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Dragonsdawn (Pern (Chronological Order) #1)

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In the beginning, before Thread, before the Dragons, before the Holds and the Weyrs and the elite Dragonriders of Pern, was just the great ships gliding through space with nearly six thousand colonists prepared to tackle the mighty task of beginning a new world on a strange planet.

It was a jewel of a planet, with rivers and seas and mountains, and breathable air and growin
Paperback, 473 pages
Published 1989 by Corgi (first published 1988)
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Sep 16, 2008 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my all time favorite Pern novels. It tells the story of how people came to Pern to colonize the planet, how the first appearance of Thread almost destroyed them and the measures they took to survive. It is a wonderful story that includes the creation of the Dragons from the fire lizards, some of the top people that locations were named after, and a view of how a lot of the culture and traditions began. I love the science that is included in this book, but I don't think it is so "s ...more
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As a child, this was one of my favourite Pern novels, and I can see why.
I can also see why I don't still read Pern.

The strengths, as with a lot of SF, lie mainly in the ideas. The excitement of interstellar colonisation, the hints at a broader future beyond the limits of the Rukbat system, the dragons, and above all the visceral horror of Thread, which at times is really skin-crawling (and saying 'skin-crawling' makes me think about Thread again, and now my skin's crawling...). When the book sw
Confession: this one is a re-read for me. However, I started reading McCaffery in my teens, and I suspect I was about 20 when I read this one. I figure that 20 years or so down the road still counts as "reading". I must say that time gives perspective; I recall thoroughly enjoying McCaffery in my teens, and being entranced by her world of dragons that were more than simply goad-hoarding, fire-breathing monsters. Looking back now, I suspect that on some level, my enjoyment came out of the fact th ...more
Gere Lewis
This is the story of how people came to Pern, the discovery of threadfall, and the genesis of the dragons.

The first 47 pages of this book contained some of the most boring sentences that I have ever read. The entire time they are on the spaceship, I didn't care. I can sum up the first 47 pages for you right now:

A bunch of colonists get in a spaceship and fly far enough away that there is only enough fuel for it to be a one way trip. As they approach Pern they start waking everybody out of hyper
Jessica (Goldenfurpro)
Anne McCaffrey is my mom's all-time favorite author, so she pushed this book onto me. I knew this was not the first book in the series, but she assured me that it shouldn't matter. This book takes place in the beginning of the timeline, with the people traveling to and colonizing Pern. I still had a hard time getting into it. There were so many characters for me to keep track of and there wasn't a whole lot happening at parts. I get the feeling that those who read the other books would not have ...more
I love this book sooooo much. I love Sorka and Sean so much. I didn't forget that that, but it's been years and years since I read it, so I was primed to fall in love all over again. I listened to it as an audiobook, which is usually something that takes me a while to get through, but I did not want to stop listening.

(It does not entirely hold up to the test of time, though. McCaffrey's non-hero women aren't portrayed in the best light. And the science and tech is now dated.)
Feb 17, 2009 Liz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those looking for something a little different in their sci-fi.
Shelves: reviewed, own, scifi, dragons
When the colonists first landed on the untouched, uninhabited world of Pern, they thought they had finally found the place they sought...a tranquil, serene new world that would allow them to create their own civilization, far away from the reaches of war and corruption that scarred their old worlds. As they threw themselves completely into the creation of the new colony, they were unaware that they were about to face an enemy more sinister than they could have anticipated. Several years after th ...more
Cécile C.
Disclaimer: this is my first Pern book. So if the whole point of it is supposed to be in inside jokes about the world of Pern and casual explanations of the little details of the world-building of the other books, then I've missed it. This is going to be a review of the book as a standalone.

My overall impression is a decided "Meh". The world-building is okay. There's a certain levity of tone and plot I found entertaining. The details of the creation of the dragons are fine. And... that's about i
Aug 07, 2014 Christopher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 18, 2015 Casey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, dragons, 1980s
Dragonsdawn is one of the best Pern books I have read so far. Even with that it's still 3 stars, as the series does show its age. In terms of series order with what book happened first in the timeline, Dragonsdawn, as its name suggests is at the very beginning.

Dragonsdawn describes the first colonists on Pern and their discovery of the disastrous Thread, and the development of telepathic Thread-fighting dragons. It is focused more on action, rather than character development.

It's interesting tha
Aug 07, 2014 Freya rated it it was amazing
RE-READ: Dragons and Jetpacks Buddy Read

I don't think that I can fully express my love for this book and for the world of Pern in general. Every time I read one of Anne's Pern books I am overcome with an inexpressible longing for dragons to be real and to 'impress' one. In fact, I think I would even be happy with fire-lizards... instead of being the crazy old cat lady, I would be the crazy old dragon lady, but you know, that would be ok, because I would have dragons in my life :D

I find Anne's st
Jan 17, 2013 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
I actually wanted to like this book. I've heard some good things about the Pern series and Anne McCaffrey over the years. Unfortunately, this prequel to the original Dragonriders of Pern books is nothing if not uninteresting.

The plot is good: it is the story of the early colonists as they land on Pern and their adaptation to the new planet. Sadly, McCaffrey's writing is often plodding, many if not most of the characters are uninteresting and don't rise above two-dimensions, and the few exciting
Jul 18, 2016 Hallie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread, pern
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Sep 04, 2012 Rob rated it it was ok
...Dragonsdawn is a prequel of sorts and I guess to an extend is suffers from the problems many of these books almost inevitably run in to. The outcome is known, the solution to the threat the colony faces is obvious, the colonists' loss of their technological base a certainty. I guess that problem is what really tips the scale for me. Compared to Dragonsflight, McCaffrey's writing has matured a lot but with a more or less predictable story and the book's tendency to jump from one character to t ...more
Leah Alvord
May 13, 2013 Leah Alvord rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the single most important book in my entire personal library because this is the one that introduced me to Anne McCaffrey's wondrous world of Pern. When I had first picked up this book, it was near the top of a stack of books I had sitting beside my bed. The stack started at books I thought I would find less interesting and proceeded downward to those I thought would be more to my new-to-the-fantasy-genre taste. I could not have been more wrong.

