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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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4.0 out of 5 stars A fast pased love story Sept. 23 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A refreshing read as the novel combineds relationships, tech-advances, and aliens. The social structure of the First Families is not such a far-off concept that it would be unacceptable. McCaffrey stays true to the usage of heroines (at least in the novels I have read). Yet this story, though the tech is impressive as is the "fictional sicience", is dominated by the relationships between the characters. McCaffrey has to be one of those few writers that can create very real and memorable characters. The only missing thing from the story was the lack of development in the Sh'im. Their relations with each other and the humans would have added to the depth of the novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! June 14 2003
By Natalie
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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1.0 out of 5 stars A hopeless dog Aug. 25 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Follows a too much of a formula; problems are solved far to easily; the baddies are stupid and lazy and fade from the scene early; there is not even a climax. There is a huge amount of potential in this story, but it bubbles into the ooze with nary a whimper. Don't waste your money.
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3.0 out of 5 stars interesting... Feb. 11 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I liked this book for the most part, it entertained me and provided good descriptions of fascinating worlds. However, I think that she could have toned down the sex just a little bit, the random love sessions without any love kind of did ruin the plot. The only real romance in the story, furthermore, could use to have been better developed. Also, that part towards the end where everyone keeps having babies was confusing and seemed sort of choppy and moved too fast without having smooth transitions -- several years passed in the story before the I was aware of it, and it took rereading a few paragraphs to figure out what was going on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad... Jan. 31 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
First off, this book is not to be compared with books in which every ten pages someone is off in a bedroom somewhere, or battling the evil forces and putting themselves in extreme danger only to be saved with 30 seconds to spare. It is a story about family. It is a simply written, gentle story involving social-ranks, family ties, survival and love. Unfortunately, the cover-art on my library's hardcover version is selling the book to the wrong people; it depicts an action scene which never occurs in the book. 'Nimisha's Ship' is a easy-to read story which is aimed at the gentler side of readers, not always Anne McCaffrey's style. However, it IS very nice to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice New World Sept. 9 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I am always on the look-out for new planets, new charachters and new stories from Anne McCaffrey. I enjoyed this book very much. It must be difficult to create new worlds when you have lived so long on another; in Ms. McCaffrey's case, it must be hard to leave Pern. She is one of my favorite fansasy writters, and this book is one of the reasons why: all her characters are not the same. These are different and fresh. Good book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected Aug. 4 2001
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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