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Dragongirl (Pern (Publication Order) #22)

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The specter of sickness looms over the Weyrs of Pern, felling fire-lizards and threatening their dragon cousins, Pern's sole defense against the deadly phenomenon that is Thread. Fiona, the young rider of queen dragon Talenth, is about to assume the duties of a Weyrwoman when word spreads that dragons have begun succumbing to the new contagion. As more dragons sicken and d ...more
Hardcover, 482 pages
Published August 12th 2010 by Del Rey Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Oct 02, 2010 Red rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
I'm going to say something I've never said about a Pern book before: I HATED this book. Disliked with a vengeance. I'm so angry at Todd McCaffrey I could spit on his shoes. I can't believe what he has done to my beloved Pern. I would not recommend this book to anyone, and I wish I could get my money back on the Kindle book.

I don't know why I'm even waffling about giving away "spoilers" on this book. What I liked about the book: I liked some of the main characters younger female friends. Although
Sep 30, 2013 Cass rated it did not like it
That book was shit.

The story focuses on Fiona, a Queen rider, who loves Kindan. This is not surprising as anyone reading any of Todd McCaffrey's books will realise that he also loves Kindan. Kindan is a superboy who gets to do everything. In this book he even becomes weyrlingmaster and proxy weyrleader despite not being a dragonrider, which is made even more surprising given that he has been rejected on the hatching grounds three times.

Fiona is supposed to be a great weyrwoman, but really she sp
Kyle McCreary
Oct 15, 2012 Kyle McCreary rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Nobody!
Wow, I can't believe how long it took me to complete this book. I kept hoping it would get better, but I found myself unable to pick it up so many days.

I grew up on Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern books, and still count them among my all-time favorite series. Todd McCaffrey's attempts at reviving that thriving world have been mediocre at best, but this latest installment is just downright bad. I found myself reading Dragongirl simply out of a sense of loyalty to the Pern series, but this m
A.N. Vidrine
Aug 26, 2010 A.N. Vidrine rated it it was ok
This book suffers from some serious problems. However, I did (eventually) find myself enjoying what I could of it, primarily because it was still a Pern book. The Pern series has a special place in my heart, as Dragonsong was the very first "adult" book I ever read, in 5th grade. It opened up my entire world, and created an avid reader.

Back to the book...first of all, I realize that dragonriders have their own morals and I'm okay with that. But having to read about the sexual exploits (not entir
Nov 20, 2010 Linda rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
Argh. When will it end? Wheeeeeennnn? The torture of audio books on mp3 is that you have no idea how close you are to finishing. I just hope it's over before I decide to drive off a cliff.

I'm accustomed to the fact that all of Todd's books feature disaster on a grand scale. Human plague, dragon plague, mines collapsing, roving bands of homeless shunned children.... In this book, technically all the plagues are over, but it takes disaster to a new, personal level. You never know who's going to dr
Oct 23, 2010 Heidi rated it it was ok
Shelves: complete-rubbish
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May 12, 2011 Julenew rated it it was ok
Perhaps it's because it's been awhile since the last Pern book came out; perhaps it's the fact that the books aren't following any kind of chronological sequence (I know - - - they never truly have) . . . but I found this one a lot more difficult to follow than any of the others I've read. And, while I'm willing to accept unusual partnerings as the result of dragon passions, I'm afraid this one went a little further than I can stomach, with the lead Werywoman's "Free Love for All" philosophy and ...more
Cheryl Landmark
Aug 11, 2011 Cheryl Landmark rated it it was ok
Wow, this is a first for me—a 2-star review! And, for one of my favourite series, no less!

I really, really wanted to love this book since it deals with my beloved Pern and its dragons. But, honestly, it just had too many issues for me to give it more than 2 stars.

First of all, I probably should have read “Dragonheart” before reading this book, and then I would have been more familiar with the characters and storyline. I saw this one in the bookstore and bought it without first checking its chron
Mar 10, 2011 Ann rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
As a fanatic Pern lover since the 70s, it was disheartening to read this book. I love anything set on Pern (I'd like to move there!), but this book was so poorly written! Todd's other attempts to play in his mother's sandbox, so to speak, have been mediocre, but this one was just awful. Although there is potential for a good story line--a few unique ideas--it is so poorly written, almost incoherant at times, that all positive is washed away. Poor character development, confusing plot-lines....I ...more
Not his best. It starred out extremely jerky and disjointed. It got better but never fully went away. Also, none of the characters or stories were recapped other than a brief introduction and I couldn't remember who anyone was. It made the odd pacing feel even more abrupt and distracting, with many unfamiliar names being thrown around before I could even figure out what was going on. The first quarter of the book is also really depressing.