Treasured perhaps above any of my books is
Mar 28, 2011 Amie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dad, fantasy
Having recently finished 'The White Dragon', in which the current residents of Pern have just uncovered an area formerly settled in the distant past, this was a good follow-up. I enjoyed learning why and how the first settlers came to Pern, and to get the back-story filled in. I was disappointed in how many great characters got killed off willy-nilly, often so abruptly whacked and forgotten that it made my head spin. I feel like many of the characters set up to be major ones in subsequent books ...more
A good, solid space opera/new colony story. It's interesting how some of the sci fi still feels fresh, but some of it is so dated (book tapes! Dials on the shuttle!). And introducing Earth flora and fauna seems like a really bad idea, ecology-wise. What if you ruin the planet? You purposefully set it up so there's no way off!

McCaffrey seems to make a point of address many of the issues of the first Pern books (lack of women in positions of authority, sexism, lack of POCs), which makes sense bec
Dec 02, 2014 Lorelei rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
I might have rated it higher, but it is hard to tell. Between vast numbers of interruptions, and finding out I'd read some bit out of order, all I can say is that it seemed like a good book, and I wish I'd actually gotten to read it. I intend to go back to this one - after the last kids move out and the dogs (hopefully) go with them. ;-)
I enjoyed re-reading this tale about the original settlement of Pern. It's an interesting twist to go back in Pernese time and yet forward in ours.

I thrilled with the first Impression, the first flight, the first going between, the first fight against Thread. I loved seeing where some of he Pernese place-names came from.

Like many Pern books, it's pretty plot-driven, without much in-depth character development. This book perhaps even more so because it covers such a span of years.

I was seriously
As if I was going to do this week without dragons and space.
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Aurian Booklover
Those who have followed my blog for a while, know that I am a huge Anne McCaffrey fan, and that her Dragonriders of Pern are my favourite series. I have re-read Dragonsdawn for the umpteenth time now, and was surprised that I had not yet written a review about it.

This book explains how the humans travelled to Pern, a 15 year journey, with most of them asleep. They brought everything they would need to build a low-tech society, the animals and plants thought compatible with the Pern soil and envi
Jul 30, 2014 Cheshirka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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May 14, 2014 Ronel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adventure
This was quite an interesting twist to the Pern universe. Here we follow the stories of the first colonists of Pern from first landing till almost a decade later when they leave the Southern Continent for the safer Northern Continent and settle in Fort Hold.

Although the story is different to what I was used to, Anne McCaffrey's style had shown through regardless. I felt comfort in seeing that all the protagonists are flawed and dislikeable in some way. Moreover, when things starts to look bad it
Ralph McEwen
Dec 07, 2013 Ralph McEwen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fine tale. This one addressed the questions of how the population got their start and how the dragons came into being. The characters have depth and are interesting. The narration is excellent and I would recommend this series to anyone. I really think that readers who have already read the Pern series would appreciate these audio versions.
Set on an earth like planet, a group of colonists are sent to colonise Pern. The local fauna includes a group of lizard like creatures, dubbed 'dragons' for their dragon like, if not miniature, appearance. However something threatens their new colony, a type of terrible storm totally unlike any on earth. How will they combat this new threat?
well written, well executed. Not, however, at all suitable for young readers. This book deals with all sorts of adult themes and it is a perfect case of rea
Al Philipson
Feb 20, 2016 Al Philipson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first book, chronologically, in McCaffrey's Pern series, but written as a prequel later than most of them.

The book answers several questions about how dragons came about, where the "spotted cat" that caused the plague in Nerilka's Story. We also get introduced to the founders of Pern and the first dragon riders.

Totally engaging, with McCaffrey's usual superior story-telling ability. I enjoyed all of it -- except for some negative incidents (but that shows how much I was immersed into her wor
Jackie Morris
Oct 01, 2016 Jackie Morris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the Dragonriders of Pern (Flight, Quest and the White Dragon) when they were published together in the 70's as a teenager. I've read most of the others in the series but I know I've missed a few. I'm going back and reading them all in chronological order.

They are still delightful. The world is wonderful and one I would love to live in. The characters are like old friends I haven't kept in touch with. Even though they tend to be somewhat simplistic in that they are either good guys or bad
I have read this before, but I think only once or twice, when I was a teenager -- it's one of the few Anne McCaffrey solo Pern books that I don't currently own, so it isn't as easy to access. I had completely forgotten a lot of the plot; I did remember the thread about Sallah and Tarvi, and I was disappointed to read it again and realize once more that whatever their issue was, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense. I did get more of the political maneuverings on this read-through than I did when ...more
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Anne McCaffrey was born on April 1st, 1926, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two brothers: Hugh McCaffrey (deceased 1988), Major US Army, and Kevin Richard McCaffrey, still living.

Anne was educated at Stuart Hall in Staunton Virginia, Montclair High Scho
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Pern (Chronological Order) (1 - 10 of 25 books)
  • The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall (Pern, #12)
  • Dragonseye (Pern, #14)
  • Dragon's Kin (Pern, #17)
  • Dragon's Fire (Pern, #19)
  • Dragon Harper (Pern, #20)
  • Dragonheart (Pern, #21)
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  • Dragongirl (Pern, #22)
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  • Sky Dragons (Pern, #24)

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