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Crystal Line Hardcover – Nov 12 1992

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; 1st Edition edition (Nov. 12 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593025547
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593025543
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
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From Publishers Weekly

McCaffrey again explores the effects of institutionalized memory loss on a culture in the third volume of a series that began with Crystal Singer . Killashandra Ree, one of the rare individuals with perfect pitch who can find and cut the Ballybran crystals on which much of the galaxy's economy is based, turns away from her lover and partner Lars Dahl when he becomes head of the Heptite Guild and, to her discomfort, moves to bring some order into the workings of the organization that controls the crystal trade. In order to work with crystal one must adapt to a symbiotic organism that heals humans rapidly and prolongs life; as a side effect, those who handle crystal lose their memories, forgetting the locations of good mining sites as well as the identities of their friends and lovers. While Lars undertakes various projects to overcome this disability, Killashandra has an off-planet fling. Eventually she reconciles herself to change, finding possible salvation for them all. As lacking in coherence as a crystal singer's life and bereft of interesting characters, this episodic McCaffrey effort is a major disappointment.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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"A treat for long-time McCaffrey fans, a good read and a satisfying look at one of the most haunting facets of the crystal singers' profession."
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When Killashandra Ree joined the mysterious Heptite Guild, she knew that she would be forever changed. Crystal singing brought ecstasy and pain, near-eternal life...and gradual loss of memory. What she hadn't counted on was the loneliness she felt when her heart still remembered what her mind had forgotten. Fortunately, someone still cared enough to try to salvage what was left of Killashandra's mind. But she would have to learn to open herself--to another person, and to all her unpleasant memories. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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I read McCaffrey when I want to be comforted by the presence of basically decent people. The plots don't matter to me much and the attempts at true sci-fi technology are something to skipped over as quickly as possible (eg. the workings of a Hive ship.) For that reason, I have also enjoyed McCaffrey's non-Sci-fi books, in particular "A Stitch in Snow".
The Crystal Singer series is my favorite sci-fi trilogy and Crystal Line is my favorite of the three books. In Crystal Singer, we have the usual angry and mis-treated teenager who strikes out on her own and is attracted to the domineering macho types. In Killashandra, we have a woman who has matured enough to change her taste in men. But in Crystal Line we have one of the very few "middle-aged" (I know she's actually several hundred years old according to the plot) heroines in sci-fi. Her decisions about what she will do with her life, and who she will do it with, are long over. But she still has decisions to make about how she will deal with both the choices that she has made and the things that life has done to her.
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I was less than inspired by the first two Crystal Singer books. Killashandra was a fun heroine, but not too appealing, and her adventures were somewhat...silly. However, I hate leaving loose ends, so I started reading "Crystal Line"...and was quite pleasantly surprised! Oh, the adventures here are still rather irrelevant. Killa and Lars could have been doing anything, that's not really the point. The point is, in THIS book, the profession of Crystal Singing, the joys and triumphs it brings and the hazards of the job are finally explored, and it's...haunting. Lars is sweet, though he still doesn't do much for me. Killa, however, finally stops being the diva and faces the past she struggled for so long to suppress and has to find what her heart is searching for. Through the course of the book, several loose ends are tied up (it's recommended that the reader not wait too long between reading "Crystal Singer" and "Crystal Line"), and the ending is...perfect.
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Killashandra, Crystal Singer, returns for a third novel in the Crystal Series. I recommend you read these in order as the events in the first two lead up to this novel.
Killashandra is now a mature Crystal Singer. She enjoys the benefits of life on Ballybran as one of the rare and valuable miners of Crystal. The career of a Singer brings wealth, long life and a certain cachet in the Galaxy. But it comes at a heavy price; loss of memory and thus an inability to maintain any meaningful relationships. Singers are encouraged to document their lives with a recorded journal so they can pick up the pieces of their personality and not become shallow and venal.
Killashandra and Lars Dahl, her new-found love from the previous novel, face new challenges for the Heptite Guild. But their relationship is threatened by forces behind the scenes. Is Lars working for or against Killashandra?
This is a fine conclusion to the two previous novels and one of my favorite series.
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This is one of the most beautiful sci-fi trilogy, I've ever had the pleasure to read (and boy was it a pleasure!). As an avid reader of both sci-fi and fantasy books, it is always wonderful to come across a book which is both imagintive and thought provoking. It took me two days to finish all three, I just could not put them down. Yes, may- be the story has an all to perfect ending, but I'm finding more and more these days that a good perfect ending gives you the reprieve you need from modern day stresses, and this book differently gives you that.
Anne McCaffrey, has created a world of excitment, intrigue and love; a world that has the reader feeling and experiencing everything the characters go through and feel. I very much recommend this book to any one who is a fan of the genre and a good ending.
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Killasandra and the love of her life, Lars, have both become experienced crystal singers. They enjoy all the perks of the job, lots of credit and long life, but they also suffer the draw backs, loss of memory. But, while Lars wants to remember the past, Killasandra doesn't care. This will eventually come between them.
This book is a fine end to the serise, even though we do see, or atleast realise, that many of the origanl minor characters have died. It also finaly confermes the hints we got in the other to books that the series is set in te same universe as the brainship serise (eg Helva)
The end part of the book made me cry because Killasandra forgets Lars and just when she remembers what they had it looks like she has lost him forever.
This book is a must!
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i have a hard time giving an anne mccaffrey book such a low rating as two stars, as she is one of my all-time favorite writers, but this one just didn't do it for me. i loved the first two books of the trilogy, but something about this one was a bit too far-fetched. i know that sf is not necessarily supposed to coincide with reality, but it has to at least be believable, and the whole deal with killa miraculously recovering all her memories just didn't sit right with me - it was too pat and perfect. like i said, i loved the first two books of the trilogy, and the world of ballybran is fascinating (who wouldn't be intrigued by the idea of an entire mountain range singing harmonies at you? ), but my recommendation is to stop reading after the second book.
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