The Dragonriders of Pern: Dragonflight, Dragonquest, and The White Dragon (Dragonriders of Pern #1-3)
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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!
Now, I'm a bit afraid to re-read it. I might someday, because the concept is incredibly cool, but now that I realize how badly the sexuality in these books is handled (particularly in regards to F'lar/Lessa) ... eck.
The earlier characters were more interesting to me too even if they weren't too endearing. I guess there was just too many main characters in the third book that I didn't get a chance to form an attachment to them.
Still a superb series and I'm off to find the rest of them to read.
This was a reread of these three old favorites, the first three books Anne McCaffrey wrote about the dragonriders of Pern.
I first read Dragonflight shortly after I married and found a copy of it among my husband's books, sometime in the mid 1980s. I was immediately hooked on the world called Pern and on Anne McCaffrey's writing. I began to haunt bookstore shelves for her books. I caught up to her, and then went on to re ...more
This was never my favorite of the Pern books, and I can see why. But it's not a bad entry into a classic universe - the plot is solid, the politicking is realistic, and the dragons, while not as fully-developed as they get later, are still intriguing. It's just hard for me to see past all the shaking and slapping that the male lead does to the female lead, apparently as a routine way of emphasizing his points.
I have seen a ...more
I read Dragonflight and Dragonquest while still in college, before The White Dragon came out; I read them without any expectations. But reading The White Dragon was a different experience; I knew about the series and had higher expectations. I remember being vaguely disappoint ...more
I really loved the sci-fi / fantasy blend and wish there was more out there like it. The only non-science based stuff was the dragon abilities of
(Ok I warned you and I'm trying to hide the key words in a paragraph just in case, ;) ... instant trave ...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