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The Dolphins of Pern (Pern (Publication Order) #13)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  13,829 Ratings  ·  171 Reviews
Two boys, one of them a dragonrider, re-establish crucial contact with the wise dolphins, the legendary "shipfish" of Pern.
ebook, 384 pages
Published February 26th 2002 by Del Rey (first published 1994)
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Mary Taitt
Feb 05, 2008 Mary Taitt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anne McCaffrey fans and animal lovers
The Dolphins of Pern, by Anne McCaffrey. 3.5/5 This was not her best book ever and had some serious flaws, in my opinion, but we still enjoyed it. One of the things that I did not like about it is that it left the story to talk about ongoing Pern business without good background, so that it doesn't stand alone and the thread of the story was broken. It would be a much better story if those parts of the book were removed or woven in much more skillfully. The main story was good but had many of th ...more
I liked this book. While not as enjoyable as Dragonflight or Dragonsong, it is an enjoyable read.

There are a few drawbacks, of course. Readis, the main character, is rather dull. His story has already been told in the Pern series (A young person gets crippled, faces disapproval from overbearing parents and runs away to become the first of something). Sounds familiar? Readis is just a carbon copy of Menolly, but less interesting. T'lion is also rather dull. So it is a good thing that they aren't
To borrow a TV phrase, I consider All the Weyrs of Pern (the book immediately proceeding Dolphins of Pern chronologically) to be where McCaffrey jumped the shark with the Dragonriders series. I will refrain from including any spoilers here and only say that All the Weyrs has the natural feel of a conclusion about it. Then McCaffrey had to go and write two Pern books to follow it! To put it another way, all the books written before All the Weyrs of Pern have warrented multiple rereadings. All the ...more
Aug 02, 2008 Kathryn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh for crying out loud...what the heck HAPPENED? The book right before this one, "All the Weyrs Of Pern" was fantastic and startling and different and beautiful. And then this one was AWFUL. McCaffrey took one of my favorite characters from the last book, Aramina, and turned her into a shrewish, unsympathetic, two-dimensional twit. The storyline with her son going off to make his own hold was like something out of a nine-year-old's diary ("I'm going to run away and make my own hold and live with ...more
Jan 29, 2011 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this one. The dolphins add a new dimension to the Pern stories. I wish they could have been reintroduced earlier. However, I love what they bring to the series.
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Masterfisherman Alemi and young Readis of Paradise River Hold are shipwrecked and brought to shore by shipfish/dolphins. Readis becomes fascinated by dolphins much to the dismay of his parents, who want more for their son. Readis learns more from Aivas and his own experiences with the dolphins. T'lion along with his bronze Gadareth of the Eastern Weyr enjoys helping the dolphins as much as he can. T'lion and Readis becomes good friends, both are always trying to help the dolphins. Aramina blames ...more
I read this long ago. I recently picked up a large collection of McCaffrey hardback (many first edition) novels. I felt somehow in Her presence as I was about halfway through this book when she passed to 'between.'

This is not my favorite book of the Pern novels, but it ranks very high. I am passionate about dolphins and swimming... and dragons. But at times I wished for more of Readis's life than the life of the 'politicians' of the planet. I wished for more science discovery. There was a lot of
I read this long ago. I recently picked up a large collection of McCaffrey hardback (many first edition) novels. I felt somehow in Her presence as I was about halfway through this book when she passed to 'between.'

