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Shadow World [Mass Market Paperback]

A. C. Crispin , Jannean Elliott


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January 1991 Starbridge, Book 3
For the golden-eyed Elspind, membership in the Cooperative League of Systems could bring many benefits... including a drug that would greatly increase their brief life spans.

Mark Kenner, on the brink of abandoning his StarBridge career, is forced into one last assignment -- to speak on Elseemar for the CLS.

But some of the Elspind are opposed to any such alliance. -Violently- opposed. They call themselves Wospind. And they are waiting for Mark and his companions...


Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Ace Books (January 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441783325
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441783328
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,912,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Next Installment April 1 2013
By Avid_Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
In Shadow World, A.C. Crispin and Jannean Elliot look at culture clash on the most primal level, that of attitudes about life and death. The short-lived Elspind start their lives gender-neutral, then go through their version of puberty, emerging with a gender. They then have a strong urge to mate, maybe because they die within a few years after that. Scientists are working on medically extending this race's life span, but many of the Elspind oppose this treatment, some violently. The Elspind deal with their short lives by celebrating each day and each life, even those of their enemies, and that's difficult for some longer-lived races to understand. The book revolves around these conflicts, as seen through the eyes of a Starbridge student who's still coming to terms with his mother's recent death.

This third installment of the Starbridge series gives us a look at the inner workings of the Starbridge academy and at the continuing conflict among some of the Cooperative League of Systems' members. We also touch base with some familiar characters from the first book, StarBridge. It's a great third installment, and I'm looking forward to the next one.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent series worth many nights of reading Oct. 8 2012
By S. Moon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The Starbridge series features good plots, great character development, and a truly interesting theme. Indeed, the books earn a consistent five star rating in my opinion. This is SciFi focused on people, not hardware - a rather rare sub-genre that is nice to settle down with.

During a previous release, there were problems with the publisher - problems which have now been eliminated, with the author taking over and self publishing. As such, I wholeheartedly recommend this series!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Another good starbridge book Oct. 7 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book really pushed the edge of the starbridge series with a more adult story.
There is a constant them of 'el' and 'wo' (life and death) that will bring ying and yang to mind. You are shown that living a short life is preferable to just existing in a long one.
I would say it was a mix of janet kagan's 'UHURA'S SONG' with some Buddhism thrown in.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good continuation of a decent series. April 27 2014
By Mary D - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Good continuation of a good series. Not the best I have read but a good yarn. Passed it on to others so I would recommend it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story! Jan. 19 2013
By Andrew Coile - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Wonderfully written story about an alien culture, and how it struggles to maintain its heritage when confronted with the outside. Similar to the struggle many cultures on Earth face when dealing with the Western culture.

Great characters, great writing, great plotting...a wonderful addition to the Starbridge universe!

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