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The Skies Of Pern (Pern (Publication Order) #16)

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  9,639 ratings  ·  124 reviews
Anne McCaffrey's Pern series has been running successfully for so long that most of the Dragonriders' original problems have been solved. In The Skies of Pern, she confronts her standard cast of characters with the consequences of those solutions, consequences that are a whole new set of problems. Now that the Red Star has been pushed to another orbit, there will only be a ...more
Hardcover, 434 pages
Published April 3rd 2001 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2001)
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Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in December 2001.

This latest Pern novel reads as though it is meant to round off the series. It is one of the most successful series of novels in science fiction, both long running and consistently high selling. The general trend has been for the novels to become more like soap opera episodes as time passes - a trend matched by the way that all of McCaffrey's output has become more homogeneous and unchallengingly predictable.

There are two main aspects to the
I read the Pern series ages ago, but I think I missed this one - so it was the last book on my list for 2007.
It was a great read - I had forgotten how much I love McCaffrey's telepathic dragons and their riders. Her story figured on two dragon riders, one shy and new rider and one the lead dragon rider with a history of bravery and leadership. Their slow courtship also brought their dragons into their own courtship also. Pern is going through its own sort of domestice terrorism with drastic con
Sometimes when I read this book I just skip through reading the romance storyline between the two main characters Bronze rider F'lessan (son of F'lar and Lessa) and Tai, a green rider.

For a time I disliked the rediscovery of computers and scientific knowledge because it changed the world that I loved. I think this read (2011) was the first time I have read the book slowly and enjoyed those aspects.
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).
This title takes up where "All the Weyrs of Pern" left off, focusing on F'lessan (son of F'lar and Lessa), along with the pl
My favorite Pern book so far.

The relationship between Dragon and Rider is beautifully described (through F'lessan and Golanth), the future envisionned by F'lessan gives hope, I felt plenty of emotions (the feline attack and its consequences were just heartbreaking)...

One complaint though : What of Toric and 4th ? Pinch and the dogs ? What was the purpose to that ?...I was left wondering. There are so many things left unsaid. I am frustrated. This book is obviously in need of a sequel.

I wish Mrs
E.S. Wynn
Three stars

It has been a long time since I've read anything by Anne McCaffery (may she rest in peace) and so perhaps this later book in the Pern series was not the best choice for me to use as a means to jump back into her series. The last McCaffery book I read was Dragonsong (Harper Hall of Pern series) and I remember it fondly as an interesting and well-written work.

I was in high school then, so I may have had different standards then, but it tantalized me and made me want to go back to the s
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
The deadly menance Thread still falls on Pern much to the confusion of her people. F'lessan, son of Benden Wyrleaders F'ar and Lessa, is searching ancient records at Landing Archive to a mystery he'd like to solve. Seeing someone else in the Landing Archive during Turnover Festivities sparks his interest. Tai, green rider of Zaranth, is going thru the star maps of ancient Pern, when she sees F'lessan and startled by his presence. Tai knows about F'lessan's reputation thanks to Mirriam and tries ...more
Kari Metzger
LOVE Anne McCaffrey, LOVE Pern, this book, was a little more than 'meh' for me. I love that she had Tai and F'lessen exploring some of the issues around the whole dragon-mating frenzy - that was definitely a bit of fresh air, but I felt it could have been fleshed out a lot more. It seemed so sudden that one minute they are wondering if they 'love'? each other, and the next they are thrown into the dragon-passion and Tai is forced to figure out if she is ready or not. I think that honestly a TON ...more
Kathy Davie
It's 2552 AL, 2,552 years After Landing; a few years after Robinton's death and AIVAS' shutting down.

The Story
One of Robinton's kidnappers escapes his prison intent upon finding like-minded followers who wish to return Pern to its traditions. AIVAS is Abomination and every change brought about by it must be destroyed even as the dragonriders of Pern look toward the end of this Pass when there will no longer be Thread to fight. The dragonriders are looking to the future, considering what skills t
McCaffrey has churned out another book in her Dragonriders series (or Pern series, if you prefer). This one is placed towards the end of the time line of events in the Pern universe. Thread is falling for the last time due to action taken in the previous book by Aivas, the artificial intelligence which remained from the original settlers of Pern.

All that to say the book has quite a history in it's little world, which I think, in the end, works against the flow of the story. Even in the notes at
This one gets a three from me that is more like a cross between a two and a four (or 3.8 maybe?); a lot was sub-par, but a few elements were actually better than usual, so that brought the rating back up.

My first thought on picking up this book and starting to read it, years ago, was "Anne McCaffrey appears to have NO idea what motivates terrorists!" Her Abominators were just completely unbelievable. Not that I can't believe that such a thing would happen when a society's going through rapid cha
Déborah Muñoz
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El mundo creado por la autora es fascinante, y los personajes me gustaron bastante. ¿Por qué entonces, os preguntaréis, ha puesto un pasable? Pues bien, le hubiera puesto la peor nota de no ser por eso porque ¡es un auténtico coñazo! En 500 páginas de libro no pasan más que 4 cosas de interés (contadas). La autora se centra muchísimo en cosas banales que no son realmente importantes para la historia, ni mucho menos. Lo que es peor ¡repite pár
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Trashy scifi that kept me briefly entertained...

McCaffrey's books aren't usually particularly compelling, but they're usually enjoyable quick reads. Skies of Pern is no exception, although the more recent books have struggled to find strong characters worth an entire book.

