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  • Paperback
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552163759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552163750
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.6 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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LADY REZALLA BOYNTON-CHONDERLEE was often bemused and puzzled by her body-heir, Nimisha Boynton-Rondymense, as the child began to develop a personality. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Natalie on June 14 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I disagreed with many of the reviews already on this site; first of all, it would be nice to see a review from someone who could spell the name of the book/the main character correctly. In this recent novel by Anne McCaffrey,the main character is a lady of high birth, Nimisha. She is different from her peers in that she loves mechanical things and spends more time working with her father on ship design than with her mother and fashion. Of course, this is not an unusual premise for McCaffrey, however in this story she creates a new twist. After Nimisha's noted father passes away, she inherits his company to the anger of his son, who thought that he should have gotten it. She continues in his tradition, testing and creating ships, and eventually conceives a daughter. Soon after this, she gets stranded alone after an experimental flight goes wrong, and she must survive and try to get back home. Being Nimisha, she can't help exploring the planets around her while waiting to be rescued, and what she finds is truly terrific. Meanwhile, while Nimisha battles hostile planetary creatures and makes friends with some aliens, attempts are being made on her daughter's life in order to regain the company.
This complicated story definitely makes for an enjoyable read. Nimisha is a very complex and endearing character, easy to relate to. I never found this book boring or devoid of action, and the characters were all extremely believable. I highly recommend it, however some of the more hard-core science fiction fans may not be as interested in it as I was.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I put off buying this book based on all the negative reviews and picked up a hardcover at less than paperback prices just a few weeks ago... read it in one sitting which I hadn't expected after all the comments about no conflict/suspense....and found it very enjoyable although not my favorite book by Anne - and I've read most of them.
I enjoyed reading all the background provided in the first part of the book and getting the feel of a new SF society - these were up to Anne's usual high standard in my opinion. I also did not think the characters are one dimensional or flat as some other reviewers have mentioned, maybe more subtle. Perhaps it is because this book is meant to be the first in a series - and more development will occur later. Regardless, I enjoyed meeting all these new people although I'd have like more on the Sh'im individuals.
This book is not for someone who likes SF books with lots of violence, running battles and other ACTION to make it move along, but it should satisfy otherwise.
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By OldSciFiDog on March 27 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am a long time fan of Ann McCaffrey and enjoyed this new addition. Ann is different from other SF authors in that she comes up with new universes (yea I read the back - but it is true) with different social settings. I rated this book as 4 stars because it is very good, but I like to leave some room.
I found the characters to be full and the plot moves along, but not because it has to (i.e., "oh my God something interesting has to happen here). The characters, the plot, and the science are consistant (i.e., no discontinuities - a character uses a skill, or object that has not been prevously described). Is it as good as her best? That is hard to measure, because all her works of a set are different from each other. I found enjoyment in reading this and had trouble putting it down, but then, I seem to have the same problem with most all of her stuff.
I am looking forward to another in this series, because of her track record in purducing yarns of good quality and appears not to roll over to publishing pressure.
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This is definitely not the best book that Anne McCaffrey has written, but it is also not so bad that I would not continue to call myself a fan of her work.
It is true that this book has some elements which have probably already been seen by fans of science fiction in general and/or of Anne McCaffrey's previous work. The element of being stranded lightyears from home and of having the AI doctor is reiminscent of Star Trek: Voyager. The dangerous animals and mystery on the new planet will put you in mind of McCaffrey's "Freedom" series.
The book was hard for me to get into at first. I get tripped up with the long names that Anne tends to use for characters and in figuring out the full extent of the society and in remembering who is who. But soon it gets much easier and you do start to care for the characters and about the outcome of the story. I'm probably too easily moved to tears, but there were occasions in the book that made me have to dry my eyes.
I agree that the artwork on the hardcover edition is horrible. The artwork on the paperback is also somewhat disappointing--I would have liked to see Nimisha's tattoo and necklace or just something more intriguing than half a woman's face. Both covers were so different from each other too that I didn't realize I already had the book when a friend gave me the paperback of it.
I'm not disappointed that I read this book, but it wasn't a page turner like the Dragonriders series, or the Power series was for me. But it is well written and enjoyable and will do well to transport you from your own world whenever you open its cover.
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