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The White Dragon (Pern (Publication Order) #5)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  30,019 ratings  ·  504 reviews
Never had there been as close a bonding as the one that existed between the young Lord Jaxom and his extraordinary white dragon, Ruth. Pure white and incredibly agile, Ruth possessed remarkable qualities. Not only could he communicate with the iridescent, fluttering fire lizards, but he could fly. Back in time to any WHEN with unfailing accuracy. Nearly everyone else on Pe ...more
Paperback, 477 pages
Published 1980 by Corgi (first published June 1978)
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notyourmonkey
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Amita
No extra points in the rating for the awesome dragons and unique world this time around. The shine of Pern has worn off, and all that's left is the author's writing. In that regard, this book was pretty lackluster.

I had a lot of hope for Jaxom and Ruth after Dragonquest. I was pretty much completely disappointed. Jaxom is a whiny, bratty kid that I had absolutely no investment in. In fact, I actively want him to fail. Characters that are special and wonderful at everything just for the sake of i
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Vivian
10/2014 Reread. The continuing adventure with Don to rediscover Pern.

I love Ruth. I love Jaxom.
They are pleased to see us in the air together. Ramoth and Mnementh are very happy to see you on my back at last. I am very happy. Are you happier now?
And fire lizards!

I forgot how jam-packed the Pern stories were. Ruth and Jaxom's maturation is only a small portion of what happens as the politics expand, problems inflate and then are resolved, but really the bond between the two is what drove the
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Paradoxical
Hm, I don't remember Jaxom being so irritating before (haha). He whines and groans and talks a lot about how unfair things are, and yes, he has a lot of responsibility on his shoulders, but it doesn't stop me from wanting to smack him upside the head a few times. It also doesn't help that his romantic attachments bore me to death, and that there is no rhyme or reason for Sharra. (view spoiler) ...more
Laura Lemay
After Anne Mcaffrey died late 2011 I rooted around in my bookshelves for all my old pern paperbacks from the early 80's. I was utterly obsessed with these books when I was a young teenager, and they were extremely formative in my own history as a writer. The first novel I ever wrote -- longhand, in mead spiralbound notebooks -- was a thin knockoff of Dragonflight (I seem to remember it had unicorns, but I'm so embarrassed by that book I haven't managed to actually read enough of it to check).

I
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Jon
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William Richards
The old saying goes, "You can't judge a book by its cover." I can still remember that summer day when I spotted the Michael Whelan cover on "The White Dragon" and how it caught my eye. I remember picking it up, reading the blurb on the back cover and deciding I wanted to read it. I was fourteen-years old and I liked that the protagonist was around my age. It was the last book of the Dragonriders of Pern series that introduced me to McCaffrey's world.

But it was the story inside that cover that ab
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Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
I loved the first two books of this series. And I loved Ruth in this one, but the rest of the story was just kinda lackluster.
Casey
I though Jaxom had the personality and mannerisms of a 12 year old, and I thought he was that age, until later on with the fieldgirl. So he is in his late teens, early twenties? I had the impression on Pern that most people grow up and mature rapidly because of the constant threat of Thread. The groaniest, whinest boy gets the smartest dragon of all Pern? I will give him credit for trying to do the right thing without the glory.

Ruth as a dragon was very interesting, and was set apart from the ot
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
Sep 25, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of McCaffrey's Pern books
Although I lost interest in the later books of the Pern series, the original trilogy (and the Harper Hall books) remain among my favorites in speculative fiction. This is the third book in the series and you should read Dragonflight and Dragonquest first.

This book feels a little different with its focus on different characters: Jaxom and his dragon Ruth. Ruth comes across as a character in his own right more than other Pern dragons, and he's an endearing one.

The plot has more than enough twist
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Lance Schaubert
I honestly considered giving this one a gentleman’s three-out-of-five so as not to make enemies, but I figure anyone who reads this post is my friend, and as a friend, will bear through our differences in light of our many common interests.

I did not like this book.

