All the Weyrs of Pern (Pern (Publication Order) #11)
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I read most of Anne's books when they were first printed, and read most in a single sitting.
I recently read several of her son's books and wondered how I could have enjoyed the original books so very much, so I re-read several (in fact the first seven Perm stories she wrote) of the originals and discovered the problem. Anne was a magnificent writer her son is no writer at all. The one problem with the Perm tales is the mistake Anne made in not finding at least a good writer for ...more
Well, being sci-fi and fantasy geek all one's young life can wear off after an adult lifetime of earning a living and raising a family (or starting a new one as in my case). Now middle aged, I remember the series and also recall I never read it although my adolecent friends in the highschool sci-fi club were all enthused about it. The decades passed and I found (and still find) that I'm in need of something to which I can listen ...more
Very recently, I listened to the Harper Hall trilogy on audio book, which I had not previously read, which are also excellent, published in that same time frame, 1976-1979.
That be ...more
Unfortunately, years later, i went back and re-read a few of the ...more
The author expands on her mythos with fragments from the past resembling the minutia of our current technology and beyond.
"Will I li ...more
Jaxom Lord of Ruatha rider of the white dragon Ruth follow the images that fire lizards give them to the original landing site on Pern.
He notifies the most important people on Pern, Masterharper Robinton and Weyrleaders F'lar And Lessa and the excavation of "Landing" begins.
They uncover the Aivas (Artifical Inteleigence Voice-Adress System) building and find the computer Aivas still functioning. It's prime directive to find aw ...more
First off, Anne McCaffrey uses this to totally destroy the world she created, and kills off a beloved character in the end. It salts the ground and makes writing anything post Lessa and F'lar era Pern dang near impossible. If this had actually been the last of the series, I think I could have reconciled it... but then McCaffrey kept adding. The series after this lacks ...more
The direct sequel to both The White Dragon and Dragonsdawn (and perhaps another one in there I did not read), the book describes how "modern" Pern responds to the re-discovery of the heritage of the colonists - and their ancestors - who settled on Pern 2500 years or so prior.
A major character is an artificial intelligence system known a ...more
I've only read one other Anne McCaffrey book, the Masterharper of Pern, so for me reading this book was a great way for me to understand the precarious situation of pitting a largely agrarian society versus (however ironically) a return to true Pernese roots. Instead of simply aligning the current culture with the re-discovery of Aivas, ...more
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You immerse yourself and enjoy, most of the various episodes involving Pern and it's culture of Dragon Riders are pure fantasy accepting that, you go into the realms of the science of engrams, neurological bonding with such beasts, the writing styles did alter over time as you would expect, the strengths of the stories waxed and waned.
All in all the books captivate the imagination in a world far removed from our modern tim ...more
YA-- AIVAS, the Artificial Intelligence Voice Address System that was a part of the original colonists' settlement, is unearthed on the Southern continent after having been buried for generations. This latest volume in the Pern saga deals with the reactions of the various lords, dragonriders, and craftsmen as they realize the impact the artificial intelligence will have on their culture and traditions. With its help, F'lar, Robinton, Lessa, Menolly, and all of the ot
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