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Dragon's Time (Pern (Publication Order) #23)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  3,515 Ratings  ·  187 Reviews
Even though Lorana cured the plague that was killing the dragons of Pern, sacrificing her queen dragon in the process, the devastating disease has left too few dragons alive to fight the fall of deadly Thread. As morale at Telgar Weyr plunges in the wake of the widespread loss, and Weyrwoman Fiona and the harper Kindan struggle to keep hope from v
Kindle Edition, 353 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2011)
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Bitterly disappointed.
That's me right after finishing this book.
I was so hoping for some Anne-permutation of greatness, some flashback to the great writing of the Anne-only Pern books, because she co-wrote this one with her son Todd, right?
No. In the forwards and afterwords, it is very clear - Todd wrote the book, she gave some advice or inspiration perhaps, and he copy-edited the book as well, so all mistakes are his, he tells us.

First the good:
I really love the new 'time' of Pern he's workin
Kathy Davie
Sep 17, 2011 Kathy Davie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The Chronology of the Series
It's 508 AL (after landing) and takes place after Dragonsblood in the Dragonriders of Pern fantasy series.

The Story
Why bother? Just read the previous books and you'll have a good idea what's happening.

We have to go through another take of Lorana meeting Tenniz before she buries him.

My Take
This isn't even a real story! Instead, McCaffrey has created a mish-mash of flitting back-and-forth from time to time. Do not even try to make sense of what is going on as McCaffrey
G.D. Vidrine
Aug 11, 2011 G.D. Vidrine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE
I was not going to read this sequel to the horrible "Dragongirl." I barely made it with sanity intact with that one, so I wasn't willing to risk this one. However, with Anne McCaffrey's name back in the author spot, I had to give it a go.

I was sorely, sorely disappointed. I feel like I have been swindled. Anne's influence was non-existent, except perhaps in the very last chapter. Then, in the afterward, it was made clear that it was mainly Todd's fault, so I will squarely place the blame on his
Marya Kowal
Aug 08, 2011 Marya Kowal rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
I adore Pern, and have loved Anne McCaffrey's dragons for over thirty years, but I could have asked my teen to write a Pern book and gotten a more mature storyline than Dragon's Time. Todd woos Pern fans with timed journeys like a creep with rohypnol preys on girls out for a great time at their favorite party spot. Then when he has them reeling and confused with the massive overdose of plot device, he beats them over the head with foreshadowing until they're all but comatose. He finishes taking ...more
Aug 03, 2011 Margo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe I'm just cranky this week, but this book annoyed me! I would have relished a good Pern tale. But I was confused half the time and bored some of the time. I felt the flow was very uneven. The book seemed to require too much knowledge of another book, one I wasn't even sure I had read. The incessant 'timing' that the plot required just added to the confusion. Best parts, though, were the use/appearance of the Dawn Sisters, and the part about trying to set up and run a new 'civilization' in a ...more
May 31, 2012 Melissainau rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: die-hard Pern fans
Shelves: sff
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Jun 18, 2011 Minna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I have to say that slogging through this mediocre installment was made 100% worth it by reading the foreword, in which Anne McCaffrey (at last!) shares that SHE, not Todd, has a new Pern book, "After the Fall is Over", in the works, featuring F'lar and Lessa. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
However, she threatens us that Todd might be helping her: "...maybe I'll finally let him play with my characters!". I REALLY, REALLY hope that doesn't happen. I keep reading these Todd McCaffrey Pern book
Best one in a while, certainly the best one that Todd has written. I'm still not entirely on board with his focus on little kids in positions of responsibility or Fiona's big heart going a bit far in the free love territory (she brings every stray into her family in some way, whether as a lover or a sister). But the heart of the story was there, great characters fighting to survive and triumph against such harsh odds with love, creativity and humor. 

