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Dragonseye (Pern (Publication Order) #14)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  8,147 ratings  ·  97 reviews
In Anne McCaffrey's New York Times bestselling DRAGONSEYE,
join Weyrleaders, Holders, and Craftmasters in the creation of the legendary Star Stones and the teaching ballads of Pern!

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
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Published February 26th 2002 by Del Rey (first published 1996)
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Vicki Jaeger
I can't tell you how many times I've read this series. Just read this title again, and it still doesn't disappoint. Telepathic dragons, strong female characters, great relationships, and the Harpers' guild and music as a strong guiding force. What could be better?
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
Kathy Davie
It's 258 AL, 258 years after landing, in the Dragonriders of Pern fantasy series.

The Story
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
Miki
A seminal part of the history of Pern and its saga, in which the second Pass is approaching and the past reports about fighting Threads are about to prove accurate and real. And in which clever ways are found and put into practice to pass knowledge, facts, rights and duties on to all the following generations even in the remote future. And if it is well known that things set in stone are meant to last (so the Star Stones are created), it seems brilliant and just as reasonable that the best way t...more
Deb
"The main plot of this Pern novel, set just prior to the Second Pass of thread, is about a despotic Lord Holder who refuses to believe the danger is real. Unfortunately, the villain is a little too villainous - he's really a caricature, with no redeeming qualities, making you wonder why his subjects aren't willing to rebel more. Though seeing him brought down is still quite satisfying.[return][return]However, the secondary plotline about preparations for Thread is pretty interesting. The second...more
Jeanne
As this was my second Anne McCaffrey book I've ever read, I am now realizing why so many people have fallen in love with her writing. Her writing is brilliant. I don't know what it is, perhaps the subtlety of the development of the characters, she doesn't spell everything out and allows the imagination to take over and develop connections with her characters, but by the end of the book, I am in love with her characters and truly feel like I'm at Pern with them ready for Thread to fall. Such a co...more
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Thread is about to menance the planet of Pern once again. Lord Holders and Weyrleaders alike believe it's going to happen all except Lord Chalkin of Bitra. Lord Chalkin doesn't believe ancient foe of Pern is going to happen and wants proof that it will happen inspite of countless records denoting that it will. K'vin and Zuluya of Telgar Weyr believe and want everyone prepared for Thread Fall. Debera Impresses Morath, a green dragon, at the Telgar Weyr Hatching much to the dismay of her father. I...more
Rebecca
This book was quite far into the series, however it chronicles the second Fall which is quite far before the activities of the first few books. Since the inhabitants were just starting to lose their technology for good (the computers died completely and solar panels were becomoing scarce and precious) you really got a sense of the reasonings behind certain things and the 'real' names of things from the first few books. This book also shows how the Harper Hall came to be which I found rather inte...more
Gere Lewis
This book was absolutely going to receive 5 stars and then I got to the end only to find out that one of my favorite storylines in the book had just been left hanging.

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
Kaila
As seen on Stumptown Books.

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
Kathleen Dixon
Some people are determined to learn things the hard way (no, I'm not talking about myself...). The chief protagonist in this Pern tale is a young artist who, in his desire to give back some of the money his parents scrimped for in order for him to have his learning, takes on a commission that nobody else would even consider. Lord Chalkin of Bitra is well known for his conniving ways, and if our young hero isn't careful he'll end up not only having spent all his earnings to stay alive at Bitra Ho...more
Grace S.
A solid read with plenty of secondary plots to keep my interest when the primary plot--centered around the monstrosities committed by a Lord Holder as he plunges Bitra into a state of despotism--failed to. I found Chalkin to be lackluster as an antagonist, more a petulant child than a towering tyrant. It seemed as though McCaffrey was unwilling to advance beyond "he's a bad guy" when forming Chalkin's character, and stuffed him with tropes accordingly.

As with other Pern books, McCaffrey's writin...more
Al
Amazon.com Review

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,

...more
Kacey
This is what I expect out of Pern! Memorable characters, exciting moments, interesting plotlines, and some downtime so you don't get overwhelmed. This has assured me that my love of Pern isn't just because of the nostalgia goggles, and that there are indeed wonderful stories presented here.

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
Kerri
This is yet another journey into Pern's past. This time it's the months leading up to the 2nd Pass and the people of Pern are preparing for the return of Thread and dealing with their rapidly diminishing technical resources, establishing a uniquely Pernese culture in the process. There's also a complete ass of a Lord Holder (from Bitra of course), attempting to ruin everything (but then, isn't there always?), some of the best descriptions of Candidacy, Hatching and Weyrling training in the serie...more
Debbie
It has been 250 years since the last threadfall and many don't believe that thread will fall again. Pern still has a few remnants of the technology brought by the first colonists, but most of it is worn out.