I've gotten a little tired of the push towards technology in the later Pern books, and this book continues the trend. I find the tech vs tradition stuff a little boring and cliched, and this book pretty explicitly addresses th
This is the first Pern book that was published AFTER I discovered the series. Too bad right after that she let Todd muck around with it. Certain sections of this book feel recycled from older ones -- (view spoiler) -- but they're fused to wholly new elements of an astronomical bent, and time presses relentlessly on, giving us a world where new characters come to the fore. Jaxom's no longer edgily trying to defend his prerogative and prove h ...more
Okay, the primary threat (thread) has been dealt with, but we still want more stories about our favorite Weyrleader and Weyrwoman right? So we have to come up with a new problem. Enter Skies of Pern.

Unfortunately, this story focuses on their son, so you don't get much of them, and you don't get much of Jaxom either. Toric, that scwewy lord holder, is making trouble, again, so the dragonriders and the conclave have to outwit and outmaneuver him, again. There's also a new threat from the skies, be
I cherish this series for the flawed characters and the on-going questions of what entails a good society. In this volume, McCaffrey circles back to the questions of how to deal with those who disrupt and cause violence in society, how much technology and change is good, and how technology challenges society, classes and individuals in reimagining our lives.
I know this book isn't particularly popular among long-time Pern fans, but hey, anything's better than Dragonsblood or Dragonsfire right? In the last book to-date written solely by Anne, disasters bring about the discovery of a new draconic ability (seriously, where did that even come from? I don't even remember AIVAS hinting at it in ATWOP?), and the people of Pern begin thinking seriously about life after Thread. Also we meet some vandals who don't like modern Pern much (like some readers perh ...more
• Look, I have to be honest; this really wasn’t one of A.M.’s best works. I know that she wants to set up the dragonriders with an occupation for after Thread, but this book falls pretty flat as a story. There is a little drama, but really not enough to make it that interesting. Also, much like the last book, this one seems to not have a solid conclusion. What’s worse is that it seems like she left some storylines unfinished to lead to a sequel. While I would love another Pern book, I don’t thin ...more
Samuel Lubell
I had stopped reading the series after Dolphins of Pern and this book shows I made the right decision. Basically in this volume of the long running series, the people of Pern grow concerned about asteroids (despite being on the planet for hundereds of years without them being a problem) just when dragons began to develop the ability to move things with their minds. Throw in a few attacks by a few anti-progress mobs and the mauling of two dragons (and riders) by the local version of lions and a o ...more
It has been years since I have read any titles from The Dragonriders of Pern series, and thanks to dear Mike I dove back into fantasy for a quick spell. Loved being in my teens and early 20s again for a few days,the dragons and their riders still captivated me, even with their new future ahead.
I'm no fan of romance reading, but the romance in this book was superb. Its been many years since I read this and I'll never forget that romance! I have never really cared for romance between any book's characters before or since. And yes, there is more than just romance lol.
Joe Runciman
The setup was good. The world seemed interesting. This is the only book in the series I'd tried reading, but this one is so far into the series (13th? 16th? I forget), that I couldn't keep characters or places straight in my head because the author didn't really spend a lot of time describing them anymore by this point. So I'm not going to rate the book, just going to stop reading it. I got to around page 230, but am just getting no value from the book.

So today I have created an "abandoned" tag
So they managed to push the Red Star out of its path and in about 16 years thread will stop to fall forever. What will become of the Dragonriders? Will society on Pern cease to exist as it is now? The Abominators seem to think so and they try everything in their arsenal to stop the developments that Aivas has set into motion.

This is a stand-alone, although I am not sure, how much sense it will make to someone who has not read any other Pern novels. I have been reading these books since I was a t
Gere Lewis
So the the threat of thread is coming to an end, so now what? That is what this book deals with.

Dragons and riders are thinking about life after thread and what it is they will do once they are no longer needed to sear thread from the skies. Craftsmen and women are using information from AIVAS to further their craft or not. Some people on Pern are definitely looking to the future while others are trying desperately to cling to the past. There are meteorites, hurricanes, abominators, murderous f
These books seem to be going downhill. The same basic storylines are repeated over and over again and I've never liked the introduction to technology that has occurred in these stories with the last couple of books about Lessa and F'lar's generation. The whole purpose of Pern was to have a farming society and to escape the wars that ravaged old earth and its immediate solar system. So why go back to what the settlers were trying to get rid of in the first place? Very frustrating. I still like th ...more
Definitely one of the lesser Dragonrider books, bedevilled by too many main characters all jostling for elbow space (and getting only paper-thin characterisation as a result), strawman villains, and the two halves of the plot sitting in uneasy relationship to each other. Having said that, there was some gravitas to be had from: A) the planet-wide emergency caused by the tsunami (this is lent extra weight by the fallout of the major tsunamis of the last five years in our own world), and B) by a t ...more
Mary Lauer
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Jen Whitney
Fantastic book on shelf of re-read!!
Although I have read this book once, I don't remember much of it. This time around, I paid more attention. Favorite characters from the beginning are here--F'lar, Lessa--as well as younger characters such as Menolly, Sebell, Piemur, Jaxom, and F'lessan, all poised to lead the planet Pern through it's most recent problems and challenges.
A long book that sometimes threatens to go off in other directions, it finally gets its plot focus and then becomes smoother and more enjoyable.
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  • Dragonsblood (Pern, #18)
  • The People of Pern
  • The Dragonlover's Guide to Pern
  • The Atlas of Pern
  • Anne McCaffrey's Dragonflight #2
  • The Ship Avenged
  • A Dragon-Lover's Treasury of the Fantastic
  • Storm Rising (Valdemar: Mage Storms, #2)
  • The Fall of Neskaya (Darkover, #3; Clingfire, #1)
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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  • Dragondrums (Harper Hall, #3)
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