This was a quick read. I thought since my tree is still up I could still handle me some Christmas, especially if there are dragons! Check and check!
IThis was a quick read. I thought since my tree is still up I could still handle me some Christmas, especially if there are dragons! Check and check!
If you read my reviews often, you know I am not a fan of short stories. I love long series type reads. I like getting to know the characters really well. But I have read other books by Katharina Gerlach that were delightful so I knew I couldn't go wrong. I just needed to read something light between the heavier reads of post-apocalyptic dramas and the next long read. This hit the spot!
Did I mention it has dragons? And that starts with the first story that was touching and sweet. I think it was my favorite of all the stories.
Please, if you need a Hallmark moment that includes Christmas and Dragons, give this gem a read!...more
Sometimes a person has to do with what they can afford and/or find at the time. Found, at the library the hardback and the audio CDs of this book avaiSometimes a person has to do with what they can afford and/or find at the time. Found, at the library the hardback and the audio CDs of this book available at the same time! Score! And I own the next four hardbacks waiting for me on my own bookshelves. Problem with those is I don't have the audio/Audible versions to help me out. So it may take a while until I can read them.
Meanwhile, I had a lot of fun reading/listening to this. Dick Hill did the narration. And I think he did a better job acting out this one than others in the Pern series before. Maybe it was the writing combo of Anne and Todd McCaffrey. Maybe I was just more receptive of the story. At any rate, I just found this more fun. And I am glad that those left-over beasts of the original research that resulted in dragons, the watch-whers, can have their day in the Pernese sun. And I loved the kids that were the main characters.
I can never get enough of Anne McCaffrey's work. Glad her son joined in the fun. I look forward to reading more by both. R.I.P. Anne....more
This book took me forever to read. Though it had a lot of good things going for it, still, there were many times I wanted to put the book away and forThis book took me forever to read. Though it had a lot of good things going for it, still, there were many times I wanted to put the book away and forget about it. Let's start with the good: I loved the characters, at least the main ones... okay maybe I loved the blacksmith.
Second, I thought the story and plot were a very good idea. BUT... The plot got to certain places where it just bogged down. Not sure why. I think the sisters were too silly, and Raven needed therapy, badly. But I wanted to know what would happen with Sarah (blacksmith) so I stuck it out.
Oh, I love a book that includes romance and lesbians. That was a plus. But it took far too long to get there
I loved that there was a dragon!!!!! And I thought it clever to have the mixture of medieval and modern times, i.e. refrigerators and stoves; castles with dungeons; jeans and T-shirts and balls with long gowns. The worst for me was wishing the author had done more that a spell check. 'To' and 'too' were mixed up, 'quite' and 'quiet', 'then' and 'than'. It got worse toward the end, whole sentences were messed up and hard to understand. Sadly, that was when I was most engaged with the story.
The worst is that it left me feeling the need to find out what happens next. A real cliffhanger. After so many days reading this, I don't get to know what happens next? Boo! Not sure if I am engaged enough to read the next book....more
I love dragons! I love chocolate! How could I resist this free Kindle book? I loved the cover picture, too. The rest was only okay. Sorry. I wanted moI love dragons! I love chocolate! How could I resist this free Kindle book? I loved the cover picture, too. The rest was only okay. Sorry. I wanted more and bigger pictures and was annoyed by the writing that had many uncomfortable sentences. Rhyming 'well' with 'well' well...
When I review children's books I try to think of what my children would have liked, what would have spawned great conversations, what I would have enjoyed. I think mine would have gone back to books with more and bigger illustrations. I do like the fact that you can get the coloring book. That would have drawn us all into possible addicts of Pete the Dragon. This one just didn't work well as a Kindle book for me....more
I SO wanted to give this book five stars. Five stars because I miss Anne McCaffrey and she showed a different way to depict women in science fiction.I SO wanted to give this book five stars. Five stars because I miss Anne McCaffrey and she showed a different way to depict women in science fiction. Five Stars because I got to go back to Pern and enjoy the dragons and dolphins. But I just couldn't.
Had I read this a long while ago when my eyes were still good, I might have given a higher rating. I wouldn't have had to listen to the narrator, Dick Hill's version of the story. Ugh! He makes all the women sound like weak whiners. Even Lessa, who is supposed to be a strong leader, Mr. Hill diminishes with his vocal characterization. But there was no text-to-speech so I was stuck with his voice. And there is no loanability for these books. What the Heck! Poor people want to read, too!
But maybe Dick was only working with what was there? Did our dear Ms. McCaffrey write the book with the male heaviness I felt? I just wasn't happy with how it progressed. It took me much longer to read, just because it didn't pull at me like, say, her Harper Hall books did. Okay. I did read most of this series about twenty-four years ago. Whew! That is a long time ago!
