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The Dragonriders of Pern: Dragonflight, Dragonquest, and The White Dragon (Dragonriders of Pern #1-3)

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Finally together in one volume, the first three books in the world's most beloved science fiction series, THE DRAGONRIDERS OF PERN, by Anne McCaffrey, one of the great science fiction writers of all time: DRAGONFLIGHT, DRAGONQUEST, THE WHITE DRAGON. Those who know these extraordinary tales will be able to re-visit with Lessa, F'lar, Ruth, Lord Jaxo
ebook, 832 pages
Published March 28th 2002 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 1968)
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Tom Merritt
Jun 03, 2013 Tom Merritt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must admit the first volume kept me interested because of the world and I had to turn a blind eye to a small amount of awkwardness and even some rather dates relationship dynamics. However by the third volume, The White Dragon all of it is worth it and I've fallen in love with Pern. It's clear that McCaffrey knew the world and its suffuses through everything that happens. I also like that its a world not a series. I don't feel pressure to keep going but instead know that whenever I ...more
Dec 27, 2008 Sere rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The world Anne McCaffrey built is nice, but her view on women (the most positive example is of an indipendent resourceful woman who also happens to be very *manipulative* and revengeful), their subservient role to males, how men always know best, bug the hell out of me. I don't know if that's because she wrote those books in the late 60s and 70s or cos her POV is kind of old-fashioned regarless of the time she grew up in, but whatever the reason, I cringed quite a lot, especially while reading D ...more
Mar 27, 2013 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Wow, this takes me back. Loved this book when I read it. Bought it knowing nothing about it, as part of my membership bundle in The Science Fiction Book Club. Ahh, the Days of Yore. Looking back, at the beginning the characters seem stiff and cliche, but it loosens up as it goes along. The sensibilities of a different generation are seen in the attitudes and personalities of the characters, which seem a bit archaic by modern thinking. The start of a epic series of books well worth reading.

OK, st
Desirae Renta
Oct 16, 2012 Desirae Renta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book took me from earth to 3000 years in the future where some humans escaped earth's planetary warfare to a planet called Pern. Pern is a planet scientifically much like our own except for the erratic red planet that passes by every few hundred years which thrusts a silvery carbon eating menace called thread. The settlers befriend creatures called firelizards which breathe fire on the thread destroying it before it destroys every living thing living on Pern. Through genetic modification la ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Here in one volume are the first two novels--and in my opinion the best three--of McCaffrey's Pern series: Dragonflight, Dragonquest and The White Dragon. They often wind up on best fantasy lists, though technically they're science fiction about a lost colony of Earth. The dragons were bred from native dragonettes and bonded to human riders who imprint them at hatching. They were created and maintained to fight an inimical spore that comes from space. The setting has the feel of medieval or Rena ...more
Silver James
I devoured this series when it first came out. I have the hardbacks in my personal library and reread them periodically through various phases of my life. When I saw a Kindle deal for the boxed set of the first three books, I hit one-click without a thought. I was looking for "comfort reads" and what better place to go than to a world of SciFi-Fantasy that held me enthralled when I was younger.

I fear a little of the gold leaf has flaked off but that's due more likely to the changes wrought in my
Fredrick Danysh
Jul 11, 2015 Fredrick Danysh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This volume contains three separate novels relating to Pern and its dragons. In Dragonflight it has been so long since Thread have fallen that some Lords no longer want to support the wyers. F'lar and Lessa create a new legends of what the dragon can do. Dragonquest is the story of trying to reach the red star. A rare white dragon is born and in an unheard of action bonds with Jaxon, the young Lord Holder of Ruatha.
Patryk O'really
Apr 23, 2014 Patryk O'really rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great characters. totally believable world, great progression and arc
Aug 23, 2015 Dj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This isn't the first time I have read this series of books, hell not even the second or third. It is interesting to me, how some books I read back in the days of High School, don't hold up as well the older I get. Others though hold up well to the test of time, Dragonriders is one of those. Each time I read a book, no matter what the book is, I find myself discovering new things, or remembering things that had slipped my mind in regards to the book. It is always fun when these discovery's add to ...more
This is a re-read for me. I read these books many years ago. So long ago that while I remembered the general theme of the books, I couldn’t remember the details. As it turned out, many of the things I remembered about these books, weren’t in these books. That doesn’t mean that what I remembered wasn’t in one of the books, there are many books Anne McCaffrey wrote about Pern. You can see the list on Fantastic Fiction.

To get back to the book, The Dragonriders of Pern is an omnibus containing three
Jun 12, 2011 Marc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The three-volumes-on-one Dragonriders of Pern is hard to grade. For someone without a special place in their heart for fantasy novels, I’d rate it mediocre. For someone who enjoys a nice, fluffy read, a daydream come to elaborate life, it can be quite enjoyable. I found myself on the edge of dropping it a number of times but the book engaged my highly developed sense of the daydream enough that I read it through, enjoying a fast, fun read.

That’s not to say the volumes are not without many flaws.
Gere Lewis
Oct 21, 2012 Gere Lewis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Awhile back I picked up a used copy of The Dragonriders of Pern, which encompasses the first three novels in the series by Anne McCaffrey. I looked up the original publication date, and the first came out in 1968, so these have been around a long time and the reviews on Amazon are mostly glowing.

