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Dragonsblood (Pern (Publication Order) #18)

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In Dragon’s Kin, bestselling author Anne McCaffrey did the unthinkable: for the first time ever, she invited another writer to join her in the skies of her most famous fictional creation. That writer was her son, Todd McCaffrey. Together, they penned a triumphant new chapter in the annals of the extraordinarily popular Dragonriders of Pern. Now, for the first time, Todd Mc

Hardcover, 438 pages
Published 2005 by Bantam
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Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2006, 8, fantasy, sf
I enjoyed this. I like the Pern books. I acknowledge they're not going to be classed as literary masterpieces, but I like the world, I like the people - and the dragons of course - and I like getting the chance to go back and visit on a regular basis.

Todd McCaffrey has done a good job in his mother's world, and it's also good to know that the new things he introduces (mostly more history about the original colonists and their next generation) have most likely been given the go-ahead by Anne McCa
Sep 14, 2008 rated it liked it
At first I felt that Dragonsblood wasn't nearly as good as any of the other Pern books, including Dragon's Kin, which is the one combined effort of Anne and Todd McCaffrey that I've read so far. I liked a lot of the details and story that Todd chose to tell, but it just didn't flow as smoothly as the other Pern books.

In the beginning of the book, I struggled with keeping the characters straight. Also, the constant jumping between time periods interrupted the flow of the storyline for me. Things
Kathy Davie
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
It's 507 AL, 507 years after landing, and Thread is expected soon. It parallels Dragon's Fire and Dragon's Kin.

The Story
Half the story is of Wind Blossom's last years on Pern, 50 years after landing to 59 AL, struggling to find a cure for the dragons and fire lizards in which we learn the true reason for her attitude toward her students and child while the other half of the story takes place in the weyrs as dragons sicken and die.

All the characters from Dragon's Fire and Dragon's Kin appear play
Mar 21, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
I felt like I'd read this story before. I've never read this book before, but I realized half way through that Todd was reusing tropes from some of the other really grand Pern novels to tell this story: a plague (Moreta), timing it as a way to solve the problem of being short staffed (Dragonflight, Dragonquest, etc), learning Oldtimer science to save the world (Dragonsdawn, the White Dragon, etc.), using the loss of a dragon to create instant sympathy for the character (Dragonquest).

While this g
Feb 21, 2011 rated it did not like it
Oh gosh, another plague.... Does he realise that he doesn't have to write about plagues? There is some shit about Wind Blossom and how the Watchwhers were created and Boy Wonder (a.k.a. Kindan) makes is usual appearances.

Sep 14, 2011 rated it did not like it
A pretty terrible book. While Pern has always been littered with Mary Sues and Gary Sues for it's main characters (pretty much almost all of them), Lorana takes the cake. If this had been on, it would've been voted down just to the absurdity of the plot. Spoilers ahead! ---> (view spoiler) ...more
Kathy Martin
Jul 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book weaves two stories and two time periods together. In 507, Thread is just beginning to fall but the dragons are getting sick. Lorana is the daughter of a herder and one of the population that survived a plague. She is a talented artist, a skilled healer, has impressed two fire lizards, and can speak to all dragons.

Lorana has set herself a goal of traveling around Pern and drawing pictures of all the life forms. To do this she boards a ship but has to escape it because the Captain wants
This story is really good, even if it's not my favorite.

I love how Todd McCaffrey writes his stories because they fit perfectly in Pern's world. But this one didn't captivated me as much as his others novels. Perhaps because I didn't read it in the right chronological order so I already knew what will be next.

This story has to be read just before "Dragonheart" and certainly before "Dragongirl".

Lorana is the heroine of this novel, introducing us to Fiona - the main character of "Dragonheart" and
L. Silvey
Jun 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tony Pucci
Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
I so love and so identify with the Pern world and novels, that reading a new book (to me) in the series is automatically a thrill. I really have nothing to say about Todd vs. Anne McCaffrey; this book felt like a Pern book. I did worry near the end about the plot device used to solve the issue at hand, it's a bit too unrealistic, but since it also involves people roughly 400 years apart trying to solve the same problem, I really liked the overall arc of the story. My other concern was something ...more
Aug 24, 2016 rated it liked it
In short, a much better effort upon Todd McCaffrey's part in regards to the Pern series, but not really bringing enough to stand apart.

