favourite of mine, he reminds me of a hybrid cross between Han Solo and Malcolm Reynolds, but he still was is own character. Sira was a good character, but I’m still trying to figure her out, and who she really is. But Sira, and all the characters, seem to have a lot of depth and layers to them. As for the “space opera” aspect, I’ve seen labelled to it, I didn’t find it was anything like that. Sure there was relationships starting to form, but it wasn’t overwhelming. Again, there seems to be a nice balance between all of the different elements of the book.

Overall, a well written book, with an interesting story line, a good futuristic space adventure, and will look forward to reading more by the author.

Would I recommend it to read: If you enjoy Sci-Fi, or if you want to take a dip into it like myself, this may be a good place to start, so I would recommend it. It has an interesting story to it, and I am looking forward to reading other books by the author.

What to read next: This is a series, so I'd say the rest of the series, as well as the prequel trilogy. Other than that, I don't know much about sci-fi to make a good enough recommendation.

Challenges: 11 in 11, 100+ Challenge, Futeristic/Sci-Fi Challenge, New Author Challenge, Spring Reading Challenge


  1. I have read very little sci-fi, but think that this book sounds rather interesting and it might be a place for me to jump in with the genre. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed it so much, and it's going to be the first sci-fi title on my wish list! Thanks, Jules!

  2. Zibilee - I'm with you, very little Sci-Fi (I usually watch it), my reading was limited to Stargate novels, but this book did surprise me on how well done it was. It doesn't have the stigma I usually associated with Sci-Fi.