zaterdag 26 november 2011

Anne McCaffrey - To Ride Pegasus

The first book in the Pegasus series, published 1973.

To ride Pegasus

They were Extraordinary Women.
Who read minds, healed bodies, diverted disasters, foretold the future – and became pariahs in their own land.

Molly … was a nurse, whose hands could heal far better than the most modern medical treatments.
Charity … a hooker with a heart of gold and extrasensory skills that put her other talents to shame.
Barbara … could locate a crook on the lam as easily as she could find a missing pair of glasses, and she could also drive the Police Commissioner right up the wall.
Dorotea … a perfect baby in every way… and a little more perfect in some ways since she could screen others for hidden talents while she was still in diapers.
Amalda … at 22 she had the voice of an angel and the as yet untrained powers to broadcast emotions that could control thousands … in the wrong hands, she could become a lethal weapon.

They were the Talented, an elite cadre that had stepped out of the everyday human race … to enter their own!

This book is the first in the Talented series, where humans acknowledge paranormal talents, and can scientifically prove they exist. This first book is a collection of short stories, focusing on different characters and powers. I have read it multiple times, and love the spin-off series most of all. Talent is in children’s shoes in this book, but it becomes so much more. But do keep in mind, the book is written in 1973, so what then was though of as state of the art technologies, has been old fashioned for many years.
You would think the book is focusing on the female characters, but I find it more focusing on the leading male characters, the ones in charge of the new Center.

I love everything Anne McCaffrey has written during her long career, which sadly has ended this past Monday, November 21, 2011. I will miss her. I was still looking out for new books, and I am sad that the series she was working on will not be finished. I plan on re-reading some of my favourites soon.

8 stars.

5 opmerkingen:

  1. The technology ages so quickly...the book might be fun!

  2. It was lovely to read this tribute after Anne McCaffrey's death. She was one of the inspirations for my fantasy novel Shadowlight, recently reissued for Kindle and Nook. Thank you for the review!

  3. What a great idea to read some of her older work! I so need to put as many books on my wishlist/tbr as possible!

  4. Lol, a hooker with a heart of gold, that is sure a cliche ;)

    I have never read a book by her, such a shame

  5. @Anachronist: I hope you try some of her books
    @Jacqueline: Thank you for visiting my blog. I am always glad to meet other Anne-fans!
    @Melissa: I look forward to reading your reviews about her books.
    @Blodeuedd: Yeah, well, the hooker person does not have a big part in this book, she is only briefly mentioned I believe. I am not so sure this blurb is accurate, though I typed it over from the book itself. But the book itself is certainly worth reading, even though it is ancient ;)