The Dragonriders of Pern (Dragonriders of Pern #1-3)
To get back to the book, The Dragonriders of Pern is an omnibus containing three...more
That’s not to say the volumes are not without many flaws....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
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
Strong points (all 3 books):
1. Generally likeable main characters who cooperate well against external threats. I...more
Ann McAffrey introduces a wonderful world with fabulous characters and many dragons, that will not disappo...more
A captured planet in the Pernese solar system every so often swings by Pern, unleashing new tides and volcanoes, as well as dropping long threads of a deadly, poisonous material. The colonist scientists genetically modify plants and animals on Pern to help humans thrive and l...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!
This was a reread of these three old favorites, the first three books Anne McCaffrey wrote about the dragonriders of Pern.
I first read Dragonflight shortly after I married and found a copy of it among my husband's books, sometime in the mid 1980s. I was immediately hooked on the world called Pern and on Anne McCaffrey's writing. I began to haunt bookstore shelves for her books. I caught up to her, and then went on to re...more
Now, I'm a bit afraid to re-read it. I might someday, because the concept is incredibly cool, but now that I realize how badly the sexuality in these books is handled (particularly in regards to F'lar/Lessa) ... eck.
This was never my favorite of the Pern books, and I can see why. But it's not a bad entry into a classic universe - the plot is solid, the politicking is realistic, and the dragons, while not as fully-developed as they get later, are still intriguing. It's just hard for me to see past all the shaking and slapping that the male lead does to the female lead, apparently as a routine way of emphasizing his points.
I have seen a...more
I read Dragonflight and Dragonquest while still in college, before The White Dragon came out; I read them without any expectations. But reading The White Dragon was a different experience; I knew about the series and had higher expectations. I remember being vaguely disappoint...more
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
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
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
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
Dragon flight: The first story of dragon riders, a tale of personal triumph and over coming the odds when Leeza is forced into labor for the people who killed her family, and took over her land. seeing any way of changing her circumstances. Flar is looking for a rider for the last queen dragon egg layed on the last wyer of pern. The dragons are dying, and he believes they will be needed again, the red star is coming again to drop...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
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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