The City Who Fought (Brainship #4)
Simeon was bored. Not with being a shellperson—like Helva, The Ship Who Sang, and Tia, The Ship Who Searched, he rather pitied “softshells” their mayfly lives and absurdly limited senses—but with running the mining and processing station that made up his “body”. So when the arrival of an out-of-control refugee ship interrupted his latest wargame ( ...more
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This space adventure further develops McCaffrey's vivid future universe of diversified cultures, technological wonders and twisted, sometimes corrupt, politics. Space Station SSS-900C, a profitable but out-of-the-way trading and mining center, is attacked by Kolnari, pirates from a planet of sociopathic exiles. While awaiting the arrival of the Central Worlds' Navy, the inhabitants play for time with a major deception planned by Simeon, the shellperson operating the stati
It's been decades since I read the other books in the series and I had no problems falling into the world.
A bit of a cheesy ending, but it's ok. They deserve a happily ever after.
A good solid read in the tradition of old-school SF.
Unfortunately, the story was a bit too brutal and gritty for my tastes and it broke one of my rules for writing, in that I have no tolerance for rape being used as a plot device.
Liked the characters and ideas, but the efforts to do 'gritty, realistic' space opera meant it wasn't a fun book.
Ms McCaffrey's talent in creating characters that are interesting, compelling, and real was incredible. One cannot help but wish to meet so many of then again, and again, particularly Joat, and Patsy.
The story was fast paced, with parallel lines and a continuation of the Ship who Sang series, but is very much able to stand alone.
It is vaguely better than McCaffrey’s own efforts. The characters are more solid and there is at least some excitement. Still, I don’t feel that I can really recommend this to anyone.
Simon is the city shell person who has to hold off pirates until the calvary (space Navy) can come to the rescue. Another premise of knowing strategy and tactics from history can pay off.
Simon thought he was going to have the best carrier in the universe until the pirates came and he learned to fight with all his intellegence and all his connections to save the people he was intrusted to care for.
To this day I can't hear the phrase Jack of all Trades without remembering Joat and wonder just what on earth happened to her.
Another reviewer summed it up nicely. The good guys are white, the bad guys are black (literally black, even. Not just dark.) and oh no, one of the bad guys likes to rape other dudes.
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