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Nerilka's Story & The Coelura (Pern (Chronological Order))

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A deadly epidemic was sweeping across Pern. Everyone, holder and dragonrider alike, pitched in to help -- except Nerilka's father, who refused to share Fort Hold's bounty with the other Holds. So, ashamed of her family and determined to do her part, Nerilka packed up medicines and supplies and sneaked off to aid her people.

Her quest to help wherever she was most needed led

Mass Market Paperback, 4th Corgi Edition, 192 pages
Published 1991 by Corgi (first published 1987)
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Nerilka is one of my all-time favourite characters in the world of Pern. Unlike Moreta (a character who is much more famous and has a much bigger book written about her) it is Nerilka who triumphes the most. She shows amazing courage and determination leaving her home and setting out to do what she can to help.

She is not pretty, has no friends and essentially no family. She encounters ridicule and scorn from those who know who she is and question her motives.
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The latest of McCaffrey's romantic Pern novels expands on the tale of a minor character in Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern. Young Nerilka is considered unattractive and overly serious in her own hold, where her peremptory father installs his mistress immediately after his wife's death. Angry and frustrated, Nerilka uses her medical training and her access to the supplies her father is hoarding to help combat the plague sweeping Pern, which has already claimed her mother and si

Written as a first person narrative, this shorter novel of Pern adds something special to Moreta, Dragon Lady of Pern. Nerilka starts rather slow and more or less just a recount of events from Moreta; however, it gradually evolves more into its own novel with significant character development. The evolving relationship between Nerlika and Alessen Stands as the focus of the book, and this is where the book has its greatest impact. Overal, the short length of the book combined with Macaffery's imp ...more
Nerilka's story was a bit disappointing, especially since Moreta was so amazing.
And I don't understand putting together two stories that have nothing to do with one another.
The Coelura is not a Pern story, is completely unrelated scifi, and not even good scifi at that; the story is confusing, and as many other non-Pern stories by Anne McCaffrey, is slow and difficult to read.
Susan Eriksson
both brilliant stories
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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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