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Beholder's Eye (Web Shifters) por Julie…
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Beholder's Eye (Web Shifters) (original 1998; edição 1998)

por Julie E. Czerneda

Séries: Web Shifters (1)

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United in their natural form they are one, sharing all their memories, experiences, and lives. Apart they are six, the only existing members of their ancient race, a species with the ability to assume any form once they understand its essence. Their continued survival in a universe filled with races ready to destroy anyone perceived as different is based on the Rules. And first among those Rules is: Never reveal your true nature to another being. But when the youngest among them, Esen-alit-Quar, receives her first independent assignment to a world considered safe to explore, she stumbles into a trap no one could have anticipated. Her only means of escape lies in violating the First Rule. She reveals herself to a fellow captive―a human being/ While this mistake might not ordinarily prove fatal, the timing of the event could not be worse. For something new has finally made its way into the Universe, the Enemy of the Web, bringer of death to all forms of life. And the hunt it about to begin.… (mais)
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Título:Beholder's Eye (Web Shifters)
Autores:Julie E. Czerneda
Informação:DAW (1998), Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
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Beholder's Eye por Julie E. Czerneda (1998)

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    amysisson: Imaginative aliens, lots of fun with some underlying seriousness.
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At first I didn't like it very much. It was a bit slow starting, and these confusing interludes thrown in seemed to be trying to create tension but not really working.

But as I got further in, I saw how they made sense, and the story was stronger than I had thought. It was just a slow burn.

The coolest thing about it was all the different kinds of aliens. The main character shapeshifts into many of them, and we learn not only what they look like, but how they perceive the world and what their cultures are like. ( )
  jennelikejennay | Dec 31, 2020 |
I wasn't quite sure what to make of this book at first. Maybe it was the audio version throwing me off, but for such an ancient alien being shapeshifting through one alien form to another, I got the distinct impression of youthful ignorance.

Then again, I suppose that was intentional.

Fortunately for me, things weren't boring. We had a meet-cute and a serial murderer and lots of planets to travel between. I definitely had a better time when the serial murderer was involved, but getting into our youthful hero's biology, it's way of consuming and granting memories, of being a kind of energy being afraid to reveal herself among any kind of sentient life... was rather cool.

I've read a lot of these kinds of SF throughout the years and this one doesn't go far off the track, but the things it does well, it does well. A lot of thought was put into the nature of this alien and it shows. In fact, this is what will draw me back to the series.

Hey, folks, mass conservation is APPLIED here! Wooo! ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
Czerneda creates such original and varied alien species! And Esen's is such an altruistic one, collecting and saving knowledge of dying and extinct species. Full of adventure and wonder. This series does begin a little slowly with detailed description but that is the style. Slowly, you get pulled into a plot you weren't expecting until all the species feel three-dimensionally real nomatter how extrodinarily unbelievable they each may be. ( )
  Debjani_Ray | Apr 30, 2014 |
Esen, member of a shape-shifting species that shares its true nature with no one, takes on her first adult adventure. She gets into trouble, gets pulled back, gets into more trouble, and finally gets into the worst trouble of all. More would, I think, be spoilerific.

Entertaining enough. For me, this was a fine book that lacked sparkle. The alien species are relatively mundane, the plot was of the "one against the world" sort, the characterization was okay but not delight-inducing, and the settings were rather dull-ly colored. I thought it might have tried to take on too much, given how often the book moved us around in space and time (so much so that I found myself struggling to follow the transitions on audiobook -- they happened too quickly or with too little verbal recognition for me to catch them). Oh well. ( )
  pammab | Aug 14, 2013 |
This would be a good readalike for Stephanie Meyer's The Host. Features a young alien on her first job-of-sorts on a new planet who has to reveal her shapeshifting talents to a human male when trouble erupts on the planet. More off-planet adventures and trouble ensue. ( )
  amanderson | Mar 31, 2013 |
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United in their natural form they are one, sharing all their memories, experiences, and lives. Apart they are six, the only existing members of their ancient race, a species with the ability to assume any form once they understand its essence. Their continued survival in a universe filled with races ready to destroy anyone perceived as different is based on the Rules. And first among those Rules is: Never reveal your true nature to another being. But when the youngest among them, Esen-alit-Quar, receives her first independent assignment to a world considered safe to explore, she stumbles into a trap no one could have anticipated. Her only means of escape lies in violating the First Rule. She reveals herself to a fellow captive―a human being/ While this mistake might not ordinarily prove fatal, the timing of the event could not be worse. For something new has finally made its way into the Universe, the Enemy of the Web, bringer of death to all forms of life. And the hunt it about to begin.

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