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Crystal Singer Audio Cassette – Feb 1994

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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Dove Entertainment Inc (February 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787100242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787100247
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.2 x 12.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 23 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
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Her name was Killashandra Ree. And after ten grueling years of musical training, she was still without prospects. Until she heard of the mysterious Heptite Guild who could provide careers, security, and wealth beyond imagining. The problem was, few people who landed on Ballybran ever left. But to Killashandra the risks were acceptable.... --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

Anne Inez McCaffrey (April 1, 1926 November 21, 2011) was an American-born Irish writer, best known for the Dragonriders of Pern science fiction series. Early in McCaffrey s forty-six-year career as a writer, she became the first woman to win a Hugo Award for fiction and the first to win a Nebula Award. Her 1978 novel "The White Dragon" became one of the first science fiction books to appear on the "New York Times" bestseller list. In 1999 she was the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award, honoring her lifetime contribution to writing for teens. In 2005 the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America named McCaffrey its twenty-second Grand Master, an annual award to living writers of fantasy and science fiction. She was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2006. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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The Crystal Singer series is a must read for anyone who loves imagining what the distant future might bring. The author creates fantasy future worlds that are so very believable - I feel I have been to the places she describes.
The additional treat is the characterizations - Anne McCaffery is a genius when it comes to creating strong characters with a variety of interesting traits.
Put these two things together and you end up with the very best of storytelling. The only complaint I have is that there's not an unending supply of this series!
One important note: I highly recommend that you read these books in order. (Crystal Singer, Killashanra, Crystal Line)
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The main character has two emotions - pride and anger. I kept reading the book because I hoped she'd learn some humility and become multidimensional, but instead she remained an flat A-type stereotype. She's not the type of person who I'd want to be friends with or who I'd want to emulate. She treated everyone around her poorly unless she wanted something from them. Her one act of heroism was out of character with her shallow selfish nature that she practiced throughout the book and thus didn't make any sense for her to do. She didn't care deeply for anyone but herself. The achievement of her goal meant nothing to me as it was totally superficial in nature.

The idea of the crystal singers is cool, but an unrealistic business model for a science fiction novel (a wild west would be more accurate - before they had things like business models). I couldn't stop thinking of all the better ways they could have operated.

As such, I wish I put this book down after 50 pages.
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Anne McCaffrey first wrote about Killashandra in a serialized short story. She expanded the story in Crystal Singer,which is the first of a trilogy of novels.
Killashandra fails her final exam in music school and faces a life of second-billing as a choir soloist and not a top performer as she had dreamed. She will not settle for second place, and impetuously takes off with a mysterious companion for Ballybran, a forbidden planet with an alluring secret.
Ballybran is the home of Crystal, which is mined and used for vital starship drives, interplanetary communications systems and most other types of equipment. It is controlled by the powerful and secretive Heptite Guild. Killashandra applies for membership and is accepted. She goes through the intensive schooling and special adaptation to become a Crystal Singer.
But singing Crystal has not only its rewards (and they are many) but its heavy price. Killashandra learns about the price as she becomes a full-fledged member of the Heptite Guild and becomes involved with its enigmatic Guildmaster Lanzecki.
This is one of those wonderful kinds of sci-fi novels that can create an entirely new world, complete with its slang, customs and characteristics. It's sci-fi at its best.
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My first encounter with Anne McCaffrey may very well be the best. "Crystal Singer" is an engrossing book, with a very headstrong and admirable female character. By the time her new direction in life is setup and put into motion, I was totally entranced with the book and simply could not put it down. The characters, both male and female, are well fleshed out, and her rise from a rejected opera student to a full fledged crystal singer is a fascinating journey to embark on. The premise for the book - singing and cutting crystal - is unusual and well presented. There is a definite otherworldly flavor to the book as it has a strong sci fi theme that does not assault the reader with too much techno babble, thus its an enjoyable book for the diehards and the casual alike. As the first of a trilogy, its delightful, but also stands alone well with its satisfying conclusion. Highly recommended, but with a word of warning, its nearly impossible to break away from the lure of crystal.
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This is the book which introduced me to Anne McCaffrey. Until I read the Crystal Singer Trilogy I had never read anything of this author. Yes, I had heard of her, but never had had the chance of reading one of her works. I now lament the time I passed without reading anything from this wonderful author.
Killashandra Ree is a character with whom you will find yourself very much connected with. She has spirit, she has determination and she has what is needed to become a Crystal Singer. So when she is given the chance to become one, she doesn't look behind. She doesn't believe in unnoticeable careers. She is ambitious and when she is told her voice is not enough for her to succeed in solo, she decides to pursue the Crystal Singing career, a dangerous job only few can suceed in. Besides, the Heptit Guild has only scarce members and she believes she can make something out of herself there.
I highly recommend this book. It is like something I never saw and explores an idea I never heard of. Not only for the musically challenged... ::smiles::
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By A Customer on April 11 2000
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If I could give this book zero stars, I would. Believe me. Crystal Singer is filled with an anti-climatic plot, one dimensional characters, and predictability. Killashandra has no personality - she just is because McCaffrey willed her to be - and neither do any of the other putrid characters that step across the stage in this book. The plot has a beginning...but no middle...and no end. McCaffrey attempts some climax - in the Crystal Ranges, the installion of Crystal - but the story is just so predictable (of course we ALL know she's going to become a Crystal Singer. That's what ALWAYS happens in this type of plot) that any attempt at writing something exciting or worthwhile or even profound falls short of even McCaffrey (and she certainly is an excellent writer, don't get me wrong. But her dragon books are better)All in all, this book is a labor to get through, and not a worthwhile read at all.
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