Technologically limited but rich ...more
For much of the book it seemed that I was reading about a completely different set of characters as everyone seemed to have had their personality sucked out. The pioneering ethic was not necessary any longer I suppose, but that spirit had defined the characters for me and I felt they were pretty thin (and unsympathetic) without it. I also found the shift to...more
The Freedom trilogy worked fairly well. It appropriately used the science fiction background of isolated planets and wild interspecies m ...more
This one was of the many books that I quickly rated when I first joined Goodreads and was trying to track my reading history. I remembered loving this series so, five-star ratings all around.
For the rest of the series, that rating mostly stays. I loved the concept. The first three books had a sense of character and pacing and an overarching plot that went from sci-fi survival story to an alien rebellion against evil overlords.
This one ...more
Her stories are always easy reads, but entertaining.
PLus I love the relationship between Zainal and Chris. I just didn't like how she ended up with children. I found that unsettling ...more
1. Never give up attitude
2. Working together towards a positive outcome
3. Everyone can contribute to make their world a better place.
4. Ingenuity and troubleshooting skills
I just loved how they were able to accomplish so much together. Makes me ...more
Like the Cattini books that came before, this book lacks any tension in it whatsoever, so you never have any doubts that our heroes will succeed, while failing to provide any character growth or challenges, while also d ...more
To be fair, it wasn't as boring as it sounds. There's a lot of humour running through it (I was reminder of the Trotter's market stall in Only Fools and Horses on ...more
Lots of Cattani need dental work, and they like coffee. So our heroes need dental equipment and coffee to bargain with the Cattinai on Baveri. They already have a dentist.
This is the last book in the series, which is unfortunate because we never get to meet the farmers. That would have been a much more interesting s ...more
Botany is finally free and the Eosi are defeated (but a few have fled to no-one-know-where). Botany has food and large space ships and Zainal feels bound to fix the mess. At least the problems that remain on Botany, Earth, and his home planet of Barevi.
The task isn't easy. There are obstacles everywhere, especially on Barevi. Overcoming those obstacles is what makes this story interesting.
The book lives up to the first 3 stories (and builds on them). The writing is ...more
As always her imagination and storytelling skills have generated a new generation of adventure and wonder. It is such a tragedy the world has lost her especial skill of building an entire universe of diverse life and growing a civilization from nothing. It would be an incredible adventure to see where the characters of this series would lead in their quest to restore and grow two disparate civilization. Sadly we will never see the culmination of her plan. T ...more
Zainal's dialog quality seemed way too "earth-like" thru the end, and sort of corny in several spots.
First book was the best, lots of action and new things to learn about.
This one is almost entirely about Zainal and Kris, really nothing about any of the other alien races and the cooperation / interactions among them to survive. ...more
Ransom brings the Catteni sequence to an end. It features all the ups and downs of the first three books and neatly wraps all the threads together. If Anne McCaffrey were alive today I would hope she might pen an aftermath book as I wish the sequence hadn't ended. Kudos to the author. ...more
Well rounded and all loose ends tied up in a perfect bow (still somewhat hopeful that there may be room for Todd McCaffrey to take up the story when he finds the time) Thoughtfully written in regards to the aftermath of the Eosi defeat and how various groups decided to self govern afterwards. Anne McCaffrey is sorely missed.
Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two brothers: Hugh McCaffrey (deceased 1988), Major US Army, and Kevin Richard McCaffrey, still living.
Anne was educated at Stuart Hall in Staunton Virginia, Montclair High Scho ...more