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Dragon's Code: Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern

(Pern #25)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  977 ratings  ·  275 reviews
Dragon must fight dragon as one of the world's most beloved series in sci-fi histoy - Anne McCaffrey's The Dragonriders of Pern - relaunches with an all-new adventure.

The world of Pern has for centuries depended on its dragons and their riders to protect it from total annihilation. But when greed and resentment begin to simmer among the working people, and disagreements
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Kindle Edition, 254 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Del Rey
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JAW Yep - concurrent to White Dragon - post Dragondrums where Piemur was 14 turns and in Dragon's code he's 17 turns.…moreYep - concurrent to White Dragon - post Dragondrums where Piemur was 14 turns and in Dragon's code he's 17 turns. (less)
JAW Not a re-write of Dragondrums - this takes place after that book and is concurrent with White Dragon. I think of it a bit like Moreta: Dragonlady of…moreNot a re-write of Dragondrums - this takes place after that book and is concurrent with White Dragon. I think of it a bit like Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern and Nerilka's Story, filling in the sides and diving into what was going on with a specific character during a larger story arc. (less)
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Elizabeth
Jun 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
I am sympathetic towards taking up the mantle of a science fiction great, up to an extent. The legacy Anne McCaffrey left behind is immense- one of the first women to write science fiction, she created a rich world that readers have returned to again and again. On a purely personal note, I have many fond memories of reading the books as I went from middle school to high school and then beyond, up until McCaffreys death. There are so many tales that could still be told using that framework ...more
Shiloh
Aug 23, 2018 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, netgalley
Del Rey provided me with a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really wanted to like this. I wanted to love it. I grew up devouring the Pern books. Menolly is one of my favorite characters of all time. Lessa isn't far behind her. I was vaguely disappointed by the Todd McCaffrey books, so I really wanted this to be good.

It . . . was not. I didn't finish it.

The book suffers from showing instead of telling, infodumping, ridiculous dialogue, and shallow
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Judy Lesley
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adventure
Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine - Del Rey for a digital galley of this novel.

I am proof that it can be done....I have never read any of the Dragonriders of Pern novels, started with this book written by Anne McCaffrey's daughter Gigi and survived. Not just survived, but actually thrived and understood what was happening. If you are like me, in the evidently small group of fantasy novel readers who have never dipped their toe into a Pern book, take heart and
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Kaitlynn
Dec 10, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When Todd started writing with his mom, I was cautiously optimistic. I grew up on Pern, loved Pern, and re-read the series every couple years. I knew Anne was aging, and I was hopeful that Todd, having grown up with her and writing with her, would be able to take over and continue to tell stories in a world I loved. Like I said, I was optimistic. Right up until I read the first few books. Todd made radical changes to the canon, used the same repetitive plots over and over, and wrote the ...more
Erin Sky
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you havent read any of Anne McCaffreys Pern series, you really need to start at the beginning. But dont worry, you dont have to read all 20-something titles before you get to this one! Just six: Dragonflight, Dragonquest, Dragonsong, Dragonsinger, The White Dragon, and Dragondrums. (Links at the end of the full blog post.) Theres a bit of plot overlap between Gigi McCaffreys new one and the last couple, but if youve read the others, thats part of the charm.

For those of you who have loved this
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Jennifer
Nov 13, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anne-mccaffrey
I was hopeful....but that hope died a slow, painful death by utter boredom and despair as I attempted to make my way through this bland and unoriginal attempt at resurrecting the world of Pern once again. If you absolutely must read it- because Pern (and I totally get that)- check it out of your local public library so at least you don't spend any of your own hard earned money on what is but a half-hearted attempt.

What really bothered me about this book (besides that it was so boring) was that
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Allyson
Nov 10, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Having grown up reading about the dragons of Pern, Dragon's Code wasn't a tough sell. However, despite my familiarity with the characters and the background of the world, this book turned out to be one of perhaps 20 books in my life (I read between 200-300 books every year and have done so for the last 25 years) that I did not finish. The writing was so incredibly poor that I simply could not stand to read it after fighting through the first half. Honestly, it deserves less than a star and the ...more
Kateblue
The purpose for this book published in 2018, IMHO, is t0 make the Dragonrider of Pern series eligible for the Hugo award for best series in 2019. So let's do that! The series certainly deserves it. Unfortunately, this book does not deserve much praise otherwise.

