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Preview — Dragonquest by Anne McCaffrey
Dragonquest (Dragonriders of Pern #2)
Another Turn, and the deadly silver Threads began falling again. So the bold dragonriders took to the air once more and their magnificent flying dragons swirled and swooped, belching flames that destroyed the shimmering strands before they reach the ground.
But F'lar knew he had to find a better way to protect his beloved Pern,and he had to find it before the rebe...more
The setting is imaginative. The stories move along at a good pace. The stories are interesting. If that was a ...more
Nominee: Hugo Award Best Science Fiction Novel
Nominee: Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel
Look, I didn't like Kylara either. No ...more
This installment was much more political with less thread fighting as some major changes are made on Pern. F'lar has always been a leader but tried to give the leadership over all away but was forced to take it. Somehow F'lar as been cast as the bad guy in some reader's minds because he tends to hold his cards close to his chest. If the poor guy shared most of his thoughts of his imagined future for Pern he would have a revolution on his hands. There were some amazing di ...more
I absorbed the Pern books so long ago in my ...more
Final conclusion: It seems like maybe Anne McCaffrey had nothing going on so she decided to try to write a follow-up to Dragonflight, but when she started, she couldn't figure out what to write about. Not much happens in this book-- really just a bunch of boring arguing. Some of the times/dates are off, with certain characters being too young or too old to mesh with what did/didn't happen in the ...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
Yes, I'm giving it four stars. Yes, I really really liked it.
So where did the fifth star go?
I'll tell you.
Just like the scene where a villain of the story--whom we've seen from their POV, been inside their head--gets comeuppance for doing a violent and horrible thing.
Readers need closure. If we've watched calumny and nefarious wickedness of a character, it is only right and fair that we get to experience that character's reckoning and consequences.
That doesn't ...more
There was a lot going on in this story. No time to breath. F'lar's nonstop strategizing, planning, brooding set everyone on edge in this one. Man's gonna get someone killed trying to guess his intentions and eager to save him from the inherent danger in his machinations.
Pern is still a seething pit of politics and with the acerbating attitudes of the Oldtimers there is major conflict an ...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
When F'nor mentions his conclusions to his dragon, Canth's reply is a subdued ...more
The science, the ideas, the worldbuilding.
The characters were completely flat. I couldn't care about them as much as I was supposed to.
The plot was an alternating mixture of arguing (and half the time it was really just more to imply conflict), and random events which just happened without rhyme or reason.
The writing was rambling and chaotic, with jarring shifts in POV and events. The story, while it had some great developments, jus ...more
It takes some special talent to write a sex scene between two people who are in love and want to have sex, and somehow make it actually rape.
This entire scene between F'nor and Brekke, what the actual fuck. [CW: definitely pretty much rape.]
She tried to break away from him, but even with one arm the brown rider was stronger. Trapped, she began to cling to him with t...more
So like I was saying this time around we aren’t following one particular storyline, or two characters only. This book definitely had more of an “ensemble cast”. Unfortunately this does kind of mean that there isn’t a ...more
The Dragonriders of Pern has a lot to do with tradition, change, and consequences. The primary focus of this book is dealing wit ...more
I read Dragonsinger and Dragonsong in 2010, and liked them quite a bit, so I'm wondering if it's because in this series you aren't inside someone's head about emotional matters.
Plus, teleporting dragons are always fun.
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