I know people who did. It’s certainly worth grabbing to keep up on where the series is headed, but it was painful for me. I loved the start, the set-up of a holder getting a dragon, even Jaxom was enjoyable (though I enjoyed his white
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Starling
This is basically a review of the three books that make up the trilogy. There actually was a book between books two and three that I'm not counting, but which do introduce several characters in this book, but I'm not counting it as one of the main books because that book was originally published as YA and it wasn't available at my local library.

I prefer to review the books as they exist, and not the book I'd wished someone had written. I also think that if a book is part of a series that is more
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Cruth
Author: Anne McCaffrey
First published: June 1978
Length: 319 pages, 7042 kindle locations

This book has posed me a challenge to review. For much of the time, I didn't like "The White Dragon". I like the ideas. I like the extensive World development. I like the overlap of characters and events from other books.

But I really dislike the way the story has been told.

1. McCaffrey's portrayal of women in "The White Dragon" is very poor. It's not even the case of trying to find an appropriate role for wo
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Annie
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Bev
I have said this before and I still think it's true, there are some books that are meant to be read at certain times. And if you miss that particular time, then they just won't do it for you the way they might have. I suspect that The White Dragon is just such a book. I have found, and it seems to be more often the case with science fiction/fantasy novels, that I seem to have missed the (space) boat with McCaffrey's novel. Back in the 80s, when I was in the midst of my science fiction binge, my ...more
Punk
Fantasy. More dragonriding with some archeology thrown in for color and the first appearance by a female green dragonrider. Except the text calls her a "dragon girl" and she doesn't get the honorific apostrophe like the men do and also no one likes her very much because she's bitchy. We also get our first female crafter, a harper, but she's the appropriate combination of bossy and nurturing and everybody loves her. If, on Pern, you are female and only bossy or only nurturing, then you're out of ...more
Cass
Okay this is the final book I have read in my recent Pern binge. Definetly one of the best books in the series, though it may be a bit confusing as a first read as it requires a knowledge of the personalities of the major players on Pern.

Anne McCaffrey has written some great scenes into the story. I particular love reading as Jaxom develops from a boy into a man and into his role as Lord of Ruatha.
Valerie
Sometimes, you read a book when you're thirteen, and you're all, "Yeah, Jaxom! No one understands what it's like to be stuck in between so many things except you and me! I get this! I want a dragon!" Then you read that same book again when you're 32, and you're all, "Jaxom, you are an arrogant little snot."

Anne McCaffrey took the Dragonriders series down the coming-of-age trope storyline with the third installment. She really does a marvelous job building that sense of self-conscious egocentris
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CatBookMom
As much of an Anne McCaffrey fan as I am, it's sad that I bought this over 5 years ago and just got around to listening to it. But, as good a job as Dick Hill did in narrating the book, I can't say that it made the book any better than it was during my years'-long love of reading and re-reading this, the 3rd of the Pern books. Maybe it's just that the story can't get any better than it is, whether read or heard.

Fans of Pern and her dragons and dragonriders waited 7 long years from book #2,Drago
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Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
I read this series back in the late eighties and loved it. I recently bought and listened to the audios of the first two books and then bought this book. I remembered it as a favorite and rightfully so. The Dragonriders of Pern series is kind of sci fi but also a fantasy read. Pern is a planet where men came from earth so long ago memory there are not records and no memories of the time. They do know that the people who came found out that the red star that comes close to Pern in it's rotation d ...more
Max Ostrovsky
I can't wait to get my hands on the rest of the books of this series.
I highly enjoyed the first two, but I was hesitant about the third one because of the shift in protagonists. Usually in series with lots of different characters and a book is devoted to a minor character, I dread that book. However, this was not the case with this book. The shift from Lessa, F'lar, and F'nor to Jaxom was extremely well developed. He was featured enough in the first two books and developed enough so that when I
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Barbara
Be warned, this is labelled Book #3 in the Dragonriders series, but it is actually Book #6 in the Pern series. You need to have read the Harper Hall trilogy first to fully understand what is going on here.

There are two plot threads in this story, Jaxom growing up and the (re-) settlement of the Southern continent. Fortunately, unlike Book #2, both stories come to a conclusion.