One thing that I think Todd has done very well
Jun 11, 2011 Val rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who love fantasy/sci fi
Shelves: fantasy
I yearn for Pern! Oh, for a warm cup of klah, a fresh roll…and an escape from the realities of everyday life! After a three-year wait, Dragon’s Time arrived and I am sated…for the moment.
It was lovely to fall back under the spell of this deliciously complex world of weyrs, holds, craft halls, and telepathic dragons! I discovered Anne McCaffrey in 1993, and I quickly became an avid fan. Although these books are classified as science fiction, the dragons, dragonriders, and medieval-like society o
Melissa (ladybug)
Sep 07, 2012 Melissa (ladybug) rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pern lovers
I stayed confused reading this book (all the time travel and interactions), but also kept reading it. I enjoyed it but should have probably re-read the previous book to brush up on events. I also found myself being confused by several things. 1st the opening scene was never explained and it just left me confused. 2nd what is up with everyone having relations with everyone else and having two husbands and two wives in a relationship together? I like Pern for its storytelling and basically for the ...more
I've been reading the Dragon books by Anne McCaffrey for years and years. This, by far, was not my favorite, but I always enjoy my visits with the amazing dragons of Pern. A cure for the plague killing the dragons was found, but not before their numbers were decimated. Thread is coming and there aren't enough dragons to fight the next fall. Lots of time travel.
Feb 17, 2012 Kiri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sf
Having read a few negative reviews before reading this book I approached it with very low expectations, and think that I was therefore not as disappointed/annoyed by this book as I might otherwise have been

The first thing to note is that it is nowhere near the level of Anne McCaffrey's work. I think that this is partly because Todd spends very little time on the dragons themselves, an integral part of Pern! Except for the occasional Thread battle (not as prominent in this book as in many of the
Clare O'Beara
Oct 30, 2014 Clare O'Beara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
Overall I love the dragons of Pern. This book however seemed more like fan fic than a true crafted piece.

I'm reading this sequence in the wrong order, as I come across them, but found some aspects of this instalment irritating. When else on Pern have people used the terms validation and affirmation? We also get the word meltdown introduced, but with an explanation, like a melting pot on the fire. The word despondent is used in place of depressed, which would seem too much like our parlance. So
Emily Nuttall
Feb 25, 2016 Emily Nuttall rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 03, 2011 Darlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: McCaffrey fans
Recommended to Darlene by: McCaffreys
Well, this was a slower continuation of the last book I read, Dragongirl. Which wasn't about a girl but rather a grown lady. Neither story let us in on the time Fiona was a girl. And this story takes place both after and before Dragongirl. Confused yet? Yeah. Get used to it. That is the problem in books of time travel. That is the problem of worlds that don't have the same rules as our own.

Luckily, I was able to borrow the audio-CD version of the book to complement my hardback version. And I hi
Michael Mitsuda
Jun 14, 2011 Michael Mitsuda rated it did not like it
So this book went on sale and since all the big box bookstores around me has closed, I finally broke down and bought a Kindle just to read this book.

To my utter surprise, I find the Kindle useful! Carrying one Kindle instead of carrying hard cover books around and eating my food while reading my current novel.

Not as fancy or 'colorful' as an ipad but I've already left this behind in my work vehicle once, I find it less stressful then when others leave behind their ipads in the company vehicles.

Aug 31, 2016 MFE rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There is nothing more disappointing than reading the first twenty pages of a book, and knowing with complete certainty how it will end, and how stupidly inconsistent that ending will be in regards to Pern's lore.

I had hoped that, being one of the last true collaborations between Anne and Todd, that Anne would have had a more positive influence on this book; about the only one I can discern is that the book is half the length of Todd's previous two efforts, making for a quick - if painful - read.
Sep 28, 2011 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book reads like it was fanfic written by the computer engineer son of a really wonderful author. Guess I should have seen that coming.
Granted, I did not read the book immediately preceding this one, but I still found this one to rest too much on events from previous books. It was disjointed- yes, because of the copious time travel, but also within a given scene. The characters jumped around just in conversation to the point that I'd have to check if I had skipped a page inadvertently
Feb 05, 2011 Nicole rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-kindle
I'm a huge fan of the Pern series but this book and the previous from Todd haven't really been that great. I admit if the last couple books had been the first in the series, I would have stopped reading. The relationships in this book are so over the top it's hard to keep track. I can take a love triangle but a love octagon? Really? Where I'm from STOP signs are octagons... so stop with the confusing relationships. Then there is the time travel. I'm cool with time travel. I can follow easily eno ...more
Apr 30, 2012 April rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I love the basis of the Pern stories - humans working in concert with dragons to keep their world viable. However, the last few have had so much to do with time travel that they become confusing. Not to mention several times when a character will have an 'ah ha' moment but won't share the results with the reader - making this reader at least annoyed. I understand the need for some mysteries to be left until the end but these weren't at that level and dimmed my enjoyment of the story.