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
Jay Glasgow
Nov 15, 2011 Jay Glasgow rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a very huge disappointment. This series is what led me to detest Anne McCafrey. The dialogue was poor and contrived, the diction was everywhere, ornate one second, and layman's the next second. Throughout all three books, I did read them all sadly, there was no growth whatsoever. The people didn't change, no one got better. Even the sentient "dragons" were stagnant from birth in action and character. There was little plot besides the "worms" eating crops, and the discovery of a pla ...more
Ward Bond
Jun 25, 2012 Ward Bond rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition Review

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

Dec 27, 2007 Nick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty standard pulp fantasy with a bit of a sci-fi bent. Entertaining & a good read, but nothing tremendous. Dragonflight begins the Pern series, and Dragonquest picks up pretty much right where Dragonflight leaves off, but The White Dragon takes place several years and 3 books later, so it can be somewhat jarring if you haven't read the Harper trilogy (the 3 intervening books).

Strong points (all 3 books):

1. Generally likeable main characters who cooperate well against external threats. I
Jun 01, 2015 Shoue rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Almost one thousand pages of wasted time. I kept waiting for ANYTHING to happen, no character development, awkward worldbuilding, (view spoiler)
Paul Kater
Aug 16, 2012 Paul Kater rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Dragonriders of Pern. Anne McAffrey paints a fascinating world, the world of Pern, that used to be threatened by mysterious matter falling from the sky whenever the Red Star appears. This Red Star has not been around for a long long time (many Turns), so the ways of old to counter the mysterious falling Threads have been fallen in disuse. And then the Red Star appears again.

Ann McAffrey introduces a wonderful world with fabulous characters and many dragons, that will not disappo
Travis Kerr
Jun 15, 2015 Travis Kerr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Admittedly, I started this series with the third book, "The White Dragon", however upon reading it I immediately sought out the rest of the series. This series is extremely well written. Unlike most books on dragons, this series has a completely different take on the fantasy genre. In books that follow it continues to include, not only fantasy, but science fiction aspects as well, and unlike most authors who attempt this, Anne McCaffrey has managed to blend the two into a whole that works extrem ...more
Lynne Matson
Oct 12, 2015 Lynne Matson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: all-time-faves
This series influenced me profoundly. There are not enough words to describe how much I love this series.:)
Oct 28, 2015 Lizzie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this to replace my copy which had deteriorated with age and having been read about 40 times by me and my daughter. The author created a world where dragons form bonds with their riders and their purpose in life is to protect the planet form destruction in the form of thread. But, when the populace forgets because thread did not fall for a while the dragonriders fall out of favor and the feudal system of lords and crafts no longer want to support what they don't believe they need. The dr ...more
I haven't read these books since I was in high school. I must admit that they are still quite entertaining, though I think I liked them much better when I was younger.

This is a collection of the "first three" Pern books. If you look online at the year of publication there are actually a couple of other books in the series written within the time frame. It has been too long since I've read them all that I don't remember how the others fit in the overall story arc. These three follow right after o
Sjoerd Bergstra
I made my way through 1.5 novels of this trilogy, because so many people had raved about it. Later, I found out they all read it when they were young or it was their introduction to the genre.

Perhaps I had too high an expectation, but...

For one- Thread, the main enemy.
Brave men and a woman ride on flying, fire-breating, telepathic, teleporting, and even time-travelling, dragons to fight against... strings of inanimate fungus, falling from the sky?
Yes, Thread burns you if it touches you- but sti
Kristina Jo
Overall, I found the books in this collection engaging and entertaining. My biggest complaint is that the beginning of each book feels like I'm coming into the middle of something. The first book starts after 400 years of Pernese history and, at first, I kept feeling like I needed to know more of that history. The second book begins seven years after the first book ends, and I again felt that I was missing something. I'm not sure how much of this was because of skipping bits and how much of this ...more
In a distant human future, a colony is established on the (extra-solar) world of Pern. (No communications are ever mentioned on/off this world). Over generations the colonists' descendants lose their space faring technology.

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
Feb 11, 2009 Leelan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, fantasy
Can't believe it took me so long to read this book!!!
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!
Erik Graff
Sep 02, 2011 Erik Graff rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
I actually enjoyed reading the beginning of this trilogy and those parts which were more concerned with the planet, its colonization and its periodic interplanetary crises. As it when on, however, it became increasingly a fantasy, rather than a science, fiction. Not only was it just a fantasy, but it was a rather typical one, employing over-used dragon themes and idealized mediaeval social structures. By the completion of page 750, I was thoroughly bored.
Jim Razinha
This should count as the three books it is...but I had/logged this edition.

Well...I apparently outgrew Ms. McCaffrey a very long time ago. For a Year of Nostalgic Rereads, the memory I have of this collection this fit the term precisely: a remembrance of something once liked, fleeting, and unknown as to why. With some of my rereads, I relearn why...charm, wit, pure enjoyment. With this one, I see what a naive teen I was.

This is my original childhood 1978 Nelson Doubleday bind up edition of 196
Jul 06, 2008 Darren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young sci-fi/fantasy fans
I enjoyed the first book very much. While I enjoyed the other two, I felt the writing reverted to the "he said, she said" of other follow-on fantasy novels (any number of David Eddings books qualify). The world of Pern is novel and the dragon/rider relationship is intriguing to read about. It's a worthwhile read, but I don't feel the full potential was achieved due to a lack of depth and more telling than showing.
Jerry Aubin
I truly LOVED these books as a child 30 years ago. I tried re-reading them to my ten-year-old (same age as when I read them) and was really taken back by how much I thought the writing was horrible. Whatever charm I saw as a ten-year old was gone as an adult. My ten-year-old really did not like them either. He found them confusing to keep track of who was who.
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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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Dragonriders of Pern (3 books)
  • Dragonflight (Pern, #1)
  • Dragonquest (Pern, #2)
  • The White Dragon (Pern, #3)

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