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Old Dec 3 2012, 12:52 PM   #1
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"You! You! I know what you are! A silicate spider paralyzing its prey, a crystal cuckoo pushing the promising fledglings from their nests."

Just reading this again on my iphone as I stand in line at starbucks. I know the story well enough that it's something I can digest a couple pages of when I'm waiting for something and I have to note how much I appreciate writing like this. Writers these days are wayyyyy too timid to introduce a line with this much alliteration smack dab in the middle of an over-the-top analogy. It makes the line over the top in several different ways (very fitting for the Maestro). I have to say, I appreciate Anne's boldness and creativity. Can't get much more memorable than that.
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It IS a lovely turn of phrase, isn't it? And yes, very fitting for the Maestro!
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I fully agree. And don't forget to always put Anne in her time, she was one helluva lady writer in a time it was new, refreshing, daring and innovative.
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Old Dec 5 2012, 11:04 PM   #4
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I definitely agree with all the above comments...

Anne really knew how to put the reader in the story...

your body would feel so very tired after a fall or after dragging
yourself in from the ranges with crates full of crystals...

you could smell and taste the incredible bubbly pies, or feel the
soft warm suede of the dragon you were flying.

A writer like Anne is a once in a lifetime for a reader...if your lucky.
I've read hundreds of wonderful books...from classics to modern
day best sellers, but none of them have ever reached in an touched
my heart like she did...over and over again.

I've never been able to read the the first part of *The Ship WHo Sang*
or the last of *All the Weyrs of Pern* without tears.
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Old Dec 11 2012, 05:46 PM   #5
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I definitely agree with all the above comments...

Anne really knew how to put the reader in the story...

your body would feel so very tired after a fall or after dragging
yourself in from the ranges with crates full of crystals...

you could smell and taste the incredible bubbly pies, or feel the
soft warm suede of the dragon you were flying.

A writer like Anne is a once in a lifetime for a reader...if your lucky.
I've read hundreds of wonderful books...from classics to modern
day best sellers, but none of them have ever reached in an touched
my heart like she did...over and over again.

I've never been able to read the the first part of *The Ship WHo Sang*
or the last of *All the Weyrs of Pern* without tears.
Well put in every respect. Weirdly enough, my wife says that Anne's writing is "Too dry." I don't get that at all.
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Old Dec 11 2012, 11:23 PM   #6
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Well at least she's actually read at least one of Anne's stories...my beloved husband who is an avid reader of all kinds of books...has never tried even one of Anne's stories. He just doesn't care for Science Fiction...W E L L...other than Star Trek that is.

B U T...he did really like and enjoy Anne a great deal...but then again who didn't...he even gave her the shirt right off his back once at a book signing...what more can you ask of a fan and he really was a fan of her as a person.
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