Dragonflight (Dragonriders of Pern #1)
Lessa seems nothing but a ragged kitchen girl. For most of her life she has survived by serving those who betrayed her family and took over their lands. Now the time has come for Lessa to shed her disguise—and take back her stolen birthright.
But everything changes when she meets a queen dragon. The bond they share will be deep and las...more
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I forced myself into reading the first three books because some crazy old lady at work lent it to me and i didn't want to offend her; i admit i was also horribly fascinated at how absurdly stupid these books are.
I really don't know where to start. The misogyny, which i know to a lot of you isn't a big deal being guys and all, is completely retarded. The most "dynamic" couple (quote f...more
It seems to be both an excuse for what is perceived as poor quality and an excuse for going on in the series despite being underwhelmed by the opener.
I had this in mind as I began reading...more
The book is a nice mix of Science Fiction and Fantasy. The setting is the world of Pern. We are told in the Prologue that Pern is a planet settled by Earthlings but now long forgotten. It has apparently reverted back to a feudal type society where most of the citizens live in “holds” which are hist...more
The prologue had me doing a double take because it was pure scifi, with Pern being one of many colonised planets which eventually became isolated and forgotten by Earth. The technology then regressed to the more fantasy feel medieval style setting. There are dragons, but even these are indigenous animals that have been bred to...more
I recently had the urge to revisit those carefree years of meaningless scienc...more
The best part of the book was undoubtedly McCaffrey's dragon imagery—anything that had to do with the their relationship with their riders, the feeling of them taking flight, or their general mannerisms. I wish I had picked this up in my younger days, as I'm sure the dragons alone would have captivated my fledgling mind, and I would have soake...more
It wasn't difficult for me to ply myself in nineteen-seventies science fiction fantasy. The retro-singularity enmeshed with a keen sense of aesthetic majesty made for a more resplendent piece, yet I found very seldom to enjoy in Dragonflight. Unfortunately, the strongest aspects of Dragonflight had little sway in progressing the story, as opposed to structuring the setting around it.
I was particularly interested in the feminist appeal Anne McCaffrey would deluge but, surprisingly, ther...more
This is clearly a book I probably would have connected with more if I'd first read it as a youngling, before I was old and jaded about dragons and romance. I can see how this book set many things for the dragon-and-rider subgenre, alongside dragonrider-dragonrider romance. The story is interesting, especially the somewhat complicated social code...more
Since her recent passing tributes have been pouring in for Anne McCaffrey from nume...more
This is the story of the planet Pern, dragons, dragonryders, and Threads that come from the Red Star every couple of hundred years.
No heavy world building here, just the world as is. As of course, it really must be!
I want a dragon of my own, right now!
Love this book and I'll be reading m...more
The Chronicles of Pern contain some of the most believable and relatable dragons in fantasy, and they're truly the mold from which other dragons in the genre are cut. However, I find my issues now revolve around the human characters in the story.
Lessa and F'lar, specifically, seem pulled from a YA novel of...more
We also learn that Lessa's world...more
In fact, my husband asked if I wanted to go to the bookstore to buy the next book. (He is a very good husband who has continually witnessed me get sucked into fantasy series.) My answer was "huh, it never even crossed my mind to continue the series." One book was enough. I'm glad I read it for a bit of enjoyment and to sample McCaffrey's writing, but I am done.
I liked the use of dragons, but the author didn't offer anything new to...more
In fact I had this feeling (based partially on discussing it with a friend who just read it for the first time recently) that I wasn't going to like it, so I borrowed it from the library rathe...more
With this year being about challenging my reading habits and having to choose something for fantasy I thought it high time...more
This book is the most out of whack with the rest of its series. Here, there is no pretense of science fiction, whereas as the series progresses it is clear that McCaffrey made a decision to change genres. Fencing appears nowhere else in the books, and the implication that Lessa was somehow protected by a magical connection with her Hold is never brought up...more
So, this ended up as the Sword & Laser pick for April, 2013. After a very slow start, where I had a hard time getting into the book, I felt like it finally "clicked" for me about halfway through. Once I got about halfway through, I finished pretty quickly. I'm still stumped by the slow sta...more
The early sexism in the story drove me to distraction, of course, but that's mostly a character thing, not a narrative thing: Lessa is a very strong c...more
I've decided to skip this one. It doesn't look any more exciting than it wasn't in my early years. Too little time for books that aren't going to interest me. Maybe some other time...
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|The Sword and Laser: On the use of Dragons (minor spoilers)||35||210||May 04, 2013 05:52PM|
|The Sword and Laser: And .... done. (Spoilers welcome)||59||335||May 04, 2013 05:39PM|
|The Sword and Laser: S&L Podcast - #126 - More like Dragon-FIGHT!||31||204||May 03, 2013 02:33PM|
|The Sword and Laser: A Whiteboard Reflection||14||134||Apr 18, 2013 07:46AM|
Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two...more