History Literature / Foreigner

20th Jan '16 9:14:47 PM digitalsidhe
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added Chekhov's Gunman
* ChekhovsGunman: In ''Inheritor'', [[spoiler: Rejiri, "the boy from Dur"]] begins as a minor nuisance and distraction. Near the end of the book, he suddenly gains everyone's undivided attention when he notes that, [[spoiler: as a resident of the isle of Dur, he knows the currents in the Strait of Mospheira and can predict where Yolanda-paidhi will wind up when she tries to cross it]].

** The reverse also applies, since the atevi feel an emotion unknown to humans, ''manchi''. Humans can ''sort'' of understand it, since it's sort of like loyalty and sort of like a flocking instinct, but humans can never fully understand it, never grasp it at a gut/intuitive level, and never ''ever'' actually feel it.
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** The reverse also applies, since the atevi feel an emotion unknown to humans, ''manchi''.''man'chi''. Humans can ''sort'' of understand it, since it's sort of like loyalty and sort of like a flocking instinct, but humans can never fully understand it, never grasp it at a gut/intuitive level, and never ''ever'' actually feel it.
30th Jun '15 10:08:59 AM callsignecho
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* UnreliableNarrator: Though it's not Bren's fault, and serves to underscore the fact that if an empathetic, mathematical and linguistic genius like Bren can't decipher the Atevi mind, overcoming an such immense communication gap would be simply impossible for 99.9% of the human population. The audience is told Atevi don't have words for love or friendship because they don't ''have'' those feelings, and it's accepted as an indisputable fact for several books. It's not until well into the series that Bren begins to question this, noting that while they don't have ''general'' terms like humans, they have very ''specific'' names for different kinds of relationships, and these relationships can be as binding as any human friendship or marriage. Even humans acknowledge there are many different kinds of love, despite using the catchall term more than any other...so do the Atevi feel "love"? They would say no. Bren would say...
24th Jun '15 7:52:53 PM Micah
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* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: ''Peacekeeper'', the fifteenth novel in the series, centers around major character Cajeiri's ninth birthday party and wraps up a number of plot threads that have been dangling since about book seven. It has several remarks to the effect that "the next wholly auspicious number after nine is fifteen" in the numerology of the atevi. In-universe, it's Cajeiri noting -- or someone noting to him -- that this is the most significant birthday party he's going to get for quite a while. But it also reads as meta-commentary; since Cherryh didn't manage to wrap up these particular plots by book nine, she needed to drag them out through book fifteen if she wanted the structure of the series to respect its character's numerology.
14th Nov '14 8:55:37 PM Sabreur
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* RubberForeheadAliens: The only visible difference between humans and atevi are that the atevi are taller, have gold colored eyes, pitch black skin (darker than even the darkest human skin, and shading to grey as it gets lighter), pointed ears, and no facial or body hair. Oh, and their sweat smells like petroleum products. This actually causes a lot of problems - atevi look human-like, but they think [[BlueAndOrangeMorality much differently]] - assuming otherwise causes... [[HilarityEnsues problems]].
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* RubberForeheadAliens: The only visible difference between humans and atevi are that the atevi are taller, have gold colored eyes, pitch black skin (darker than even the darkest human skin, and shading to grey as it gets lighter), pointed ears, and no facial or body hair. Oh, and their sweat smells like petroleum products. This actually causes a lot of problems - atevi look ''look'' human-like, but they think ''think'' [[BlueAndOrangeMorality much differently]] - assuming differently]]. Assuming otherwise causes... [[HilarityEnsues problems]].
14th Nov '14 8:53:32 PM Sabreur
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Elaborated on the Rubber Forehead Aliens bullet point.
* RubberForeheadAliens: The only visible difference between humans and atevi are that the atevi are taller, have gold colored eyes, pitch black skin (darker than even the darkest human skin, and shading to grey as it gets lighter), pointed ears, and no facial or body hair. Oh, and their sweat smells like petroleum products.
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* RubberForeheadAliens: The only visible difference between humans and atevi are that the atevi are taller, have gold colored eyes, pitch black skin (darker than even the darkest human skin, and shading to grey as it gets lighter), pointed ears, and no facial or body hair. Oh, and their sweat smells like petroleum products. This actually causes a lot of problems - atevi look human-like, but they think [[BlueAndOrangeMorality much differently]] - assuming otherwise causes... [[HilarityEnsues problems]].
30th Jul '14 2:35:52 PM HiddenWindshield
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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: If an atevi contracts with the [[MurderInc Assassin's Guild]] to kill someone, the target is informed of the fact ahead of hand. If, in spite of the warning, the target is killed, it isn't considered to be murder.
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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: If an atevi contracts with the [[MurderInc Assassin's Guild]] to kill someone, the target is informed of the fact ahead of hand.time. If, in spite of the warning, the target is killed, it isn't considered to be murder.
