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The Marann (Tales of Tolari Space Book 1) by [Meierz, Christie]
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Book 1 of 3 in Tales of Tolari Space (3 Book Series)

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Christie Meierz was born in Chicago, brought up in Southern California, married in West Virginia, brought up her children in upstate New York, and now lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband, one of her four sons, her piano, and a very sharp oboe. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, quilting, knitting, and trying to keep her menfolk from telling odious puns.

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I was so taken by this author's Novella Into Tolari Space that I upended my list to read the first book which after reading it I feel it should probably be read after Into Tolari Space. Despite Amazon's best attempt to screw with the order of things I enjoyed this book very much.

A 'civilized' school teacher from a outwardly technologically advanced world, Earth, travels to Tolar to be a tutor in Earth languages to the Suralian heir-to-be. She is to be isolated from her species, home world and familiar things. Observing new customs, finding ways to interact with a people who look human and coming to terms with her own buried terrors of intimacy. Even Earth technology is offensive to these sensitive and turbulent people.

Does this sound like "The King and I"? Maybe if Tolar were Siam(aka Thailand) but it is not and the layers of lore in this book are fantastically crafted. Though no real techno-babble is flagrantly tossed around regarding how Earth has made interstellar travel feasible, the biological and mental topics explored make this a science fiction jewel.

Well crafted story, great characters, science in the science fiction and excellent editing make this well worth the reading time. Five out of five semi-gratuitous units of pleasure are henceforth awarded.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good 12 Oct. 2015
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Very good reading, reminded me of "the king and I". Looking forward to reading another chapter.
Liked how the tech remained secondary to the story, any not getting deep into trying to explain origins of the "natives".
5.0 out of 5 stars Different and Wonderful 30 April 2015
By Cateyes - Published on Amazon.com
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I absolutely loved how this story is written. Marianne is fantastic character that is realistic, has phenomenal depth and is easily relatable. She's semi forced away from her meager life to teach an 'alien' child languages which she's adept at. Her world is turned upside down by a debilitating past and new experiences. The story is rich and gives care and time for the characters to grow while allowing the reader to exist in their lives. Beautifully written and I love that relationships percolate rather than being rushed.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tolari stories are the best of what science fiction can offer 20 May 2016
By Gina F. Liberti - Published on Amazon.com
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The Tolari stories are the best of what science fiction can offer. Rich in the culture of these unique aliens with a wonderful love story. The characters are well drawn, the stories are interesting and unpredictable and they left me wanting to know more about these people.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A keeper and I actually liked both the Hero and the heroine! 23 Jun. 2013
By Helora - Published on Amazon.com
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Ok, if you like books where the H and h start out knowing they'll be together pretty much from the beginning or two people fighting sexual attraction, this book is not for you! There is a lot of world building and story telling before they get together, which I did like. I do have a few spoilers listed below, so if you don't want to know, please don't read!

What I liked:
It was an interesting new world that the author built very well.
I liked both the H and the h
The author made me care and learn about the sub characters. It wasn't all about the H and h. I liked the other characters and knew who they were (how many books have 6 new people introduced over 2 pages and you end having no idea who they heck the author is talking about?!?)
The story line was interesting and not predicatble (is there something different about these people and, if so, what?)

What I didn't like (spoiler):
The fact the H was in love with the h the whole time and never spoke up or said anything. That was a little confusing to me. However, I did find it easy to overlook since there was so much world building and character introduction going on.

All in all, a good book that I will be keeping to read again.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I liked this story, but something bothers me.... 21 Dec. 2012
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This was a unique read. I enjoyed it. The story captures the aliens of Tolari very well. It chronicles the adjustment a young woman, Marianne, has to make when she moves to Tolari to teach the infant daughter of the planet's ruler, called the Sural. It is full of patient waiting and longing. It will remind you of a Jane Eyre in space in certain ways. Both Marianne and the Sural are completely characterized. The planet's rituals and culture are fully developed.

I might recommend this book to a friend, with this strong caveat, as one reviewer put it, the child rearing situation on this planet is definitely a "mood killer." It dampened my enjoyment of the story, even though I can understand it from a purely intellectual standpoint. Therein lies the problem--this purely intellectual "mate with the fittest" mentality seems at odds with the empathic nature of these aliens.

I want to read the sequel to this novel. I hope that the author can somehow resolve this issue or at least explain it in a way that I can accept.

Update: April 2013
After thinking about it and thinking about it and then finally reading this story for a second time, the inflexible and unyielding nature of the main male character really bothers me more than it did when I first reviewed the book.

For me, this novel is less of a romance and more of a novel about adjusting to a different culture. Not that I expected this book to be erotic (I go out of my way to avoid explicitly sexual novels) but you don't go "ahhhh, that was so beautiful and romantic" at the end of this novel, you feel slightly disturbed. Still, there is definitely a place for this kind of book if you know what to expect.
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