Once I began to remember and the story pickup up at bit,
Aug 28, 2010 Mariah rated it liked it
What is here is well wrought, but once again he has written a 'cliff hanger' and I have to wait until next spring for the next installment. I am NOT a cliffhanger person. Anne McCaffrey always had each book be all inclusive. There was more to be told of course, but each book was a unit unto itself such that I wasn't left hanging when it ended. Also, this book has little coverage of Pern outside of Weyr life. One of the strong aspects of Anne's books was that they include main characters outside ...more
Anne Tipton
I hated this book! I love the Pern series but I think I'll start rereading the original books by Anne McCaffrey.They are wayyy better. This book really didn't have anything happen in it and just got too bogged down with it's main character and how nice she is. Originally it was interesting to have a series of books written to cover a period of Pern's history that wasn't written about by Anne McCaffrey but the more I read, the less I want to...and this is one of my favorite fictional worlds. Hope ...more
Jan 11, 2014 Katie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oi. Weird, weird, unrealistic and poorly developed relationships in this one. Let's have less of Fiona's "loving" everyone and more focus on the dwindling numbers of dragons struggling to keep protecting Pern. Fiona's actions and approach to her "romantic" liaisons are ridiculous and aren't believable in the Pern universe or really in any universe and there is not much groundwork laid for her strange relationship with Kindan that he doesn't even seem into...and her solution to T'mar's discomfort ...more
May 27, 2015 Darlene rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Cheryl in cc nv, Yvensong
Recommended to Darlene by: Pern
I wish I could give this book 20 stars! I think it is my favorite Pern novel ever! I must admit that I borrowed the audio CDs from the library to help with the hardback I own to get through it. It is the first I've read that doesn't have Dick Hill's deep voice but poor acting. Instead, this starred Emily Durante. Okay, I must admit that at first this high voice nearly drove me as crazy as Dick's deep voice. And I missed his echoing sound for his dragon voices. But I soon got used to Ms. Durante' ...more
Aug 06, 2010 MissSusie rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This book continues the story of Fiona, T’Mar, Lorana & Kindan and their fight to save the dragons. I couldn’t put it down the first 200 pages flew by then it slowed a bit. This is a sad book the Weyrs don’t have enough dragons to fly thread so there are a lot of injuries and deaths in this book , one that almost made me cry (No Spoilers).

There is a lot of drama and action Fiona is one amazing weyrwoman she fights to keep the moral up when some just think everything is lost. Which this book
I hated the title when I first saw it, but within a few pages of starting the book, I *really* hated it.

Why? A couple of reasons:
1- I find it to be a diminuitive - that is, a young woman who Impresses a dragon is not a 'girl'. The main character from the book, Fiona, just spent 3 years (Turns) as the Weyrwoman of a weyr - the leader, as it were. Just rubs me entirely the wrong way.
2- In the first 5 pages, Fiona refers to how she's grown up, and was a weyrwoman (in charge) several times, while
Oct 15, 2012 Joy rated it did not like it
The simple, spoiler-free, TL;DR version: I would rather read poorly written slash fanfiction of just about any genre or world than read anything else Todd McCaffrey writes.

I picked up Dragongirl because I have always enjoyed Pern, and vaguely remembered liking Todd's books well enough even if they weren't as good as his mother's. I deeply regret this decision. The writing is abysmal, the editing nonexistent, the plot has run off screaming between, and the author's personal agenda is unpleasant a
Nov 06, 2013 Tamara rated it it was ok
This is yet another example of men writing books with female leads who have no business doing so. I know that men say that women are obsessed with love stories, and relationships but this is an example of a man focusing on relationship at the expense of story. And the worst part is that the relationship is absolutely ridiculous. I am not going to say that the kinds of relationships focused on here never happened, but they are rare, and more importantly they are out of character for the overall s ...more
Aug 27, 2011 Sue rated it it was ok
Shelves: scifi
It was enjoyable, but I can't say that I loved it like the previous Pern books. It felt a little too simple and, unfortunantely, fanfic-y at times. I understand that there's trouble and these women are important but they felt very formulaic. The spunky, headstrong girl who becomes the leader through sheer will and the woman who seems like she all powerful because of her abilities and what she has done. The ending was quite interesting because it didn't go quite exactly like I thought it would.
Jan 16, 2013 Cinders737 rated it did not like it
I can't say how disappointed I am in Todd McCaffrey's 'Dragongirl'. There was nothing treated with delicacy and finesse in the book. It was clunky, unrestrained and didn't flow easily. Todd tried to do too much with this novel. Pick a theme or two, stay with the, throughout the book and develop the characters well. Just didn't happen in this book.

