The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall (Pern (Publication Order) #12)
From the Hardcover edition.
Seriously. She loves to give her characters a huge urgent practical problem, and then set the most practical among them to solving it. Whether it's dramatic or not. She wants to tell you all about how they dug the caves with rock-cutters to make Holds and Weyrs and they had to make the cutters last as long as they could, how they made hyp ...more
As a kid, I loooooooved Torene/Mihall's story. I used to check this out from the library and re-read it all the time. (It didn't entirely hold up, I suppose. I think maybe I was better at filling in the blanks as a kid. I wanted more this time. Loved the Sean/Sorka glimpses!)
I don't think I liked the second and third story much, judging by my lack of memory of them! (They ...more
"The Survey: P.E.R.N." (0.5)
"The Dolphins' Bell" (1.1)
"The Ford of Red Hanrahan (1.2)
"The Second Weyr" (1.3)
"Rescue Run" (1.4)
"The Survey: P.E.R.N." is useful for explaining where the name for the planet came from and was very clever of McCaffrey. It makes me wonder how many other words have evolved from acronyms. It's also a ...more
The dragonrider stories are becoming so repetitive at this point.
PERN-C: Background as to how the planet got the name of Pern. Surveys by the first scientists from space.
Dolphin's Bell: The evacuation of the Southern continent. The dolphins, who have been genetically enhanced and can communicate with humans, h ...more
1. THE SURVEY: P.E.R.N. (2 stars)
This is the story of the survey team that first evaluated the planet
now known as Pern for human colonization. It explains how such a
major threat (thread) was missed. Not bad. Not good either.
2. THE DOLPHIN'S BELL (1 star)
This was over 40 pages of an incredibly slow moving and boring story. It chronicles the sea voyage to move people and supplies from the southern continent to the nor ...more
Unfortunately, none of the stories that aren' ...more
I will probably end up re-reading more of them just because I alrea ...more
I'd probably go with a 3.5 with this one. The entire anthology of novellas had lovely stories about the first settlers of Pern, but it was a bit jarring listening to some of the characters without the accents that they had in the previous book that was narrated by a male, this book being narrated by a woman.
Still, Pern is a nice world to escape to.
As good as any Anne McCaffrey book! I personally found it hard to keep up with the jumps in time between the sections of the book but once I reoriented my self and made the connections it was great. It is refreshing though not to have to wait three books for a new generation. Being as Michael "Mihill" Connell was just born at the end of the last book and is grown and taking on riding responsibilities at the end of the second section. It makes it easi ...more
In hindsight, I still enjoy reading the series in order written (versus actual chronological order of events). This title is a collection of stories that help explain events within the first 2 generations of settlers on the planet. My family always joked that these books were compiled because An ...more
First fall is a collection of short stories which chronologically are into the first stage of "Pernese" history, but the setting and descriptions don't feel complete enough without previous knowledge of the world of Pern. The style felt also kind of odd, which makes the stories a little les pleasant to read.
But the stories are entertaining enough despite no previous Pern knowledge and they left you hooked enough to at ...more
We do get the first introduction to the dolphins of Pern here, which was probably my favorite story in the collection.
I'm not giving up, I'm act ...more
I have some quibbles about the Pern series which I've discussed in other reviews, but I love the world and the dragons and have mostly enjoyed my recent re-reading of the founding and "modern" era books. This collection added a nice bit of extra detail and inf ...more
A quarter century after Dragonflight , the novel that introduced the vastly popular dragon planet of Pern, McCaffrey details the difficult yet exhilarating early years of the Pernese settlers in five highly readable tales. Trouble starts early when the original landing site is threatened by volcanic action, forcing the human settlers to ring "The Dolphin's Bell" in a plea for help from the intelligent sea mammals who migrated with them from Earth. Then there is the First
Survey P.E.R.N - the really beginning of the saga - allows us to discover how Pern was discover, why she received her name and why it was a blessing for her futur residents to have been qualified as P.E.R.N.
The Dolphin's Bell set during the First Pass, at the same time as "Dragonsdawn", explains how the dolphins interact with the humans on P ...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