I'm looking for a book I started reading as a teen in Russia in the mid 90's. I believe it was translated from English. I bought it along with a book from Christopher Stasheff, Warlock in Spite of Himself.
- I Googled various online Russian book sellers.
- Searched Goodreads "Top 10" Sci-Fi lists from 80's and 90's.
- Asked around Facebook sci-fi groups
Results: someone pointed me to Jack Vance's The Chasch book series. I'm currently two chapters in with a very similar plot but it doesn't quite match the details I remember. (Possibly I've forgotten, mixing some details up)
DETAILS I REMEMBER FROM THE BOOK:
- The cover had beautiful artwork of people or humanoid riders on huge mounts with tall necks
- The story begins with a space pilot (possibly one person fighter) crash-landing on a desolate planet
- He is wounded and taken captive by an unfriendly nomadic alien race
- The aliens travel through a desolate place (I think it's covered in snow) in a caravan
- The aliens ride huge furry mounts with tall tube like necks (see image below for similar image)
- There is a limited food supply, but I SPECIFICALLY REMEMBER WARM, BITTER MILK the main character drinks