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Preview — Dragonsblood by Todd J. McCaffrey
Dragonsblood (Pern (Publication Order) #18)
In the beginning of the book, I struggled with keeping the characters straight. Also, the constant jumping between time periods interrupted the flow of the storyline for me. Things ...more
Todd McCaffrey has done a good job in his mother's world, and it's also good to know that the new things he introduces (mostly more history about the original colonists and their next generation) have most likely been given the go-ahead by Anne McCa ...more
While this g ...more
Half the story is of Wind Blossom's last years on Pern, 50 years after landing to 59 AL, struggling to find a cure for the dragons and fire lizards in which we learn the true reason for her attitude toward her students and child while the other half of the story takes place in the weyrs as dragons sicken and die.
All the characters from Dragon's Fire and Dragon's Kin appear play ...more
For a while I was thinking, "This is spooky. He writes exactly like his mother - with all the faults as well." (For example, using incorrect words - someone burns charcoal in a "grazier", and someone else is "dowsed" - instead of "doused" - with water.)
But actually, this isn't up to Anne McCaffrey's standard. Sure, she's no literary giant, and she has inconsis ...more
DO NOT BOTHER!!!!!!!
But honestly, I have some words for Todd at this point. Todd, listen. Your mother built this incredible world and wrote some incredible stories about the people in it. There are rules in this world. You can write new things with new characters, that's okay. But you can't change the rules of reality o ...more
I love how Todd McCaffrey writes his stories because they fit perfectly in Pern's world. But this one didn't captivated me as much as his others novels. Perhaps because I didn't read it in the right chronological order so I already knew what will be next.
This story has to be read just before "Dragonheart" and certainly before "Dragongirl".
Lorana is the heroine of this novel, introducing us to Fiona - the main character of "Dragonheart" and ...more
The book starts out with the beginni ...more
The book is rampant with inconsistencies, logic errors, and science flaws and in several points appears to contradict what his mother wrote back in the 70's and 80's. It is rough to read, switching scenes seemingly at r ...more
By page 75 or so, I didn't remember that this wasn't Anne writing. Good story, good evocation of Pern. Doesn't disappoint!
And perfect when you're craving some dragons...
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
This is one of the better Pern books that Todd McCaffrey authored, and it fills in some of those gaps that I always wondered about: What happened to the first dragonriders? How did so much get lost? And why were fire-lizards all but unknown even in Moreta's time?
Many elements will seem familiar, but they don't feel plagiarized at all - more l ...more
I love Anne McCaffrey's Pern novels, have since I was a little wanna-be weyrling (when I wrote to Santa asking him if he could send me a clutch of fire lizard eggs for Christmas). Tod has managed to take what The Creator Of Pern manifested and spun a decent yarn that gives a similar but definitely different view of our beloved dragonriders' history.
Contrasting between two time periods, one at the beginning of Pern's colonization (after the dragons were cre ...more
This is a good book but not great. It was easy to put down for long periods and to read in short segments before sleeping. It is well written and the story is basically interesting but its biggest problem is structure. I'll describe those in case they bother you also.
The first structure problem is flashbacks.
Chapter 1 follows the events around a likable character named Lorana and is quite enjoyable.
Chapter 2 flashes back 450 years to follow events around a mildly unpleasant character na ...more
Starred Review. The torch has been passed and burns more brightly than ever in this latest chapter of the venerable Pern saga, the first of what one hopes will be many solo efforts by the son of series creator Anne McCaffrey (_Dragons of Pern_). The narrative shifts smoothly between Wind Blossom, one of the original colonists of Pern, who's struggling to create a legacy for future generations before she dies, and Lorana, a young dragonrider born 450 years later with unusu
First I'm going to talk about what other readers might have noticed, which is the utter ...more
However, I do beg leave to point out three details that ...more
Some things seemed a bit 'convenient', like the identity of the 'entombed in solid rock' young rider and dragon. As if the author has a list of all the little mysteries from future (previous?) books that he's trying to address. On the one hand, when I read it I thought 'Oh, so that's ...more
Todd Johnson was born 27 April 1956 in Montclair, New Jersey as the second son and middle child of Horace Wright Johnson (deceased 2009), who worked for DuPont, and Anne McCaffrey (deceased 2011), who had h ...more