Dragonsblood (Pern (Publication Order) #18)
In the beginning of the book, I struggled with keeping the characters straight. Also, the constant jumping between time periods interrupted the flow of the storyline for me. Things ...more
Half the story is of Wind Blossom's last years on Pern, 50 years after landing to 59 AL, struggling to find a cure for the dragons and fire lizards in which we learn the true reason for her attitude toward her students and child while the other half of the story takes place in the weyrs as dragons sicken and die.
All the characters from Dragon's Fire and Dragon's Kin appear play ...more
While this g ...more
Todd McCaffrey has done a good job in his mother's world, and it's also good to know that the new things he introduces (mostly more history about the original colonists and their next generation) have most likely been given the go-ahead by Anne McCa ...more
DO NOT BOTHER!!!!!!!
Lorana has set herself a goal of traveling around Pern and drawing pictures of all the life forms. To do this she boards a ship but has to escape it because the Captain wants ...more
I love how Todd McCaffrey writes his stories because they fit perfectly in Pern's world. But this one didn't captivated me as much as his others novels. Perhaps because I didn't read it in the right chronological order so I already knew what will be next.
This story has to be read just before "Dragonheart" and certainly before "Dragongirl".
Lorana is the heroine of this novel, introducing us to Fiona - the main character of "Dragonheart" and ...more
Certainly a more convoluted story that tries its best to deal with the ins and outs of time-travel, and character development is certainly better than his previous effort in Dragon's Kin. Todd tends to be less descriptive about scenes in general, and focuses more on dialogue, which in itself is not a bad thing, but sometimes it feels like a little more time setti ...more
For a while I was thinking, "This is spooky. He writes exactly like his mother - with all the faults as well." (For example, using incorrect words - someone burns charcoal in a "grazier", and someone else is "dowsed" - instead of "doused" - with water.)
But actually, this isn't up to Anne McCaffrey's standard. Sure, she's no literary giant, and she has inconsis ...more
But honestly, I have some words for Todd at this point. Todd, listen. Your mother built this incredible world and wrote some incredible stories about the people in it. There are rules in this world. You can write new things with new characters, that's okay. But you can't change the rules of reality o ...more
By page 75 or so, I didn't remember that this wasn't Anne writing. Good story, good evocation of Pern. Doesn't disappoint!
And perfect when you're craving some dragons...
The book starts out with the beginni ...more
Will continue with this series.
Starred Review. The torch has been passed and burns more brightly than ever in this latest chapter of the venerable Pern saga, the first of what one hopes will be many solo efforts by the son of series creator Anne McCaffrey (_Dragons of Pern_). The narrative shifts smoothly between Wind Blossom, one of the original colonists of Pern, who's struggling to create a legacy for future generations before she dies, and Lorana, a young dragonrider born 450 years later with unusu
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This is a good book but not great. It was easy to put down for long periods and to read in short segments before sleeping. It is well written and the story is basically interesting but its biggest problem is structure. I'll describe those in case they bother you also.
The first structure problem is flashbacks.
Chapter 1 follows the events around a likable character named Lorana and is quite enjoyable.
Chapter 2 flashes back 450 years to follow events around a mildly unp ...more
Some things seemed a bit 'convenient', like the identity of the 'entombed in solid rock' young rider and dragon. As if the author has a list of all the little mysteries from future (previous?) books that he's trying to address. On the one hand, when I read it I thought 'Oh, so that's ...more
Todd Johnson was born 27 April 1956 in Montclair, New Jersey as the second son and middle child of Horace Wright Johnson (deceased 2009), who worked for DuPont, and Anne McCaffrey (deceased 2011), who had h ...more