“Acorna” by Anne McCaffrey

  I’ve loved Anne McCaffrey ever since I first discovered her Crystal Singer trilogy when I was in high school.  I’ve long admired McCaffrey’s ability to bring to life strong and competent heroines who are independent and a little bit Type A.  Acorna is no exception. The novel begins when an alien couple’s ship is attacked.Read more

“Sassinak” by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Moon

“Sassinak”  is one of Anne McCaffrey’s lesser-known novels.  It is co-written by Elizabeth Moon.  I had never even heard of it before I came across it at a used bookstore, but hey, there were space pirates.  What’s not to love about that? The book tells the story of Sassinak, who becomes orphaned as a childRead more

“The Rowan” by Anne McCaffrey

Although “The Rowan,” by Anne McCaffrey, is a science fiction novel, it reminds me a bit of a fairy tale.  It just has that “once upon a time” magical feel to it. The story is set in a distant future where telepathy and psychokinesis have been scientifically proven to exist among a small percentage ofRead more

“Crystal Line” by Anne McCaffrey

  “Crystal Line” is the final book in the trilogy that began with Crystal Singer and Killashandra.  It is unique among science fiction novels, as it features an aged protagonist. One of the risks to cutting crystal on the planet of Ballybran is memory loss.  During the first two books, Killashandra was relatively new toRead more

“Killashandra” by Anne McCaffrey

This is the first book that I read on my new Kindle!  I was going to wait until January to read this one so that I could count it for some of the upcoming Reading Challenges, but I couldn’t resist.  I’ve done absolutely nothing today because I couldn’t put it down until I finished it.Read more

“Crystal Singer” by Anne McCaffrey

  Ah, yes… 1980s sci-fi.  I had heard good things about McCaffrey, although she’s mostly famous for her dragon books.  I was not disappointed in “Crystal Singer.” The protagonist, Killashandra Ree, reminds me a bit of Rachel from Glee.  She’s very ambitious and driven, and it took me half the book to figure out thatRead more