Dragon Harper (Pern (Publication Order) #20)
Stale characters running through a cardboard plot. Sadly this sums up the latest return to the Pern, the world of dragons. We have been here before but in better company. In a strange choice for this book, the thing that Pern is most known for is notably missing, dragons, the telepathic and empathic companions of this forgotten colony of humans deposited on Pern. The dragons and their lesser cousins, watch-weyrs and firelizards were genetically engineered so long ago ...more
Disappointing, especially when compared to the earlier Pern books dealing with another medical crisis -- Moretta and Nerilka's Story, which were far superior.
Unfortunately it appears that Todd will be doing more of the writing in the future, but the books I have read with him as author/co-author tend towards the stale side, with reuse of plots ...more
From the very beginning the book is striking in its emptiness. There is nothing here for a long time reader to grind their teeth on. Every aspect of the writing is either minimal, bare bones, or has been covered better in prior books.
The first chapter is liable to confuse readers as it focuses, in a limited third person perspective, on one boy and provides no h ...more
In hindsight, I still enjoy reading the series in order written (versus actual chronological order of events). I especially like how McCaffrey shifts her point of view in different books, retelling the same events from someone else's p ...more
Kindan from Dragon's Kin returns and it is in this book that he really starts to get annoying. For such a young person his resume is ridiculously unbelievable. Harper apprentice and later Watch Wher handler. He discovers better firestone and attends an impression as a candidate. Friends with a great many drago ...more
I wish they'd stopped there, I truly do. Since then, we've had three more epidemics/pandemics written about with exhaustive de ...more
1. When ******* died
2. When ******* was given **** before he died
3. The ending
This novel is not just another typical 'black death' 'plague' story and though it was sad and much less often bittersweet, I would not call it the depressing kind of sa ...more
Hans van der Boom Anne's Master Archivist created a list of Pern books in chronological order. It is a 2010 book list so it is not currently up to date but is close.Check it out.=0)
This is the book three involving Kindan and this time we actually get to ...more
The characters are not well defined and developed and often you forget who you are reading about as the characters seem to run together.
The story focuses on Kindan who is the male protaginist, although it takes a while for you to realise this, and his rel ...more
Kindan is an apprentice harper at the Harper Hall but he is finding the lessons very difficult and although he has his friends, Nonala, Kelsa and Verilan, he also has enemies, such as the bully Vaxoram. Things begin to improve for Kindan when he beats Vaxoram in a duel and Vaxoram becomes first his servant and then gradually his trusted friend. Then Kindan impresses a fire-lizard and becomes the proud owner of the magnicent Valla. At the hatching, he meets Koriana, daughter
The biggest was the interaction between Kindan and Vaxoram. They have a conflict and decide to settle it by a duel (this culture allows CHILDREN to fight to-the-death duels?!?!?!). Then Kindan goes off for a week to train to be a Jedi Knight (I'm almost not even ...more
Since I have obviously missed a few titles, I had some trouble placing this book within the chronology of Pern. Obviously it takes place before the original stories but is it before or after Moreta's Ride and Nerilka's Stor ...more
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