Certainly a more convoluted story that tries its best to deal with the ins and outs of time-travel, and character development is certainly better than his previous effort in Dragon's Kin. Todd tends to be less descriptive about scenes in general, and focuses more on dialogue, which in itself is not a bad thing, but sometimes it feels like a little more time setti
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: needs-editing
I used to love the Pern books (before I developed a sense of literary style), and when I saw this one I thought I'd give them another try.

For a while I was thinking, "This is spooky. He writes exactly like his mother - with all the faults as well." (For example, using incorrect words - someone burns charcoal in a "grazier", and someone else is "dowsed" - instead of "doused" - with water.)

But actually, this isn't up to Anne McCaffrey's standard. Sure, she's no literary giant, and she has inconsis
Feb 14, 2009 rated it liked it
Okay, the idea was interesting (a dragon plague), and I liked the way they tied the past to the present with the whole time travel thing. Also, pretty heart-wrenching in places. A good story overall.

But honestly, I have some words for Todd at this point. Todd, listen. Your mother built this incredible world and wrote some incredible stories about the people in it. There are rules in this world. You can write new things with new characters, that's okay. But you can't change the rules of reality o
Feb 10, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: only die-hard Pern fans who have to read them all.
The son playing in his revered mother's world of dragons. Well, I was somewhat disappointed, I must say. For my taste there was too much focus on the actual science of genetics. I don't think I needed to know all the nitty-gritty of gene-tracking, splicing... and everything else geneticists find so fascinating. I wanted more about the dragons, their riders, the Weyrfolk - everything that makes Pern, well... Pern! The characters were rather flat and I honestly didn't come across one that grabbed ...more
Oct 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Однозначно, влияние Тодда привнесло новую ноту. Иногда книга кажется затянутой и нудной, иногда летит как дракон, но в целом оставляет интересное впечатление.
Открытая экосистема-это источник постоянной энтропии, и в целом всегда может найтись отрезок времени, в который случится та или иная беда. Беда этого рода-простуда драконов (я читала книгу под кашель сотрудница-=)), с которой справляются периниты и их Предки.
Остаются открытыми вопросы, как они смогла синтезировать сыворотку и как дракон и
Mar 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
• As this book is in the actual Dragonrider series it is filled with much more action than the last Pern book I read. It really is a page turner. It also opens up a lot of questions that can only be answered down the road in later books. One thing that will be interesting to me will be what the original books say about the first and the second pass of thread. There is a very strong cannon designed around this series, and it will be interesting to see what shaped the cannon for these earlier book ...more
Andrea Fife
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It was wonderful to be back on Pern even if only for a day (because I just couldn't make the book last longer). I'd never have known this installment was written by Todd instead of Anne had the cover not loudly proclaimed it. The story was seamless, fitting like the perfect puzzle piece into the historical landscape of Pern. I loved meeting the descendants of Pern's first settlers, and I appreciated the creative solutions based on creative science to solve the crisis. No magic here! Perhaps the ...more
The time travel aspect redeemed this from a one star rating. I believe the epidemic tragedy storyline has worn itself out for this series. It might be a different epidemic, a different time period on Pern, and different characters, but really... all that death, desperation, and tragedy wears on me. I'm going to pretend I quit reading at the end of the original story arc (before Todd McCaffrey got involved) and stop hoping that the new installments will be any good.
Cherry Mischievous
Aug 05, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: i-ve-read, own
Todd does not have Anne's magic. This book is obviously written by someone who has read a lot of Pern stories. The publisher was a bit too optimistic when they wrote that Todd brought fresh ideas to the series because he obviously didn't. This book is a hodge-podge collection of bits and pieces from previously published Pern books that Todd put together and it didn't quite gel. Thereby, for the long-time Pern fans, this book is a disappointment.
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This one was just okay for me. Honestly, it felt more like a microbiology course than my beloved dragon stories. I want to read about dragronriders with a coming of age story. While this one was about Lorana and trying to save her dragon by learning from the past, it was kind of dull. I'm not sure I like having Ms. McCaffrey's son involved in the writing. His style is missing her special spark.
Sep 21, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pern lovers
Shelves: fluff
I was really craving fluff and I found this one. I was skeptical, but since Todd has published more than one Pern book, I took a chance.

