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Tripoint Hardcover – Sep 1994

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  • Hardcover: 377 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books (Sept. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446517801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446517805
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,259,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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C. J. Cherryh, an American, is a winner of the prestigious Hugo Award for science fiction. With critical acclaim, many prizes and a string of bestselling novels, she holds a position as one of the most important science fiction writers of our day. --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 jameshead@silent.swinternet.co.uk on 26 Aug. 2001
Format: Paperback
The plot in broad outline is rather similar to both Rimrunners and Finitys End - but this is not a negative thing. The main themes of each of these books including Tripoint looks at the aftermath of conflict on ordinary individuals. These individuals have spent most of the early parts of their live polerised in the conflict outlined in the books but then a single event in thier lives turns their world literally upside down and we read how they adapt, accept new ideas and create new lives for themselves. In short the 'morals' outlined would seem to be to accept challenges as opportunities and to see people for what they as a person are rather than the opinions and views of collective groups.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 May 2000
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Well. What can I say? Cherryh at her best. Had to read the book in a day and half and disregard everyone and everything around me. Once you pick it up it just holds you. Not a book for the first time reader of Cherryh - need to know the history (try Cyteen or Downbelow); the connections that make the whole damm thing so great. Space opera at its very best.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
probably one of Cherryh's best stand-alone SF novels 24 Oct. 2000
By J. K. Kelley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As far as freebooting space opera goes, C.J. Cherryh's many Alliance-Union novels (many of which are not part of a specific series and can stand alone) are one of the high refinements of the art today. _Tripoint_ is in the top tier of that elite grouping.
Cherryh's character development abilities are really showcased here: a young man stuck on a ship captained by hostile step-family, a fascinating navigator present under tantalizingly suspicious circumstances, a diverse and interesting crew. Beyond it all is the sense of the void--the feeling of an impersonal universe that will kill you if the airlock seals give way, and not experience regret for you--that helps you imagine the experience of being in space. As ever with Cherryh, predicting the ending is difficult to impossible.
Really high-quality SF, and will appeal to fans of same.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
One of my Cherryh favorites, if I had to pick 13 Aug. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was the last Cherryh novel I read, after I discovered her a few years ago. I resisted it until I had nothing of hers left to read, because I resisted the idea that I would ever feel any liking or sympathy for a rapist/father character. Not only would I detest the character myself, I decided I would probably dislike our hero, Tom, if he ever started to like the guy. However, I forgot about the Cherryh magic, and before long, I, like Tom himself, found I couldn't hang onto my preconceived ideas of what certain people would be like. My only regret on this one is that there hasn't been a sequel--I feel it wants one.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Sci-Fi with real characters and plausible technology. 6 Oct. 1998
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Tripoint was my first C.J.Cherryh novel, and sci-fi book for many years. I came across it totallly by accident on special display at the library. The cover was the usual OK graphics associated with the genre, but the fly-leaf suggested something more interesting. So I borrowed it; and my first thoughts when slogging through the first few pages, were: 'what is this dog....?' I'd never read anything quite like it, and if it weren't for the fact that nothing was due till the next week, I woudln't have. Anyway, for no particularly good reason other than embarrassment at giving up so easily, I continnued; twenty pages per night. Page one hundred, and I was hooked, well into the groove of intense viewpoint, and the finely detailed character interaction. This like all the other Cherryh books I have read, is a very fine piece of work, and yet, needs to be tackled with a clear head, especially at the start, due to the highly energetic, and dense writing style which she employs. A style which can be so very easily off-putting to someone used to a more straightforward approach. But I have found it one, which is extremely satisfying, encouraging me to read whatever she writes, with a sense of... what's next?, and while I'm glad that I've finished yet another big-one, sorry that it's finished. Tripoint along with its stablemates is, sci-fi beyond the average - which unfortunately is the rule, and why I stopped reading it - great stuff! Next!
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Another winner from C.J. 4 May 2000
By Gary Jonas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
TRIPOINT is an excellent novel loaded with conflict. The characters are all fully realized three-dimensional people and they are all in turmoil. Cherryh plays them off each other with skill and cranks up the stakes along the way. Thomas Bowe-Hawkins is the product of a rape. His mother, Marie, has dedicated her life to tracking down Thomas's father to kill him. Of course, things come to a head and Thomas finds himself a prisoner on his father's ship. Add in a half-brother he never knew he had and shake it up until it explodes! As usual, the action rages and the setting is great. If you like science fiction, you'll love TRIPOINT. If you like character driven fiction, you'll love TRIPOINT. Hey, if you just like to read, you'll love TRIPOINT. So you see, you can't go wrong. Click the buy button already! You can thank me later.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Worthy sequel--a riveting study of a young man trying to avoid traps, read people, and figure out his place in the universe 16 Jan. 2014
By M. Frost - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read Tripoint (TP, 1994) immediately after reading Rimrunners (RR, 1989) and found TP to be almost a flipside to RR. Both are thoroughly enjoyable. See my review of RR. I strongly recommend that no one read this book or RR without first reading Downbelow Station (DS), the classic work that set in motion CJ Cherryh's Earth-Alliance-Union future universe. I'd also recommend reading Merchanter's Luck (ML), the sequel to DS, before either TP or RR. ML is probably the most "conventional" of these stories, though quite rewarding.

