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Top Customer Reviews
This complicated story definitely makes for an enjoyable read. Nimisha is a very complex and endearing character, easy to relate to. I never found this book boring or devoid of action, and the characters were all extremely believable. I highly recommend it, however some of the more hard-core science fiction fans may not be as interested in it as I was.
I enjoyed reading all the background provided in the first part of the book and getting the feel of a new SF society - these were up to Anne's usual high standard in my opinion. I also did not think the characters are one dimensional or flat as some other reviewers have mentioned, maybe more subtle. Perhaps it is because this book is meant to be the first in a series - and more development will occur later. Regardless, I enjoyed meeting all these new people although I'd have like more on the Sh'im individuals.
This book is not for someone who likes SF books with lots of violence, running battles and other ACTION to make it move along, but it should satisfy otherwise.
I found the characters to be full and the plot moves along, but not because it has to (i.e., "oh my God something interesting has to happen here). The characters, the plot, and the science are consistant (i.e., no discontinuities - a character uses a skill, or object that has not been prevously described). Is it as good as her best? That is hard to measure, because all her works of a set are different from each other. I found enjoyment in reading this and had trouble putting it down, but then, I seem to have the same problem with most all of her stuff.
I am looking forward to another in this series, because of her track record in purducing yarns of good quality and appears not to roll over to publishing pressure.
It is true that this book has some elements which have probably already been seen by fans of science fiction in general and/or of Anne McCaffrey's previous work. The element of being stranded lightyears from home and of having the AI doctor is reiminscent of Star Trek: Voyager. The dangerous animals and mystery on the new planet will put you in mind of McCaffrey's "Freedom" series.
The book was hard for me to get into at first. I get tripped up with the long names that Anne tends to use for characters and in figuring out the full extent of the society and in remembering who is who. But soon it gets much easier and you do start to care for the characters and about the outcome of the story. I'm probably too easily moved to tears, but there were occasions in the book that made me have to dry my eyes.
I agree that the artwork on the hardcover edition is horrible. The artwork on the paperback is also somewhat disappointing--I would have liked to see Nimisha's tattoo and necklace or just something more intriguing than half a woman's face. Both covers were so different from each other too that I didn't realize I already had the book when a friend gave me the paperback of it.
I'm not disappointed that I read this book, but it wasn't a page turner like the Dragonriders series, or the Power series was for me. But it is well written and enjoyable and will do well to transport you from your own world whenever you open its cover.
Most recent customer reviews
Follows a too much of a formula; problems are solved far to easily; the baddies are stupid and lazy and fade from the scene early; there is not even a climax. Read morePublished on Aug. 25 2003 by Frederick D. Schulkind
I liked this book for the most part, it entertained me and provided good descriptions of fascinating worlds. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2003
First off, this book is not to be compared with books in which every ten pages someone is off in a bedroom somewhere, or battling the evil forces and putting themselves in extreme... Read morePublished on Jan. 31 2003 by Victoria
A refreshing read as the novel combineds relationships, tech-advances, and aliens. The social structure of the First Families is not such a far-off concept that it would be... Read morePublished on Sept. 23 2001 by Ian Cruickshank
I am always on the look-out for new planets, new charachters and new stories from Anne McCaffrey. I enjoyed this book very much. Read morePublished on Sept. 9 2001
The usual quality book you can expect from Anne McCaffrey. Good story line, action, diversity of charaters, and a begining to a new world. Read morePublished on March 3 2001 by Goldenrodfarm
Maroon Killashandra on Doona, have her meet an even more empathic and supportive Sean Shongili, extract all suspense and danger, and you'll have _Nimisha's Ship_. Read morePublished on Dec 29 2000
I really enjoyed this one. It wasn't too technical (as some stories can be), the character development was good and the pace was quick. Read morePublished on Nov. 12 2000 by L. Jardine