Crystal Line (Crystal Singer #3)
So when, on the dis...more
Lars and Killa have been partnered cutting crystal for years at this point. Lars has worked to keep his memories, but Killa pretty much relies on him to be her memory. Lars becomes the new guild master and Killa runs for something like a decade from him.
Deus ex machina in the form of a sentient liquid metal critter gives Killa her memory back and she retu...more
There's a big jump into Killashandra's future in this one. She's been singing crystal for an unspecified number (but think many, many) of years, and her memory is starting to go. As a result, although she still appears young and attractive, her behaviour tends towards...more
Still five stars. Except for one small thing, it's perfect. and the small thing is really small and not worth even mentioning here.
Other reviewers talk about how this book is a mess of plot and not nearly as well written as the first two -- but I think part of t...more
It's quite a melancholy book compared to many McCa...more
"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."LOCUSWhen 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 e
I would have loved these books if Killashandra would've stop being so inconsiderate and nasty throughout the whole series! I really liked the second book because for the most part she was strong, funny and only pretending to be a bitch (I loved when she told Lars - and I'm paraphrasing since I can't remember where it is in my e-book - "you didn't expect me to sit around waiting for you to come back did you?"), but in this book there was no pretense, she was just mean! Overall t...more
The plot moves briskly, the characters are vibrantly fleshed out and interesting, and the story doesn't try too hard to be an epic for all time or anything like that.
This is good, eminently readable,...more
This is why I usually stick to reading the same ten sci-fi books over and over again: the first book in this trilogy, Octavia Butler's Wild Seed and Mind of My Mind, Asimov's original Foundation trilogy, Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, Speaker for the Dead and Songmaster. I must remember that if I'm looking for brain candy, it's usually better to go with the kind that I already know is delicious.
Either way, I loved the way she captured Killa's emotional shifts and disoriented the passage of time in the narrative so that just by reading it you felt the same constant underlying confusion as Killa. So clever!
Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two...more