It was only near the end of reading this book that I realized that this was the last solo book of the series. I will now have to look up the continuation written with her son, Todd or those he wrote alone. I have a few sitting here, but I will have to find the Kindle versions and Audibles to get by.
SO as much as I miss our dear Anne McCaffrey and her love and talent, I have to stay truthful. This just wasn't my favorite Pern....more
This was a bittersweet book. Published after our Pern Queen, Anne McCaffrey passed. That acknowledgement is at the beginning of the book and set the tThis was a bittersweet book. Published after our Pern Queen, Anne McCaffrey passed. That acknowledgement is at the beginning of the book and set the tone. At least it did for me.
I already had the hardback so all I needed was the audio. I borrowed that from the library. Now I have this on my Audible wishlist. Once again, Emily Durante was the narrator. She is excellent! Her acting skills shine in this recording.
In this book, the McCaffrey's join the 21st century breaking the dragon-glass ceiling for those who love differently, for women. Feminists erupted from Pern and showed they could do anything the guys could. With the framework set up by Fiona and Larana in the previous books Xhinna sets out to save Pern from total destruction by thread. Illnesses cut the human and dragon populations and in the following passes of thread all could die. Xhinna comes up with some solutions, much of it trial and error but she is strong and pushes the envelopes of what she should be able to do. Just as her 'sisters' before her, Xhinna loves deeply and uncommonly. From that love, she finds uncommon answers.
It makes me sad that this may be the last Pern novel. Of course, I still have a few in the middle that I haven't read yet. But knowing the chronological ending of the series just makes me feel SO sad! I will have to make sure to reread all of these again later. Even still, it astonishes me at how much story Ms. McCaffrey was able to create from this one planet. The mass of world and personality maps and charts of information, she and Todd must have sitting around ... well, it must be amazing!
If you get the chance to read the entire series, do so! If I had to narrow it down, I think these last three, starting with Stargirl written by both mother and son, with the narration of Emily Durante, are the best ones of all!...more
Would this book get a higher rating from me had I not solely listened to Dick Hill read it? Could it have been better with text-to-speech? I think so.Would this book get a higher rating from me had I not solely listened to Dick Hill read it? Could it have been better with text-to-speech? I think so. I just don't like how this narrator interprets females or the young males. They all sound weak and whiny. I don't mind his deep sonorous voice for the Masterharper, or even for just descriptive parts of the book. But mostly I don't like his acting.
This is the first book in a long time that I didn't have the hardback book to help me along. I had to just listen. That was sheer torture to this ADD mind. To be stuck under the headset for so long nearly drove me mad... there are those that think I already arrived, but that's another story!
As for THIS story, I do think it is the weakest so far. I'm a little afraid to state that per above remarks, but there was quite a lot of time that there was just NOTHING going on. I read these books to be flying with dragons or their kin, but there seemed to be very little of that and a whole lot of bad guys and bad decisions that had nothing to do with impressing or flying.
Luckily, this was a library CD and I don't have to worry about whether I should buy the book. Nope. I have a lot of the books in this collection, but I see no reason to get this one.
Still, good try, Todd. I still miss your mom. RIP, Anne. ...more
Could it be that an unexpected vacation and the possibility of moving in the next few months, flavored this read for me? Or could it be because Dick HCould it be that an unexpected vacation and the possibility of moving in the next few months, flavored this read for me? Or could it be because Dick Hill narrated. I really don't like his interpretations of these books. Well, whatever it was, I have come away from this book thinking it is probably the worst of all the Pern books. It was quite boring, full of discussions, arguments, whining. Very little flying with dragons or finding new discoveries on this planet.
This book does have a bit of a story in how it came to me. I found the CDs at the library and so I borrowed it with the others I recently read. But I found I didn't have the hardback at home. I found an inexpensive version on Amazon so picked it up. Ah, but when it came I found it wasn't any more than a hard backed version of a paperback. So the print was unbearably small. And then as I started to read, I realized that I already had the Audible version and so was able to return the CDs. So mostly I listened to the story as I couldn't read it very well. It seemed to take forever to get through with it.
As usual, when I have trouble with a book, I like to make sure I don't flavor anyone else's experience. Try it. You may very well like it. I hope you do....more
Every now and then I need a break from being an adult reader. Most of the time I read Young Adult because I can fill in the holes of enjoyable readingEvery now and then I need a break from being an adult reader. Most of the time I read Young Adult because I can fill in the holes of enjoyable reading that wasn't there when I was a YA. But who can resist an illustrated book about friendly dragons?