25th Apr '14 3:06:15 PM KhymChanur
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Bren Cameron has the job of the ''paidhi'', the sole point of contact between the human LostColony on the island of Mospheira and the [[RubberForeheadAliens alien]] atevi on whose planet the humans are living. While Bren enjoys being a diplomat/translator/linguist/xenologist, it's not what you'd call an exciting job. Some excitement is added when the ''aiji'', the head of the atevi government, gives him a handgun as a gift, even though it's highly illegal for a human to posses a gun. It then gets ''much'' more exciting when, a week later, an assassin breaks into his apartment and he's forced to use the handgun in self defense. The attack leaves Bren baffled, since although there are plenty of conservative atevi who hate humans enough to want him dead, the conservative atevi have ''always'' hated humans, but no one has tried to have the ''paidhi'' killed in the two hundred years that the office has existed. And thus begins Creator/CJCherryh's book series on inter-species politics and intrigue.
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Bren Cameron has the job of the ''paidhi'', the sole point of contact between the human LostColony on the island of Mospheira and the [[RubberForeheadAliens alien]] atevi on whose planet the humans are living. While Bren enjoys being a diplomat/translator/linguist/xenologist, it's not what you'd call an exciting job. Some excitement is added when the ''aiji'', the head of the atevi government, gives him a handgun as a gift, even though it's highly illegal for a human to posses a gun. It then gets ''much'' more exciting when, a week two weeks later, an assassin breaks into his apartment and he's forced to use the handgun in self defense. The attack leaves Bren baffled, since although there are plenty of conservative atevi who hate humans enough to want him dead, the conservative atevi have ''always'' hated humans, but no one has tried to have the ''paidhi'' killed in the nearly two hundred years that the office has existed. And thus begins Creator/CJCherryh's book series on inter-species politics and intrigue.
17th Feb '14 1:19:03 PM StarSword
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! These novels contain examples of:
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\n! ---- !! These novels contain examples of: * BizarreAlienPsychology: The main character has to train himself to think like aliens in order to be an ambassador to them.
11th Feb '14 9:32:37 AM KhymChanur
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* GoodWithNumbers: The other thing which distinguishes the atevi mind from that humans (taking second place to their [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove inability to understand love]]) is their facility with math. They can instantly and accurately count things, have a photographic memory for anything they count, the adult version of their language requires doing simple algebra to formulate grammatically correct sentences, and atevi cultures treat numerology with the same fervor that human cultures treat religion. Bren's chief bodyguard would be considered a mathematical prodigy by human standards, but chose a career having nothing at all to do with math.
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* GoodWithNumbers: The other thing which distinguishes the atevi mind from that of humans (taking second place to their [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove inability to understand love]]) is their facility with math. They can instantly and accurately count things, have a photographic memory for anything they count, the adult version of their language requires doing simple algebra to formulate grammatically correct sentences, and atevi cultures treat numerology with the same fervor that human cultures treat religion. Bren's chief bodyguard would be considered a mathematical prodigy by human standards, but chose a career having nothing at all to do with math.
14th Jul '13 3:19:06 PM KhymChanur
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Bren Cameron has the job of the ''paidhi'', the sole point of contact between the human LostColony on the island of Mospheira and the [[RubberForeheadAliens alien]] atevi on whose planet the humans are living. While Bren enjoys being a diplomat/translator/linguist/xenologist, it's not what you'd call an exciting job. Some excitement is added when the ''aiji'', the head of the atevi government, gives him a handgun as a gift, even though it's highly illegal for a human to posses a gun. It then gets ''much'' more exciting when, a week later, an assassin breaks into his apartment and he's forced to use the handgun in self defense. The attack leaves Bren baffled, since although the are plenty of conservative atevi who hate humans enough to want him dead, the conservative atevi have ''always'' hated humans, but no one has tried to have the ''paidhi'' killed in the two hundred years that the office has existed. And thus begins Creator/CJCherryh's book series on inter-species politics and intrigue.
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Bren Cameron has the job of the ''paidhi'', the sole point of contact between the human LostColony on the island of Mospheira and the [[RubberForeheadAliens alien]] atevi on whose planet the humans are living. While Bren enjoys being a diplomat/translator/linguist/xenologist, it's not what you'd call an exciting job. Some excitement is added when the ''aiji'', the head of the atevi government, gives him a handgun as a gift, even though it's highly illegal for a human to posses a gun. It then gets ''much'' more exciting when, a week later, an assassin breaks into his apartment and he's forced to use the handgun in self defense. The attack leaves Bren baffled, since although the there are plenty of conservative atevi who hate humans enough to want him dead, the conservative atevi have ''always'' hated humans, but no one has tried to have the ''paidhi'' killed in the two hundred years that the office has existed. And thus begins Creator/CJCherryh's book series on inter-species politics and intrigue.
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