SASSINAK Mass Market Paperback – Mar 1 1990
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From Publishers Weekly
The first in the Planet Pirates series, this science fiction yarn offers a vivid universe inhabited by cardboard citizens. Sassinak, the heroine and the only developed character, steps straight from a formula: When she is 12, pirates raid her native colony, enslaving her and g murdering her family. Abe, a fellow captive, befriends her and, when they are emancipated by Fleet (the military), becomes her guardian until he is slain in a barroom brawl. Intelligent and daring, Sass joins Fleet, seeking vengeance on her enemies. She becomes the classic fictional commander: a loner whose entire life is subsumed by the military. Fortunately, Sass's exploits are so expertly recounted that their intrigue and adventure compensate for the hackneyed plot line. Cleverly drawn aliens, supporting characters here, allow the authors to explore various aspects of prejudice. Sass's appraisal of men, however, verges at times on sexist. Hugo winner McCaffrey's works include Dragonsdawn ; Moon is the author of Oath of Gold. Major ad/promo.
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About the Author
Anne McCaffrey is the author of the much-loved Dragonriders of Pern series. Brought up in the US, she currently lives in Ireland. Elizabeth Moon served as a 1st Lieutenant in the US Marine Corps and is the author of the Deed of Paksenarrion series. She lives in Texas. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
The novel is divided into four parts, and in part one, the plot starts out steadily enough. I actually devour all of Parts one and two in a matter of hours. But then, in my opinion, the plot starts to slow down. The storyline loosens, and if you pay attention, you can find loopholes everywhere. The authors also don't do that great a job of advancing character development. As a result, a lot of loose ends are left hanging, not in a good way either. For instance, take the way it was insinuated that Sass and Ford had had a previous relationship and that they might re-enter that even though Sass didn't feel ready for it. The authors never really followed up with that thought.
Its stuff like that that makes this book a big disappointment. Both McCaffrey and Moon are much better authors than this work seems to suggest.
Though this book may NOT be the most advanced literary work in science fiction today, I can state the following with complete assurity. If you are looking for a GREAT adventure that reflects a highly detailed look at a spacefaring/human-centric universe, you WILL be extreemly pleased with this book.
As always these ladies expertly render human emotion with their characteristic flair for character development. Though of a slightly different genre than their most popular series', their characters take on a life of their own.
Elizabeth Moon is also one of Sci-Fi's comtemporary gems. One reason I enjoyed her seasoning in this work is that it was an opportunity for her to influence the development of a heroine without her usual penchant for emotionaly crippled characters, as in the Paksennarion series. I enjoyed the characters in this series immensly and Sassinak is one of my favorite heroines to date.
As another reviewer also stated, their military backstory, treatment and understanding makes the battle in this book exemplary.
To summarize, give it a chance, don't take your own opinions too seriously, determine to have fun and you will treasure this book (Series) with many reads in the future.
This entire series IS worth owning (Period).
But it's probable that both woman lent their weaknesses to this one. Anne McCaffrey tends to focus more on her characters, to this book's detriment. The novel itself is simply a soulless connection of odd passages in a hideous woman's life as she makes her way from a slave up the military lines.
There's not exactly a underlying POINT to this novel. Sure, you feel pity for Sassinak in the beginning, as her parents are slaughtered and she becomes a slave. Then you just start feeling sorry for her because she's in this gutless, flimsy excuse for a novel. Then, you just kind of go numb.
The novel really jerks from one portion of her life to another, with no real reason behind each jerk. And the end...really trails off, because you don't have a clue as to where the climax is. Throughout the book, suggestions of a conspiracy involving the subjugated races are brought up, but that, of course, goes no where.
In the end, you're left with a hollow, empty feeling of having lost something infinitely precious. That is, your time and your money. For the love of all that's holy, please spend it somewhere else!
Most recent customer reviews
This book is of the type you read when there is nothing else available and someone gave it to you. The holes in the plot are wide enough for spaceships to fly through, and it... Read morePublished on Oct. 3 2002
Sassinak on its own is a pretty good story, but there are a few holes in it, and it doesn't seem finished... Almost like it is just a chapter in a bigger book.
Well it is. Read more
Sassinak is a clever and interesting character. Yes, I know that she will likely survive each situation, and is a bit of a wunderkind, but I can accept this and still care about... Read morePublished on July 17 2001 by J. Wetzel
It is as entertaining read, but, it often felt like I had mistakenly skipped large areas, and a re-read showed I had not. Maybe a 2-author problem? Read morePublished on Dec 28 2000
i used to like anne mccaffrey, but that was when she could WRITE. this book was so boring, I couldn't even get through it.Published on Aug. 15 2000
i recomend the entire series as true to the Anne McCaffery universPublished on March 8 2000 by Vkorval
Unreadable. I'd recommend if you were a particular masochist, but otherwise - go and enjoy dental surgery, it would be far more pleasurable and constructive than reading this... Read morePublished on Oct. 2 1999
This book was quite a disappointment after being brought up on McCaffrey's excellent Pern series. I expected something a bit more moving then *this*... Read morePublished on Sept. 15 1999