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All the Weyrs of Pern (Pern (Publication Order) #11)

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For generations, the dragonriders had dedicated their lives to fighting Thread, the dreaded spores that periodically rained from the sky to ravage the land. On the backs of their magnificent telepathic dragons they flew to flame the deadly stuff out of the air before it could reach the planet's surface. But the greatest dream of the dragonriders was to find a way to eradic ...more
Published October 24th 1992 by Turtleback Books (first published 1991)
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One of the first books I ever owned in hardcover! The people of Pern uncover lost technology from their colonist forebears, and are able to finally engineer a permanent solution for Threadfall. Really fascinating way of bringing the fantastical elements (telepathic dragons!) and the scientific elements (spaceships! AI!) together.
Apr 02, 2012 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 15, 2015 Casey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, dragons, 1990s
I was excited for this book because I thought it was going to uncover all the secrets of the Red Star and Thread. Unfortunately not everything is actually understood.

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In All the Weyrs of Pern, the characters uncover Aivas, an an
Brent Williamson
Aug 08, 2014 Brent Williamson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
That book was pretty awful, but I felt I had to get through it to finish the main "thread" of the story. McCaffrey has no sense of climax, conflict, or tension. The main conflict of the story was predistened to be succesful, and what should have been a thrilling climax turned out to be a little more than an errand, followed by a little waiting to see what would happen. McCaffrey frequently has this problem; any real conflict is either resolved to quickly, or is hardly a conflict at all. Characte ...more
Amanda R
This is by far my favorite Pern book, and probably the last truly good one she wrote before they really started going downhill. I love fantasy and I love sci-fi, so you give me a story about traveling in space on a dragon and I am in heaven. So many interesting ideas and concepts, about space travel, time travel, dragons, and all of my favorite Pernese characters, even Sorka and Sean. Wonderful, wonderful book.
Tom Lee
Aug 02, 2015 Tom Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anne yes, Tod no!

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
Okay . . . I'm done with Pern for now. Why read it . . . at my age!?

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
Apr 26, 2012 Curtiss rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
I was gratified to finally read in 2007 how my old friends F'lar and Lessa managed to eliminate the threadfall forever in this installment of the Dragonriders of Pern books, which I began reading back in 1967 when "Dragonflight" was first published in Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact magazine in three successive issues. "Hooray" for F'lar!- for finally destroying his nemesis, with the help of the recently discovered AIVAS, forgotten in the buried ruins of the colonist's landing site for over ...more
Aug 09, 2012 Josephine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
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Colonel Forbin
Aug 20, 2015 Colonel Forbin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I cannot say enough good things about her previous novels, specifically all the books Anne wrote in the 1968-1978 decade. I had read the 'main' trilogy years ago, and have revisited them a few times since, most recently on audio book. By the main three, I mean 1.) Dragonflight 2.) Dragonquest, and 3.) The White Dragon.

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
I was obsessed with this series as a preteen and teenager. Then after a couple of years' break I read the book before this one in college and thought the writing was awful, so I gave the series up—including not adding it to my "finish book series" resolution I've been working on for the last couple of years. But something made me think of the Pern books recently, so I decided to give this one a try. It's been a decade since I last read a Pern book, and I liked it a lot more than I expected to. T ...more
Mar 16, 2012 Hallie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A re-read -- not quite as magical as when I read it in high school, but I am still a sucker for a) fantasy, b) sci-fi, c) origin stories and d) fictional worlds discovering their own origin stories (particularly that last one). Also a treat just having recently read Dragonsdawn, since it echoes so nicely.
Tereza S.
Apr 21, 2016 Tereza S. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tuhle knihu jsem četla už před lety, stejně jako předchozí díly. Ale zatímco z nich jsem si toho pamatovala docela dost, z tohoto mi utkvěla pouze jedna věta a jinak bylo pusto a prázdno. Možná jsem ještě tak nějak podvědomě tušila ten konec, ale o tom jsem si spíš někde přečetla na internetu. Vážně nechápu, jak mě paměť mohla zradit až takhle.

