Rimrunners

RimrunnersMeet Elizabeth Yeager, Spacer, Machinist, Temp A Refugee Waiting For A Ship To Call Home, Bet Yeager Was Once A Marine.Now She S On The Run.In The Action Packed Tradition Of Robert A Heinlein S Starship Troopers, David A Drake S Hammer S Slammers, And Her Own Bestselling Chanur Series, C.J Cherryh Returns To The Hugo Award Winning Setting Of Downbelow Station And Merchanter S Luck For Hard Edged, Tough Minded Adventure Beyond The Lawless Edge Of Interstellar Culture Here The Line Between Space Soldier And Star Pirate Is As Thing As A Laser, And A Lethal Struggle For Power Can Be As Near As The Officers Deck.In This World Yeager Has Hit Bottom, She S Jobless, Homeless, And Starving On Thule, A Nearly Abandoned Station In The By Passed Hinder Stars Sleeping In Toilets, Killing To Save Her Body, Stealing To Stay Alive, She Feels Her Hopes Die Until The Loki Docks It S A Spook A Mercenary Warship Barely Legitimated By Alliance Documents As A Free Lance Bounty Hunter And Spy Vessel A Ship Whose Captain Has No Qualms About Signing On A Machinist With No Papers And A Shady Past, Not To Mention Murder Charges Hanging Over Her Head.But Escape From Thule Is No Refuge, For Loki Is Crewed By Bet Yeager S Sworn Enemies The Spooks Are Hunting The Remnant Of The Outlawed Earth Company Fleet Fliers Considered Outlaws Only Because They Lost A War Fliers Form The Fleet That Bet Yeager Has Loyally Served Her Whole Life Now, Trapped About A Tin Can In Deep Space Where A Single Wrong Word Might Give Her Away, Yeager Must Seek And Destroy Her Old Comrades Without Arousing The Suspicious Of Her Crewmates.Her Position Will Become Even Precarious When She Dares To Defend The Ship S Pariah, NG Ramey A Victim Unfairly, Hellishly Abused By Loki S Sadistic First Officer, Ramey Is Merely A Pawn In A Vicious Struggle Between Shipboard Factions And Ambitious Officers For Control Of The Vessel Suddenly Yeager Is In The Center Of The Conflict Drawing Attention From All Sides, She Had No Allies, No Way To Fight, Nowhere To Hide, No Way To Get Out Only Fleet Training And Fighting Skills Can Save Bet Yeager Now Because Once Enlisted, No One Leaves A Spook Ship Alive Not my favourite Cherryh book, but I still liked it She has an uncanny knack for exploring aspects of the future that wouldn t occur to me Like this book what happens when you re a spacer and you lose your job and become homeless Is it possible to conceal your identity in such an advanced society Considering that this book was written in the 1980s, when it was considerably easier to take on a new identity, it would be interesting to read something along the same lines written in this century It would seem to me to be almost impossible to disappear today, though I understand that there are books which give instruction on how to do that erasing traces of yourself, both physical and electronic.Bet Yeager is a difficult woman to relate to, but despite that I found myself rooting for her, especially as she started making connections with the people around her, despite herself Funny ho
Bet Yeager, slowly starving to death dockside on Thule Station she had been running hired crew on a merchanter, but they had to let her go and now she s trying to just survive until she can get another ship berth But ships are few and far between on Thule one of the old Hinder Stars stations, newly reactivated after the end of the Company Wars, and about to be scuttled because discovery of a new mass point has made Thule unnecessary as a stepping stone between Earth and Pell, and because nobody wants to leave an entire station around for Mazian and his fleet of now pirates to use as a base of operations and after run ins with a couple of Thule men have ended badly, and with bodies not, to be sure, that they didn t have it coming , she s just desperate enough to try for a berth on the Alliance ship Loki although Bet s deepest, most closely held secret is that she was actually part of the Mazianni fleet, a marine aboard one of Mazian s carriers until she got left behind when the Fleet fled Pell at the end of Downbelow Station , despite the fact that Loki is giving off a seriously hinky vibe once you re crew on this ship, you re going to stay crew on this ship, at least unless you give them cause to put you in
Loved this Gritty, rough, fast paced, superbly envisioned view of military grunts in space engineers, officers, a secret mission and an old hand on the edge I really cared about Bet and NG, struggling in different ways to be whole A great read, short but dense with action and feeling 3 in the Union Alliance universe For Cherryh, the Alliance Union universe books are mostly fantastic In order to read Downbelow Station 1981 Superb Merchanter s Luck 1
