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The Dolphins of Pern (Pern (Publication Order) #13)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  11,609 ratings  ·  130 reviews
Two boys, one of them a dragonrider, re-establish crucial contact with the wise dolphins, the legendary "shipfish" of Pern.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 27th 1995 by Del Rey (first published 1994)
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Wealhtheow
After all the exciting things happen--after the settlers land on Pern, and are nearly destroyed by Thread, and discover dragons, and set up Weyrs and Holds and Halls, all the while devolving into a sexist&rigidly hierarchal medieval society, and eventually Jaxom bonds with Ruth, and Menolly finds her firelizards and transforms Harpers, and they rediscover their computer and figure out how to end Thread-fall once and for all, and all manner of social changes start being forced through--after ...more
Gere Lewis
I enjoyed this book very much. I like the dolphins almost as much as I like the dragons and that is saying something. I also enjoy Readis as a character.

I am beginning to wonder, however, what it is that Anne McCaffrey has against grown women, especially being one herself. The young female characters of Pern, with a few exceptions, are good natured and charismatic. However, her adult female characters are stubborn, self righteous, and often down right mean. The three most noteworthy examples (f
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Kat
To borrow a TV phrase, I consider All the Weyrs of Pern (the book immediately proceeding Dolphins of Pern chronologically) to be where McCaffrey jumped the shark with the Dragonriders series. I will refrain from including any spoilers here and only say that All the Weyrs has the natural feel of a conclusion about it. Then McCaffrey had to go and write two Pern books to follow it! To put it another way, all the books written before All the Weyrs of Pern have warrented multiple rereadings. All the ...more
Darlene
I read this long ago. I recently picked up a large collection of McCaffrey hardback (many first edition) novels. I felt somehow in Her presence as I was about halfway through this book when she passed to 'between.'

This is not my favorite book of the Pern novels, but it ranks very high. I am passionate about dolphins and swimming... and dragons. But at times I wished for more of Readis's life than the life of the 'politicians' of the planet. I wished for more science discovery. There was a lot of
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Kathryn
Oh for crying out loud...what the heck HAPPENED? The book right before this one, "All the Weyrs Of Pern" was fantastic and startling and different and beautiful. And then this one was AWFUL. McCaffrey took one of my favorite characters from the last book, Aramina, and turned her into a shrewish, unsympathetic, two-dimensional twit. The storyline with her son going off to make his own hold was like something out of a nine-year-old's diary ("I'm going to run away and make my own hold and live with ...more
Ingrid Morris
Another chronicle of Pern. If you've enjoy your time on the planet before this will give you more of the same. This novel explores the oceans of Pern and the community of dolphins that have long been forgotten by the humans and dragons. I didn't find it compelling or exciting or satisfying, but a healthy diversion.
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
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Angie
I really enjoyed this one. The dolphins add a new dimension to the Pern stories. I wish they could have been reintroduced earlier. However, I love what they bring to the series.
Mdi
Another good Mccaffrey read. Love the dolphins.
Darlene
I read this long ago. I recently picked up a large collection of McCaffrey hardback (many first edition) novels. I felt somehow in Her presence as I was about halfway through this book when she passed to 'between.'

This is not my favorite book of the Pern novels, but it ranks very high. I am passionate about dolphins and swimming... and dragons. But at times I wished for more of Readis's life than the life of the 'politicians' of the planet. I wished for more science discovery. There was a lot of
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Kaila
This review can also be read on my blog, Stumptown Books.

This book will always have a special place in my heart. It was my first introduction to Anne McCaffrey, probably when I was about 12 or 13. According to my mom, my grandpa called asking what I wanted for my birthday, and she said “Oh, any book with dragons or dolphins will make her happy.” How right she was! I didn’t get much out of it on my first read through, as you really need to have read the rest of the series first, but it stuck with
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Aurian Booklover
This book takes place years later than the Harper Hall trilogy. AIVAS has been discovered again at Landing, on the Southern continent. It has promised to help to rid the world of Thread forever, and is educating the population to its purposes. It needs to learn the specifics of the Dragons powers, and their bond with their riders, and it needs to bring the planet to a much higher technological level. Of course there are always people who are against improvement and change, and there is violence ...more
Al
Feb 07, 2013 Al added it
From Publishers Weekly

In this latest addition to McCaffrey's popular Pern series (Chronicles of Pern: First Fall, etc.), the humans of Pern are reunited, after eons of noncontact, with the intelligent dolphins who had originally settled the planet with them. When a boy, Readis, is rescued by "shipfish" and realizes that they can talk, he develops a lifelong obsession with the fascinating creatures. But, though his interest is shared by the young dragonrider T'Lion and his dragon, Gadareth, it

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Tara
I liked this book. While not as enjoyable as Dragonflight or Dragonsong, it is an enjoyable read.

