Anne McCaffrey and then Todd (her son, starting in 2004), have woven a fabric of tenuous survival on Pern where life resembles a pre-industrial societAnne McCaffrey and then Todd (her son, starting in 2004), have woven a fabric of tenuous survival on Pern where life resembles a pre-industrial society with lords, holds (cities, towns and farms), harpers (basically musicians and teachers), riders and their dragons.
There are four basic social groups: Weyrfolk (including Dragonriders) live in the Weyrs Holders live in the Holds Crafters live in Crafthalls (or work their crafts in certain Holds) Holdless who have no permanent home (traders, displaced Holders and bandits)
All life relies on the intelligent fire-breathing dragons and dragon riders to destroy the dreaded spores of "thread" which periodically rain down due to Pern's orbiting rogue planet called the Red Star.
When hatching, the dragons and their personal rider develop an emotional and telepathic bond by a process called Impression.
Dragons of Pern are not only varied in size but vary in social status. The largest I can remember was the gold queen dragon, Ramoth, measuring about forty-five feet.
The McCaffrey's successfully pull you into the Pernese way of life. You struggle, laugh, love and live with the people. You fall in love with their beloved dragons and want to soar the skies yourself as a "Dragonrider of Pern."
MUST READ - FANTASY LOVERS The Dragonriders of Pern trilogy: Dragonflight | Dragonquest | The White Dragon The Harper Hall trilogy: Dragonsong | Dragonsinger | Dragondrums Other novels: Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern | Nerilka's Story | Dragonsdawn | Renegades of Pern | All the Weyrs of Pern The Dolphins of Pern | Dragonseye | The Masterharper of Pern | The Skies of Pern | After the Fall Short Story Collections The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall | A Gift of Dragons Novels by Todd McCaffrey: Dragon's Kin | Dragonsblood | Dragon's Fire ...more
FYI: wuthering is a Yorkshire word referring to turbulent, wild weather
Find yourself near a Yorkshire manor on the moors. A passionate love is sharedFYI: wuthering is a Yorkshire word referring to turbulent, wild weather
Find yourself near a Yorkshire manor on the moors. A passionate love is shared by Heathcliff and his adoptive sister Catherine Earnshaw. The wind is blowing, as always, but the Heather is blooming and growing wild all around them. You can almost catch the fragrance of the strong yet lovely blossoms as the stiff breeze assaults your senses.
I first read this story of thwarted love (which ultimately hurts everyone around them and then destroys the lovers themselves) when I was but a youth. Of course I was touched by the characters and the tragic storyline, but the setting so impressed me that 21 years later I named my daughter after the intoxicating blooms on the moor. Heather was born and, in a way, is a living testament to the captivating imagery of Emily Brontë's one and only novel. ...more
Sleepless in Seattle, (a story by Jeff Arch) is one of my all-time favorite modern love stories! I started crying with sympathy almost immediately forSleepless in Seattle, (a story by Jeff Arch) is one of my all-time favorite modern love stories! I started crying with sympathy almost immediately for Sam Baldwin and his son Jonah. The rest of the plot brought a combination of giggles and tears of joy.
The close relationship between father and son is endearing, as is Jonah's deep concern for his father's happiness and willingness to do everything he can to connect him with the perfect wife.
This story makes one believe that maybe "love at first sight and/or a destined soul mate may indeed exist for everyone."
Read the "can't put down" book with plenty of tissue nearby. See the 1993 American comedy-drama film starring Tom Hanks as Sam Baldwin and Meg Ryan as Annie Reed.
Also don't miss the equally tear-jerking the 1957 classic movie, An Affair to Remember, starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr....more
Forrest Gump is a 1986 novel by Winston Groom. I read the book because I saw the 1994 drama film starring Tom Hanks as Gump and Sally Field as his motForrest Gump is a 1986 novel by Winston Groom. I read the book because I saw the 1994 drama film starring Tom Hanks as Gump and Sally Field as his mother,(two of my favorite actors.)
The movie is substantially different from the book:
Gump didn't wear leg braces; We learn that his longshoreman father was killed by a falling crate of bananas; Neither his mom nor Jenny die; His son doesn't come to live with him; Jenny marries someone else; There are explicit sex scenes between Gump and Jenny; He has his first and only homosexual encounter; Forrest didn't attend a public school, and his mom didn't sleep with the principal. Instead, Gump was put in a special school for mentally challenged children, he calls the 'nut school.' Described as an idiot savant, he studied at Harvard but didn't graduate, although he did receive an A in college physics; The characterizations of Lt. Dan and Bubba were different - for example, Bubba was white and Lt. Dan is not a professional soldier but a drafted teacher. Gump didn't go out on the fishing boat; Forrest does not run the marathon; Forrest travels abroad and has many other adventures that are not mentioned in the movie; The book's ending is completely different.
Overall, I prefer the movie to the book. The book was more of "Stupid is as stupid does," and not so much "a box of chocolates."
This is not only an "edge of your seat" and funny adventure from beginning to end, but it's chocked full of survival lessons, romance, tragedy, humor,This is not only an "edge of your seat" and funny adventure from beginning to end, but it's chocked full of survival lessons, romance, tragedy, humor, wild critter encounters, kids and one man's search for the meaning and purpose of his life.
The protagonist's dreams are a poetically spiritual journey, full of insight and hidden meaning. The romances will break your heart. The critter encounters are hysterical. You'll even learn how to build a cabin in one page of reading.