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Elder Race by Adrian Tchaikovsky

aico's review against another edition

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adventurous hopeful medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.25

Aside from the interesting exploration of the extreme difficulty of communicating between two fundamentally different societies, the book was just okay. The descriptions of the effects of the “demon” were shiver-inducing, but there is no further digging into what it is or even where it might’ve come from.

idealpigment92's review against another edition

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adventurous mysterious reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

pseudo_ursus's review against another edition

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reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

senthereader's review against another edition

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adventurous lighthearted reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

spiritblossom's review against another edition

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adventurous dark sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25

simmonsj's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

I did like most of this book of space travelling anthropologists and their impact on a more "primitive" society that has forgotten about scientific advances. I enjoyed the role of language - how even though they might be descendents of the same humans, the last Elder and the current humans have different words and different ways of expressing themselves. I enjoyed the idea of orality, how stories change with time and become a life of their own. I enjoyed the scientific aspects that come with a people able to travel the stars and keep people alive for generations. And I enjoyed the idea of anthropologists in space.

Nyr was a realistic character. Depressed from centuries alone but with scientific help to dampen his emotions. Lyn was maybe misguided and naive, but from a place of wanting to help her people. 

The demon to slay and the ending was slightly disappointing. There is very little explanation and I wish there was just a bit more about that. But other than that I thought it was a relatively short read about some interesting sci-fi concepts.

hugyourface's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional informative lighthearted reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

Agree with most of the other reviews here, tbh. Nice. 

chippyfiend's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

lauracooleyjohnson's review against another edition

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3.0

I do not precisely recall how this particular novella made it onto my TBR pile. It is a mash up of science fiction (satellites and robots and future tech like regeneration) and fantasy (heroes and princesses with swords, and of course a magician). The clever thing here is that the magician isn’t really magical, but simply an anthropologist from a super high tech civilization sent to observe but not interfere with our quaint princess and her cute fairy tales. I’m betting this title got recommended because I liked the Murderbot diaries. The anthropologist “magician” protagonist Nyr has a lot in common with the quirky AI Murderbot. But I give it 3 stars. Maybe 3.5. The story has a lot of potential and the character arc for Nyr is solid and rewarding. But somehow there were holes in the telling; things aren’t entirely explored or explained and as a result I’m not feeling especially fulfilled from the read.

fantaseareader's review against another edition

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adventurous hopeful reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0