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  • Mass Market Paperback: 444 pages
  • Publisher: Daw Books; Reissue edition (4 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756404584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756404581
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 3.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,450,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fast-paced SF adventure set in a multi-species universe.
Sira is on the run from the law, her own kind, and those who would use her for their own ends. It would help if she knew who to trust. It would really help if she knew who and what she was. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Oct 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'll admit that when I first read the plot synopsis of this book, I wasn't all that enthusiastic about it. After all, a main character with amnesia who has to discover the secret of who and what they are is a bit of a science fiction cliche by now. However, I decided to read this book anyway, and I'm glad I did.
In many stories of this kind, the poor amnesiac hero or heroine is basically passive, like a football that gets kicked around by the other characters until they reach the resolution of the story. It's hard to sympathize much with a football. But Sira, the protagonist of _A Thousand Words for Stranger_, displays a remarkable amount of courage and decisiveness. She doesn't let the other characters push her around. This not only makes her a more interesting and sympathetic character, it also makes for a few surprises when Sira does something that neither the other characters nor the reader expect. In fact, the plot of the book in the later half is riddled with surprises and twists as we learn more about Sira. So although the book starts a bit slowly, as it progresses it becomes much harder to put down.
The books is also peopled with several different types of aliens, some of which feature prominently in the story, others of which are more in the background. I sometimes found myself wishing that the book would tell me more about some of these alien species, but it's clear from what it does tell that Czerneda has some talent for creating interesting cultures. I'm looking forward to seeing what she comes up with in her next book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Farfalla VINE VOICE on 27 Nov 2002
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_A Thousand Words For Stranger_ is a book with finely drawn characters, who emerge slowly through their actions, rather than what the author tells us of them. This works particularly well, as the main protagonist has amnesia, and so must build an identity for herself, as well as others.
The story starts (a little slowly) on a planet of little consequence, with an attack on two members of the Clan, a species who looks human, but with formidable telepathic powers. Sira escapes the attack, only to be captured by slavers, and she doesn't know anything about herself. Her life, as she remembers it, starts with the attack. This sets in motion her escort searching for her, and her own attempt to find out about herself, around the compulsions that have been implanted in her mind. She meets a Captain Morgan, who is a strong human telepath, and who helps her escape from the slavers, and gives her a berth on his ship, as crew.
As Sira and Morgan travel, and they are chased by Law Enforcement (the Enforcers) and the Slavers Sira escaped from, and her own people, whom Sira does not trust, we learn more and more about the complicated politics and plots of the Clan, and who Sira is among them.
A highly enjoyable book, that I wish hadn't ended so suddenly. I look forward to reading the other two books about Sira and Morgan, hoping to find them as enjoyable as the first.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Jun 1999
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I have quickly become Julie Czerneda's biggest fan. I say this because she has successfully merged my favorite genre (science fiction) and my least favorite genere (romance). THOUSAND WORDS FOR STRANGER is for science fiction writing what BRAM STOKERS DRACULA is for horror film. it's erotic but without being sexual. The relationship between Morgan and Sira is not the reason to read THOUSAND but it is part of what keeps you hooked. The story line is involved and interesting (I don't want to give anything away!) and best of all it is believable! I was wondering how I could have missed her work until I found out it was her first. I am glad I got in at the ground level and am earnestly awaiting her next book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Dec 1997
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This book does start a little slowly, but the characters are well-drawn, multi-dimensional and very engaging; they and their universe, and this one of their stories, complex and interesting. The plot is, as mentioned, full of twists and surprises; once my interest was caught I could not put it down until I reached the very satisfactory conclusion, at which point I really just wanted to turn around and read it again! However, I think I'll return the library's book and make myself wait until I can get my own copy...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 July 1998
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Sira has lost her memory. All she know are the strange compulsions that urge her toward one man, Captain Jason Morgan. She soon finds out that she is a pawn in a bigger game. There are people out to get her from every angle, and it seem there is no one she can trust.
A Thousand Words for Stranger is Julie E. Czerneda's first book. She has done a great job. My only problem with this title, is the fact that it starts out so slow. You really have to struggle to get through the first five chapters, but after that it's a great ride.
I would reccommend this book, but sit down and read the first five chapters all at once, so you won't give up on the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Mar 1999
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Czerneda has produced a great first novel. The writing is clear and well-structured. Sira and Morgan, the main characters, are strong, and end up becoming people you would want to get to know better. Supporting characters provide variety, comic relief, and are the product of a truly imaginative mind. Loved Huido!! Czerneda has a great gift for description, and makes you feel like you are really in one of her unique settings. This book definitely leaves you wanting more.
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