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Parts of Nimisha's Ship are reminiscent of the melodramatic intrigue and romance among lords and ladies in Anne McCaffrey's first SF novel, Restoree (1967). Here, though, danger and drama are downplayed while the course of true love--plus the joy of friendship--moves to center stage. Nimisha, heir to her mother's wealth and high status, tomboyishly prefers the spaceship yards of her absentee father. She sneaks off to work with him and emerges as a gifted ship designer. One day, testing a splendid new space-yacht, she falls through a wormhole to a far-off region of the galaxy. This contains a planet of unfriendly beasties--mostly leathery-winged avians, easily shot down by Nimisha's yacht AI--and stranded wormhole victims: a haggard human party easily put right by medical treatment, and midget aliens who are easily befriended. Romance soon blooms for Nimisha, and she settles down to have the nicest human castaway's babies (twins, then triplets). Meanwhile, rescue missions are on the way, one by the long, slow route and one by accidental wormhole encounter. Happy family reunions follow, with a certain twinkly charm but no real suspense or surprise. It's a comforting, unthreatening read: McCaffrey addicts will love it, but newcomers may prefer to start with her tougher, grittier SF adventures like the classic Dragonflight. --David Langford, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The magic of McCaffrey's alien planetscapes and exotic space creatures, familiar from such novels as Dragonriders of Pern, is absent from this flimsily SF-clad romance, set on luxurious Vega III centuries into human galactic domination. Upon Lord Tionel's death, his precocious genius daughter, Lady Nimisha Boynton-Rondymense, takes charge of his famous shipyard and test-flies his cherished Mark V space yachtAstraight into an unexpected wormhole that flings her onto an unknown planet. While bearing five children in three years to Jonagren Svangel, a conveniently also-stranded hunk, Nimisha spunkily triumphs in one maudlin adventure after another, but she finally dissolves into a postpartum "leaky ula-ooli-la" when located by a previous lover and her own adolescent body-heir, Cuiva. Not even Nimisha's inexhaustible supply of hooting alien babysitters and Star Trek-like cybernetic shipmates Helm, Doc and Cater can compensate for the vapidly predictable teeny-bopper plot and cellophane-thin characterizationsAthere's not one redeemingly vicious villainAthat bloat this lost-in-space operetta, a leaky ula-ooli-la if ever there was one. Science Fiction Book Club main selection.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (January 4, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345434250
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345434258
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,015,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I disagreed with many of the reviews already on this site; first of all, it would be nice to see a review from someone who could spell the name of the book/the main character correctly. In this recent novel by Anne McCaffrey,the main character is a lady of high birth, Nimisha. She is different from her peers in that she loves mechanical things and spends more time working with her father on ship design than with her mother and fashion. Of course, this is not an unusual premise for McCaffrey, however in this story she creates a new twist. After Nimisha's noted father passes away, she inherits his company to the anger of his son, who thought that he should have gotten it. She continues in his tradition, testing and creating ships, and eventually conceives a daughter. Soon after this, she gets stranded alone after an experimental flight goes wrong, and she must survive and try to get back home. Being Nimisha, she can't help exploring the planets around her while waiting to be rescued, and what she finds is truly terrific. Meanwhile, while Nimisha battles hostile planetary creatures and makes friends with some aliens, attempts are being made on her daughter's life in order to regain the company.
This complicated story definitely makes for an enjoyable read. Nimisha is a very complex and endearing character, easy to relate to. I never found this book boring or devoid of action, and the characters were all extremely believable. I highly recommend it, however some of the more hard-core science fiction fans may not be as interested in it as I was.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I put off buying this book based on all the negative reviews and picked up a hardcover at less than paperback prices just a few weeks ago... read it in one sitting which I hadn't expected after all the comments about no conflict/suspense....and found it very enjoyable although not my favorite book by Anne - and I've read most of them.
I enjoyed reading all the background provided in the first part of the book and getting the feel of a new SF society - these were up to Anne's usual high standard in my opinion. I also did not think the characters are one dimensional or flat as some other reviewers have mentioned, maybe more subtle. Perhaps it is because this book is meant to be the first in a series - and more development will occur later. Regardless, I enjoyed meeting all these new people although I'd have like more on the Sh'im individuals.
This book is not for someone who likes SF books with lots of violence, running battles and other ACTION to make it move along, but it should satisfy otherwise.
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I was charmed by the initial premise of "future nobility" and sucked into the will-she-ever-get-rescued plot, but by the end of this book I was totally unenchanted. One of the main problems I had was with terrible editing. Words are repeated within sentences, character's names get switched, and explanations are often redundant, clunky, or downright confusing. Dialogue is frequently unattributed when there are more than two people in a scene, which had me spending a good deal of time wondering who said what.

I also found myself dissatisfied with the characterizations in the end. It felt like a plot outline more than anything - Pretend these are actual characters with more than one dimension, then this is what they'd do. A plus B equals C, everybody makes babies (SO MANY BABIES), the adorable and completely undifferentiated aliens party, the end.

The funny thing is, McCaffrey tries so hard to portray one thing while doing the exact opposite. The novel is full of Strong Female Characters - admirals, nobility, all sorts of naval personnel, bodyguards, the main character - but guess which gender gets weepy and hysterical on a FAR too regular basis, while men only ever get gruff lumps in their throats? Seriously, there's a scene near the end where an intelligent, capable female science officer starts crying on her husband's shoulder because it turns out oh gee, she forgot all about a regulation that pertains directly to their situation, a regulation that she would have been thinking about frequenly for the past five years or so. Oh, and the female ALIENS do all the cooking and cleaning and clothes-making in their society, and fight over who gets to take care of the babies. None of the nanny aliens even get names...
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By Victoria on January 31, 2003
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First off, this book is not to be compared with books in which every ten pages someone is off in a bedroom somewhere, or battling the evil forces and putting themselves in extreme danger only to be saved with 30 seconds to spare. It is a story about family. It is a simply written, gentle story involving social-ranks, family ties, survival and love. Unfortunately, the cover-art on my library's hardcover version is selling the book to the wrong people; it depicts an action scene which never occurs in the book. 'Nimisha's Ship' is a easy-to read story which is aimed at the gentler side of readers, not always Anne McCaffrey's style. However, it IS very nice to read.
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I love anything McCaffrey wrote and own almost all of her books. This was just delightful. I like strong protagonist who are creative, intelligent and know how to play the "game". The book kept me engaged and I almost hated to finish it. I really wish there had been another in the series, especially to see how worm holes could lead to more colonization. I highly recommend.
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