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09:20 pm: A Thousand Words for Stranger by Julie E. Czerneda
This is the second book that everybody at the group disliked. The other book only had eight people at the meeting and we had 14 this time which makes it worse. We discussed it in less than 45 minutes and we usually take at least two hours for a book.

The Mary Sue element jumps out at you, it's so loosely written that you could get three better books if all the tropes were followed, and there are contradictions throughout the book. The reason we were reading this one, instead of a newer non-related book (Survivor), is because DAW put out a 10th anniversary edition and the library was able to get them cheaper.

Essentially, there's a paranormal group of beings who can move and talk and so forth through an immaterial substance. They have developed their power to a point where they no longer have enough diversity to continue to have kids. They think up an idea that might work and send one of them off with her mind blank. She interacts with humans and other aliens and eventually, we and she find out what happened.

It's really a romance/soap opera and I didn't like having to reread it.

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From:xeger
Date:May 17th, 2009 05:37 am (UTC)
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Interesting. It's been rather a while since I read it, but my memory of the book includes nothing about romance at all, and a strong feeling of lonely/strange.
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From:mjlayman
Date:May 17th, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
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Does the name "Morgan" ring any bells?
From:jerrund
Date:May 19th, 2009 12:52 pm (UTC)
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It sounds like the comments I was working up but failed to send to Jackie match the general consensus of the group - I just couldn't bring myself to give a darn about either Morgan or Sira, and for a romance story to work, whatever the setting, you have to get the readers/watchers/whatever invested in the romantic leads. The real shame is that I though that the Trade Pact universe had some potential, but that after Stranger, I probably wouldn't read anything else by Czerneda for fear of being sucked into another bad romance novel.
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From:mjlayman
Date:May 19th, 2009 07:53 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I'm about 3/4 through Survivor, the first of the Species Imperative trilogy, and I don't know if I'll read the other two. I bought these because they were blurbed as a completely different universe (which they are), but I don't think they're that much better written.
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