A Gift of Dragons: Illustrated Stories (Pern (Publication Order) #16.5 + 4.5, 8.5 & 15.5)
Now, A Gift of Dragon ...more
“Running with a pretty girl’s not hard to do,” he told her when they took ...more
I'd read two of the stories before (The Girl Who Heard Dragons and The Smallest Dragonboy), but the other two (Runner of Pern and Ever The Twain) were new to me.
The Girl Who Heard Dragons tells of Aramina, who has the rare gift of being able to 'hear' all dragons, and finds herself in danger because of her talent...
The Smallest Dragonboy introduces Keevan, w ...more
The stories pretty much unfold as you'd expect from a McCaffrey story. Bullies and egotists abound. So do dragons. The stories are all what they are, flowing well enough, twisting YA anxieties for all they are worth.
The new story in this volume centers around ...more
I was reminded that some of the sexual dynamics in the author's Pern setting are, well, weird.
But her sexism kills me! She started off the series with a beautifully feminist character in Lessa, whose passion and refusal to take "no"s based on her sex for an answer, creating changes where she saw they needed to be made without disrespecting the aspects of tradition that had purpose. I loved Lessa, I loved the emphasis McCaffrey made ...more
Overall, while the collection was enjoyable, it did not add as much ...more
Runner of Pern was the most interesting for me, as dragons and weyrs are in the far background to the on-foot runners who carry messages from hold to hold, set in the days before Thread returned to Pern.
The Girl Who Heard Dragons concerns Aramina, of Renegades of Pern, but shows from her (and her family's) perspective their departure ...more
For more than thirty years, Pern has conjured visions of brave men and women mounted upon the backs of dragons. As anyone knows who has been touched by the storytelling magic of Anne McCaffrey, to read of the exotic world of Pern is to inhabit it—and to experience its extraordinary dragons is to soar aloft with them and share their dazzling adventures.
Now, A Gift of Dragons brings together four beloved stories and a thrilling new tale of Pern in a single volume illustrated with beautiful artwo
(Some spoilers below).
"The Smallest Dragonboy" is about a boy who really, really wants to Impress a Dragon, and is bullied by other kids. We see him later in other books when he is a m ...more
A Gift of Dragons offers four short stories set in various times/places within the overall canon of ...more
"The Smallest Dragon Boy" is a sweet, very short story of young Keevan, barely old enough to qualify to impress a dragon. Shorty after his story ends we meet him again in "The Girl who Heard Dragons", which introduces the reader to a holdless family living on the run because of their daughter's special talent. Unfortunately the next two stories aren't related to these, leaving this to feel unfinished.
"Runner of Pern" was not as good as the first t ...more
This book is actually a collection of stories that were written at various times by Anne McCaffrey, and probably never really intended to be published together. But they work nice as a group b ...more
Further, the author missed a real opportunity with "The Runner of Pern." In the first half of the story, Tenna wonders why everyone calls her pretty and sort of seems annoyed by it. Rather than pursue this interesting set of emotions, however, McCaffrey instead chooses to put out a ho-hum, formulaic, and expected romance. This ...more
The Smallest Dragonboy I had read before. I enjoyed reading about the boy who wouldn't give up.
The Girl Who Heard Dragons is fascinating as background for how the Holdless were adapting to threadfall on Pern. And of course the title character is interesting. This story also had a tie to the first one.
Runner of Pern also advanced my knowledge of one of Pern's communication systema. No Pony Express for Pern -- they have ...more
As in all Ann McCaffrey's works, this collection adds to her Pern world of charming characters, telepathic dragons, and other creatures, in her easy story-telling manner that makes it hard to put down. My only disappointment was that there were only three stories, starting with very short to one respectable novella size story, which introduced us to the running craft, specially bred people with long legs and bodies streamlined for running and delivering both ...more
I've had this book for a while; it was a free gift from a book club I belonged to year ...more
This was given to me by three of my dearest friends...
Our 'girls night out' group tries to meet at least once a month, for drinks, dinner, and an all 'round good time!
Knowing my love of all things dragon, and the fact that I usually have my head in a book on breaks and at lunch at work, they picked out the perfect gift for me... This is a collection of four short stories (including one brand new one) and best of all it's beautifully illus ...more
I have loved the Dragons of Perm since the publication of the very first book in the series. With two stories that we're previously published , I had great hopes for the new story. As much as I totally love the dragons, I was so disappointed by the reworking of of a hatching and impressing on the sands. I believe there is so much untapped potential with the dragons of Pern. At least it gave me a break from all the damage the floods have wreaked here in South Carolina.
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