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The Ship Who Searched [Mass Market Paperback]

Anne McCaffrey , Mercedes Lackey
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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July 1 1992
Accompanying her exo-archaeologist parents on an EsKay dig, seven-year-old Tia becomes afflicted with a strange neural disorder that leaves her totally dependent on a mechanical life support system.

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Anne McCaffrey was one of the world's leading science fiction writers, and won both the Hugo and Nebula awards. She was brought up in the US and lived in Ireland for many years. She co-authored books with Elizabeth Moon, Jody Lynn Nye, Margaret Ball, Mercedes Lackey and S.M. Stirling. She died in November 2011 at the age of 85. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't "Bear" to put it down. Dec 15 2003
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This book will have you from the first few chapters on. I simply loved it and couldn't find myself putting it down. How can one resist the will of a cute girl with a strong will and a teddy bear? This book is good for all ages. Anne McCaffrey will always be one of my favorite authors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favorites! Nov. 2 2001
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This was one book that as soon as I finished it the first time, I couldn't put it away, but had to immediately read it a second time. Since then I have read this Book at least five more times and still love it! Tia and Alex's adventures and love story are classic! I hope these two authors get together again someday.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm slightly prejudiced towards this book... July 9 2001
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...because i'm the person Tia was based on. But it's a lively, excellent sequel to -The Ship Who Sang-, which literally changed my life. The characters are well-rounded, the "Brawn Fascination" is well-described and -thought out. There are sly references to other fans in the story, but it's a stirring tale even if you dive in ignorant of everything but the characters and their adventures. From the introduction of Tia through her changes -- as she slowly succumbs to an alien disease while trying to conceal her illness from her busy parents, then begs to be admitted into the Brain Corps -- is strong stuff. But Tia triumphs in every way, and Ted E. Bear helps as best he can [of *course* he succeeds; have you ever known a teddy bear who didn't?].
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5.0 out of 5 stars Continues a new genre in hard Science Fiction June 7 2001
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With the "brain ships", McCaffrey & Lackey introduced a new science fiction element that is now being used by other authors. Start with the Ship Who Sang, and then read this one.
Unlike McCaffrey's fantasy works, this story is based on believable technology. It's a good adventure in our familiar universe. The characters are warm, complex, & interesting - some people I liked instantly, and other people who grew on me during the story.
This was an easy weekend read, and left me feeling good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Un "bear"ably good April 27 2001
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As far as I'm concerned, Anne McCaffrey's heroines are the best in current fiction. From Restoree to Pern to the BB quasi-series, her heroines are intelligent, caring, and, yes, dangerous in one fashion or another. Tia may be her best. Stricken in childhood by a terrible nerve disease, Tia is on life support and deprived of human touch for life. Rather than be institutionalized, she chooses to become a Brainship. The hospital scene is everything you've heard. Get a hanky. Get two.
She is tormented both by her inability to touch anyone, since she grew up in a loving family (not selected at birth like the other Brains) and the need to find the source of the virus that got her. Acquiring an unorthodox "brawn", off she goes on her career as a courier, with an unannounced agenda of her own.
The book is episodic, but leads to a very nice conclusion that my wife predicted but I didn't. Oh, yes, the "bear" is Theodore Edward Bear, a childhood keepsake who is the center of a charming but strange "marriage" ritual.
If you read only one BB book, make it this one.
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This book is incredible. My two favourite authors collaborating to write a book. Almost unbelievable. And of course the resultant work is a wonder. I'm not ashamed to say that I cried when reading it, because this book really brings characters Tia and Alex to life and tugs at your emotions with its simple yet sensitive plot and writing. Perhaps the only thing I find a little lacking would be the ending. Somehow the ending seems too mundane, too expected to fit the rest of the plot. Also, perhaps a little 'forced' in a sense. Else, this book really is wonderful! I wish Ms Lackey and Ms McCaffrey would collaborate more in future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A story of adventure and caring and love Aug. 13 2000
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I think this is the best book in the Brainship series.It has adventure,mystery,and romance too(but not mushy).Reading about Tia's life,with all the details,makes one empathize with her very strongly.I've reread this book many times,and I still get emotional every time.It also reminds us,in a very non-preaching way,that handicapped people are regular people,with life and interests;but it is often harder for them,both physically and emotionally.I enjoyed this book a lot,and hope you will,too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The ship who searched June 12 2000
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This is by far the best bb book ever. The saddnse of the seans in the hospital have me in tears evrey time I read it.Ilove the way that while thay both fell the same way about each other thay carn't tell each other how thay feel. The end is very sweet.
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