The Masterharper of Pern (Pern (Publication Order) #15)
But Petiron, almo ...more
My favorite example of this is how the rapid progress of Piemur and Jancis' relationship. At the end of The Renegades of Pern they finally slept together for the first time. Then the workers at L ...more
This one is a biography which provides the background for the three primary stories of the Pern series: Dragonflight , 14, Dragonquest , ...more
Would it be wrong of me to hijack my own review and compare the way Anne writes about Robinton with the way her son writes about his own favourite character Kindan. Anne has passed the storywriting baton to her son Todd McCaffrey who has (imo) mutila ...more
As I've been rereading Pern, the inconsistencies (and typos and name issues!) really began to bother me. I had to wonder who the heck was editing, because there was no cross-checking, and things just don't fit together right.
I liked this book, but I have to consider it a fanfic of Pern rather than direct ...more
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This is a jump to the period directly before the return of the werhs and the conflict with Holder over the fact that thread will return. Also that even though these people have tried to start a new society without all the troubles of earth, that human nature is very hard to change.
Most importantly, this is a Harper Hall book, which makes it a welcome addition for me. I love the Harper Hall books most of all her Pern books, so any addition, to me is a good addition. It's a more sati ...more
Almost from the day Robinton was born, his father Petiron has been jealous of the time his wife Merelan spend with him. Petiron was madly in love with her, and he wanted her at ...more
Robinton's father, Petiron, is an abysmal father and not even that great of a person. He is an incredibly talented c ...more
I've always loved Robinton, so getting a look into his life before he was the MasterHarper was fun! Petiron was an awful father, I can see better why he and Robinton don't get on well. But his mother was such a sweet woman. She easily made my favorite character list.
I also loved seeing the characters we know as old or middle-aged, as children and young adults. We get to meet Lord Groghe before he became a Lord. ...more
Chronologically, this novel perfectly segues into Dragonflight, one of the primary Dragonrider novels. The last chapter introduces us to Lessa and the events at the beginning of that ...more
McCaffrey's latest rummage through the archives of planet Pern (Dragonseye, 1997, etc.) has unearthed Robinton, the Masterharper of Pern, and the circumstances surrounding the advent of weyrleader F'lar and Lessa, the first woman Dragonrider. It's a time when no Thread has fallen for centuries (it's due in 50 years or so), and five of the six weyrs stand inexplicably empty of Dragons and Riders. Young Rob, rejected by his father, is a musical prodigy and has the ability to s
This is the biography of the character Robinton, who appears in many of the Pern novels and appears to be one of McCafferey's favourite characters. It takes the story of his life up to the events of the first half of Dragonflight, the earliest written Pern novel. Even though she's now spent some time writing novels in the pre-history of the original Pern series, I've felt that its still best to read McCafferey's novel's in publication order.
I al ...more
In some ways I understand that this was inevitable. If Robinton had done anything truly notable bef ...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
However, I'll have to say that this book ...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