My older Kindles are usually my go-to reads as they have text-to-speech and adjustable fonts for my visual needs. These old Kindles do not do justice to picture books. Tablets and the Fire are best for children's books with colorful pictures. And the illustrations in Dragon Makes New Friends are fun. I did wonder how a child cut the apple in half, and how the boy had two feet, but one leg seemed broken(?). Maybe a child wouldn't notice these things. They were just things that stopped me.
The little story was in poetry form that sound out well in my head most of the time. Then there was the word that represented the sound of a limb getting ready to break. Hopefully, this is an easy fix, how about 'creak' instead of 'creek'? Even still, this was a delightful story with fun pictures. And the message that we can be friends with others who are not like us, is one all ages of people should learn....more
If it weren't for Audible I wouldn't have been able to read this book. The font is so small that I can't stay with it for long. Having the story narraIf it weren't for Audible I wouldn't have been able to read this book. The font is so small that I can't stay with it for long. Having the story narrated to me helped. When I didn't understand a passage I could check it out in the book for understanding.
I love this series. I read them all a long time ago. It is so fun to get back into Pern and enjoy the dragons and fire lizards. Anne McCaffrey wrote so beautifully. I loved her vocabulary and the extent that she researched the sciences of these books. Her characters are well developed and fallible. In this part of the series the traditions of a male dominated system are challenged. The dragons make those changes happen. A new more equality-base system is about to emerge. I look forward to more in the series....more
Had there been test-to-speech and had this been loan-able, I might have given this book 5 stars. At least when I first thought about buying it there wHad there been test-to-speech and had this been loan-able, I might have given this book 5 stars. At least when I first thought about buying it there was no TTS. Now it looks like it has TTS. Good! But still not loan-able. For the price that is ridiculous! No, it didn't have those amenities when I found a way to borrow it anyway; nor was it my kind of book. The whole series is man-heavy; war, blood, and an attitude that isn't of man's realm is less than. The females that were strong in their own right were never allowed to fly in their own way as they were still possessions of the male society. Dany and Arya were as close to being a unique beings as this world would allow.
But in spite of my complaints, this was an excellent series. The author was amazing. The world he created was real, the characters so well developed that I feel I will miss many of them as friends. How he kept track of their voices and points of view amazes me.
Even so, am I glad I am finished with this series? Yes! Um... except for the fact that I have to wait to find out what has happened to all of the people I did learn to care about.
Is it worth reading? Yes. Is it worth the praise? I don't think so. If a book or series is to be a classic I think it should move the world to want to raise above war and self-centered machismo. This series has not done that. But you make up your own mind about it and we can agree to disagree about what makes a classic....more
I can't believe I have now finished a second reading of A Feast for Crows This time around I read the books according to the prescribed method found oI can't believe I have now finished a second reading of A Feast for Crows This time around I read the books according to the prescribed method found on http://boiledleather.com/. I prefer this method over reading the books straight through. A Feast of Crows is a disappointing book if read straight through. It has very little of our favorite characters. Since both of the last two books start immediately after the third, the continuity seems to get lost.
In this second read, I had the advantage of watching the television series so as to know the characters better. I don't think I had that going into the books the first time. I caught a lot more innuendo that I missed before. The bottom line of this read is that George R.R. Martin presented a world that was basically misogynistic, but full of good and bad people of both sexes. Each character was human with light and dark thoughts. Even the bad guys/gals had light thoughts and vice versa; that humans try but even while trying, fail. George did seem to project the idea of what women go through and glorified those women in his books who managed to pull up to their male equals and the dangers for those women that are power-hungry and not just wishing for equality. (Sorry for the awkward sentence there. My mind is a bit fuzzy right now.)
Once, again, I must sing my praises for narrator, Roy Dotrice. Yes, I would prefer that he not use leprechaun voices for women and/or Tyrion. Still it is handy to separate the characters. I listened to him on the Audible version as I read an ebook version. BUT--The Kindle version is now only $4.99. That is a 50% discount!!! It still isn't text-to-speech enabled, nor is it lendable. For those of us with cash-flow problems, the books and cds are now at the libraries.
Below is the review of my first reading.
NO TEXT-TO-SPEECH. NOT LOANABLE. WAY TOO EXPENSIVE! AND ONLY A MACHISMO WAY OF LOOKING AT THE WORLD. POWER, POLITICS. WOMEN ARE AT THE LEVEL OF SHEEP OR COWS. And as I am reading this I remember being forced to read such as this in school and teachers telling me it is wonderful and a classic. Male teachers, no doubt.
I read to escape real life. If it wasn't that I want to have an honest conversation with my adult children about this series, I would not be dragging myself through this. It is dark and bloody. This world is even worse than the world we live in now. It may help women who read this to see and remember how far we have come and yet how far we haven't. As long as books like this praise rape and plunder and this is considered the usual behavior of males in our society, we will never have a society of peace.
