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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books; Reissue edition (July 1 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671721291
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671721299
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #594,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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By L. Coats on 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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In my entire life, I can count the number of books that have moved me to tears one the fingers of one hand. Those include luminaries such as Guy Gavriel Kay for his Lions of Al-Rassan and Fionavar Tapestry as well as Melanie Rawn for Skybowl. However, none of them had quite the impact of Hypatia's story.
I am not ashamed to say that by the end of the first seventy three pages, I was in tears. The scenes, especially those in the hospital with her teddy bear were just so well written that I had to put down the book and wipe away the tears blurring my vision before I could continue. The sheer emotional impact of those scenes were so moving upon me.
While I could have wished that the initial stages, especially those dealing with how Tia deals with the illness were a little more developed, this book is still certifiably Anne McCaffrey and Mercedes Lackey's best work to date.
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In my entire life, I can count the number of books that have moved me to tears on the fingers of one hand. Those include luminaries such as Guy Gavriel Kay for his Lions of Al-Rassan and Fionavar Tapestry as well as Melanie Rawn for Skybowl. However, none of them had quite the impact of Hypatia's story.
I am not ashamed to say that by the end of the first seventy three pages, I was in tears. The scenes, especially those in the hospital with her teddy bear were just so well written that I had to put down the book and wipe away the tears blurring my vision before I could continue. The sheer emotional impact of those scenes were so moving upon me.
While I could have wished that the initial stages, especially those dealing with how Tia deals with the illness were a little more developed, this book is still certifiably Anne McCaffrey and Mercedes Lackey's best work to date.
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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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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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By A Customer on March 5 1997
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Again Anne McCaffrey stokes the fires of my imagination and emotions. She and
Mercedes Lackey meld their styles so well it is practically seamless. Lost
treasure, innocence and adventure blends so well when two masters cook. They
made the practical aspects of maintaining a life as a shell person entertaining.
Who says romance has to be overdone and dripping with poetic drivel, these two
paint an apparently doomed and adventuresome relationship with a surprisingly
happy ending. This is another shell person triumph, be careful, you can't just
read one.
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By A Customer on Feb. 8 1997
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As Carl Weathers said in Rocky, "sounds like a monster movie." Nope! It's The Ship Who Searched by Anne McCaffrey and Mercedes Lackey. Lackey is able to work remarkably well with McCaffrey's setup, which includes a young girl who goes searching for the mysterious thing from her past that paralyzed her. Tia and her "brawn" are an interesting match...it gets weird when her brawn falls in love...with her. They finally get it all worked out, about three pages before the end...read the book and find out how
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