Maybe I'm ju
Jan 03, 2012 Jennifer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book really annoyed me. It jumped all over the place and could not find its way through in a coherent sense. Was Fiona with Kindan or with T'mar? In what universe can a woman have twins with two different fathers? What's with Lorana jumping through time with someone else's dragon? What was the purpose of that?

Too many questions left unanswered. I'm sort of sad that Anne McCaffrey's name was included in this series. Her son Todd just doesn't have her touch.

I'll just go back and re-read her
Linda Ulleseit
I love the Pern books and have for thirty years. Dragongirl was the first one that disappointed me, and Dragon's Time is just as bad. When trying to analyze why I didn't like them, I noticed that these two books are almost completely dialogue. There is very little narrative to show the characters' actions and feelings. Instead of being part of the scene, the reader is there as the characters talk about what happened. Also, Fiona is not typical of McCaffrey characters. She's selfish and weak, and ...more
Jan 14, 2017 Travis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, overdrive
A nice addition to the pern story, though it didn't answer as many questions as I expected it would. My fault entirely, but this means I need to track down even more pern books (if there are any left I haven't read :)). I think this one fit well into the overall story line, and pretty much read it straight through. Very nice to see how at least some of the things turned out, though there's still lots of unanswered questions a reader's work is never done. :).
Anyway, I recommend this one to anyon
Feb 22, 2017 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed-2017
Unusually for this series, I found this book to be very slow-going at first. I think it would have helped to have a rudimentary timeline somewhere in the book (or dates when the time period changed), to know who was where, and when.

However, about halfway through, I stopped worrying about such minutiae, and just enjoyed the story. The ending was very satisfactory, even though the reader knew what was going to/had already happened to F'jian. (It's hard to keep verb tenses straight when characters
Abigail Clepper
Possibly my least favorite Pern book. Takes place simultaneously with Dragon's Blood - I may have liked it better if I had read Dragon's Blood first.
Shelly Lincoln
Perfectly awful.
Jun 17, 2011 Marina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Pern because I love stories about dragons. Great imagery and attention to detail. Great characterization. I cried again because when you'll read it you will get why. Really love these characters!

Hans van der Boom Anne's Master Archivist created a list of Pern books in chronological order. It is a 2010 book list so it is not currently up to date but is close.Check it out.=0)
Jun 21, 2012 Marleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Thousands of years after humans colonised Pern and genetically modified dragons to help them fight the dreaded Thread the world finds itself on the brink of disaster.
The dragon’s sickness has left Pern with perilously low numbers of Dragons to fight the deadly Thread with. Although Lorena found a cure to the sickness, the cure came too late to save the animals in sufficient numbers. And every Threadfall, the numbers of available dragons dwindle further. The people of Pern
Amy Bradley
Dec 31, 2016 Amy Bradley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This made me cry, a lot at times.
The weyrs are very near the point at which they can no longer tackle thread, when Lorana borrows Tullea's queen and goes hopping through time to try to find a safe place for the weyrlings to grow and mature. At times, the timeline felt a bit hard to follow, but on letting go of trying to keep strict chronology straight in my head, this was very engrossing to read.
Ea Solinas
Apr 29, 2015 Ea Solinas rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's official: Anne McCaffrey should have retired the Pern series, rather than handing it off to her profoundly untalented son Todd. And we get yet another demonstration of why in "Dragon's Time," another painfully slow, tension-free story that is more soap-opera than sci-fantasy. And this time around, Todd is obsessing about something new: PREGNANCY.

Specifically, Fiona is pregnant, and everyone cares about this because she's so wonderful. Lorana WAS pregnant, but traveling through time causes h
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Anne McCaffrey was born on April 1st, 1926, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two brothers: Hugh McCaffrey (deceased 1988), Major US Army, and Kevin Richard McCaffrey, still living.

Anne was educated at Stuart Hall in Staunton Virginia, Montclair High Scho
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Pern (Publication Order) (1 - 10 of 24 books)
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  • Dragonquest (Pern, #2)
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