Merchanter's Luck

☆ Merchanter's Luck ↠ C.J. Cherryh - Merchanter's Luck, Merchanter s Luck The fateful meeting between the owner of a tramp star freighter that flies the Union planets under false papers and fake names and a proud but junior member of a powerful starship owning family leads ☆ Merchanter's Luck ↠ C.J. Cherryh - Merchanter's Luck, Merchanter s Luck The fateful meeting between the owner of a tramp star freighter that flies the Union planets under false papers and fake names and a proud but junior member of a powerful starship owning family leads

  • Title: Merchanter's Luck
  • Author: C.J. Cherryh
  • ISBN: 9780886771393
  • Page: 486
  • Format: Paperback
Merchanter's Luck

☆ Merchanter's Luck ↠ C.J. Cherryh, Merchanter's Luck, C.J. Cherryh, Merchanter s Luck The fateful meeting between the owner of a tramp star freighter that flies the Union planets under false papers and fake names and a proud but junior member of a powerful starship owning family leads to a record breaking race to Downbelow Station and a terrifying showdown at a deadly destination off the cosmic charts ☆ Merchanter's Luck ↠ C.J. Cherryh - Merchanter's Luck, Merchanter s Luck The fateful meeting between the owner of a tramp star freighter that flies the Union planets under false papers and fake names and a proud but junior member of a powerful starship owning family leads

  • ☆ Merchanter's Luck ↠ C.J. Cherryh
    486 C.J. Cherryh
Merchanter's Luck

About “C.J. Cherryh

  • C.J. Cherryh

    Currently resident in Spokane, Washington, C.J Cherryh has won four Hugos and is one of the best selling and most critically acclaimed authors in the science fiction and fantasy field She is the author of than forty novels Her hobbies include travel, photography, reef culture, Mariners baseball, and, a late passion, figure skating she intends to compete in the adult USFSA track She began with the modest ambition to learn to skate backwards and now is working on jumps She sketches, occasionally, cooks fairly well, and hates house work she loves the outdoors, animals wild and tame, is a hobbyist geologist, adores dinosaurs, and has academic specialties in Roman constitutional law and bronze age Greek ethnography She has written science fiction since she was ten, spent ten years of her life teaching Latin and Ancient History on the high school level, before retiring to full time writing, and now does not have enough hours in the day to pursue all her interests Her studies include planetary geology, weather systems, and natural and man made catastrophes, civilizations, and cosmology in fact, there s very little that doesn t interest her A loom is gathering dust and needs rethreading, a wooden ship model awaits construction, and the cats demand their own time much urgently She works constantly, researches mostly on the internet, and has books stacked up and waiting to be written.



510 thoughts on “Merchanter's Luck

  • Think of Han Solo and the Millenium Falcon Think of Malcolm Reynolds and Serenity Now make them lonely and reckless and hopeless Sandor Kreja is pretty much these guys, without the supportive crew sidekick All he s got left after the raid that killed his family is his ship, a battered version of the Falcon or Serenity In the opening chapter, Sandor walks into a bar and falls in love at first sight with the raven haired Allison Reilly, a Merchanter daughter on leave A quick roll in the hay only t [...]


  • Sandor Kreja is a survivor He managed to escape the massacre of his family and has run the family spaceship, first with his brother, then without, for a very long time The ship s control system speaks in his brother s voice, a comforting reminder of the loving connections he used to have He has lived at the edge of the law and at the margins of society for his entire adult life and is longing to just have a chance to achieve a normal life.Contrast this with Allison Reilly, who comes from an enor [...]


  • Who knows why one book strikes a chord with someone, but this one is my all time favorite and having a degree in English Lit, I read a lot I have three copies of this book because if I look for it and can t find it within a day or two I panic and buy another copy I love many books over many genres but my heart loves this one best You will enjoy this story if you have read Downbelow Station at the very least I will admit that the first time I read it, the end was a bit fuzzy but the often I rea [...]