The events in Dragon's Code occur concurrently with the events in The White Dragon. You don't really need to read this book to enjoy the series. Just read The White Dragon and you'll be fine.

Despite revisiting some of my favorite Harper
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Hans van der Boom
It wouldn't be fair to compare Gigi McCaffrey with her mother and I will not be doing that. Of course there are little things that you could argue are not canon or should have been caught by a few good and knwoledgeable Pern fans. I would have been surprised if there hadn't been. But that isn't what a book review is about, shouldn't be about. Fact is, Dragon's Code is a good and finely crafted Pern book. And I, for one, loved being "back in Ninth Pass Pern". Gigi does her mother's legacy proud.

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Lizzie
I am having difficulty rating this book. I am a longtime fan of the Pern series. Rereading Anne's books are my book version of eating macaroni and cheese - comfort food. Reading Dragon's Code, I was frustrated and angry at the things that did not follow Anne's iconic series. I actually gained a new found appreciation of Todd's books in the series (despite his books being too sexualized IMO). Gigi giving nicknames of Pie and Lolly to two characters, Piemur and Menolly, that were so much a part of ...more
Karen’s Library
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, arc, netgalley
Let me start out by saying that I have every book of Pern written by both Anne and Todd McCaffrey and have read the first 10 so many times that I had to replace my copy of Dragonriders of Pern because it fell to pieces from being read so many times. Yes, I am a huge fan!

It felt so good to be back in Anne McCaffreys world of the dragons, riders, and harpers of Pern.

In Dragons Code, Annes daughter Gigi takes over the reins from Annes son, Todd, and brings us Piemurs story during the time of The
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Sylvia McIvers
So... extended fan-fiction, anyone?
Take an incident from The White Dragon, and give us an alternate point of view about what happened at the same time.

It's a nice story, it really is. It was nice to see Piemur again (since when do people call him Pie?) and Mennoly (Lolly???) again, and Masterharper Robinton is clever as usual.

Got to page 75 without any women but the old Weyrwoman, crazy about not having babies. Um. That never happened in the main books. Then Silvina is happy to have her
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Maria
I was surprised to come across this book at the library. Unfortunately, the author has nowhere near the talent of her mother, and the book comes over as badly-written fanfiction. The characters were flat, the dialogue stilted, and the prose awkward. I finished the book but only with great effort. If Anne McCaffrey's Pern books are a happy childhood memory for you, give this book a pass.
Theresa
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dragon's Code: Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern
by Gigi McCaffrey
By fortunes providence I spent my birthday reading through this book. What a gift. When we Lost our Dear Anne McCaffrey in November of 2011, I mourned the loss of these stories. Although I read and enjoyed Todd McCaffrey's time in the sandbox, I also mourned the loss of his books when he stopped publishing. Anne McCaffrey has always been my favorite since I was in seventh grade and was given Dragonsinger to try. I have and
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Serena
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-or-giveaway
I received a digital copy of Dragon's Code from NetGalley.

Piemur has always been one of my favorite characters, in this we have his side of things when Southern dragonriders plot to take a queen egg and would be holder ambition upon the lands of Ruatha Hold meet. Piemur's anxiety over his changing voice and urgency to prove his value to Harper Hall as something of a spy, map maker and teacher amidst it all too.

Through Piemur's eyes we see Benden's queen egg was stolen and mysteriously returned.
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Georgen Charnes
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, I've read many of the Pern books several times. And this one did connect with me; I was able to return to Pern and enjoy new details of one of my favorite places. I thought the author successfully struck a similar tone to her mother's writing, which allowed me to really relax into the world. The story focuses on Piemur and takes place during the events of the White Dragon. I don't really think of it as a stand-alone book. It is a real Pern book, though, and very entertaining if you ...more
eyes.2c
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, fantasy
Dragons continue!

