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The Coelura [Mass Market Paperback]

Anne McCaffrey
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Dec 15 1987

Casting aside her duty as the heir to the Ambassador of her world, Lady Caissa refuses to marry a man she despises and flees into the Forbidden Zone, where she meets a handsome injured man and sets a world-changing series of events in motion. Reprint.

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"Few are better at mixing elements of high fantasy and hard science fiction in a narrative that disarms skepticism by its open embrace of the joys of wish fulfillment".-- The New York Times Book Review

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Charming Little Tale By a Great Author! April 29 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Lady Caissa, heir to the Ambassador of the Federated Sentient Planets to the world Demeathorn, has had duty and loyalty drilled into her since she was a young girl. Her father expects her to follow his dictates unquestioningly, even though Caissa has long since passed her childhood and is now ready for her first marriage contract. For the first time, Caissa rebels against her father's wishes and refuses to marry the boorish Gustin, heir to the Cavernus fortune and a good political ally for her father. Caissa's father doesn't understand why she cannot just endure the year-long contract marriage, beget a child and be done with it, but Caissa's heart rebels at such a cold-blooded contract. Upset and unsure of what she will do, Caissa decides to take her cruiser for a spin and hopefully hunt off some of her frustration.
Before too long Caissa realizes that she foolishly forgot to check her cruiser's solar panels and that she will run out of power before she can return to the city. She intends to fly back as far as she can and then camp and wait for the sun's rise the next day when she picks up a weak distress signal coming from the forbidden zone. When she responds, she finds the most beautiful man she has ever seen. Murell doesn't trust her, but he is wounded and his antique flyer is beyond his repair skills. Despite some suspicion on both sides, they soon find that there is a strong, instantaneous attraction between them, but what kind of future can they have? Caissa dares to dream that somehow, someway they can be together for longer, but when Murell discovers who her father is, he leaves. For Murell knows that Caissa's father will do anything to capture one of the elusive, mythical coelura - the very creatures that he has sworn to protect...
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I have read this book numerous times over a six year period and it still is wonderful enough to experience again years after. Definetly a worthy additon to McCaffery's extensive collection. In a colorful and furturistic world A.M. never loses site of of her characters. Lady Carrisa is a high born heiress who is struggling for independence and happiness. In her struggle for love she encounters a mysterious man and a secret that will forever change her life.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Too much to pay Jan. 4 2001
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This indeed should have been a short story - I feel like I have been cheated to pay the price for a book 156 pages long, in 14 point type with every other page a poorly drawn picture. At first I thought its a children's book and I made a mistake in buying it, then the subject matter is not children's material. I purchased this book on my faith in Anne mcCafrey. I will not make that mistake again with any publisher/book.
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The girl is not being forced to marry, her father requests that she considers this suitor who turns out to be a real looser. She blows him off and decides to go hunting for awhile. Then she meets someone much more interesting, by accident. Given the fact I'm a major "ROWAN" series fan, Anne McCaffrey must have jotted this down in half an hour or less. It could have been so much more. Elsie
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great characterization in under 80 pages. Aug. 23 1998
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Although this is one of her shorter books, Anne McCaffrey creates a new world of body-heirs and womb-mothers very effectively. She maintains the intrigue and suspense from the opening words to the final pages. Although more could have been written about the central characters, The Coelura's terse style was a refreshing change from the verbosity present in most books in the genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I wish this book were longer... Aug. 20 2001
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Written as a novella (a cross between a novel and a short-story) the biggest problem with this book is that it's too short. The Coelura is well written with a great plot, but I want to see more. Perhaps someday Anne will continue this story. Anne did eventually write more about this particular "universe" in "Nimisha's Ship", but set far into the future.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cute, but had more potential... March 7 1998
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This should have been a short story for one of her anthologies...like "the Thorns of Bavari". There was a lot of potential, not only with the main humanoids, but the Coelura as well. It was a cute, quick read, but NOT enough to pay the price of a paperback today.
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