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Crystal Line [Hardcover]

Anne McCaffrey
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Nov. 12 1992
The third novel in the "Crystal Singer" sequence. Killashandra was the most experienced and gifted crystal singer on Ballybran. So naturally she and her partner Lars Dahl were asked to explore the jewel junk of the planet Opal. Unfortunately all those who had previously encountered it had died.

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McCaffrey again explores the effects of institutionalized memory loss on a culture in the third volume of a series that began with Crystal Singer . Killashandra Ree, one of the rare individuals with perfect pitch who can find and cut the Ballybran crystals on which much of the galaxy's economy is based, turns away from her lover and partner Lars Dahl when he becomes head of the Heptite Guild and, to her discomfort, moves to bring some order into the workings of the organization that controls the crystal trade. In order to work with crystal one must adapt to a symbiotic organism that heals humans rapidly and prolongs life; as a side effect, those who handle crystal lose their memories, forgetting the locations of good mining sites as well as the identities of their friends and lovers. While Lars undertakes various projects to overcome this disability, Killashandra has an off-planet fling. Eventually she reconciles herself to change, finding possible salvation for them all. As lacking in coherence as a crystal singer's life and bereft of interesting characters, this episodic McCaffrey effort is a major disappointment.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars In Sci-Fi, there is intelligent life over 40 Aug. 15 1999
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I read McCaffrey when I want to be comforted by the presence of basically decent people. The plots don't matter to me much and the attempts at true sci-fi technology are something to skipped over as quickly as possible (eg. the workings of a Hive ship.) For that reason, I have also enjoyed McCaffrey's non-Sci-fi books, in particular "A Stitch in Snow".
The Crystal Singer series is my favorite sci-fi trilogy and Crystal Line is my favorite of the three books. In Crystal Singer, we have the usual angry and mis-treated teenager who strikes out on her own and is attracted to the domineering macho types. In Killashandra, we have a woman who has matured enough to change her taste in men. But in Crystal Line we have one of the very few "middle-aged" (I know she's actually several hundred years old according to the plot) heroines in sci-fi. Her decisions about what she will do with her life, and who she will do it with, are long over. But she still has decisions to make about how she will deal with both the choices that she has made and the things that life has done to her.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the best book in the trilogy Oct. 24 1998
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I was less than inspired by the first two Crystal Singer books. Killashandra was a fun heroine, but not too appealing, and her adventures were somewhat...silly. However, I hate leaving loose ends, so I started reading "Crystal Line"...and was quite pleasantly surprised! Oh, the adventures here are still rather irrelevant. Killa and Lars could have been doing anything, that's not really the point. The point is, in THIS book, the profession of Crystal Singing, the joys and triumphs it brings and the hazards of the job are finally explored, and it's...haunting. Lars is sweet, though he still doesn't do much for me. Killa, however, finally stops being the diva and faces the past she struggled for so long to suppress and has to find what her heart is searching for. Through the course of the book, several loose ends are tied up (it's recommended that the reader not wait too long between reading "Crystal Singer" and "Crystal Line"), and the ending is...perfect.
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Killashandra, Crystal Singer, returns for a third novel in the Crystal Series. I recommend you read these in order as the events in the first two lead up to this novel.
Killashandra is now a mature Crystal Singer. She enjoys the benefits of life on Ballybran as one of the rare and valuable miners of Crystal. The career of a Singer brings wealth, long life and a certain cachet in the Galaxy. But it comes at a heavy price; loss of memory and thus an inability to maintain any meaningful relationships. Singers are encouraged to document their lives with a recorded journal so they can pick up the pieces of their personality and not become shallow and venal.
Killashandra and Lars Dahl, her new-found love from the previous novel, face new challenges for the Heptite Guild. But their relationship is threatened by forces behind the scenes. Is Lars working for or against Killashandra?
This is a fine conclusion to the two previous novels and one of my favorite series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! April 3 2000
By Jordan
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This is one of the most beautiful sci-fi trilogy, I've ever had the pleasure to read (and boy was it a pleasure!). As an avid reader of both sci-fi and fantasy books, it is always wonderful to come across a book which is both imagintive and thought provoking. It took me two days to finish all three, I just could not put them down. Yes, may- be the story has an all to perfect ending, but I'm finding more and more these days that a good perfect ending gives you the reprieve you need from modern day stresses, and this book differently gives you that.
Anne McCaffrey, has created a world of excitment, intrigue and love; a world that has the reader feeling and experiencing everything the characters go through and feel. I very much recommend this book to any one who is a fan of the genre and a good ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fine end to a great serise March 19 2003
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Killasandra and the love of her life, Lars, have both become experienced crystal singers. They enjoy all the perks of the job, lots of credit and long life, but they also suffer the draw backs, loss of memory. But, while Lars wants to remember the past, Killasandra doesn't care. This will eventually come between them.
This book is a fine end to the serise, even though we do see, or atleast realise, that many of the origanl minor characters have died. It also finaly confermes the hints we got in the other to books that the series is set in te same universe as the brainship serise (eg Helva)
The end part of the book made me cry because Killasandra forgets Lars and just when she remembers what they had it looks like she has lost him forever.
This book is a must!
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2.0 out of 5 stars hmm... Dec 14 1999
By shel99
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i have a hard time giving an anne mccaffrey book such a low rating as two stars, as she is one of my all-time favorite writers, but this one just didn't do it for me. i loved the first two books of the trilogy, but something about this one was a bit too far-fetched. i know that sf is not necessarily supposed to coincide with reality, but it has to at least be believable, and the whole deal with killa miraculously recovering all her memories just didn't sit right with me - it was too pat and perfect. like i said, i loved the first two books of the trilogy, and the world of ballybran is fascinating (who wouldn't be intrigued by the idea of an entire mountain range singing harmonies at you? ), but my recommendation is to stop reading after the second book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Romance, not SF.
Were they always like this? I loved the first two Crystal Singer books, but I read them many years ago, when I was much younger. Read more
Published on Oct. 17 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars good book, but boring ending
the crystal series were very nice, not anne mccaffrey's best work, but quite nice. the plotlines were unpredictable, especially in the last book of the series, crystal line. Read more
Published on July 11 2000 by MARIANNA GERBAKHER
4.0 out of 5 stars An almost perfect finale to the crystal series!
The first time I laid my hands on Crystal Line, I just couldn't stop reading. I just read, sat and cried for three to four hours, forgetting to eat at all that evening. Read more
Published on March 28 2000 by "neqarinth"
5.0 out of 5 stars McCaffrey hits the spot-again!
I truly believe this is one of McCaffrey's best collection of stories. The World of Pern was absolutely wonderful and this trilogy only improves my opinion of her. Read more
Published on Feb. 2 2000 by Caroline
5.0 out of 5 stars A truely mind-blowing book
I have never read anything so enthralling in my life. It instantly grabbed me, and I was unable to put it down. Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars A bit self-indulgent
Muhlah! This wasn't a horrible book, but it reads too much like an inside joke. Muhlah! Not one of her best, not as good as the other two.
Published on Nov. 13 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Trilogy
The Crystal Singer trilogy is wonderfully written. All Anne McCaffery's books are good but this series is a must to read, over and above my favourite.
Published on July 28 1998 by Mrs. G. E. Harvey
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