The Skies Of Pern (Pern (Publication Order) #16)
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...more
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.
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...more
Thanks to Anne McCaffrey, millions of readers have soared the skies on dragonback, shared the thoughts and dreams of the great dragons of Pern, and risked life and limb to safeguard the planet from the deadly threat of falling Thread. With the Dragonriders of Pern, McCaffrey has given us more than just an extraordinary masterwork of imagination. She has given us a whole world--and has taught us to fly. Now, in this triumphant return to Pern, Anne McCaffrey takes us on an adventure as surprising
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
*** finished the book, it took a major dive bomb in the end. Don't ask my why i continue to read this series, I don't know , maybe to have a sence of completion***
The Abominators continue their attacks, determined to destroy all of the AIVIS-generated technology in order to return to the simple life.
Certainly worth owning.
I highly recommend this book to dragon lovers everywhere. Anne McCaffery has outdone herself with this book. Why these books haven't been made into movies I dont' know. Some producer needs to get in there are make this a series a movies like the Harry Potter books.
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