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
Look, I didn't like Kylara either. No ...more
Nominee: Hugo Award Best Science Fiction Novel
Nominee: Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel
I absorbed the Pern books so long ago in my ...more
The first novel is something I would probably describe as misogynistic, classist, and maybe racist (in what it implies about genetic superiority), and for about half of this I was thinking the same thing. It's odd reading a book written by a woman that seems pretty hateful towards women. Not that women can't be misogynists--it's just not what I expect out of a writer who is a woman.
There's at least an implicit argument i ...more
F'nor's scene with Brekke was the worst part (more not so consensual sex presented as swooningly romantic) but overall less of the stupid underlying misogyny and infantalizing/domination of women by men. ...more
Like the first book, this has a very slow start that takes a good 100 pages before everything began to make sense and I ...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
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
When F'nor mentions his conclusions to his dragon, Canth's reply is a subdued ...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
Click here for my review of Dragonflight: (The Dragonriders of Pern #1)
F’lar, the weyrleader of the dragonriders of Pern, is facing unrest among his ...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
Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two brothers: Hugh McCaffrey (deceased 1988), Major US Army, and Kevin Richard McCaffrey, still living.
Anne was educated at Stuart Hall in Staunton Virginia, Montclair High Scho ...more