Nicméně i přes tu frustraci byla kniha fajn. Už to sice není taková bomba jako první dva díly, ale pořád je to zatraceně dobře vymyšlená série se zajímavo
Nov 16, 2015 Alsha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Epic and ambitious, as I remembered it, but also flawed in more ways than one. The sexism that so annoyed me in the previous books was even more present here, and there were some clumsy inconsistencies in plot and naming that were distracting. Nonetheless, hail Pern and its dragons - a wonderful world.
It's been forever since I read bits and pieces of the series, but this book will always stand out in my mind. I have long since forgotten all the details, but I remember being deeply satisfied with this story. I read it before realizing how expansive this universe was, and once I read it I needed more. Unfortunately I felt that none of the other books lived up to this one, but this book made me care about Pern and it's inhabitants.

Unfortunately, years later, i went back and re-read a few of the
Excellent Pern novel. I was a little hesitant about AVAIS system, but it did turn out ok. I prefer the fantasy aspects more than the sci-fi of this series so I was a little put off by the sudden advancement of Pern society. I did love the focus on Jaxom however. He is a great character.
Kelly Vergara
Aug 10, 2014 Kelly Vergara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the reason I failed 7th grade history. The first story where I appreciated the craft of writing and how it makes your mind it's plaything, throwing out the conventions you're used to though you don't yet have the vocabulary to convey any of these abstract concepts. Usually bubbling forth in a wide-eyed stare or in a gasp sounding like the word "woah".

The author expands on her mythos with fragments from the past resembling the minutia of our current technology and beyond.

"Will I li
Tim Evanson
Aug 31, 2015 Tim Evanson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Unlike many other creators of alternate worlds, Anne McCaffery continues to mine fresh ore from the soil of her imagined reality. Her storytelling is good, too.
Apr 10, 2016 Brittany rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This book...this book, this book, this book. I've been wanting to read this book, and every single time I don't get to it, I always have to turn it in. But not this time. Honestly, I enjoyed this book, even though some of the parts were a bit boring. Though I loved the dragon parts and the fighting Thread and the rest, the one thing that irritated me the most in this book was the relationship between Jaxom and the Aivas. It irritated me because Jaxom seemed so dependent on the Aivas instead of t ...more
Aug 19, 2014 kat rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
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Feb 17, 2008 Sally rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british, fantasy, own
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May 06, 2012 Ron rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I definately remember reading this one, back in the day when there was fan-weyrs at most every con...
It was interesting to watch McCaffrey move her Dragonriders into modern science and astronomy.
3 1/2

Cierto es que una espera encontrarse algo más de épica ahora que por fin los Perneses logran librarse de las infames Hebras, pero aún así la novela resulta interesante, aunque tal vez un poco demasiado larga y repetitiva.

Conceder el mayor protagonismo a Jaxon y su dragón blanco, Ruth, es siempre un acierto, así que la lectura resulta agradable y las intrigas ofrecen el contrapunto justo a los continuos preparativos... para un final que parece un poquito demasiado simple, aunque el desenlace
Ralph McEwen
May 18, 2014 Ralph McEwen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am really enjoying this series and this book in particular.
Wonderful! A little far-fetched as they achieve in 4 years what takes humans a decade+ in education alone to achieve, but the best science fantasy around. Dragons in space, political intrigue, and Piemur finally grows up. I loved it, and it seems Pern has finally gotten rid of the dreaded Thread after this current pass. Although the book is bittersweet as an old friend dies, I especially love the enthusiasm of the main characters to learn and to fight for waht is right for Pern, and for educatin ...more
Apr 10, 2014 Gmc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sf, reveiwed
All The Weyrs of Pern - Dragonriders of Pern Series by Anne McCaffrey

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
This is a love it or hate it book. As my Pern reread continues, this was my most dreaded reread, but I finished it fairly quickly.

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
Mar 02, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't remember if I read this one previously or not. But reading it as part of my journey through the Pern books again, I have to say it holds up pretty well.

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
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Anne McCaffrey was born on April 1st, 1926, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at 1:30 p.m., in the hour of the Sheep, year of the Fire Tiger, sun sign Aries with Taurus rising and Leo mid-heaven (which seems to suggest an early interest in the stars).

Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two
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Other Books in the Series

Pern (Publication Order) (1 - 10 of 25 books)
  • Dragonflight (Dragonriders of Pern, #1)
  • Dragonquest (Pern, #2)
  • Dragonsong (Harper Hall, #1)
  • Dragonsinger (Harper Hall, #2)
  • The White Dragon (Pern, #3)
  • Dragondrums (Harper Hall, #3)
  • Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern (Pern, #7)
  • Nerilka's Story (Pern, #8)
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