Dragonseye (Pern (Publication Order) #14)
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It's been two-hundred years since the deadly Thread fell like rain upon Pern, devouring everything in its path. No one alive remembers that first horrific onslaught and no one believes in its re...more
In hindsight, I still enjoy reading the series in order written (versus actual chronological order of events). I especially like how McCaffrey shifts her point of view in different books, retelling the same events from someone else's p...more
I do love McCaffrey's Dragonriders series and I'm afraid I spent more time cataloging the differences than I did analyzing the story.
Changes are occurring in this Second Pass of Thread. Some people are starting to use "Turn" instead of "year". Fort Hold is building a separate College building for teaching and laboratories because the cave system at Hold is unstable. It will become the Harper Hall somewhere...more
This is the story of the time leading up to the 2nd pass of the red star over Pern. There is a storyline about the Weyrs getting prepared. K'vin and Zulara are the Weyrleader and Weyrwoman of Telgar Weyr. They have a storyline. P'tero and M'leng are lovers and they have a storyline. The Lord Holders of Pern have a storyline having...more
This was published as Red Star Rising in the UK, a much better title in my opinion. I guess it didn't scream BUY ME I'M ABOUT DRAGONS enough to the American audience.
Every Pern book I read, I wonder if it is going to be the last. I want to be able to finish the series, mostly because I like completing things. It is becoming a chore of epic proportions to get through each successive novel; this one was by far the worst yet.
It is a familiar story at this point. Thread is...more
As with other Pern books, McCaffrey's writin...more
When the volcanoes rumble and the powerful storms begin brewing on Pern, it means one thing: Thread. For 257 years Pern has been free of the life-destroying Thread, but now the Red Star has reappeared in the sky and soon the deadly Threadfall will follow. In the holds and weyrs across the land, the genetically-engineered dragons of Pern and their human riders begin feverishly training to combat the Thread, for only dragon fire can destroy the silvery invaders. But, incredibly,
Which of course isn't to say that the book is completely flawless. I had a few issues with it. First of all, Chalkin's storyline. I realize that it was important and deserved the attention it got, but he was d...more
Greedy Lord Holder Chalkin is the worst danger to Pern. Not only does he not believe that thread will soon fall, but he will not allow his holders to prepare. This puts a strain on the resources of the other holders, who will have to deal with all the problems caused when refugees flood thei...more
The author describes a lot of body language so you can 'see' what people are doing. This is from one random page.
...Zulaya put a finger across her lips and pointed to...he nodded understanding.
...she waggled her finger at him.
He answered her droll smile with an abashed grin.
K'vin gave her a long look.
Zulaya rocked back in her chair...she..grin[ed] back.
It tells of th...more
Set at the time of the second pass of the Red Star, when the refusal of one Lord Holder to believe that thread will return to the skies of Pern endangers not only his own people, but the rest of Pern as well.
the story of the rebuilding of pern after the devastation, and the beginning of the weirs
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