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An Exchange of Gifts Hardcover – Jun 1995


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Wildside Press (June 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1880448483
  • ISBN-13: 978-1880448489
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 15 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,200,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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McCaffrey's latest is a sweet, romantic fantasy set in a realm where each person is born with a gift that determines their future. Meanne, who is not allowed to practice her gift of making plants grow and thrive--because it is so "unsuitable for a princess of the Blood Royal to insert her royal hands in common dirt" --runs away to a deserted, run-down forest hunting lodge. Unschooled in many of the practicalities of setting the hut to rights, she is delighted when a boy named Wisp shows up and joins forces with her. Readers may suspect it before Meanne does, but Wisp has a frightening gift that works a great change for Meanne yet bodes well for their future together. This is an enticing little book, made more so by Pat Morrissey's delicate line drawing that frames each two-page spread of text, and McCaffrey fans of all ages will adore it. Sally Estes --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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By A Customer on Nov. 8 1997
Format: Hardcover
I'm a big fan of Anne McCaffrey...usually. I found An Exchange of Gifts to be quite boring, and even though it was VERY short, I found it hard to finish. I usually finish one of McCaffrey's books in a day (staying up into the wee hours of the morning if I must), but this one took me near to a week. I guess, first of all, that this isn't my type of book--I prefer science fiction or fantasy that deals with some sort of issue, with a cleverly built world and lifelike characters. This book was more of a fairy-tale style, and I've never liked finishing a book and thinking gee, they all lived happily ever after, like I care. But that's what I did with this book. The main character was so uninteresting I can't even recall her name, and as for that Wisp thing, I'll just say ugh. But it was hardly the worst thing I've ever read, and certainly not as bad as McCaffrey's other fairy-tale, No One Noticed The Cat. (I've had some e-mails saying they were offended at my review of that one--well, it's just my opinion. I DO like Anne McCaffrey, I just don't like the way her writing has gone recently.) To anyone considering reading this book: if you want a taste of what I think is true McCaffrey, read Dragonflight. If you like wishy-washy fairy tales, read this.
(For some reason, my name did not show up on this before. That's why it's here again.)
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By A Customer on June 10 1997
Format: Hardcover
I'm a big fan of Anne McCaffrey...usually. I found An Exchange of Gifts to be quite boring, and even though it was VERY short, I found it hard to finish. I usually finish one of McCaffrey's books in a day (staying up into the wee hours of the morning if I must), but thiso ne took me near to a week. I guess, first of all, that this isn't my type of book--I prefer science fiction or fantasy that deals with some sort of issue, with a cleverly built world and lifelike characters. This book was more of a fairy-tale style, and I've never liked finishing a book and thinking gee, they all lived happily ever after, like I care. But that's what I did with this book. The main character was so uninteresting I can't even recall her name, and as for that Wisp thing, I'll just say ugh. But it was hardly the worst thing I've ever read, and certainly not as bad as McCaffrey's other fairy-tale, No One Noticed The Cat. (I've had some e-mails saying they were offended at my review of that one--well, it's just my opinion. I DO like Anne McCaffrey, I just don't like the way her writing has gone recently.) To anyone considering reading this book: if you want a taste of what I think is true McCaffrey, read Dragonflight. If you like wishy-washy fairy tales, read this
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By L. Park on Aug. 5 2001
Format: Hardcover
Well, this book is definately unique and charming in its simplicity of plot yet depth of language. I have never read Anne McCaffrey before but I thought this was wonderful of her to write for her granddaughter, whom I'm sure will love it once she is 12+ years of age and has a handy dictionary! ha, I had to check more than a few words during the course of this book, and I thought that gave a certain grown up quality to a children's fairy tale. This is a short story, less than 100 pages, yet the characters have depth, if limited, and is steeped in maigic, that probably would have been more fun if explored further than what it was in this book. Overall this is a nice, light and short read that was very lovely, made all the more so with the illustrations around each page that basically fit in with the plot. Check it out.
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Format: Hardcover
About the only thing I liked about the book was that it was visually pleasing. Huh, what a thing to say! It's about the size of a CD case, irregular for a book, and it has the most beautiful cover artwork... but about the book! The story wasn't up to snuff, and I'd say the same thing about any other book of the same caliber, I don't care who wrote it. The plot wasn't particularly exciting, and the romance (could it be called that?), well, it fizzled. The characters weren't very endearing (the main girl character, Meanne, seemed like such a wilted flower. I kept wishing she'd just grow some SPINE!) and although there was magic involved, it wasn't enough to keep me interested for long. I think I'll just stick with reading the Pern books; they're longer and I actually liked the characters.
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By Melissa V on April 15 2002
Format: Hardcover
Meanne runs away from her impending arranged marriage. She goes to her childhood cottage that has been long since forgotten and starts her new life there. Wisp comes into her life like a breeze. Together they make a team and strive for new beginnings.

This book was rather boring. Meanne is very hurried character, as she we don't get to see inside her, just what is on her mind NOW. There was too many foreshadowing that actually lets us know what is going to happen. There is no surprise and there is no climax of the story.
Its pretty mellow, a very short read of 94 pages. I honestly kept myself reading, but found myself skimming the pages. I really don't recommend this book, the only McCaffrey story so far that I didn't like.
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Format: Hardcover
I think this was an enchanting and charming short story. I normally don't read short stories, but the description was quite intriguing. It a little over 90 pages so I finished it rather quickly, but I loved it nontheless. I bought the book as soon as I had put it down. I admit MeAnn and Wisp's characters could have been expanded to make them more realistic, but the setting was beautifull described and the plot was completely original. This was the first Anne McCaffrey book I ever read, although some of my other family members have read many of her Dragonrider series. This book got me interested in her as an author and her other works. I wish the story could have been longer, but it stands out as it is. I highly recommend it to anyone.
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