La Ballade De Pern  (Pern (Chronological Order) #1)
Readers who for two decades have been following the fortunes of the dragonriders and other inhabitants of the planet Pern will welcome the latest volume, chronicling the early years. It stands very much on its own, however; knowing about the later history of the planet only adds enjoyment. After 15 years of cold sleep, 6000 colonists land on Pern, seeking a simpler existence, escaping the aftermath of interstellar war and an overly technical society. The colony prospers u
I think she's weak at 'a cast of thousands and political sweep' type novels. Someone has tried very hard to work out the biology, the chemistry and all the rest of it for the planet, but life moves so fast, it's about as interesting as those 'What Will Life Be Like in 30 Years?' type articles that I always skip in the Sunday pape...more
Treasured perhaps above any of my books is...more
The plot is good: it is the story of the early colonists as they land on Pern and their adaptation to the new planet. Sadly, McCaffrey's writing is often plodding, many if not most of the characters are uninteresting and don't rise above two-dimensions, and the few exciting...more
The first 47 pages of this book contained some of the most boring sentences that I have ever read. The entire time they are on the spaceship, I didn't care. I can sum up the first 47 pages for you right now:
A bunch of colonists get in a spaceship and fly far enough away that there is only enough fuel for it to be a one way trip. As they approach Pern they start waking everybody out of hyper...more
Without access to the science of the world they left,...more
McCaffrey seems to make a point of address many of the issues of the first Pern books (lack of women in positions of authority, sexism, lack of POCs), which makes sense bec...more
Though her usual flaws (ridiculous villains, Special People, etc) were there, Drago...more
Dragonsdawn is a prequel to the entire Dragonriders of Pern saga. In fact, there is only one story which occurs in the timeline before Dragonsdawn and that is the short story, The Survey: P.E.R.N.c, which covers the brief period of time that the Exploration and Evaluation team discovered and conducted their examination of the planet that came to be called Pern. The short story may be found in The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall, a collection which includes The Survey: P.E.R.N.c, plu...more
"The beautiful planet Pern seemed a paradise to its new colonists - until unimaginable terror turned it into hell. Suddenly deadly spores were falling like silver threads from the sky, devouring everything - and everyone - in their path. It began to look as if the colony, cut off from Earth and lacking the resources to combat the menace, was doomed.
Then some of the colonists noticed that the small, dragonlike lizards that inhabited their new world were joining the fight against...more
An interesting thing about Anne McCaffrey is that she's very hit-or-miss when it comes to characterization. Some of her characters are wonderful - Sorka, Sean, and Sallah in particular. But then you have people like Avril Bitra, who is so purely awful th...more
I always enjoy getting to read about the history of worlds created by authors. And McCaffrey did not fail to deliver. The beginings of the Pern world, while facinating and loaded with intricate sci-fi detail, was, and perhaps more interestingly, rich with humanity. The characters are steeped in a sci-fi/fantasy realm, but their interactions are still so human that it really pulls the reader in. We are very invested in what is going to happen to the chara...more
Let's see: Sean is a jerk. I never really noticed this when I was a kid. Very much a Babies Make Everything Better book. Hard not to think the the Renewable Air Force document and cringe. (If you never participated in Pern fandom this won't make any sense. Just ignore it, you'll be happier not knowing.)
It was interesting to get this look at very early Pern. And to think that...more
If you like 'Dragon' fantasy, Anne McCaffrey is pretty much the gold standard. Her 'Dragonriders of Pern' is one of the longest running, and certainly the most respected, series in this genre.
Dragonsdawn is not the first novel in the series, but is more a prequel, one that shows Earth settlers landing on Pern, the terrible trouble they face from a naturally occurring spaceborne menace, and how the human settlers use genetic engineering to create dragons to fight the menace...more
The first ship of colonists arrives on Pern, looking for a simple life where they can live off the land and escape the technology-dependent society of Earth.
At first, everything goes smoothly. However, when the voracious, life-consuming "threads" begin to fall, the colonists discover that Pern is not as welcoming as they hoped.
Two children, Sorka Hanrahan and Sean Connell, discover fire lizards, creatures resembling dragons that are able to breathe...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...more