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The Dolphins of Pern (Pern (Publication Order) #13)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  14,195 Ratings  ·  184 Reviews

Two boys, one of them a dragonrider, re-establish crucial contact with the wise dolphins, the legendary "shipfish" of Pern.

Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published February 26th 2002 by Del Rey (first published 1994)
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Gere Lewis
Dec 14, 2012 Gere Lewis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book very much. I like the dolphins almost as much as I like the dragons and that is saying something. I also enjoy Readis as a character.

I am beginning to wonder, however, what it is that Anne McCaffrey has against grown women, especially being one herself. The young female characters of Pern, with a few exceptions, are good natured and charismatic. However, her adult female characters are stubborn, self righteous, and often down right mean. The three most noteworthy examples (f
After all the exciting things happen--after the settlers land on Pern, and are nearly destroyed by Thread, and discover dragons, and set up Weyrs and Holds and Halls, all the while devolving into a sexist&rigidly hierarchal medieval society, and eventually Jaxom bonds with Ruth, and Menolly finds her firelizards and transforms Harpers, and they rediscover their computer and figure out how to end Thread-fall once and for all, and all manner of social changes start being forced through--after ...more
To borrow a TV phrase, I consider All the Weyrs of Pern (the book immediately proceeding Dolphins of Pern chronologically) to be where McCaffrey jumped the shark with the Dragonriders series. I will refrain from including any spoilers here and only say that All the Weyrs has the natural feel of a conclusion about it. Then McCaffrey had to go and write two Pern books to follow it! To put it another way, all the books written before All the Weyrs of Pern have warrented multiple rereadings. All the ...more
Jan 18, 2015 Hilary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
For many Turns the dolphins have been left to fend for themselves. They remember the Second Crossing, the evacuation of the southern continent (detailed in a novella in The Chronicles of Pern First Fall), but why have the humans abandoned them?

I understand why some people consider this one of the less-enjoyable books in the series: dragons hardly enter into it at all, the beloved characters featuring in the other books (F'lar, Lessa, Robinton, Menolly, Jaxom) are all on the sidelines here, and t
I would have enjoyed this installment more if Readis' mother hadn't had such antipathy for her son's work with the dolphins. It really didn't make any sense at all and just added unnecessary conflict. The confrontation with Toric was also superfluous.
Jan 29, 2011 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this one. The dolphins add a new dimension to the Pern stories. I wish they could have been reintroduced earlier. However, I love what they bring to the series.
Al Philipson
Oct 14, 2016 Al Philipson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is parallel to The All the Weyrs of Pern in that it takes place in the same time frame.

Readis is a youngster who develops an interest in "Ship Fish" (Dolphins) when they rescue him from a sinking skiff (during a storm). He's the first person in hundreds of years ("turns") to realize that they can talk. The story revolves around around this link between Readis and the dolphins as the fact of talking (and helping) "ship fish" clashes with the hidebound culture of Pern that is already ree
I read this long ago. I recently picked up a large collection of McCaffrey hardback (many first edition) novels. I felt somehow in Her presence as I was about halfway through this book when she passed to 'between.'

This is not my favorite book of the Pern novels, but it ranks very high. I am passionate about dolphins and swimming... and dragons. But at times I wished for more of Readis's life than the life of the 'politicians' of the planet. I wished for more science discovery. There was a lot of
As I reread Pern, I'm coming to the conclusion that McCaffrey would've been better off quitting while she was ahead (and that Todd McCaffrey should never have been let at the universe).

I wanted to like this because it featured characters I love (really enjoyed seeing Alemi again and his relationship with Menolly), but there's no heart to this story, nothing cohesive that made me want to turn the page.

There's a couple of anecdotes and characters I enjoyed (I liked the dolphins and how they've ca
Aug 02, 2008 Kathryn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh for crying out loud...what the heck HAPPENED? The book right before this one, "All the Weyrs Of Pern" was fantastic and startling and different and beautiful. And then this one was AWFUL. McCaffrey took one of my favorite characters from the last book, Aramina, and turned her into a shrewish, unsympathetic, two-dimensional twit. The storyline with her son going off to make his own hold was like something out of a nine-year-old's diary ("I'm going to run away and make my own hold and live with ...more
Jerry Miller
After reading some of the reviews of this book on Goodreads, i was afraid to read it. I have been a fan of the Pern series for many years. Although they are by no means great literature, they are an entertaining diversion. The major complaint about this book was that it really had little to do with the dragons and familiar characters. For me, this was a welcome change. Instead of more thread flying, we are treated to a lesson about Pern's past. Dolphins were brought with the first settlers, and ...more
Ingrid Morris
Another chronicle of Pern. If you've enjoy your time on the planet before this will give you more of the same. This novel explores the oceans of Pern and the community of dolphins that have long been forgotten by the humans and dragons. I didn't find it compelling or exciting or satisfying, but a healthy diversion.
Jan 05, 2013 Mdi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good Mccaffrey read. Love the dolphins.
Amy Bradley
Dec 31, 2016 Amy Bradley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dolphins came to Pern with the human colonists - but were forgotten after an illness wiped out their human companions and co-workers in exploring and keeping the seas of Pern safe. Thousands of turns later, a man and his nephew discover that dolphins possess intelligence, are willing to rescue overboard humans - and can talk!

Readis, a son of Aramina (of The Girl who Speaks with Dragons / Renegades of Pern) is the main focus of this mostly non-dragonrider centric novel of Pern.
Oct 26, 2016 Mark rated it really liked it

Liked it the first time I read it,. All those years ago....and I liked it this time, too!

