Dragonquest (Dragonriders of Pern #2)
The silver Threads began falling again. The dragonriders took to the skies and their flying dragons swirled in space, belching flames that destroyed the strands before they reached the ground. But F'lar knew he had to find it before the rebellious Oldtimers could breed any more dissent - and before his brother launched another suicide mission.From the Publisher
There are dragons all over Anne McCaffrey's house. Some she's bought, but many have been made for her by adoring
Is there a quest that involves dragons? Questing generally involves a long search for something. Most notably a journey of some sorts with lots of characters and events. Does this happen in Dragonquest? No, not at all, so I have no idea why this is named Dragonquest. It sounds cool, though. Dragons and Grubs Forever? That would sum of the major finding of...more
What I remember liking: I liked F'nor better than F'lar, and I liked the idea of him having a romance. I also really liked the fire lizard concept, and how they could be there for all of the Pernese, not just the privile...more
On the negative side, it's less of a unified epic. The first novel was the tale of Lessa and F'lar and the desperate attempt to ensure Pern's safety once Thread begins to fall again. This novel wanders amongst many more character, diluting the narration. Its antagonists are much more clearly bad (either conniving or weak or stubborn in their ways). And it introduces Fire Lizards, which are occasi...more
What I didn't mention was that I predicted the ending. This happens a lot with me, and I don't actually hold it against a book. Quite the contrary. Often if I guess an ending, I'm thrilled to find out just how the author gets from the current point in the story to the ending.
Dragonquest, however, did surprise me at several points. I'm going to give it another 4 (since goodreads doesn't do 3.5 and there's not a fli...more
I feel like this book is a little more nuanced than the others, with slightly better characterization. Some of the antagonists are actually admitted to have good reasons for the way they think & act, and the one real Bad Person causes tragedy not through an Evil Plan but by being s...more
I enjoyed Dragonquest a lot more then Dragonflight, it was told better. The thing that is really killing this series for me though is that the bad guys are always idiots. Seriously? If you don't agree with Lessa and F'nor you obviously must be crazy? I also found the work to be somewhat illogical and self-indulgent.
Part of the reason I love the early Pern novels is that McCaffrey sets up an intri...more
The writing was probably the most obvious improvement from the first book, and considerably less annoying. The dragon and rider dynamic is more developed and descriptive and therefore more interesting. The always entertaining fire lizards are first introduced in this book, and they are still one of my favorite elements in these stories. Seriously, who wouldn't want one for a pet?
The constant t...more
I absorbed the Pern books so long ago in my...more
It's all about politics. It's all about order and timetables and having yourself matter the most. I expected this to be something adventurous, something that was going to blow my mind of but instead I got this politically oriented, bad Sci-Fi, with no battles or real argum...more
I also feel like this book ended with a lot unresolved, and thus I want to jump into the next bo...more
Look, I didn't like Kylara either. No...more
Este é um livro que começa sete anos (rotações) após o fim do anterior. Muita coisa aconteceu nesse intervalo, coisa que não gostei ao principio, gostaria de ter acompanhado esses acontecimentos, mas compreendo que a escritora tenha querido condensá-los porque haveria coisas mais...more
Don't let the publication date of 1971 put you off! This has some seriously well developed female characters of Lessa, Kylara & Brekke who I fell in love with in this book. The developing relationships, emotional turmoils and childhood scandals appealed to me greatly and...more
The story was more gripping than Dragon flight with not only the protagonists but also the antagonists properly flushed out. However, towards the end of the book you only hear about the antagonists in passing except for one. At points you simply could not guess what...more
The setting is imaginative. The stories move along at a good pace. The stories are interesting. If that was a...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