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The Ship Who Searched (The Ship Series) Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 1992
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On the other hand, Mercedes Lackey. I just don't care for her anymore. I used to love her writing. What is with the italics. Can you not write so that we get the point without italics? Or at least not on every page. And that is rhetoric, because she either can't, or more likely, just won't.
So, a decent enough book pulled down by worn out tricks by one of the authors.
Characters are vivid and feel realistic. Their interactions are really what drive the book, and that's a great thing.
Has some great emotional moments, which can bring the reader near to tears.
Has great backstory backed by a really cool idea(The brainships).
It's a bit short. A significant part of the book is filled with the introduction, and after that you've only got a few hundred pages to convey a full-bodied romance. It pulls it off, but I really feel it could have been longer.
The book is so emotion and character driven that there isn't much of any mystery in the book. Any problems are solved in a way that feels great emotionally, and are well timed, but don't have that much to do with actual problem solving.
A few Chekhov's guns aren't used. Alex's love of strategy, for example; that was primed and ready to fire, but never had an opportunity to be used. Of course, it's mostly a romance, but still, a little military tactics could have been nice.
Overall, it's a great book, and I really support reading it, but don't expect anything but what it is; a happy, fuzzy, sci-fi romance.