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Anne McCaffrey: A Life with Dragons
"Anne McCaffrey: A Life with Dragons" is the biography of a writer who vividly depicted alien creatures and new worlds. As the author of the "Dragonriders of Pern" series, McCaffrey (b. 1926) was one of the most significant writers of science fiction and fantasy. She was the first woman to win the Hugo and Nebula awards, and her 1978 novel "The White Dragon" was the first ...more
Hardcover, 243 pages
Published August 15th 2007 by University Press of Mississippi
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A book about my absolute fovorite author--couldn't wait to read it. What a waste of a week!!! as interesting as watching paint dry. Robin Roberts is not a fan I suppose. Anne Mccaffrey has amazing talent and her life has been so interesting---how could anyone write such a BORING book about it??
I loved learning facts about one of my favorite authors, and this book does help us to know a bit about her. I did find it a bit of a dull read in places though. The subject matter is not dull but the writing I guess. I can't put a finger on it. I was glad to have read it and happy to own it. I just wish that it was a different type of read.
This is less a biography than a thoughtful analysis of her work and how her life experiences are reflected in that work. Having read just about everything Anne McCaffrey ever wrote, I very much enjoyed this approach. One odd thing that I found very annoying was the physical book pages. I had to turn them from the top or the bottom. The side edges were uneven, intentionally so, and this made it nearly impossible to use them to turn the page. Seems petty, but it came up with every page turn!
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This book tended to focus on more of Anne's personal life than her books, which in a way was interesting. The problem that I had with it is that within each chapter the author constantly jumped back and forth in time. She'd be talking about 1971 in one sentence, a few sentences later, it was 1973, and then it was 1970. It was this way throughout the book, making it very difficult and unenjoyable to read, in my opinion.
Ruth was one of my very favorite dragons! His story and rider story unique! Anne's writing g style so refreshing! A great dragon fantasy novel that just keeps the story and this universe alive. I looked forward to reading more about this planet, the people, their struggles to survive and overcome all obstacles whether man made or natural disasters!!