Dragonflight (Dragonriders of Pern #1)
To the nobles who live in Benden Weyr, Lessa is nothing but a ragged kitchen girl. For most of her life she has survived by serving those who betrayed her father and took over his lands. Now the time has come for Lessa to shed her disguise—and take back her stolen birthright.
But everything changes when she meets a queen dragon. The bo...more
I forced myself into reading the first three books because some crazy old lady at work lent it to me and i didn't want to offend her; i admit i was also horribly fascinated at how absurdly stupid these books are.
I really don't know where to start. The misogyny, which i know to a lot of you isn't a big deal being guys and all, is completely retarded. The most "dynamic" couple (quote f...more
This is what...more
It seems to be both an excuse for what is perceived as poor quality and an excuse for going on in the series despite being underwhelmed by the opener.
I had this in mind as I began reading...more
The book is a nice mix of Science Fiction and Fantasy. The setting is the world of Pern. We are told in the Prologue that Pern is a planet settled by Earthlings but now long forgotten. It has apparently reverted back to a feudal type society where most of the citizens live in “holds” which are hist...more
This is the story of the planet Pern, dragons, dragonryders, and Threads that come from the Red Star every couple of hundred years.
No heavy world building here, just the world as is. As of course, it really must be!
I want a dragon of my own, right now!
Love this book and I'll be reading m...more
It wasn't difficult for me to ply myself in nineteen-seventies science fiction fantasy. The retro-singularity enmeshed with a keen sense of aesthetic majesty made for a more resplendent piece, yet I found very seldom to enjoy in Dragonflight. Unfortunately, the strongest aspects of Dragonflight had little sway in progressing the story, as opposed to structuring the setting around it.
I was particularly interested in the feminist appeal Anne McCaffrey would deluge but, surprisingly, ther...more
I recently had the urge to revisit those carefree years of meaningless scienc...more
Case in point: 'Dragonflight'. I remembered this being a well written, serious science fiction novel with good characters. That's not what I just finished reading.
There are few characters in this book well developed enough to even be thought of as proper characters, and those that are are lacking in depth, and are largely unlikable. Lessa is a self-centered idiot, and F'lar is a misogynistic self-centered idiot. I'm fairly certain they'r...more
By Anne McCaffrey
Type of text: Novel
I love books that the main character is a girl! I love it that a GIRL saves the world etc. Its just show the power of us girls can do!! It has a very complicated and detailed plot and I cant stop reading it.
I recommend this book to everyone, especially to people who likes a feisty heroine.
The basic plot idea could have worked if the writing was not so dreadful. The story is choppy and a bit hard to follow. It is not a complicated story, but just so poorly written. I...more
I've decided to skip this one. It doesn't look any more exciting than it wasn't in my early years. Too little time for books that aren't going to interest me. Maybe some other time...
In fact, my husband asked if I wanted to go to the bookstore to buy the next book. (He is a very good husband who has continually witnessed me get sucked into fantasy series.) My answer was "huh, it never even crossed my mind to continue the series." One book was enough. I'm glad I read it for a bit of enjoyment and to sample McCaffrey's writing, but I am done.
I liked the use of dragons, but the author didn't offer anything new to...more
I strongly dislike the inconsistencies in the storylines, grammar/spelling, and editing (e.g., says "he" instead of "she" in some places). I also dislike the complete lack of chronological order between books, though I realize other series (e.g., Redwall, Chronicles of Narnia) work perfectly well this way. I think it's mostly related to the constan...more
We also learn that Lessa's world...more
The Chronicles of Pern contain some of the most believable and relatable dragons in fantasy, and they're truly the mold from which other dragons in the genre are cut. However, I find my issues now revolve around the human characters in the story.
Lessa and F'lar, specifically, seem pulled from a YA novel of...more
I sincerely hope that McCaffreys writing improved as time went on like everyone says her writing did, but seeing how many 5 star reviews there are here i am wonderi...more
So, Dragonflight is the first i...more
As far as the plot for just this book, it feels like a lot...more
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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