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All the Weyrs of Pern

(Pern #11)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  23,678 ratings  ·  369 reviews
For generations, the dragonriders had dedicated their lives to fighting Thread, the dreaded spores that periodically rained from the sky to ravage the land. On the backs of their magnificent telepathic dragons they flew to flame the deadly stuff out of the air before it could reach the planet's surface. But the greatest dream of the dragon riders was to find a way to eradi ...more
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Published September 10th 1997 by Del Rey (first published December 1991)
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Susan Kennedy
The leaders of Pern discover technology from their ancestors that landed and made Pern their home. Finding the landing site has given them access to a computer with a ton of knowledge. They learn new ways of doing things and above all, they are on their way to becoming thread free in the future.

It is interesting to see how everyone on Pern reacts to the new unearthed computer.Some embrace the new ways of thinking and doing things. Others think of this as an evil abomination and do everything th
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Anne McCaffrey, aka the Dragonlady, had a way with words and worlds; this book proves it. Can't wait to read the next ones! ...more
Deborah Ideiosepius
This was a really good story, the first time I read it I found the direction the author had taken her world in surprising. Pern was settled by colonists from Earth and the technology lost into the pre-industrial, agrarian society that the reader knew so well from Dragonflight and the other Dragon books. In All The Weyrs, the original landing site of the colonists is uncovered and it holds amazing things. The settlers were forced to flee the Southern continent and the landing site due to volcanic ...more
Danie Ware
Oct 02, 2020 rated it liked it
This isn’t a story, it’s an extended and somewhat windy episode of a soap opera. Was wonderful to see my youthful friends again and to see who they’d become, but a lack of anything resembling a narrative structure, some very sketchy and clumsily nailed-on sub-plots, plus a couple of holes you could have flown a dragon through... yeah. Nice to take a peek back at my youth, and worth the read to find that final closure, but kind of a struggle to finish.
Karen’s Library
Pern dragons in space! What's not to like?! Definitely a favorite! ...more
Amanda R
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is by far my favorite Pern book, and probably the last truly good one she wrote before they really started going downhill. I love fantasy and I love sci-fi, so you give me a story about traveling in space on a dragon and I am in heaven. So many interesting ideas and concepts, about space travel, time travel, dragons, and all of my favorite Pernese characters, even Sorka and Sean. Wonderful, wonderful book.
Keith  Blodgett
I'm sitting here with tears running down my face, I'm an emotional wreck sometimes and when a beloved character dies or is killed it can rip me up pretty good.
Rid Pern of thread? That's the promise F'lar made and every dragonrider dreams of. With the great majority of the population of hall, weyr and hold working together towards a singular goal and advised by the revived AI that accompanied the original settlers over twenty five hundred years ago they begin the task they all. . . Well, not all.
Barbara K.
This is one of the last three of the Pern stories.

The people of Pern have rediscovered the original Landing settlement, and sometime after that, toward the end of the prior book, The Renegades of Pern, Jancis has located the building containing an interface with the Yokohama's computer, called Artificial Intelligence Voice-Address System (AIVAS), which has lain buried under the ash of the volcano that drove the original settlers out of Landing in the Southern Continent, and into the Northern Con
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Space dragons!
Dec 29, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dragons, 1990s, sci-fi
I was excited for this book because I thought it was going to uncover all the secrets of the Red Star and Thread. Unfortunately not everything is actually understood.

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In All the Weyrs of Pern, the characters uncover Aivas, an an
B.A. Williamson
Jul 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
That book was pretty awful, but I felt I had to get through it to finish the main "thread" of the story. McCaffrey has no sense of climax, conflict, or tension. The main conflict of the story was predistened to be succesful, and what should have been a thrilling climax turned out to be a little more than an errand, followed by a little waiting to see what would happen. McCaffrey frequently has this problem; any real conflict is either resolved to quickly, or is hardly a conflict at all. Characte ...more
Oct 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Epic and ambitious, as I remembered it, but also flawed in more ways than one. The sexism that so annoyed me in the previous books was even more present here, and there were some clumsy inconsistencies in plot and naming that were distracting. Nonetheless, hail Pern and its dragons - a wonderful world.
Dana Stabenow
Jan 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
About killed me, too, when Robinton died.
Linda Klinedinst
I really enjoyed this book...this is Book #11 in the Pern Series. I do have Book #1 to read which is called Dragonflight. Book #11 is the only one that I have read so far in this series. Eventually I will read all of the Books in this series and since i have read Book #11 I don't need to re-read that one again.

