The Dragonriders of Pern: Dragonflight, Dragonquest, and The White Dragon (Dragonriders of Pern #1-3)
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 ...more
OK, st ...more
I fear a little of the gold leaf has flaked off but that's due more likely to the changes wrought in my ...more
To get back to the book, The Dragonriders of Pern is an omnibus containing three ...more
That’s not to say the volumes are not without many flaws. ...more
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 ...more
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...more
Strong points (all 3 books):
1. Generally likeable main characters who cooperate well against external threats. I ...more
Ann McAffrey introduces a wonderful world with fabulous characters and many dragons, that will not disappo ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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!
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 ...more
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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