The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall (Pern (Publication Order) #12)
From the Hardcover edition.
Seriously. She loves to give her characters a huge urgent practical problem, and then set the most practical among them to solving it. Whether it's dramatic or not. She wants to tell you all about how they dug the caves with rock-cutters to make Holds and Weyrs and they had to make the cutters last as long as they could, how they made hyp...more
1. THE SURVEY: P.E.R.N. (2 stars)
This is the story of the survey team that first evaluated the planet
now known as Pern for human colonization. It explains how such a
major threat (thread) was missed. Not bad. Not good either.
2. THE DOLPHIN'S BELL (1 star)
This was over 40 pages of an incredibly slow moving and boring story. It chronicles the sea voyage to move people and supplies from the southern continent to the nor...more
A quarter century after Dragonflight , the novel that introduced the vastly popular dragon planet of Pern, McCaffrey details the difficult yet exhilarating early years of the Pernese settlers in five highly readable tales. Trouble starts early when the original landing site is threatened by volcanic action, forcing the human settlers to ring "The Dolphin's Bell" in a plea for help from the intelligent sea mammals who migrated with them from Earth. Then there is the First
Survey P.E.R.N - the really beginning of the saga - allows us to discover how Pern was discover, why she received her name and why it was a blessing for her futur residents to have been qualified as P.E.R.N.
The Dolphin's Bell set during the First Pass, at the same time as "Dragonsdawn", explains how the dolphins interact with the humans on Pern...more
Here are five gripping episodes of early Pern -- from the very first space survey recommending colonisation, to the last, where the early world, its young dragon culture undetected, is condemned to be isolated in space.
Here is the saga of the mass evacuation from the volcanic southern continent, an entire group of people moved across the dangerous seas, guarded and guided by a flotilla of dolphins. Here, too, is the story of the creation of Ruatha Hold -- a mammoth undertaking in the early da
As an aside, a previous reviewer mentioned warnings for younger readers because the book has homosexual references. I think there was one sentence that off-handedly mentioned that blue (or green?) male riders had a preference for partners of a same-sex orientation. It was definitely not any more specific than that. I think the public receives more exposure to gay relationships in the ave...more
I could see many of my Odyssey of the Mind students and some of my Science Olympiad students absolutely loving the challenges of Pern. At first you think, no way but then as you read the Chronicles of Pern, you begin to see how it would be possible for th...more
I gave up reading and started flicking through it and noticed how every few pages Klah (the tea/coffee substitue) was mentioned - and was reminded of stories in the People's Friend where nothing much happens but they all have a nice cup of tea.
I'm sure the book is perfectly fine, but the audio version is terrible.
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