I give this book 5/5 Stars here on Goodreads.

Anne McCaffrey is one of my all time favorite top Authors. I love her books.
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Another re-read. Aside from the characters (who I know from the other books in the series), this is a great study in how new technological advances affect a society. The fact that the author could weave that into a fantasy world so convincingly is very impressive.

There are some things in the world of Pern that I don't particularly like, but there are things in this world that I don't particularly like. It's a good series.
Julie Hornick
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As good as the first time I read it.
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a very satisfying ending to the series. I know, I know, there are more books that Anne and her son wrote but this felt very clean and whole all on its own. From what I’ve seen in my research into this series; this was the original ending before Anne and Todd revived it with new books (which I also have learned through my research- were not as good as the originals!)

SO, on the record, I’m going to view THIS as the end of the series. I may go on to read the later additions but I’m going
Douglas Milewski
Mar 28, 2013 rated it liked it
All the Weyrs of Pern (1991) by Anne McCaffrey strives hard to recreate the golden age of Pern, seeking that alchemy that made The White Dragon. The results contained all the same ingredients, but the culinary results weren't quite as appetizing, striving to meet the expectations of a shrinking fanbase and a changing SF market.

Continuing from where The Renegages of Pern ended, the AI called Aivas leads humans in the final eradication of thread. Meanwhile, a small group of objectors to this new t
Jun 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone
I was gratified to finally read in 2007 how my old friends F'lar and Lessa managed to eliminate the threadfall forever in this installment of the Dragonriders of Pern books, which I began reading back in 1967 when "Dragonflight" was first published in Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact magazine in three successive issues. "Hooray" for F'lar!- for finally destroying his nemesis, with the help of the recently discovered AIVAS, forgotten in the buried ruins of the colonist's landing site for over ...more
Dec 24, 2007 rated it liked it
Okay . . . I'm done with Pern for now. Why read it . . . at my age!?

Well, being sci-fi and fantasy geek all one's young life can wear off after an adult lifetime of earning a living and raising a family (or starting a new one as in my case). Now middle aged, I remember the series and also recall I never read it although my adolecent friends in the highschool sci-fi club were all enthused about it. The decades passed and I found (and still find) that I'm in need of something to which I can listen
Kristen (belles_bookshelves)
"Get up, take heart – go make a start, sing out the truth you came for. Then when you die, your heart may fly, to halls we have no name for."


This is less like a cool dragon science-fiction adventure, and more like an actual science-fiction space adventure. The natives unearth AIVAS, the original colonists voice activated computer and (magically) it still works! So we've got relatively primitive people, learning about their history (including spaceships and interplanetary travel) and trying to un
Nov 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library-book
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"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven."

I was rather surprised when, toward the very end of the book, Ecclesiates 3:1 was quoted, particularly since the series has been completely devoid of any religious reference.

As for the book, it is alright. While I like science fiction and I like fantasy, I'm not all that keen on putting the two together. While it works alright, and McCaffrey includes the strains major technological shifts put on a culture, it's ju
Tom Lee
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anne yes, Tod no!

I read most of Anne's books when they were first printed, and read most in a single sitting.

I recently read several of her son's books and wondered how I could have enjoyed the original books so very much, so I re-read several (in fact the first seven Perm stories she wrote) of the originals and discovered the problem. Anne was a magnificent writer her son is no writer at all. The one problem with the Perm tales is the mistake Anne made in not finding at least a good writer for
Finally, back to the story line! Enough with the repeating and retelling of the same story, LADY!! I swear she got at least three times the mileage out of this series as was necessary. If I'd have been one of the ones waiting breathlessly for the next Pern book to come out I'd have been pissed when it ended up being one of those lame "retelling" books! This one however, was finally back on to the story line and I quite enjoyed it. Even if she did kill off one of my beloved characters. But, he wa ...more
Mar 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pern
A re-read -- not quite as magical as when I read it in high school, but I am still a sucker for a) fantasy, b) sci-fi, c) origin stories and d) fictional worlds discovering their own origin stories (particularly that last one). Also a treat just having recently read Dragonsdawn, since it echoes so nicely. ...more
Feb 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, british, fantasy
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Sep 05, 2008 rated it liked it
Unlike many other creators of alternate worlds, Anne McCaffery continues to mine fresh ore from the soil of her imagined reality. Her storytelling is good, too.
May 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
I definately remember reading this one, back in the day when there was fan-weyrs at most every con...
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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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