Meanwhile, I do respect that the author has managed to keep tabs on all his characters. The writing is good. The plot is well strung. There are some phrases that I find irritating now as after this many books WE KNOW. But maybe it is how the author keeps the characteristics unique?
Anyway, I am on to book five. I think I see the light at the end of this tunnel. I have so many other books I want to read! ...more
Second read leaves me feeling much the same as the first read so i don't think I will raise the rating at all. I still think the HBO series is better.Second read leaves me feeling much the same as the first read so i don't think I will raise the rating at all. I still think the HBO series is better.
Okay, at 84% I felt I might give this one star. I was so tired of the fighting and mens' war that I wanted to throw the book. There are females in the book but most are arm candy or worse. There is one evil woman and then possibly three good females but they exist in this macho world and are mostly boring because of it. Arya and Dany are my favorites.
At best I can only give this book three stars and it only got there because I liked the ending. Otherwise, with it costing more than four regular books because I had to buy the Audible version, it was costly even when I was able to find another version to read on my Kindle. The idea that they don't even have text-to-speech ought to get them sued for not making it available to the handicapped! And if I had that heavy tree book I would throw it at whoever thought I shouldn't be able to loan it to whomever I choose!
But the writing is good and the story kept my interest, most of the time. I do like that the story is told through different characters to keep it from being stale. But even if I could give all the stars I would only give four or four and a half. It is just too testosterone driven.
Oh, I guess I should add a bit for the narrator. He was good although I did feel like one other reviewers I read somewhere: I felt I was hearing leprechauns and pirates a lot of the time. But that was okay as it did vary the voices for the characters. Otherwise it might have been very boring....more
Cute little picture book. Loved the pictures of the dragons. Enjoyed the presentation of the alpha bet. But I don't think I would have read it to my cCute little picture book. Loved the pictures of the dragons. Enjoyed the presentation of the alpha bet. But I don't think I would have read it to my children when they were young. I would have loved more healthy foods than the sugary sweets. I was hoping in the beginning with A for asparagus that it would keep that theme. Sorry to say it didn't....more
Long before I actually read this I am stating outright, that I am NOT giving this five stars. It is male heavy. A male world of war. AND MOST OF ALL TLong before I actually read this I am stating outright, that I am NOT giving this five stars. It is male heavy. A male world of war. AND MOST OF ALL THERE IS NO TEXT-TO-SPEECH AND IT IS NOT LOANABLE! That means that on top of buy the book at nearly $9, I had to go buy the Audible version which was nearly $42. I doubt I will even get around to listening/reading it. I have watched the series. I liked the dragon lady character. But other than that it is NOT worth it! $51 for ONE book? And I can't share it with the few friends I know that might not have read it? So, even if this is a five star story (which I doubt) I don't plan on giving more than three stars.
Okay, the writing, story, characters, world all deserve 5 stars. This was an excellent story. It wasn't male heavy as I previously had thought. It was a realistic thought on ancient patriarchal philosophies but hints of some who didn't hold to those thoughts. Five women held their own in the cast of characters, Dany my favorite. Just as it was on the television series. Still, had my adult children not been so in to these books I wouldn't have read even the first. But they encouraged me to give them a try and wouldn't let up until I gave in. Now I am addicted to the story and will do what I can to read and listen to the rest of the series.
Nearly forgot: The narrator had an excellent voice for this story!
This was my second read and I had to raise the star rating to five stars. Maybe because I am on my umpteenth watching of the series from beginning to end and I have more understanding of the author and the world. I now have a huge respect for GRRM and his writing. AND his ability to keep track of so many people and places....more
As you can see this was a complimentary copy from BookRooster for review. So it isn't loan-able, sorry. But if I get around to reading this again, and I want to, I will buy a copy so I can share. It was that good.
And... there are pictures! Beautiful illustrations by the author as lead-ins for chapters. That is one area that made reading by text-to-speech a problem. I had to go to my Kindle PC or on my Android tablet to look at the pictures as they flew by as the Kindle read to me.
Speaking of that same feature, Usually the text-to-speech helps anchor me into the story. But this time I found myself far more distracted than usual. Things would take a turn in the story and I would miss it and suddenly the characters are in a far worse or far better place. I would have to go back and re-read these sections to see where, when and why it happened. I know that was me. That's why I maintain the five star rating.
So what if you woke up in a land of fantasies and were wearing a punk metal clothing and piercings, but you don't know why you are dressed that way or where you came from? And someone names your memory, because of the lack of one. And there are dragons... This is how the story begins and it never lets up. It is an adventure. There is a satisfying ending but it does feel open to a sequel. I'll read it! Love the characters!...more