By page 75 or so, I didn't remember that this wasn't Anne writing. Good story, good evocation of Pern. Doesn't disappoint!

And perfect when you're craving some dragons...
Oct 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
loved the new ideas by Todd
Scott Wood
Nov 20, 2017 rated it liked it
After having read the collaborative effort in Dragon's Kin, I had high hopes for the continuation of the series by way of her son. My desire is to maintain hope that it's just a clumsy first effort which will improve with experience as I am continuing on with the next book already. (which does show some improvement)
I tend to read these days via audiobook and some 'flaws' have a tendency to jump out at you more via that medium. (redundant devices for example or what I refer to as 'oh by the way'
Joey V.
Nov 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2017, trogdor
This book was, to be blunt, not good. It is Mr. McCaffrey's worst attempt thus far to rewrite Pernese history. Ted Tubberman was a delusional crackpot, not a secret Eridani spy whose bloodline was necessary to Pern's survival. Wind Blossom was a poor shadow of her mother who lucked into creating the Watch-Whers through arrogance, not a long-term plan to improve thread fighting. Trying to turn these two into the unsung heroes or Pern is just ridiculous. And the whole "Eridani require three bloodl ...more
Jane Irish Nelson
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The first book in the Pern world written by someone other than the original creator, Anne McCaffrey, this volume is by her son Todd.

It begins just as the Second Interval is ending, and the dragonriders are once again preparing to fight Thread. But then, disaster happens! The dragons start becoming ill — and dying. How can the low-tech agrarian society that has developed on Pern find the answer to solve this problem?

In a second timeline, 450 years earlier, the First Pass is ending. Wind Blossom,
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm trying to read the Pern series in chronological order.
So, I've read Dragonsdawn, first chronicles and 2nd chronicles,
then Todd's contributions of Dragon's kin, Dragon's fire, Dragonharper and now Dragon's blood.

Todd's books are gradually getting better. The first two had such jumps in the continuity of the storyline I had to check there weren't missing pages.
I have quite enjoyed DragonHarper and now Dragon's blood.

And yes, plagues are getting overdone as a storyline and there are too many ch
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is #18 of the series. It is absolutely amazing! The linking of the two periods of time alone with fantastic character development is absolutely superb! The jumping back and forth between what is happening is confusing at first but eventually it merges to where pieces that were mentioned from different points fall into place. Also this is a total molecular biology nerd book. I really like how real scientific concepts are incorporated into this story.
The book starts out with the beginni
Marc Gagnon
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, owned
I listened to an Audio version of this book and I admit it was very challenging to follow the leaping back and forth between the years 58 AL and 508 AL (Or something around there). The story was interesting but I feel like Todd is starting to pull some aspects of his Mother Anne's story away from her original outlines. It's been a long time since I read the original books, but I don't remember Watch Weres being capable of flight or even being as intelligent as he makes them out to be. I like the ...more
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love this series of books. It's one of my all time favourites. I decided to re-read the entire Dragonriders of Pern series and over the past couple of months, I have been working my way through them all. Anne McCaffrey has such a wonderful, boundless imagination and such a vivid and descriptive style, her stories transport the reader into the fantastic world that she created and sweeps you up on the breathtaking adventures. Spellbinding!
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Dragons of Pern are dying.

And there doesn't seem to be a cure. Past and present must work together or Thread will finish what the disease doesn't. They are running out of time and time is all they have left.
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Todd J. McCaffrey (born as Todd Johnson) is an Irish American author of science fiction best known for continuing the Dragonriders of Pern series in collaboration with his mother Anne McCaffrey.

Todd Johnson was born 27 April 1956 in Montclair, New Jersey as the second son and middle child of Horace Wright Johnson (deceased 2009), who worked for DuPont, and Anne McCaffrey (deceased 2011), who had h
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Pern (Publication Order) (1 - 10 of 24 books)
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