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- Anna Quindlen

Review: A Thousand Words for Stranger, by Julie E. Czerneda

A Thousand Words for Stranger  - Julie E. Czerneda

A young woman finds herself on an alien planet with no memory of who she is or how she has gotten there. All she has is the overwhelming compulsion to find her ship and get the hell off the planet.

Before long, she runs into Captain Morgan

Captain Morgan

No, not THAT Captain Morgan, though my mind went there EVERY time he was referred to by title.

No, this is Captain Jason Morgan, sexy human space pirate man, who is a bit of a mix of this

Malcolm Reynolds

and this

Anderson Cooper

I mean, he has piercing blue eyes and drives a spaceship called the Silver Fox, fer cryin out loud.

So Morgan agrees to take the woman - whom he names Sira - on as crew, and before long sparks are flying in your typical sci-fi-sexual-tension sort of a way.

But things are complicated, because Sira obviously has a mysterious past, and is also - SURPRISE! - an alien. Her species is known as the Clan

Ku Klux Klan

No, not THAT Klan. But jeez, not the best name to choose for your xenophobic douchey alien species, Ms. Czerneda. Or maybe that was intentional? Hope not.

No, this Clan is more of a mix of this

Mad Scientist

and this

Douchey Time Lords

They're all bent on eugenics and telepathy and ruling the universe in their very fine shiny robes. No wonder Sira is horrified to discover she's one of them.

So will Sira and Morgan and their ragtag group of alien friends be able to take down the powerful Clan elite? Will their love conquer the species barrier and all of their darrrrrrk secrets? Will anything actually unexpected happen in this book?

Yes! Yes! Not really! But that's okay!

Because in the end I liked this one. It took me a long while to get there, and at no point did it ever approach four-star territory, but the characters were interesting enough, the plot moved swiftly, and though the writing wasn't very polished (it's obviously a first novel), nothing really awful jumped out at me.

I'll probably pick up the sequel, maybe someday.


24 February 2013