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[(Beholder's Eye)] [by: Julie E. Czerneda]

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Dutton / Signet (1 Oct. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005JI74BG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Beholder's Eye They are the last survivors of their race beings who live on and communicate through energy, who are capable of assuming the shape of any other species. When their youngest member is assigned to a world considered safe to explore, she is captured by the natives. To escape, she must violate the most important rule of her kind, and reveal the existence of her species to a fellow prisoner--a human be Full description

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It’s an excellent page-turner this, which races along from moon to ship to planet at a breakneck pace and is a tale of a shape-shifter, part of a gestalt organism, the only one of its kind in the galaxy, now forced to abandon the rules of her race and reveal the true nature of her species to a human male.
Interestingly, there are no male shapeshifters and this subtly colours the nature and motives of the individual members of the gestalt.
Despite it being well-written and compulsive reading it is flawed by Czerneda’s tendency to create ‘Star Trek’ aliens since the majority of them are humanoid and/or originate on Earth type planets.
We seldom get full descriptions of the alien races and so it is sometimes difficult to visualise what sort of alien our hero Esen has morphed into.
There are some interesting creations such as The Hive World society and the Ganthor, but even these are lessened by other societies such as the Kraosians and the Articans which are stereotypical Star Trek races.
The process of ‘cycling’ is beautifully thought through as is the concept of the ‘Web’ (as the gestalt calls itself) which considers itself to be a memory based depository for the races and cultures of the galaxy, many of whom have been wiped out (often by themselves).
Esen, although the youngest of the gestalt, is around five hundred years old, but is a child in terms of her own race. She is forced to grow up very quickly by both the fact of an Enemy who wishes to destroy all her kind and the discovery of a hidden truth regarding the nature of her own species, while all the time entering into a slowly deepening relationship with Paul Ragem, the human whose life she saves at the start of the novel.
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JEC is a great new writer. I picked her up because of her nomination for the John W. Campbell Award, and she certainly deserves to win. This is REAL science fiction, the kind Campbell himself would have been proud to publish. We won't know till next month whether she wins the award, but I hope she does!!!
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Czerneda seems to have done it again. Many have written books about "shapeshifters", but none like this! The story is compelling, and at times, leaves you breathless. There's a new surprise around every corner, as Es transforms from one alien form to another to accomplish her mission. Once again, Czerneda has produced strong characters that leave you feeling you would like to find out more about what makes them tick. Unique alien lifeforms, captivating settings, and a sprinkle of humor in just the right places. I'd love to see what the latest "morphing" technology could do with Es and her ever-changing body!
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I picked up this book to have something to read on vacation, and couldn't put it down. I read a LOT of scifi, and this story about an alien life form and its social development/ human relationships is outstanding! I can't wait for her next one.
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