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The Death of Sleep (Planet Pirates #2)

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Published April 2nd 1992 by Little Brown and Company (first published 1990)
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Jan 17, 2016 Dan rated it liked it
Very slow, I nearly gave up on it.
Jeffrey Jelmeland
Depending upon what way you look at it, this is either the first or the second book in the trilogy. Either way it is well worth the read. This was written back in the day when Anne McCaffrey was fostering new authors, and co-authoring books with them. Ah, the last glory days of Anne McCaffrey before the slide in quality she finally started to have in her writing.

At any rate, this is a great book typical of this era of science fiction writing, and has long been one of my favorites. I actually ow
Douglas Cootey
Jul 06, 2011 Douglas Cootey rated it it was ok
It was an interesting book, with some fascinating premises about space travel and it's impact on family and relationships, but I never liked the main character, Lunzie. The first half of the book was spent searching for family which she ended up despising, then the second half of the book was about mutiny and space pirates where she went back into cold sleep again as a solution. Throwing Lunzie into situations that could only be escaped by sleeping made for a rather dull adventure. In the end, n ...more
Brian Schiebout
Jul 14, 2013 Brian Schiebout rated it really liked it
The Death of Sleep by Anne McCaffrey and Jody Lynn Nye is the second book in the Planet Pirates series set in the Ireta Universe. The main character in this book is Lunzie Mespila medic who is mentioned in each of the previous three books in this universe. This book deals with the backstory which occurs before the events which are detailed in Dinosaur Planet. The story begins as Lunzie takes a job as a doctor on a asteroid mining platform leaving her daughter behind. However the ship has an acci ...more
A surprisingly slow-moving prequel to the action story "Sassinak". "The Death of Sleep" tells the story of the background of the character Lunzie who appears at the conclusion of the previously-published "Sassinak" and costars in its sequel, "Generation Warriors". Unfortunately, Lunzie turns out to be more victim than heroine, someone who things keep happening to. "The Death of Sleep" ends its story just before Lunzie meets Sassinak.
Bradley Kelly
Again, I read this about 20 years ago. I remember being so excited after I read Sassinak that I wanted to read every book by Anne McCaffrey with the same/similar looking covers because I figured they were all part of the same series.

I remember reading this book really out of obligation. I remember the whole waking up after being in chryo freeze way too long, but I don't remember anything really coming out of the main characters adventures. I was disappointed to see that Sassinak wasn't even part
Apr 20, 2008 Meg rated it it was ok
An immensely silly book, in my opinion--I got halfway through it and realized I'd read it before. The main character goes into cold sleep, wakes up, goes back, wakes up--has some mildly interesting implications, but mostly just pedestrian science fiction.
Bex Godfrey
May 18, 2014 Bex Godfrey rated it liked it
Not as good as I remember I much prefer this from the point of view offers in Dinisaur planet. Likeable Lunzie doesn't gain anything from this in depth character study except a deeper reflection of her meeting with sass.
Carolyn F.
Oct 06, 2013 Carolyn F. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book, sci-fi
Will Lunzie ever catch a break?! If it's not one thing, it's another. And whenever she finds a little bit of happiness, the rug gets pulled out from under her. This books ends with a major cliffhanger.
Nov 30, 2014 Sunny rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
When this series first came out in 1990, it was very important to me as a young woman looking for strong female role models of a sort in the fiction I read. It does not stand up to re-reading pretty much in any way. Which is too bad, because the idea behind it --how to cope when you've been revived from inadvertant and unplanned 'cold sleep' missing decades, is a great one. As is 'have MD and spacesuit, will travel'. But this feels slow, occasionally disjointed, slightly bigoted (one of the vill ...more
Jun 30, 2011 Jennifer added it
Shelves: 2007-reads
I always rather wondered if McCaffrey & Nye didn't snag this plotline from Aliens. More chick SF, strictly mediocre. Reads like what it is - half of a series.
Jan 28, 2015 D.M. rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
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Sep 04, 2009 Becca rated it it was ok
Lousy and with a cliffhanger.
Jan 07, 2013 Foxtower rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: neveragain
Dear Anne:
I usually seek out women authors, especially in the male dominated field of science fiction. When I buy a highly reccommended book that's part of a series and then discover the author/publisher has put out a book without an ENDING, sorry Anne, but if you don't respect me enough to write a complete stand alone story I'm never going to buy the next one in the "series", or for that matter, any other books from you!

