Dragonsdawn (Pern (Chronological Order) #1)
The beautiful planet Pern seemed a paradise to its new colonists --until unimaginable terror turned it into hell. Suddenly deadly sporeswere falling like silver threads from the sky, devouring everything --and everyone -- in their path. It began to look as if the colony, cutoff from Earth and lacking the resources to combat the menace, wasdoomed.
Then some o...more
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I can also see why I don't still read Pern.
The strengths, as with a lot of SF, lie mainly in the ideas. The excitement of interstellar colonisation, the hints at a broader future beyond the limits of the Rukbat system, the dragons, and above all the visceral horror of Thread, which at times is really skin-crawling (and saying 'skin-crawling' makes me think about Thread again, and now my skin's crawling...). When the book sw ...more
The first 47 pages of this book contained some of the most boring sentences that I have ever read. The entire time they are on the spaceship, I didn't care. I can sum up the first 47 pages for you right now:
A bunch of colonists get in a spaceship and fly far enough away that there is only enough fuel for it to be a one way trip. As they approach Pern they start waking everybody out of hyper ...more
(It does not entirely hold up to the test of time, though. McCaffrey's non-hero women aren't portrayed in the best light. And the science and tech is now dated.)
My overall impression is a decided "Meh". The world-building is okay. There's a certain levity of tone and plot I found entertaining. The details of the creation of the dragons are fine. And... that's about i ...more
Dragonsdawn describes the first colonists on Pern and their discovery of the disastrous Thread, and the development of telepathic Thread-fighting dragons. It is focused more on action, rather than character development.
It's interesting tha ...more
I don't think that I can fully express my love for this book and for the world of Pern in general. Every time I read one of Anne's Pern books I am overcome with an inexpressible longing for dragons to be real and to 'impress' one. In fact, I think I would even be happy with fire-lizards... instead of being the crazy old cat lady, I would be the crazy old dragon lady, but you know, that would be ok, because I would have dragons in my life :D
I find Anne's st ...more
The plot is good: it is the story of the early colonists as they land on Pern and their adaptation to the new planet. Sadly, McCaffrey's writing is often plodding, many if not most of the characters are uninteresting and don't rise above two-dimensions, and the few exciting ...more
Treasured perhaps above any of my books is ...more
McCaffrey seems to make a point of address many of the issues of the first Pern books (lack of women in positions of authority, sexism, lack of POCs), which makes sense bec ...more
I thrilled with the first Impression, the first flight, the first going between, the first fight against Thread. I loved seeing where some of he Pernese place-names came from.
Like many Pern books, it's pretty plot-driven, without much in-depth character development. This book perhaps even more so because it covers such a span of years.
I was seriously ...more
This book explains how the humans travelled to Pern, a 15 year journey, with most of them asleep. They brought everything they would need to build a low-tech society, the animals and plants thought compatible with the Pern soil and envi ...more
Although the story is different to what I was used to, Anne McCaffrey's style had shown through regardless. I felt comfort in seeing that all the protagonists are flawed and dislikeable in some way. Moreover, when things starts to look bad it ...more
well written, well executed. Not, however, at all suitable for young readers. This book deals with all sorts of adult themes and it is a perfect case of rea ...more
The book answers several questions about how dragons came about, where the "spotted cat" that caused the plague in Nerilka's Story. We also get introduced to the founders of Pern and the first dragon riders.
Totally engaging, with McCaffrey's usual superior story-telling ability. I enjoyed all of it -- except for some negative incidents (but that shows how much I was immersed into her wor ...more
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