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Catacombs by Anne McCaffrey
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Apr 27, 2011

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bookshelves: animals, science-fiction
Read from April 24 to 27, 2011

Although I had read the first book in this series - Catalyst, it took a few chapters to get into this book. I enjoyed the interesting mythlike parts of the story - including mummies, cats, celtic knots, and pyramids.

One criticism I have is that the evil being fought seems to be rather mindless and reminiscent of Pern's thread, now being bugs and worms/snakes.

I'm sure that the always plotting Pshaw-Ra will figure in the next book, but honestly I missed several characters from Catalyst who seemed to be just tossed in at the beginning and end of this book and had no real part in the plot, or development. One large strength in Anne McCaffrey's writing is in characters that one can relate too, good or evil, and this book had few characters to empathize with.

I will probably read the next book in the series, but unless there are more people who I care about in it, or cats that I care about, it will be the last in the series that I take the time to read.

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