- Series: The Talents Saga (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey; 1St Edition edition (January 12, 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345336038
- ISBN-13: 978-0345336033
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.5 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 124 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #894,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Anne McCaffrey, one of the world’s most popular authors, is best known for her Dragonriders of Pern® series. She was the first woman to win the two top prizes for science fiction writing, the Hugo and Nebula awards. She was also given the American Library Association’s Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement in Young Adult Fiction, was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, and was named a Science Fiction Writers of America Nebula Grand Master. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1926, McCaffrey relocated to Ireland in the 1970s, where she lived in a house of her own design, named Dragonhold-Underhill. She died in 2011.
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It's not just the enormous number of misspelled words. Nor is it the horrible lack of apostrophes and periods and most punctuation.
It's that on nearly every page, and often several times per page, unrelated sentences are joined together and very obviously are NOT supposed to be. "Sentences are merged randomlyTheres a dog in the yardLets go said the IRS officer" That's a paraphrased example. And it's FREQUENT. And it's annoying. Who "edited" this? because you need to fire them. NOW.
Worst of all: The storyline is broken and badly jumbled. It's like someone printed a few sentences on an index card, then continued until the whole book was on hundreds of index cards.
And then somebody threw them all up in the air. During a tornado.
And then grabbed them into a stack, and printed as the Kindle version.
In 20 minutes of valiant struggling, the story jerked from Darrow in the hospital, without transition to a test of Ralph before businessmen, abruptly and in the same paragraph going to the landlord Frank, jumps to the Police Commissioner, then to the middle of something about the IRS, to immediately bouncing back to Frank and the housing problem - I want my money back. This is not acceptable. Poor Anne must be rolling over in her grave.
Who created this crappy version? Fire them. And give me back my money.
Like I said before, I love Anne McCaffrey's writings and this is an especially good set of stories.
Examples: 'comuit' instead of 'comunit' : 'zoom' instead of 'room' : 'Dai op Owen' instead of 'Daffyd op Owen' :
'out' instead of 'cut'. There are many more errors that I corrected as I read or glossed over as nonsense.
The errors interrupt the flow of the story and make for frustration rather than entertainment.
This is one of my favorite authors. I may not buy any more of her books on Kindle because of the error rate. The price seems too high for careless work.
It might be the writing. The characters, even the minor ones, are so three dimensional that I feel like I know them. They are my neighbors and my friends. The world she sketches is vibrant and to me a logical extension of our own. It's us, on steroids. Or psychic Talent, as it were. Mind you, when she wrote it 1997 seemed like far enough into the future to make all the futuristic things logical. Have we become what she envisioned? No. But we still might, maybe 100 years from now.
It might be the story. It's an epic plot line, by which I mean it spans several lives and years rather than focusing on one small moment in time. The book is an overview of how Talent came to be, and how it got organized. I think even those who don't normally read Sci-Fi will appreciate the politics of a minority group trying to make their place in the world. At the base of it, the plot is about people trying to navigate through a society that doesn't always accept them. A pretty universal theme, I'd say.
Somehow I think it's more than the story, the characters and the great writing (which is enough to keep me in just about any book). The spark that grabs me in this story is the idea that humans might evolve our latent parapsychic talents. The idea that telepathy might be something we eventually develop has always fascinated me.
We've all had those moments...that freaky moment when you know the phone is about to ring with bad news, and then it does. The odd sensation of deja `vu when you just know you've seen this or been there before, even though there's no possible way you could have. Whatever the moment was, you probably just brushed it off as intuition.
But what if it's more than that? What if...
That's why this book fascinates me so much. McCaffrey takes that question, the what if, and draws it out in a way that captivates me and makes me want to walk right into the story and live there. If you've never read her books, do yourself a favor and pick one up. The most famous are the Pern series, but I've read them all and you can't go wrong with any of them. If you like hard core SF, try the Ship Who Sang. If you like a bit of fantasy with your SF, try the Pern series. If you love dreaming about how our world might grow into something different, try To Ride Pegasus, and then the rest of the Talent series. What the heck, try them all!
NOTE: if you get the Kindle edition, be prepared for a lot of typos. They had to OCR scan the book, and from what I can tell it didn't get much of a quality check afterwards. If that sort of thing bothers you, get the print version.
The book is divided into four sections that focus on an important event in the growth of Talents. Anne McCaffrey is a superb writer of sci fi...and I love her work because she writes of the human condition no matter what planet they are on. I have read her books more than once over my life because they evoke emotions, human triumph and wonder of the possible future.