|Plot Summary of The Ship Who Sang|
|"Helva was born deformed, and her governement decides to give her a chance to do something. so they create a spaceworthy scout ship for her to control, literally as she was connected with the ship almost as if it was an artificial arm or leg. Such ships are paired with 'brawn' - a normal human to keep them company."
Rachael, Resident Scholar
|"Helva was born with a severely disabled body but a great brain. As is the custom in the society in which she lives her brain was put into a shell and she was trained to become the controls of a space ship. Just using brains and her voice she is the main partner in a two people crew, her partner, Nyal, is the brawn. The two are destined to solve many problems and save a planet or two. Helva does not have the ability to excel in many arts and crafts but she loves to sing and has a beautiful voice. McCaffrey reaches into the hearts of her readers with this character and it is well worth reading even if you are not usually a sci-fi."
Penny , Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Ship Who Sang|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 20%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 20%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 40%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 20%
Tone of book
- very upbeat
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
- fighting a personal illness/handicap
- coping with mental/magical powers
- fighter (air/space) pilot
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Very much smarter than other characters
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a moderate amount
- futuristic human freighter/transport
- one or two man fighter/scoutship
Takes place in spaceship?
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- none/very little science jargon needed
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
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