Seamless was the word that occurred to me. An avid reader of McCaffrey from when Dragonflight burst onto the scene I was so surprised and delighted by another Pern story told from the perspective of the once singer Piemur. His readjustment to life with the changes to his voice, his disappointments and quest to find a different place within the dragon halls form the background from which the action springs.
The time is in the now but the challenges face date back to the oldtimers
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Terri
Feb 09, 2019 rated it liked it
It's been years since I read the original Pern books by Anne McCaffrey. I never really got into the ones written by her son, and I was completely unaware that her daughter was now continuing the family legacy. I read some other reviews that commented on how she didn't live up to her mother's reputation, but I decided to give Dragon's Code a go, anyway. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Granted, it has been so long since I read the originals that if Gigi did take liberties with the ...more
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Lovers of the young adult trilogy, Harper Hall will enjoy this new perspective from Piemur. This book should be read after reading the original trilogy by Anne McCaffrey to fully appreciate this tale. When I read the original trilogy, I loved the first two books, Dragonsong and Dragonsinger. When it suddenly shifted to Piemur in Dragondrums, I was severely disappointed. Primarily because I didn't care for Piemur and didn't want to read about a "boy". There were so many stories already with boy ...more
Cynthia
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Ron Kyle
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was a waste of 13.00. I have been a fan of Anne MacCaffrey's Dragon books since the early 60's where her first story appeared in Analog magazine.

This book was supposed to be about a new character/hero in the Anne's Dragon world. Instead, her daughter took this book from Anne's book, The White Dragon, changed the events and made it appear to be her vision of Pern.

Anne's Son Todd, wrote many books in his Mother's world, and stayed true to the story line, not completely change what
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Dianna
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I really enjoyed this addition to the Pern collection written by Anne McCaffrey's daughter Gigi McCaffrey. I have read six Pern books: the first three, and the Harper Hall trilogy. This book fits right in with those. We see Menolly, Sebell, and Robinton going about businessbut this book is all about Piemur, and what he does after his voice breaks, and how he finds a new footing for himself in the world. I'm so glad that I got to follow him a little longer because he's one of my favorite ...more
Saby Cat
There were some slow points that had me wondering if she was as great as a writer as her mother, but she pulled it off. Great book, Good ending. A lot of thought put into the Harper's roles. Some of the messages that were put on display in this book would be good for Earth to take under advisement.

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! Thank you Todd for letting Gigi, "play in the sandbox."

Can not wait to read more.
Truitti
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has been some time since I have last been to Pern. I enjoyed this book despite some differences in characters and cannon. I miss Pern so much that I am embracing Gigi's voice which describes her vision. I am grateful for her writing and timing me to a well loved place and people. Gigi is not her Mother and has her own voice. Continue on Gigi, keep writing. And tell Todd I need a Todd fix too. #76 of 2018
Lynn
Aug 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 Stars

This new tale is set in Anne McCaffreys world of the Dragonriders of Pern, but is written by her daughter, Gigi McCaffrey. While there are of course dragonriders in the story, this one centers on Piemur, a young journeyman Harper, who grew out of his ability to sing and so must make a new career for himself. Piemur has been on undercover assignment spending time around the Oldtimers. They are the dragonriders and their dragons who came forward in time to help teach the current people
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Ken Richards
It has been 5 years since the last 'Pern' book, so it was interesting to revisit the world, and see if there remains anything in the mine for the McCaffrey clan to extract. Sadly, the lode seems pretty much worked out, and 'Dragon's Code' merely fleshes out some details of events with which readers of the series would already be familiar. None of the extra insights are particularly surprising nor take the narrative anywhere significant.

In this instance, the major events surround the theft by
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annapi
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
After a long hiatus, I'm back in Pern, at the story's present time, and at long last we have a decent story! Gigi McCaffrey's writing is a vast improvement over her brother's, and I hope she won't stop here. She's not quite as good as her mother, and this first dip into writing has shown that she can handle the world and the characters her mother created. They feel right, as these events happen in the midst of the story The White Dragon, giving us Piemur's point of view and fleshing out his ...more
Kathleen
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid addition to the series, continuing Piemur's story on the southern continent.
Susan
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed being back on Pern, some of the changes are weird; 6 legs?
Cynthia
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gigi McCaffrey is not her mother, but she writes well.
This is the story of Piemur coming to maturity. And a lovely story it is.
I enjoyed this book.
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