Alas, not the gushing love that I had for Merchanter s Luck I m still saying it every sci fi fan go read that book I m still in love with CJ Cherryh s worldbuilding and ambience and gritty details with the hard scrabble existence of her Company Wars series, which always circles around damaged misfits finding a place to belong, and everyday people caught between the teeth of a conflict bigger than them, trying to piece together some sort of life in the ashes of a war.This one also starts noirish, with Elizabeth Yeager s absolutely down on her luck struggle to survive on a decaying space station, and eventually needing to cover up a murrrrder I absolutely loved the first third of the book or so, and I deeply enjoyed the last few chapters of the climax manohmanohman her cooperating with that particular character was amazing, and I could have read their tense by play and grudgingly respectful dynamic forever, it was wonderful.Unfortunately, I pretty much hated everything in between, and it all boils down to NG Ramey and his entire storyline romance with Bet taking over the plot I can t quite sort out my opinions ab
Storyline 2 5Characters 3 5Writing Style 2 5World 2 5I finally figured out what it is about C.J Cherryh books that bothers me She nags When she wants you to understand an element of her worldbuilding or character development, she pesters you with reminders To show concern on the behalf of one character toward another, we ll get some internal monologue of the type, I wonder if he s okay Then, the main character will run into a common friend and ask, Is he all right Cherryh is a good enough writer to keep it varied, not permitting us to guess the form of the next inquiry or contact Thus in the following interaction the protagonist will seek out the character of concern, and put a comforting hand on his shoulder or look at him with concern This might all happen on a single page And if it were only that page, then it wouldn t be so bad we could pass it off as a intense worry of one over another But Cherryh seems to think that this is both character building and a source of drama So these reminders will happen scores of times across a chapter and hundreds of times
This is something of an unusual book for Cherryh Her viewpoint characters tend to be intelligent, somewhat highly strung, and to try to use logic to navigate through their problems Here, she gives us Bet Yeager While Bet is certainly not stupid, she operates on guts or instinct and determination than thought You will frequently find Bet described as a strong woman or female character Strong female character and strong woman are terms that get thrown around a lot in SF F reviews, and I find them to be problematic Mostly because they seem to be applied to young and attractive women who kick ass and take names, without any consideration of other female or feminine norms, or whether there are other kinds of strength.Jo Walton has noted that More than anybody else, Cherryh has thought about what it would mean to live in space Here, she s thinking about what it would be like to be a homeless woman on a space station At the beginning of the book, Bet is sleeping in an out of the way restroom, using the hand soap to keep herself and her clothes clean Later on, a man barges in, intent on having sex with her And even though she could have fought him off, she doesn t, because she is so down on her luck tha
I know I know Bookshelves groan with kick ass heroines these days But I haven t found one who works better for me than Bet Set in CJ Cherryh s Alliance Union Universe it s about survival, reinvention and the forging of family. Another company gem Bet Yeager is a marine stranded on an obscure outpost, and in desperation signs on to the Loki a spy ship chasing after some of her former comrades If Bet wants to live, she needs to fit in, and
Rimrunners is the story of Elizabeth Yeager, a Marine with the infamous Mazianni pirate ship Africa Left behind when the Earth Company Fleet retreated from its occupation of Pell Station, Bet drifted to Thule, a dying space station in the Hinder Stars region of space near Earth Starving and desperate she signed on the Loki an Alliance vessel tasked with hunting down her former shipmates Aboard ship she falls in love with a younger engineer named Ramey, the ship s pariah and the brutal first officer s target of abuse Bet is forced to make difficult decisions in order to navigate Loki s c
I m working my way through Cherryh s older books, and I liked this short novel about a stranded space marine who s desperate to get a job aboard a spaceship reduced to near starvation and prostituting herself, because if she takes a station job she ll lose her place in the hiring line.When she finally joins a ship she immediately pairs up with its mos

[Epub] Rimrunners By C.J. Cherryh – Rarefishingbooks.co.uk
  • Hardcover
  • 327 pages
  • Rimrunners
  • C.J. Cherryh
  • English
  • 15 December 2018
  • 9780446515146