It's high school english after all. A book is supposed to have a beginning,
Nov 18, 2013 Ryan rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Having (mostly) finished that utter piece of trash "Sassinak", I inadvisedly decided to give this book a try, triumph of hope over experience. Surely the change in collaborative author would improve things... No.

This book did not start out promising, with a badly-handled scene change in the form of a maudlin reminiscence that subtly transforms into the actual scene, containing among other things the unappealing neologism "spacefare". In the second chapter, some amateurish mental therapy is infli
Dec 12, 2012 Serena rated it it was ok
I usually don't dislike Anne McCaffrey's books so much, but, oh boy, the story was there, somewhere in the shadows cast between the lines of text. This really could of been a awesome series, the potential was there, waiting to be found; I wish it could have shone through. It didn't, it really, really killed this set of novels for me, that I couldn't like any of them - and I tried too.

I read The Mystery of Ireta: Dinosaur Planet & Dinosaur Planet Survivors and all of The Planet Pirates Omnib
George Miles
Sep 29, 2015 George Miles rated it really liked it
Some interesting concepts around "cold sleep" and what you lose if you are on a different time plane than those you know. Applies in or world to those who survive something tragic but their entire world is ripped apart.
Nov 05, 2013 Josh rated it it was ok
This book started with an interesting premise, but it all went downhill from there. The woman gets stranded in time several times due to cold sleep malfunction, which is so extremely unlikely that is sticks out as the mere plot point that it is. Secondly, the story fails to deliver audience expectation - that is, does she get reunited with her daughter? At first we see she'll do whatever it takes to find her, then halfway through the book she inexplicably gives up. After that the novel makes no ...more
May 04, 2016 Maggie rated it liked it
I'd only read Sassinak before, never this one. It was...different. A lot more adult themed, and I kept waiting for it to finally get to the point. Still, I'm glad I read it.
I used to LOVE science fiction, but not so much any more. This is not a bad book. I gave it 3 stars because the characters and plot were interesting.
Feb 07, 2013 Al added it
Product Description

Like every other citizen of the Federation of Sentient Planets, Lunzie Mespil know the so-called 'planet pirates' were capable of terrible things. But - also like every other citizen of the Federation - she never in her heart of hearts believed that anything would happen to her. When pirates attack the space liner on which she is a passenger, Lunzie does not panic. Keeping her head, she makes it to a lifeboat and decides not to worry. She will spend a month or two in cryogen

Feb 16, 2016 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
A good story of how cryo-sleep would change people's lives. The heroine has to start anew each time she wakes up. McCaffrey and Nye have wrote together before and done a wonderful job; this one too. This book ties into the Dionosaur Planet series.
Nov 15, 2015 Frank rated it it was amazing
The planet Irish books all three are good reads by different authors
Noni Barker
Mar 24, 2016 Noni Barker rated it liked it
Dragged toward the end...I may leave the main character to sleep forever.
Ritu Lalit
Mar 09, 2015 Ritu Lalit rated it really liked it
Second book of the trilogy, and really engrossing.
Mar 01, 2015 John rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
1995 grade C
2007 grade B

Series book DP3 and PP2
Elizabeth Maddrey
Jun 14, 2015 Elizabeth Maddrey rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
An old favorite that I re-read (the series) every year or so.
re-read again 11/17/2014
Michelle Fernandes
Aug 16, 2014 Michelle Fernandes rated it it was amazing
I didn't know this was part 2 of a trilogy. It was absolutely wonderful as a stand alone!
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Anne McCaffrey was born on April 1st, 1926, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at 1:30 p.m., in the hour of the Sheep, year of the Fire Tiger, sun sign Aries with Taurus rising and Leo mid-heaven (which seems to suggest an early interest in the stars).

Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two
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