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
Tamcamry
• Much like the other Pern books I’ve read so far, this book was a page turner. I have noticed that in this book as well as the others A.M. has focused a lot on the Pernese politics and the events leading up to the fall of Thread. She does it in a way that remains interesting throughout. If I had one gripe it would be that sometimes she seems to throw storylines in just for their political effect. Like she talks about a homosexual couple of dragonriders. Now, the riders themselves were good char...more
Louise Armstrong
This is one of those cast-of-thousands-whole-planet-politics Pern books, that I don't like as much as those that follow one person.

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
Gea
Wat weer een fantastisch deel van deze serie. Ik heb er echt van genoten. Ik weet niet of ik de delen in de goede volgorde lees, maar tot nu toe komt het allemaal nog logisch over dus ik houd maar gewoon mijn volgorde aan.
Colleen
Just going by my personal Pern favorites, I think McCaffrey does her best work when packing a standalone story into a standalone book. Set all by itself in the 3rd century of the planet's history, McCaffrey's forced to invent an all new cast of characters and flesh them out. The result is lovely and unique. Debra and Iantine, the entire cast of teachers and doctors, the vile Bitrans... Fantastic. The book explores how a wise group of people can face up to a civilization's challenges and proactiv...more
Katie
This book was really neat because it showed how they regressed from a technologically advanced society to the more medieval-type society found in the other Pern books. However, that said, I did not particularly care for this book. It was written decades after the original books, and it appears the author was going for the "shock factor" going into unnecessary detail about the suffering and violence of the time period. And most of the characters were rather two dimensional (and there were too man...more
♆ BookAddict ~ La Crimson Femme
What is it about the good life and peace for so long which makes people complacent? Why has thread not fallen according to schedule for so long? Is it completely gone? These are the many questions which are posed in this story. I pondered about the reasons why thread is not falling as expected. It isn't until later books that this loose "thread" is tied off. There are always those who won't believe bad things will happen and they are the ones caught off guard. I don't like that type of person an...more
Jess
Sep 09, 2010 Jess rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the pern series
Shelves: 2010, dragons, fantasy
A whole new generation on Pern was introduced in this book and it felt like a lot of the same characters and incidents, but with different names. Always a difficult Lord Holder, always one of the Weyrleaders are stuffy, and the relationships are rather predictable. I was disappointed that Debra and Iantine's story was left unfinished. A lot seemed unfinished. It isn't that I hated this book but it didn't really need to be written at all. Stick to the characters we already know and love!
Doreen
I cannot imagine enjoying reading this if you weren't already a fan of her work. It reads like fan fiction, with gay characters. I still have issues with her insistence on artistic types being made of nobler cloth, as well as with her romanticization of male dominance in male-female relationships, but I'm just trying to get through the grab bag of sci-fi books I was given so I can send books like these, especially, to Goodwill.
Richelle
Still a fairly crucial piece of Pern's history, setting the stones, but I'm not sure the other part was really relevant. The stones seemed to take a back seat to the Bitra story line. I guess it was necessary to get Iantine to the weyr, and I really enjoyed that part of the story. But Chalkin was so ridiculously cruel and selfish it was a bit unbelievable that he'd gotten away with it all for so long.
Foomy
Covers the beginning of the second pass since Landing, and the first where the residents of Pern don't have the technology of the original colonists at their disposal. Most of the tension comes from 1) Disbelief by the lord holders that thread is coming back (yes, exactly like in the very first book) and 2) Lifestyle changes brought on by failing technology. A decent entry in the saga, but not necessary.
Maddalena
As interesting as it was to find out how things that we saw in the 9th pass novels were thought up and made in the first place, it almost read like fanfiction at times. Also, having so many characters and storyline made it a little un-organic. I think Anne McCaffrey has a real talent in showing little, believable changes in the ways of living and thinking between generations of Pernese people.
Curtiss
Jun 12, 2008 Curtiss rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
The story of how the Eye and the Finger Rock came to b installed at each Weyr; and of how the colonists of Pern came to lose even more of their original technology base.

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.
Theresa
Todd pern side interperated by Maccaffrey's and his first attempt at helping to write in the series. Through the dragons view of things they are able to combat prejudice and create meaningful changes in their world, and most of all save pern from distruction in future generations .
the story of the rebuilding of pern after the devastation, and the beginning of the weirs
Jimbo
another great story of Pern. this book takes place just prior and up to the second pass. its been 200 years of inactivity and now the red planet has once again come into the close proximity to Pern and is dropping thread. alot of the book has to do with a lorf holder that doesnt believe that the thread will drop, that it is all just a myth made up. a very good read.
Sharon
This is a novel of Pern set much earlier than the original tales. McCaffrey tells of the creation of the Star Stones and the challenges facing the Dragonriders, who must convince the reluctant holders that Thread really is returning. An interesting look at how some of the traditions mentioned later came into being, but I will always prefer stories about Robinton's era.
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Anne McCaffrey was born on April 1st, 1926, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at 1:30 p.m., in the hour of the Sheep, year of the Fire Tiger, sun sign Aries with Taurus rising and Leo mid-heaven (which seems to suggest an early interest in the stars).

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
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