The Skies of Pern (Pern (Publication Order) #16)
Anne McCaffrey returns to Pern for more adventures of the Dragonriders in a novel sure to surprise and amaze her fans. As her readers need no reminder, Pern is a planet plagued by deadly silver strands called Thread falling from its skies, in cycles determined by the orbiting Red Star. Dragons were genetically developed by the ancients to battl...more
This latest Pern novel reads as though it is meant to round off the series. It is one of the most successful series of novels in science fiction, both long running and consistently high selling. The general trend has been for the novels to become more like soap opera episodes as time passes - a trend matched by the way that all of McCaffrey's output has become more homogeneous and unchallengingly predictable.
There are two main aspects to the...more
My first thought on picking up this book and starting to read it, years ago, was "Anne McCaffrey appears to have NO idea what motivates terrorists!" Her Abominators were just completely unbelievable. Not that I can't believe that such a thing would happen when a society's going through rapid cha...more
McCaffrey's books aren't usually particularly compelling, but they're usually enjoyable quick reads. Skies of Pern is no exception, although the more recent books have struggled to find strong characters worth an entire book.
I've gotten a little tired of the push towards technology in the later Pern books, and this book continues the trend. I find the tech vs tradition stuff a little boring and cliched, and this book pretty explicitly addresses th...more
One of Robinton's kidnappers escapes his prison intent upon finding like-minded followers who wish to return Pern to its traditions. AIVAS is Abomination and every change brought about by it must be destroyed even as the dragonriders of Pern look toward the end of this Pass when there will no longer be Thread to fight. The dragonriders are looking to the future, considering what skills t...more
Unfortunately, this story focuses on their son, so you don't get much of them, and you don't get much of Jaxom either. Toric, that scwewy lord holder, is making trouble, again, so the dragonriders and the conclave have to outwit and outmaneuver him, again. There's also a new threat from the skies, be...more
Dragons and riders are thinking about life after thread and what it is they will do once they are no longer needed to sear thread from the skies. Craftsmen and women are using information from AIVAS to further their craft or not. Some people on Pern are definitely looking to the future while others are trying desperately to cling to the past. There are meteorites, hurricanes, abominators, murderous f...more
All that to say the book has quite a history in it's little world, which I think, in the end, works against the flow of the story. Even in the notes at...more
It was a great read - I had forgotten how much I love McCaffrey's telepathic dragons and their riders. Her story figured on two dragon riders, one shy and new rider and one the lead dragon rider with a history of bravery and leadership. Their slow courtship also brought their dragons into their own courtship also. Pern is going through its own sort of domestice terrorism with drastic con...more
A long book that sometimes threatens to go off in other directions, it finally gets its plot focus and then becomes smoother and more enjoyable.
Certainly worth owning.
If you love McCaffrey and have read everything thus far, no reason to stop now. Those who want the best of McCaffrey should stick to the original 1970's Dragonrider and Harper novels.
For use in schools and libraries only. With the planet of Pern no longer threatened by Threadfall, its inhabitants are free build new lives for themselves with the help of recently discovered ancient technology, until a terrifying new peril from the sky endangers the planet.
And this book covers a natural disaster and their response to it.
Also it builds on Felessan's character and you end up crying with them and laughing with them.
All your favorite people are given voice here but the focus is on Felessan and his partner Tai.
This is a stand-alone, although I am not sure, how much sense it will make to someone who has not read any other Pern novels. I have been reading these books since I was a t...more
It had been awhile since I'd read any of the dragon rider series and it was nice to see how all the characters were doing.
I read this one out of order so some of what was going on made less sense than it would have if I hadn't.
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