  • A complete and total delight.Superb Confident and spare and elegant and sharp Electric and alive The rhythm of Cherryh s prose is fabulous, compelling, exciting and tons of fun If you have read Downbelow Station, you must read this You will feel at home in the near future of that work Marvellous For Cherryh, the Alliance Union universe books are mostly fantastic In order to read Downbelow Station 1981 Superb Merchanter s Luck 1982 Perhaps her best ever Rimrunners 1989 Very good Heavy Time 1991 g [...]


  • Review on third reread, Jan 2017 Amazingly taut and condensed novel at 208 pages mmpb , it s almost in long novella territory, but fully developed Opens as a sort of romance, evolves into a complex rescue business deal between a distressed sole proprietor and a wealthy Merchanter family, then morphs into a twist ending with a dramatic hunt for Mazianni pirates in the Hinder Stars Very cool book, one of Cherryh s very best May be her masterwork I haven t had a lot of luck rereading later Cherryh, [...]


  • We have a hard world, we do We have a world that necessitates a certain amount of emotional distance There are a lot of us in this world, each of us rubbing against the others Scraping shoulders, butting souls We need to develop a sort of emotional chitin in order to function we can t go around the planet with all our hurts hanging out We ve all been poked in a place we can t stand to be touched We ve all been mocked for things we can t stand to display We hide it, all that hurt and pride and at [...]


  • Honestly, I think this book is a representation of Cherryh at her best.Complex, refreshing world building, eloquent but not overly verbose prose that s a joy to read, and tight story telling but not so tight that it leaves the narrative dry and uninspired The book takes you on a roller coasted ride of spacer element of the Alliance Union universe, dwelling on the nature of FTL travel and its specifics within this universe about the technical side through the eyes of the starship captain Sandor [...]


  • This isn t really a romance, but it has those elements I read this back in Highschool and have loved CJ Cherryh s work ever since It s a short read at least I remember it being a slim battered paperback , but nail biting and sweet at the same time Politics, intrigue, quality science fiction and space pirates One of my all time favourites Sure wish they d release an audio version


  • For some reason this novel felt like an expanded novella to me I also felt it would have been a better book if it had been novella size or an even longer expanded book, especially in the battle scene There were quite a few characters I liked and wanted to know better Brave orphan Captain Sandor Kreja captured my heart as he did Allison Reilly s Ambitious Allison, eager to join the bridge, any bridge, as second in command, test herself, and shed her family Princess Power image for one of substanc [...]


  • The first sequel to Cherryh s award winning Downbelow Station , Merchanter s Luck focuses on the aftermath of the creation of the interstellar Merchant Alliance based at Pell Station As a child, Sandor Krejas was one of three survivors of a pirate attack on his 200 year old family ship Followed by years of accidents and poor luck, he lost the remaining members of his family and became Le Cygne s captain and sole crewman A scoundrel, Krejas is also lonely, poor, constantly terrified and desperate [...]


  • Sandor Kreja is in a strange position, sole owner of a spaceship but broke and running out of ways to cheat the system, when he encounters Allison Reilly, crewman of the prosperous Dublin Again, and decides to bet everything on the Dublin s next station stop Merchanter s Luck is predicated on an infatuation at first sight which is never quite convincing Sandor s pursuit of Allison feels foolish, and gives the book a slow start It s also often a novel of reactions, despite Allison s active ambiti [...]


  • I picked this up randomly from an open bookshelf, not certain if I was ever going to actually read it Luckily I decided to try it one afternoon and really really liked it The characters and worldbuilding are wonderful, detailed and nuanced and wholly believable, there s tension and dangerous situations, but no over the top drama, everything is handled extremely realistically Characters are complex and always have than one reason for acting as they do I very much appreciated the fact that men an [...]


  • I read this book when it first came out in the early 80s, but I had no memory of it I don t know why, but it just didn t resonate with me and I couldn t get into it I m not sure I even finished it So I m overjoyed that I pulled it off the shelf and gave it another read, now 30 years later it s one of the best sci fi books I ve read.It s the story of an impoverished, down at the heels captain of a small freighter who can barely make enough to keep his ship flying and who often operates on the wro [...]


  • Feels like the right amount of background and character issues for a novel this size, but roughly a short story s worth of plot Or a novella Elene Quen Konstantin makes a brief appearance as the dockmaster, and Josh Talley is now a commander in Pell s fleet These are both major characters from Downbelow Station If I m not mistaken there s a scene where the female lead accuses a male supporting character of having a problem with the male lead because the male supporting character is gay and wants [...]


