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Crystal Singer (1982)

by Anne McCaffrey

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    Crystal Line by Anne McCaffrey (Cymro17)
    Cymro17: An enjoyable read, all the books in this series.
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    Killashandra by Anne McCaffrey (Cymro17)
    Cymro17: A good read as are the other books in the series.
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    A Thousand Words for Stranger by Julie E. Czerneda (Konran)
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I wasn't sure what to expect going into the novel but I genuinely enjoyed it. The writing does show i's age on a few levels, but overall it was still good. ( )
  Serenova_Phoenix | Jun 26, 2017 |
I really enjoyed this one! It is dated in some ways (an amusing amount of space casseroles!), but it's a pleasure to read a science fiction book where the stakes are one woman's satisfaction with her career instead of the fate of planets or the entire universe. Killashandra is likely to draw broad condemnation from a certain type of reader as a Mary Sue- she's ambitious, competent, smart, _and_ incredibly lucky, other characters envy her, and she has a surprising amount of (off-screen, non-explicit) happy, judgment-free casual sex especially for an older SF novel- but personally, I'm always happy to read about such female characters, and look forward to the next book in the series, Killashandra.

I couldn't help but think of Jo Walton's essay Knights Who Say "Fuck" about swearing in genre fiction, though- this 1982 book may represent some kind of transition point, as invented swears like "fardles" coexist with "shit" and "piss" as neutral narrative descriptions at parts. (The life of a would-be Crystal Singer is not always glamorous!)

One content note for a one-line comment sort of making light of rape, roughly a quarter of the way through the book- the Crystal Singers' superhuman senses and endurance are provided by a symbiont that infects everyone on the planet, a transition which some will not survive, and one of Killashandra's fellow recruits compares the forced transition to rape: "Rape is inevitable, huh?" ( )
1 vote sandstone78 | Jan 1, 2017 |
interesting ideas, but nothing really great ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
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Excellent story, as always! ( )
  BethanyMoore | May 13, 2016 |
More than anything, Killashandra wants to be a singer. But her voice is just not good enough, and in despair she instead because a miner. Mining the fantastic crystals of Ballybran makes people fabulously wealthy, but the act exacts a price. With each crystal, a little of your memory is lost. Crystal Singers inevitably end up as husks of the people they once where. But Killa is too desperate to care...
Not particularly well written, but the idea is an interesting one. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
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Anne Mc Caffrey nous emmène avec talent dans un nouvel univers futuriste, passionnant et coloré. Son héroïne, fière et égoïste, est pourtant singulièrement attachante. Nous découvrons avec elle la mystérieuse Ballybranet la non moins mystérieuse Ligue Heptite, et vibrons à l'unisson de ses aventures. Sans conteste mon cycle préféré de cet auteur après "La Ballade de Pern" !
 

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Anne McCaffreyprimary authorall editionscalculated
Alstrom/Peña DesignCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Arvan, JohnCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Barbeau, AdrienneNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brooks, EmilieAbridgersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Graue, MarcProduceersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Viner, MichaelExecutive producersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Weeks, KimProduction coordinatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Whelan, MichaelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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....

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Killashandra Ree, "after ten grueling years of musical training," was still without prospects, so although "few people who landed on Ballybran ever left," she was willing to risk it since the mysterious Heptite Guild "was said to provide careers, security, and the chance for wealth beyond imagining."--Cover.… (more)

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