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Crystal Line [Hardcover]

Anne McCaffrey
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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 A fine end to a great serise March 19 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Romance, not SF. Oct. 17 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. CRYSTAL LINE, short as it is, was very difficult to get through. The prose is pandering, and the dialogue is downright nauseating. Make no bones about it, this is a romance novel with token trappings of science fiction. I almost expected to see Fabio posing as Lars for the cover. SF for lonely housewives! Add to that a barely-there plot and a tacked-on-for-a-bit-of-excitement finale, and this book ends up being a huge disappointment.
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars good book, but boring ending July 12 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. i enjoyed the characters in the book very much, especially the breif meeting with killashandras relative. brendan and boira, the courier ships, were very confusing, but the so called jewel junk was very interesting. it was nice when killashandra was returned her memory, but the ending , with its loves and adorations, was almost too sweet, and gave me a bad case of romantic sugar tooth!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! April 3 2000
By Jordan
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars An almost perfect finale to the crystal series! March 28 2000
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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. I found the aspect of loss of memory caused by crystal singing heart-striking, especially combined with the centuries-lasting love story of Lars and Killashandra. Even the terrible amnesia or a long separation cannot erase their love. The reason why I didn't give the book five stars is that even though the novel by itself is top class, I miss some of the 'youth' and excitement I associate to the earlier novels in the Crystal series. Definetely worth reading, even if you get your eyes all puffed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars McCaffrey hits the spot-again! Feb. 3 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. Killa is such a wonderfully diverse character and she comes to life in this last book! So does the world of the crystal singer! Its rewards, its costs, everything about crystal singing is so interesting and absolutely amazing! I was enthralled. Lars and Killa go through a lot and some of their experiences and feelings could have been elaborated on maybe but even as it was I was impressed. McCaffrey is a genius. To think of a story that's so diffrent but so very good is the work of a master!
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2.0 out of 5 stars hmm... Dec 15 1999
By shel99
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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