  • This has a fascinating premise, and it s exactly the kind of spaceship fiction I like I only wish that Cherryh s writing worked a little better for me.Sandor Kreja s family, who ran a merchant spaceship, were murdered by pirates when he was a child He s alone and desperately trying to keep his ship in business Allison Reilly is a junior member of a large, wealthy, important merchant family She will never have the chance to crew her own ship because with life extending technology, the current sen [...]


  • This is the first book byC.J Cherryh I ve ever read As an author, I suspect she is a keeper The science is fairly quiet in her stories just a dull background, no geek porn here , but her characters are very believable The protagonist in this story has been living on the margins for the last decade and a half after his entire family is wiped out by pirates and strangely enough, he has trouble trusting people The people that surround him were also interesting if much less developed , and left me w [...]


  • Storyline 2 5Characters 4 5Writing Style 2 5World 2 5I had hoped that this would be either great or, instead, awful If great then I would come back to Cherryh with enthusiasm If awful then I would have adequate justification for abandoning The Company Wars This title didn t satisfy my urge for decisive direction It was Cherryh s best handling of characters and viewpoint, but it was also very slow This adds only a tidbit to the series The events here could easily have been accounted for in a sin [...]


  • This is the book that I ve always, deep down, wanted to write, except that C.J Cherryh beat me to it and did it better When I was five There s just nothing fair in this universe A light read that isn t light, a high adventure that never loses the grime and sweat off its brow Its balanced in a way that few other books are, building a full universe, one that functions outside the protagonists, but without any information than is absolutely needs to move the story along Story and setting and chara [...]


  • This book is good really good A very classic, tightly written sf adventure, with plenty of character drama and a wonderfully human future It suffers a little of course from a modern point of view, having been written in the early 80s, but the story shines through and I m looking forward to reading of Cherryh s works set in this world Also, I honestly don t think you need to read Downbelow Station before reading this one There are some names and characters thrown around as references Konstantin [...]


  • I m in the middle of re reading the entire series, and this one pops out like a sweet little gem It is little, in comparison to the others in this series, and it is a lightweight story although it does provide background for later books and continuation of previous ones.It s a fairly fast paced book about merchanters, their families and the re opening of the Hinder Stars stations and the Mazianni Signy Mallory is in it, which makes it a good book in and of itself.


  • Loved it It was definitely in the SF side of the SFR rainbow But I love, love SF This story was incredibly detailed I feel like I know Sandor and Allison personally now It has action, humor, scary bits, trauma, a little sex, and a big dose of PTSD Poor Sandor What a damaged guy Lots of spaceships, and space stations Some villains and some hope The romance is powerful and life changing but not in your face It s subtle and a HFN Excellent story.




  • Orphan romance, a rich beggar caught between his love for a lady who wants his ship, the military who want him as bait, and all his ghost memories.


  • Beautiful It is possible to read this as a psychological metaphor, with the sealed chambers in the spaceship Lucy standing in for parts of his mind He knows they are there, he knows what is in them, but he keeps the doors sealed and the temperature at freezing Suffering from PTSD, he is afraid of future violence, but the shame of the past violence is important to him He withholds information from a lover and her allies rather than reveal the depth of his past hurt When a science fiction novel w [...]


  • Sequel to Downbelow Station, and it helps to have read that Very taut, in fact stretched to the limit and often clipped, dialogue heavy storytelling that at times is a bit hard to follow The story is worth it though as it s rather unique with it s main character balanced on the edge of sanity and dragging a crew into a messy situation trying to make a credit or two There is complicated multi sided politics, also thar be pirates, after a fashion Even the pirates are complicated though, like an a [...]


  • Sometimes old school science fiction is the best science fiction This has been sitting on my shelf forever, and I finally got around to it Very taut and focused, and it was refreshing to have a story about a small ship and her captain and their travails, rather than an over the top save the galaxy saga.


  • Fast paced, but in the end a satisfying read Likeable characters and another solid chapter in the Alliance Union universe.




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