The Dragonriders of Pern (Dragonriders of Pern #1-3)
I really loved the sci-fi / fantasy blend and wish there was more out there like it. The only non-science based stuff was the dragon abilities of
(Ok I warned you and I'm trying to hide the key words in a paragraph just in case, ;) ... instant trave...more
I will admit it has been some time since I have read any of Anne McCaffrey's books, whether it is in this original trilogy, or any of her other Pern novels. Nonetheless, I feel like I remember this...more
Anne McCaffrey's Pern is one of the most memorable worlds in science fiction and fantasy. Humans and their flying dragon companions live in fear of thread, a caustic, deadly material that falls sporadically from space. But when the thread doesn't fall for a long time, people become complacent, forgetting that it is the brave dragonriders who can save them from the periodic threat. But when the thread falls, human and dragon heroes must fight the scourge. This edition encompass...more
The first novel features a somewhat generic narrative arc as we follow the rise of our heroine from downtrodden youth to saviour of the land. I did appreciate the female lead, and I felt that this was a relatively strong instance of this kind of story, plea...more
That’s not to say the volumes are not without many flaws....more
Recently YA fantasy has become quite popular (think Harry Potter, Narnia and Twilight) and this makes me very happy. YA fantasy includes all of the adventure and imagination that makes the genre wonderful without the sexuality (usually) and strangeness that seems to pop up in some adult fantasy. McCafferty is one of the most prolific and well known of the fantasy genre so I was very disappointed when Dragonriders did not meet my expectations. Some of th...more
Looking at it from a 1968 point of view (the same year as the first book in Le Guin's Earthsea trilogy I might add), it is an original plot with interesting premises - really a mix of science fiction and...more
Majorly distracted is my only defense. I really enjoyed it. It has been so long since I read it --- maybe 30 years --- that this was like reading the series for the first time. I didn't remember anything of The White Dragon at all. It could be that I was so busy with college work that it did not make that great an impression on me.
But for whatever reason, it is a great feeling to read an old book and have it seem completely new again!
But I loved Pern! If these novels hadn’t stood up, I was going to be very disappointed.
So I’m happy to report that I still love them (the original trilogy, at least) even over a deca...more
Never really took too well to this series...Seems to have come out around that time when genre fic writers started saying, "Hey, I could make even more (tiny little, dwindling) royalties by turning every idea I have into a multi-book series.
Okay, a bit cynical, but still. I wouldn't call this craft writing...It's better than a lot of the stuff that writers are pumping out by the truckload now; most of it written on a 5-6th grade reading level.
I grimace every time I see one of...more
There's a little bit of politics, a little bit of looming doom, and a lot of personal discovery in these three books. And technically I guess romance, which is why I tagged this review like I did... Maybe romance. I don't know, you sort of have...more
She writes her plotline like she was making it up as she went along. foreshadowing hap...more
Also, the science involved is not theoretical or even improbable, but all based on scientific evidence and accomplishments in the real world: genetics, terra formi...more
Dragonflight Volume 1 : Just re-read this book . . . Anne McCaffrey was my favorite author when I was a teenager. I still love the world of Pern. Lessa, the main character, is one of my favorite characters from the series. I totally enjoyed reentering the series. October 25, 2011
Dragonquest Volume 2: Love the story of F'nor and Brekke . . . Brekke lo...more
It took me less than 2 weeks of reading the three books. I really enjoyed the setting of the place of Pern, and the intial characters of the book, though a bit stereotypical, had interesting relationships. The best part of the 1st book was problems, and the imaginative way the author came up with solutions to for the characters to solve the problems. The 2nd book was an...more
There are 22 Dragonriders of Pern novels and two collections of short stories through June 2011. Anne McCaffrey once requested reading the works in the order they were written. That differs greatly from Pern historical order, for several reasons. The McCaffreys have published stories set in several different periods of Pern's history from initial exploration to more than...more
I guess my favourite book is the...more
Even beyond that, it is still a great series of novels about the Dragonriders o...more
The Dragonriders of Pern starts with Volume I: Dragonflight, which I think was my favorite part of this book because, as a reader, this is where you first get...more
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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