Then there were pieces of memory, isolated fragments that were so horrible her mind refused to accept them. Intense heat and shivering cold; excruciating pain; dismembered pieces of the human body. Sawn bones and searing screams.
And when ...more
Update --- Just finished reading and I still love this book. I've often wished that Anne would have written a sequel or at least continued on for a few more chapters. Granted there are a few corny lines and at times I found myself skipping a few paragraphs because there was too much description on the scenery (which often bore ...more
"Restoree" is one of the earliest examples of science fiction romance. The romance itself is not too bad - a little overly quick to establish, bu ...more
While I wasn't blown away by "Restoree", I liked it well enough. It's a sci fi romance, with emphasis on sci fi. I haven't read a lof of sci fi and certainly not from the 60's but I tho ...more
The writing put me in mind of Mary S ...more
“The only warning of danger I had was a disgusting wave of dead sea-creature stench.”
One day a young librarian named Sara is walking around Central Park, only to be abducted by aliens. A multitude of horrors occur, and Sara loses consciousness. When she starts coming to, she finds herself playing the role of a mindless servant who is nursing a man at a mental institution. She is carefu ...more
It has to be said that McCaffrey’s depictions of women, who are incredibly capable at all times and yet swoon into feebleness the moment a man shows ‘magnificent self-confidence’, have their own problems. Sara, the lead protagonist, hasn’t escaped this treatment but is still enjoyable. She fac ...more
The woman is capable of things but not AS capable as her male counterpart.
She’s smart but not AS smart as her male counterparts.
And thank god the aliens turned her beautiful! How else would she have gotten out of her boring virginal librarian life??
Oh and she loves to eat. Hilarious.
Restoree is the tale of Sara, a girl escaping the drudgery of country life in order to study in New York, who gets swept up in a mass alien abduction by a race intent on, essentially, restocking their larder. She witnesses all sorts of horrific sights in what amounts to a human abattoir which sends her into deep shock. When she recovers her sense of self, she finds herself on what she knows to be an alien (alb ...more
Like many of her books, this one follows one main character in a very wide-ranging story. By wide-ranging, I mean that it usually involves a lot of characters on a strange new planet and all the geopolitics and alien technologies that go with that. The world building ...more
This was long before Buffy. Kick ass heroines were thin on the ground in all strains of fiction then, most particularly in SF. So, this book felt revelatory with a woman at the center - and an intelligent, competent ...more
To be fair this is one of Anne McCaffrey's earliest books and the the first page was superb and intriguing and showed much of the great talent she later developed. However after that first page the story quickly fell away into corny storylines and clichéd dialogue. One learned l ...more
And... seriously, these separately-evolved-on-different-planets species of people are so similar they can't tell each other apart? And the culture of this alien planet is practically Europe ...more
Even if clearly dated (the women portrayal is soo passé :), I read it easily and with gusto. The world building is intense and is a pity it's not the beginning of a series, given the amount of work Ms Anne McCaffrey has put into this book.
A closing note:
I'm still not sure what exactly a restoree is or why she's always hungry, and some things are a bit cheesy, (ugly ...more
Sara, the protagonist, finds herself on a strange world, learning a new language and trying to piece together what she is doing there and why she is caring for a complete (and silent) stranger in a locked-down rehab.
The story is a basic tale of political plo ...more
Restoree revolves around Sarah, an earthling abducted by aliens to the planet Lothar, and Harlan, a regent of Lothar. Sarah finds herself as a caretaker of Harlan, who's been mentally incapacitated by his rivals through drugs. Thus, both are in an insane asylum as a result. Sarah must not only rescue Harlan from the vile drugs but also to escape from their predicament.
The premise is a great set up for mystery, action, romance and political intrigue. However, the book did not deliver in any of
However, this story just didn't ring my bell like most of hers do. Don't get me wrong, her writing is as solid as ever; it's the story itself.
You see; although it's technically science fiction (my favorite genre), it's primarily a romance, complete with shrinking-violet heroin and all the usual trimmings. Like most romances, the author occasionally remembers to make the heroin "strong" or "forceful ...more
Kind of disjointed, needed more world-building and a few more chapters at the end. I also wanted to know more about what the hell the Mil actually were. They're never described, beyond being giant and prone to dissolving to jelly and stinking to high heaven when killed.
I would have liked to see a sequel to thi ...more
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