Always the best.
Janet Fleckenstein
Jan 21, 2017 Janet Fleckenstein rated it it was amazing
One of my f orite Pern bookd

I always thought of dolphins as very I trl!igent;I just eidh ours could talk as the ondxon zpern, Terrific s
David Pilar
Mar 12, 2017 David Pilar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kniha dokresluje děj k předchozím čtyřem dílům Drakenů z Pernu. Dle mého je zatím z celé série nejslabší, ale určitě stojí za přečtení pro pochopení širších souvislostí.
Aurian Booklover
This book takes place years later than the Harper Hall trilogy. AIVAS has been discovered again at Landing, on the Southern continent. It has promised to help to rid the world of Thread forever, and is educating the population to its purposes. It needs to learn the specifics of the Dragons powers, and their bond with their riders, and it needs to bring the planet to a much higher technological level. Of course there are always people who are against improvement and change, and there is violence ...more
Jan 16, 2012 Kaila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2012, dragons
This book will always have a special place in my heart. It was my first introduction to Anne McCaffrey, probably when I was about 12 or 13. According to my mom, my grandpa called asking what I wanted for my birthday, and she said “Oh, any book with dragons or dolphins will make her happy.” Seriously. Good job mom. I didn’t get much out of it on my first read through, as you really need to have read the rest of the series first, but it stuck with me long enough that I picked up Dragonflight not t ...more
How magical it is to come back to a world I love and to visit characters I've come to know and enjoy seeing them again. I haven't read a Pern book for at least 10 and probably 20 years, though Dragonflight,Dragonsong,Dragonsinger and The White Dragon have been re-reads, not for many years. I stopped the series at The Dolphins of Pern mainly because the stories became more disjointed and running in a different direction than the original two trilogies. They were interesting but not gripping like ...more
Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard
3.5 stars. Review to come.
Dec 25, 2016 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting twist on a series that can be a little formulaic. A little delve into the history of Pern and the practices of the dolphineers made it an enjoyable read, but I feel like they left a lot on the table. Just exploring a relationship between the dolphins and the dragons for example would have made the novel feel more complete and self-contained.
Jan 04, 2017 Mira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 29, 2013 Casey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, fantasy, dragons, 1990s
The Dolphins of Pern begins concurrently alongside All the Weyrs of Pern, and then ends up as a sort of sequel.

Considering that there wasn't a strong plot in Weyrs, nor this book, they should have been combined into one story.

As the title name suggests, the people of Pern rediscover the intelligent dolphins that have been swimming the waters of Pern since the first settlers came. The dolphins are able to speak, although it's bit garbled and baby-like. The people and dolphins reconnect and learn
From Publishers Weekly

In this latest addition to McCaffrey's popular Pern series (Chronicles of Pern: First Fall, etc.), the humans of Pern are reunited, after eons of noncontact, with the intelligent dolphins who had originally settled the planet with them. When a boy, Readis, is rescued by "shipfish" and realizes that they can talk, he develops a lifelong obsession with the fascinating creatures. But, though his interest is shared by the young dragonrider T'Lion and his dragon, Gadareth, it

I read this long ago. I recently picked up a large collection of McCaffrey hardback (many first edition) novels. I felt somehow in Her presence as I was about halfway through this book when she passed to 'between.'

This is not my favorite book of the Pern novels, but it ranks very high. I am passionate about dolphins and swimming... and dragons. But at times I wished for more of Readis's life than the life of the 'politicians' of the planet. I wished for more science discovery. There was a lot of
Dec 17, 2016 Lana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a darling book this is! I love dolphins and am quite captivated by these intelligent mammals so I was really taken with this book and the two boys who tuned in to the dolphins need to be recognised once again by the humans they had so been longing and waiting to connect with once again. readis and t'lion the dragonrider faced a lot of opposition particularly readis whose parents banned him from contacting the dolphins ever again but readis is proof that when one feels strongly about anythin ...more
Wayland Smith
May 21, 2016 Wayland Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read some of these back in high school, and I forgot how much I enjoyed them. I ended up remembering this one when I needed one for a reading challenge I'm in, and I'm very glad I picked it up. You could argue this series is written simply, but it's a good kind of simple.

Set at roughly the same time as the book or two before it, this one focuses on the "shipfish," intelligent sea animals that help humans. Eventually, the men realize there are more to the friendly "fish" than meets the eye, and
Tereza S.
Jun 22, 2016 Tereza S. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
U tohohle dílu jsem v sérii skončila a než jsem se k němu měla šanci dostat, uběhla už nějaká doba a mezitím jsem na předchozí díly zapomněla. Ale teď už jsem si je znovu oživila, takže jsem se konečně mohla dostat k Delfínům, o kterých jsem nečetla nějaké super ohlasy, takže jsem se trochu bála. Ale nakonec naprosto zbytečně, protože tohle se mi teda opravdu líbilo.

Hlavní věcí, která mě naprosto dostala, byli samozřejmě ti delfíni. Obyvatelé Pernu tyhle inteligentní zvířata objevili dost pozdě,
Sep 18, 2015 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been many years since I last read a Pern novel, and this one is by no means a new offering, having come from my mother's library back before she became blind in 2002. It did remind me why I loved the earlier books so much. This one offers it's fair share of dragons and appearances by many of my favourite characters, incuding the passing of a much beloved regular from many of the earlier books (nope-no hints or spoilers here) and it introduces a whole new cast of characters, descendants of t ...more
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Anne McCaffrey was born on April 1st, 1926, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two brothers: Hugh McCaffrey (deceased 1988), Major US Army, and Kevin Richard McCaffrey, still living.

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