Yet more proof - if it were needed - of Anne McCaffrey's talents.
Yes this book is a bit lightweight, yes it's shamelessly sentimental and manipulative; but I defy you not to get a lump in your throat or a tear in your eye as you read about Tia in hospital.
Tia and Alex are very engaging leads and the development of their relationship is handled really well. (It's one of those occasions where hearing from both people's perspectives is perfect).
Not wanting to give too much away, it does leave you with some questions of real substance - is it the mind and personality someone falls in love with, or do they need a physical presence, or can that physical presence be one step removed....
Probably not one for the fan of serious sci-fi, but anyone who likes a happy ending will enjoy!
on 16 September 2000
This book has adventure, mystic and romantic combined in a great book. This the first person as far as I know that lived as a softperson before she become paralysed and becomes in a shell. Tia has more character than many of the other shellpersons, that never has been outside their shell. She unlike most other shellpersons know her parents. It's on a alien archeology dig on an airless world with her parents she starts to get paralysed.
Here it's a lot of alien creatures Tia and more people around her meet, from alien viruses, like the one that got her to alien animals. Her investments are interesting, often people have made sure to be safe from what humans can do, but not what can come from nature. I wish it was easy to find investments like that.
With a brainship Tia gets to fly in space, but some things are hard to do in a shell, like hugging her Teddy bear. This book has a romance that look impossible to succeed, but has an unexpected happy ending.
on 2 September 2012
This book is probably just ahead of "Partnership" as my favourite book of this series. While the initial story of Tia herself is something of a manipulative tearjerker, and the plot not exactly ground-breaking, it was all handled with such precision and skill that you don't really mind being manipulated and the overall impression is quite amazing.
This remains my most read McCaffrey novel and I have re-read it too many times to count (even more than The White Dragon which was formerly my favourite and that is tatty and worn from use!). If you buy no other Ship book other than the Ship Who Sang, buy this one!