Both RR and TP are about lost souls trying to find a place in the universe. RR's protagonist is female, older (38), wiser, and ex-military, trying to escape her trap and get back into space. TP's lost soul is male, younger (23), learning about people and places, trying not to get trapped. Both spend large amounts of time in two places. Aboard a not-too-large spaceship. Aboard a space station. Both books work best as character studies, as the protagonists struggle to find a home.

The psychology of the protagonist in TP can be a bit off putting. Tom grows up on a family space ship with a mother who claims to have been inseminated by rape, by a member of a different space ship's crew, on a space station. She has trouble dealing with her infant son, and relies on others to raise him. When she does interact with him, she gives him far too many age-inappropriate details about his background. She wants revenge on Tom's father, who is now captain of his own ship. So Tom grows up a misfit on his own ship, angry and confused. He doesn't react well and usually lets his anger get the best of him. Though since both his mother and his father appear equally social inept regarding close family duties, it is no surprise. Same of Tom's half-brother (paternally), Christian, who is 20 and struggling to find his way on his father's ship. The interaction of the two half-brothers is one of the interesting psychological areas examined. Same for the long-distance, long-period-of-time intermittent "relationship" between Tom's mother and father. (Of course, what little his father says about his conception would seem to conflict with the mother's story by Cherryh is wise not to take a definitive side.)

There are some features of this book that shine and expand the realized universe. First, we get a far better appreciation of what it feels like during hyperspace travel. The weirdness, the almost hallucinatory imagery of sights and sounds. How one prepares. The problems one may encounter with thoughts. Second, we have a better understanding of how these freighters conduct business, both as to how they get cargo and make money trading, as well as the details of cargo operations. Third, we experience some of the tactics of small ship space warfare. How two ships actually engage in battle. CJ Cherryh is also wise not to try to over explain. We indirectly experience it rather than have it explained to us. Third, we learn just a bit more about how the rebellious former Earth Fleet is staying alive and where they are living. But keep in mind that with Cherryh, the details are NOT just set up nicely and fully explained. We get snippets. We learn bits and pieces. Often from multiple, limited perspectives. Or as a jumble due to the confusing nature of the action at the time. We sometimes think we know more than we do and usually realize we're still not exactly sure what is going on. But that is the great fun of the books. We live in them, as learning participants. We don't sit over them, as all-knowing deities.

TP has some of the most sustained suspense in the E-A-U Universe books! But it is a unique suspense. A large part of the book, most of the pages from about 200-300, detail with Tom's fate on Pell's Station after he has been kidnapped. Will he escape? Or will he choose to stay with his new "family", since it is his father's ship? We see the more luxurious and sensual side of station life, including a botanical garden. Unlike the grimy, decaying station in the beginning of RR. The last segment of suspense, while fighting and unloading cargo at Tripoint, is riveting. My blood pressure rose and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I felt like I, too, was trapped on a strange ship, doing strange duty, in a dangerous environment, all the while knowing a fire fight was taking place that could end it all and while possibly having the key to save everything and everyone I cared for.

I absolutely loved the ending. It both reveals and conceals. And lets our imaginations run wild with possibilities. That is what CJ Cherryh does oh so well. So enjoy the ride. Pay close attention to every word and sentence. And let her take you to Tripoint and beyond!.
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