Also very disappointed with the amount of doom and gloom, and the more-than-usual (too many!) characters. The story was hard to follow from the beginni
Jackie Krasuski
I was highly disappointed in Todd McCaffrey throughout this book. There were lots of inconsistencies, which are to be expected as he is venturing out on his own with this, but there were some glaring inconsistencies that I think are just the difference between a woman writing about Pern and a man writing about it. Some of the basic foundations and beliefs that the Pernese people hold so strongly in his mother's books are completely shattered here with no remorse and very little reaction from out ...more
Jan 24, 2011 Katie rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I love the world that Anne McCaffrey created, so just being set on Pern (and having dragons - the non-dragon books have to be a lot better to get the same rating from me) automatically gives a book 2 stars.

But other than the setting (which Todd did nothing to create) this book and its prequels had little to offer. Scenes of impression and mating flights written by Anne were always amazing - written by Todd they seem soulless.

Combine that with what other reviewers have pointed out (too many char
Dec 27, 2011 Teresa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My all time favorite books have always been the Pern novels. Anne McCaffrey is a wonderful story teller. Todd seems to be a whole different kettle of fish. This one is a bit depressing. Some interesting relationship twists also occur, that I'm not too sure about. This book is the middle of a series. It's a good idea to read the first and then this one has sort of a cliff hanger (a ledge really) that leaves you sort of wishing for the next book....or not. I still enjoy visiting Pern whenever I ca ...more
Sep 26, 2011 Cathi95 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2011
(Fantasy 2010) I have read the Pern series as long as Anne McCaffrey has been writing them - but this one may well be the last I read. The plot is weak, the story movement disjointed, and the subject matter a waste of time. It is sad that this great series has devolved to sex and chatter, and that the loss of so many dragons and riders is merely a backdrop to Fiona's fear of sleeping alone, and her obsession with having everyone else sleeping together as well. Get some plot pointers from your mo ...more
Feb 01, 2016 Anna rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Much better than the previous two books of the series, this one continues the story of Weyrwoman Fiona, now back in her proper time with along with the rest of the crew sent back in time to recuperate from injuries. Now three years older although they have only been gone a few days for their friends left behind, Fiona finds she must adjust to being a junior weyrwoman instead of leading her own weyr, as well as the perception that she is still an inexperienced teen. The problem the dragonriders n ...more
Jul 27, 2011 Wendy rated it liked it
Honestly, I wasn't comfortable with where the book was going with Fiona and her love everybody-ness. I didn't think that it added much to the world of Pern as we know it. I realize that the planet is not supposed to have religion so how can sleeping with everybody be wrong - sharing of the partners..... however they do know what disease is. Perhaps I am old-fashioned. Yeah, i think that i would much more enjoy re-reading all of Anne's Pern. Todd - you are throwing me off the train.
Mar 09, 2012 Lex rated it did not like it
It was fun to read a book about Pern. I read this out of order. this is not one of my favorite dragonrider books. I don't think Todd McCaffrey understands how women think.
I honestly couldn't wait for the book to end. I just dragged on about the impending doom of Pern and about how everyone should love each other and never be jealous. There was too much sex and the liberties with the sex were too much for me.
I usually love books about Pern... but not this one.
Silvio Curtis
Sep 17, 2015 Silvio Curtis rated it really liked it
Direct sequel to Dragonheart. Starts out still in parallel with Dragonsblood but soon goes beyond it. Fiona has just returned from leading a "weyr" of weyrlings and convalescents when a new disaster strikes, the loss of an entire Weyr of dragons and riders at once. Now she has to become Weyrwoman of a true Weyr. Thanks to her maturity in Dragonheart and Lorana's heroism in Dragonsblood, the dragons of Pern still have a chance of surviving the plague. But even if that works out, things look grim. ...more
Jan 31, 2014 Maree rated it liked it
This book definitely started out better, but it also grew a bit tiresome by the end. The problems that the dragonriders of Pern are facing throughout the book don't really change, and nothing really gets resolved, either. They keep having falling numbers every time another fall occurs, but there's nothing that is done about it. They all just talk about it and hint to the future. If we got to see where all the little hints dropped in the book will lead in this particular book, it might have been ...more
This book irritated me. It's the middle book in a series (Dragonheart is the first which I liked a lot, Dragon Rider is the last due out in May).

Maybe it's that a middle story in a series always leaves loose ends for the finale, but look at The Empire Strikes Back. Lucas got it right.

It's annoying when you look forward to reading something for months and then when you get it it comes up short.
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Todd J. McCaffrey (born as Todd Johnson) is an Irish American author of science fiction best known for continuing the Dragonriders of Pern series in collaboration with his mother Anne McCaffrey.

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