There are a few drawbacks, of course. Readis, the main character, is rather dull. His story has already been told in the Pern series (A young person gets crippled, faces disapproval from overbearing parents and runs away to become the first of something). Sounds familiar? Readis is just a carbon copy of Menolly, but less interesting. T'lion is also rather dull. So it is a good thing that they aren't
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Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Masterfisherman Alemi and young Readis of Paradise River Hold are shipwrecked and brought to shore by shipfish/dolphins. Readis becomes fascinated by dolphins much to the dismay of his parents, who want more for their son. Readis learns more from Aivas and his own experiences with the dolphins. T'lion along with his bronze Gadareth of the Eastern Weyr enjoys helping the dolphins as much as he can. T'lion and Readis becomes good friends, both are always trying to help the dolphins. Aramina blames ...more
Mary Taitt
Feb 05, 2008 Mary Taitt rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anne McCaffrey fans and animal lovers
The Dolphins of Pern, by Anne McCaffrey. 3.5/5 This was not her best book ever and had some serious flaws, in my opinion, but we still enjoyed it. One of the things that I did not like about it is that it left the story to talk about ongoing Pern business without good background, so that it doesn't stand alone and the thread of the story was broken. It would be a much better story if those parts of the book were removed or woven in much more skillfully. The main story was good but had many of th ...more
Tamcamry
• I have to admit that I didn’t like this book as much as some of A.M.’s past Pern novels. The story just seemed a little too happy. There was very little conflict at all, and the conflict that happened seemed to be resolved in the most boring, undramatic way. It’s not that I necessarily need there to be all sorts of rampant plot twists, but this was just too quaint. It just seemed like no matter what happened, everything ended up fine and happy, and no one in Pern ever had bad things happen to ...more
Alsha
It's a second-tier Pern book, and not really comparable to the key novels in the series, but I have a soft spot for it nonetheless. Dolphins and dragons! AM does a wonderfully authentic job of conveying the dolphin personalities, which are really the strong point of the novel. It's like a watchable made-for-tv sequel to a stunning feature film: you aren't blown away, but the return to a familiar world with glimpses of familiar faces is still an extension of something you love, and so you forgive ...more
Darren
In this book we are properly introduced to the dolphins of Pern which were brought to the planet by the settlers.

Over time the relationship between man and the dolphins diminished to the point where they were known as nothing more than "shipfish". Despite numerous sailors having been saved by these "fish" following shipwrecks few would dare to recount the tales for fear of ridicule.

But when a young boy, Readis (Son of Aramina and Jayge), is rescued by the dolphins their special relationship with
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Luke
This book runs mostly paralell to the events of All the Weyrs of Pern, with the final events of ATWOP occuring about 3/4 of the way through. It follows the story of Readis, the son of the Paradise Hold Lord Holder Jayge. Readis and his Uncle Alemi are out fishing when caught in a strom and capsised.

In a surprising turn of events they're rescued by Dolphins, intelligent sentient creatures who arrived with the original settlers of Pern. The book follows the efforts of Readis and young Dragonrider
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Jennifer
I would have enjoyed this installment more if Readis' mother hadn't had such antipathy for her son's work with the dolphins. It really didn't make any sense at all and just added unnecessary conflict. The confrontation with Toric was also superfluous.
Hengest
In this book we are properly introduced to the dolphins of Pern which were brought to the planet by the settlers.

Over time the relationship between man and the dolphins diminished to the point where they were known as nothing more than "shipfish". Despite numerous sailors having been saved by these "fish" following shipwrecks few would dare to recount the tales for fear of ridicule.

But when a young boy, Readis (Son of Aramina and Jayge), is rescued by the dolphins their special relationship with
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Doris
I loved the way that the 'shipfish' (dolphins) are reintroduced to the humans of Pern. The dolphins had crossed the starlanes with the settlers, only to be abandoned when the humans fled the southern continent to settle on the less hospitable, but safer, northern hemisphere. In this story, the dolphins, long thought to be legends, or rescuers of those who accidentally go overboard at sea, now have the chance to be what they were intended to be – companions and helpers to humans.

The dolphins com
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Rebecca
I am sad to see so many negative reviews. I love this book.
One of the other reviews says the basic plot of the book has been done before with Menolly, but even so I love this book. I reread it at least once or twice a year since I bought it.
I always get a bit blubbery at the end. Not just because Readis gets to fulful his dream and be accepted by his parents who had been so disapproving, but also that the dolphins are finally acknowledged once again as an important part of Perns future when the
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Sue Davies
If you love Dolphins, this is one for you - coupled together with the story telling of the "pern" family.
Karna
In about 1980, my friend talked me into reading the Dragonriders of Pern. I wasn't interested in Science Fiction\Fantasy, but she kept telling me I would love it, and I did. I loved the Pern novels. When I started working full time, I stopped reading as much, but with the iPad and the iPhone, I have been able to read more often. I found all the Pern books I hadn't read, and I downloaded them. This was a great little book, and I really enjoyed it. It was fun to re-connect with people who I hadn't ...more
amelia valdez
Mediocre. Not much story or plot, in the end. And to all come to the a short chapter
Richelle
God I'm loving these books! So glad they're all on my kindle. I can just go from one to the next so easily.
Leigh
not her best work, it seemed like she was trying too hard to keep the franchise going
Del
Very disappointing, I have loved the original Pern series and re-read them several times. This was hard going, it has taken me nearly a year to complete reading it because it was so badly written as to be tedious. Predictable, un-engaging, and pointless, I stopped caring about characters I had previously loved and just wanted to reach the end in the hope it would add something to the Pern mythos, sadly the ending was as predictable and contived as the rest of the book. I won't be reading any fur ...more
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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
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