This is not my favorite book of the Pern novels, but it ranks very high. I am passionate about dolphins and swimming... and dragons. But at times I wished for more of Readis's life than the life of the 'politicians' of the planet. I wished for more science discovery. There was a lot of
Apr 10, 2016 Kaila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2012, dragons
This book will always have a special place in my heart. It was my first introduction to Anne McCaffrey, probably when I was about 12 or 13. According to my mom, my grandpa called asking what I wanted for my birthday, and she said “Oh, any book with dragons or dolphins will make her happy.” Seriously. Good job mom. I didn’t get much out of it on my first read through, as you really need to have read the rest of the series first, but it stuck with me long enough that I picked up Dragonflight not t ...more
After all the exciting things happen--after the settlers land on Pern, and are nearly destroyed by Thread, and discover dragons, and set up Weyrs and Holds and Halls, all the while devolving into a sexist&rigidly hierarchal medieval society, and eventually Jaxom bonds with Ruth, and Menolly finds her firelizards and transforms Harpers, and they rediscover their computer and figure out how to end Thread-fall once and for all, and all manner of social changes start being forced through--after ...more
How magical it is to come back to a world I love and to visit characters I've come to know and enjoy seeing them again. I haven't read a Pern book for at least 10 and probably 20 years, though Dragonflight,Dragonsong,Dragonsinger and The White Dragon have been re-reads, not for many years. I stopped the series at The Dolphins of Pern mainly because the stories became more disjointed and running in a different direction than the original two trilogies. They were interesting but not gripping like ...more
Gere Lewis
Dec 18, 2012 Gere Lewis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book very much. I like the dolphins almost as much as I like the dragons and that is saying something. I also enjoy Readis as a character.

I am beginning to wonder, however, what it is that Anne McCaffrey has against grown women, especially being one herself. The young female characters of Pern, with a few exceptions, are good natured and charismatic. However, her adult female characters are stubborn, self righteous, and often down right mean. The three most noteworthy examples (f
Jan 05, 2013 Mdi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good Mccaffrey read. Love the dolphins.
From Publishers Weekly

In this latest addition to McCaffrey's popular Pern series (Chronicles of Pern: First Fall, etc.), the humans of Pern are reunited, after eons of noncontact, with the intelligent dolphins who had originally settled the planet with them. When a boy, Readis, is rescued by "shipfish" and realizes that they can talk, he develops a lifelong obsession with the fascinating creatures. But, though his interest is shared by the young dragonrider T'Lion and his dragon, Gadareth, it

Ingrid Morris
Another chronicle of Pern. If you've enjoy your time on the planet before this will give you more of the same. This novel explores the oceans of Pern and the community of dolphins that have long been forgotten by the humans and dragons. I didn't find it compelling or exciting or satisfying, but a healthy diversion.
Aurian Booklover
This book takes place years later than the Harper Hall trilogy. AIVAS has been discovered again at Landing, on the Southern continent. It has promised to help to rid the world of Thread forever, and is educating the population to its purposes. It needs to learn the specifics of the Dragons powers, and their bond with their riders, and it needs to bring the planet to a much higher technological level. Of course there are always people who are against improvement and change, and there is violence ...more
Feb 23, 2016 Casey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, fantasy, dragons, 1990s
The Dolphins of Pern begins concurrently alongside All the Weyrs of Pern, and then ends up as a sort of sequel.

Considering that there wasn't a strong plot in Weyrs, nor this book, they should have been combined into one story.

As the title name suggests, the people of Pern rediscover the intelligent dolphins that have been swimming the waters of Pern since the first settlers came. The dolphins are able to speak, although it's bit garbled and baby-like. The people and dolphins reconnect and learn
I would have enjoyed this installment more if Readis' mother hadn't had such antipathy for her son's work with the dolphins. It really didn't make any sense at all and just added unnecessary conflict. The confrontation with Toric was also superfluous.
As I reread Pern, I'm coming to the conclusion that McCaffrey would've been better off quitting while she was ahead (and that Todd McCaffrey should never have been let at the universe).

I wanted to like this because it featured characters I love (really enjoyed seeing Alemi again and his relationship with Menolly), but there's no heart to this story, nothing cohesive that made me want to turn the page.

There's a couple of anecdotes and characters I enjoyed (I liked the dolphins and how they've ca
Jan 22, 2015 Hilary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
For many Turns the dolphins have been left to fend for themselves. They remember the Second Crossing, the evacuation of the southern continent (detailed in a novella in The Chronicles of Pern First Fall), but why have the humans abandoned them?