Three stars is probably a bit stingy, but I'm afraid I've rather over-dosed on teenaged angst right now.
Merida
I kolejna część serii o dzielnych jeźdźcach smoków za mną :) I jak zwykle skończyłam ją z uśmiechem na ustach, pani McCaffrey nie zawiodła mnie jak dotąd ani razu.

Tym razem akcja książki skupia się na jedynym na Pernie białym smoku i jego młodocianym jeźdźcu Jaxomie, który jest także Lordem warowni. Wraz z Jaxomem i Ruthem (bo tak ma na imię unikalny biały smok) odkrywamy Południowy Kontynent i natykamy się na tajemnice przodków perneńczyków, ludzi, którzy przemierzyli kosmos, by zasiedlić smocz
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Nathaniel
Yes by all means, judge a book set in a feudalistic world surrounded by dragon on your personal interpretation of feminism on Earth circa 2013. This makes no sense to me. If you're going to read a book I think you should read a book and suspend your sense of self to really get a feel for the world that's being created. Now yes McCaffrey wrote a lot of these books in the 60's and 70's and she did not write super liberated women, though for her time they would have seemed quite progressive no doub ...more
Kerry
I found this a bit slow at first, which worried me, as it has long been one of my favourite Pern books. But once it got going, it raced along and I loved it all over again. While I'm looking forward to more of the more "fantasy" Pern books as I read through Anne McCaffrey's books, I'm even more looking forward to the "rediscover history and science ones". Since they were written later, I've got a bit of reading to do before I get there. Dragondrums is next, and then Crystal Singer.
Ty Wilson
I had read most of the other early Pern books when I was a teen, but somehow never read this one. I quite enjoyed this one, more than I did the other Pern books. The story of Jaxom and his dragon, Ruth, was a big, sprawling adventure that led from one end of Pern to the other and even gave us a peek into the far distant past. Having finished this book, my 6th Pern book this year, I don't think I'll be heading back to Pern anytime soon, but I had a great time reliving the other books and experien ...more
Don Bradshaw
A wonderful end to this particular trilogy all on a high, positive note. Ruth is awesome and it was fun watching Jaxom grow into manhood. The new discoveries on the southern continent and the continuing expansion opens a new Pern to all.
Naomi
The Pern series is a favorite of mine and this third volume in the series embodies why: larger questions of society mingle with questions of self-worth and self-acceptance as a path to maturity are explored through engaging characters and the challenges they face.
Al Philipson
I read the 1979 Mass Market Paperback edition (with a much better cover by Michael Whelan). The physical MMP was solid and I didn't see any errors that dragged me out of the story.

The story itself doesn't measure up to the first two books of the Pern series, but is still worth reading. The first two books had a certain amount of wonder and tension in them (especially the first) that is missing in this story. Pern is pretty much under control and the the tension is provided by conflict between th
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Orplejoos Mchammyson
I'm giving this two stars only because learning about the world, and the characters' enthusiasm as they found things, was rather compelling.

That aside, the plot itself, while it did address some of the points brought up in Dragonquest, was just sloppy and choppy. The conflict was lackluster, and resolved all too quickly. About halfway through the story, I started wondering what the point of it was anymore, because there just wasn't any direction.

As I said regarding the last two books, I realiz
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Anne McCaffrey was born on April 1st, 1926, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at 1:30 p.m., in the hour of the Sheep, year of the Fire Tiger, sun sign Aries with Taurus rising and Leo mid-heaven (which seems to suggest an early interest in the stars).

Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two
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Other Books in the Series

Pern (Publication Order) (1 - 10 of 24 books)
  • Dragonflight (Pern, #1)
  • Dragonquest (Pern, #2)
  • Dragonsong (Harper Hall, #1)
  • Dragonsinger (Harper Hall, #2)
  • Dragondrums (Harper Hall, #3)
  • Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern (Pern, #7)
  • Nerilka's Story (Pern, #8)
  • Dragonsdawn (Pern, #9)
  • The Renegades of Pern (Pern, #10)
  • All the Weyrs of Pern (Pern, #11)
Dragonflight (Pern, #1) Dragonsong (Harper Hall, #1) Dragonsinger (Harper Hall, #2) Dragonquest (Pern, #2) Dragondrums (Harper Hall, #3)

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