I understand why some people consider this one of the less-enjoyable books in the series: dragons hardly enter into it at all, the beloved characters featuring in the other books (F'lar, Lessa, Robinton, Menolly, Jaxom) are all on the sidelines here, and t
Jerry Miller
After reading some of the reviews of this book on Goodreads, i was afraid to read it. I have been a fan of the Pern series for many years. Although they are by no means great literature, they are an entertaining diversion. The major complaint about this book was that it really had little to do with the dragons and familiar characters. For me, this was a welcome change. Instead of more thread flying, we are treated to a lesson about Pern's past. Dolphins were brought with the first settlers, and ...more
Nov 01, 2015 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been many years since I last read a Pern novel, and this one is by no means a new offering, having come from my mother's library back before she became blind in 2002. It did remind me why I loved the earlier books so much. This one offers it's fair share of dragons and appearances by many of my favourite characters, incuding the passing of a much beloved regular from many of the earlier books (nope-no hints or spoilers here) and it introduces a whole new cast of characters, descendants of t ...more
Casey Thorne
Oct 26, 2016 Casey Thorne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best ending on a dragonriders book yet!

Seriously one of my favorite books besides masterharper of pern! The beginning was so informative, and the epilogue was heart warming. Five stars!
Apr 26, 2016 Shaun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Usually on Pern there is some big catastrophe happening, namely thread ruining everything though sometimes plague or other such problems. But in this book there isn't really any big problem, in fact things have probably never been better on Pern. Fresh off the discovery of their origins and finding their way through all the new tools at their disposal they also find out that apparently for hundreds of years people have been straight up ignoring the fact that dolphins have been talking to them. A ...more
Wayland Smith
May 21, 2016 Wayland Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read some of these back in high school, and I forgot how much I enjoyed them. I ended up remembering this one when I needed one for a reading challenge I'm in, and I'm very glad I picked it up. You could argue this series is written simply, but it's a good kind of simple.

Set at roughly the same time as the book or two before it, this one focuses on the "shipfish," intelligent sea animals that help humans. Eventually, the men realize there are more to the friendly "fish" than meets the eye, and
Tereza S.
Jul 06, 2016 Tereza S. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
U tohohle dílu jsem v sérii skončila a než jsem se k němu měla šanci dostat, uběhla už nějaká doba a mezitím jsem na předchozí díly zapomněla. Ale teď už jsem si je znovu oživila, takže jsem se konečně mohla dostat k Delfínům, o kterých jsem nečetla nějaké super ohlasy, takže jsem se trochu bála. Ale nakonec naprosto zbytečně, protože tohle se mi teda opravdu líbilo.

Hlavní věcí, která mě naprosto dostala, byli samozřejmě ti delfíni. Obyvatelé Pernu tyhle inteligentní zvířata objevili dost pozdě,
Sep 20, 2016 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anne McCaffrey is the quintessential writer of fantasy books pertaining to dragons. These books are always wonderful, well written, and perfectly characterized. All of her series are great but the ones that take place on Pern are the best of all. This is one of the Pern novels I most enjoy! I wish she had written more about the dolphins of Pern.
Al Philipson
Oct 14, 2016 Al Philipson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is parallel to The All the Weyrs of Pern in that it takes place in the same time frame.

Readis is a youngster who develops an interest in "Ship Fish" (Dolphins) when they rescue him from a sinking skiff (during a storm). He's the first person in hundreds of years ("turns") to realize that they can talk. The story revolves around around this link between Readis and the dolphins as the fact of talking (and helping) "ship fish" clashes with the hidebound culture of Pern that is already ree
Oct 17, 2016 Colleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this all in one gulp, because I was sick and laying on the couch all day. Perfect reading for that. The dolphins make this story pretty funny (as dragons do in some of the other Pern novels) with goofy comments. What I had forgotten about this book is the clever way it weaves side characters' points of view into a narrative about, technically, a side-development to the chronologically concurrent events of All the Weyrs. Bigger name characters drop in, and events from the other book are re ...more
Oct 26, 2016 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Liked it the first time I read it,. All those years ago....and I liked it this time, too!

Always the best.
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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.

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Pern (Publication Order) (1 - 10 of 24 books)
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