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The Dragonriders of Pern

(Dragonriders of Pern #1-3)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  24,800 ratings  ·  488 reviews
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Finally together in one volume, the first three books in the world's most beloved science fiction series, THE DRAGONRIDERS OF PERN, by Anne McCaffrey, one of the great science fiction writers of all time: DRAGONFLIGHT, DRAGONQUEST, THE WHITE DRAGON. Those who know these extraordinary tales will be able to re-visit with Lessa, F'lar
Hardcover, 864 pages
Published October 12th 1988 by Turtleback Books (first published January 1st 1968)
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Tom Merritt
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I must admit the first volume kept me interested because of the world and I had to turn a blind eye to a small amount of awkwardness and even some rather dates relationship dynamics. However by the third volume, The White Dragon all of it is worth it and I've fallen in love with Pern. It's clear that McCaffrey knew the world and its suffuses through everything that happens. I also like that its a world not a series. I don't feel pressure to keep going but instead know that whenever I ...more
Dec 27, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
The world Anne McCaffrey built is nice, but her view on women (the most positive example is of an indipendent resourceful woman who also happens to be very *manipulative* and revengeful), their subservient role to males, how men always know best, bug the hell out of me. I don't know if that's because she wrote those books in the late 60s and 70s or cos her POV is kind of old-fashioned regarless of the time she grew up in, but whatever the reason, I cringed quite a lot, especially while reading D ...more
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Wow, this takes me back. Loved this book when I read it. Bought it knowing nothing about it, as part of my membership bundle in The Science Fiction Book Club. Ahh, the Days of Yore. Looking back, at the beginning the characters seem stiff and cliche, but it loosens up as it goes along. The sensibilities of a different generation are seen in the attitudes and personalities of the characters, which seem a bit archaic by modern thinking. The start of a epic series of books well worth reading.

OK, st
Desirae Renta
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book took me from earth to 3000 years in the future where some humans escaped earth's planetary warfare to a planet called Pern. Pern is a planet scientifically much like our own except for the erratic red planet that passes by every few hundred years which thrusts a silvery carbon eating menace called thread. The settlers befriend creatures called firelizards which breathe fire on the thread destroying it before it destroys every living thing living on Pern. Through genetic modification la ...more
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had not read any of these books in something like 25 years and only had the vaguest of memories of what the books were about. I knew there were dragons (obviously) and they were used to destroy something called Thread that fell from the sky but that was about it, and that I enjoyed the books as a kid. So it was with great enthusiasm that I revisited the series with this handy collection that covers the first three novels in the Pern series.

I was surprised to discover it was a science fiction
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I've read this multiple times from when it was 1st published as well as most of the following novels, duologues and trilogies. It is a favorite epic fantasy of mine. I consider it one of the best speculative fiction series extant.

I've argued the genre of this series - fantasy vs sci-fi - since CompuServe days. To me it has always felt like fantasy and this 1st trilogy is certainly epic fantasy. Granted it becomes Sci-Fi as the Southern continent is explored and discoveries of origins made. I ge
L.E. Doggett
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of my very rare Five stars.

Very good writing, an ingenious world. The dragons are worth reading about, the characters are real and stay in character. The actions scenes are great, so are the descriptions. The plot follows itself as it should. This is the first three books which are a trilogy. So you can get the full read with this set.

I fully recommend all three. A little dark in places and a surprise ending, not sure if the all the main characters are always likable but they are real. A gre
Scottsdale Public Library
The Dragonriders of Pern is a fantastic trilogy packed full of adventure and encourages you to rise above the doubts of others. All three books have great messages about perseverance, plus fantastic dragons and fine lizards. If you enjoy the trilogy there is an additional trilogy, The Harper Hall, which continues the story. Enjoy! - teen reviewer Sofia D.
Jun 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
The three-volumes-on-one Dragonriders of Pern is hard to grade. For someone without a special place in their heart for fantasy novels, I’d rate it mediocre. For someone who enjoys a nice, fluffy read, a daydream come to elaborate life, it can be quite enjoyable. I found myself on the edge of dropping it a number of times but the book engaged my highly developed sense of the daydream enough that I read it through, enjoying a fast, fun read.

That’s not to say the volumes are not without many flaws.
Gere Lewis
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Dec 27, 2007 rated it liked it
Pretty standard pulp fantasy with a bit of a sci-fi bent. Entertaining & a good read, but nothing tremendous. Dragonflight begins the Pern series, and Dragonquest picks up pretty much right where Dragonflight leaves off, but The White Dragon takes place several years and 3 books later, so it can be somewhat jarring if you haven't read the Harper trilogy (the 3 intervening books).

Strong points (all 3 books):

1. Generally likeable main characters who cooperate well against external threats. I
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Sep 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Here in one volume are the first two novels--and in my opinion the best three--of McCaffrey's Pern series: Dragonflight, Dragonquest and The White Dragon. They often wind up on best fantasy lists, though technically they're science fiction about a lost colony of Earth. The dragons were bred from native dragonettes and bonded to human riders who imprint them at hatching. They were created and maintained to fight an inimical spore that comes from space. The setting has the feel of medieval or Rena ...more
Jay Glasgow
Nov 15, 2011 rated it did not like it
This book was a very huge disappointment. This series is what led me to detest Anne McCafrey. The dialogue was poor and contrived, the diction was everywhere, ornate one second, and layman's the next second. Throughout all three books, I did read them all sadly, there was no growth whatsoever. The people didn't change, no one got better. Even the sentient "dragons" were stagnant from birth in action and character. There was little plot besides the "worms" eating crops, and the discovery of a pla ...more
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
This isn't the first time I have read this series of books, hell not even the second or third. It is interesting to me, how some books I read back in the days of High School, don't hold up as well the older I get. Others though hold up well to the test of time, Dragonriders is one of those. Each time I read a book, no matter what the book is, I find myself discovering new things, or remembering things that had slipped my mind in regards to the book. It is always fun when these discovery's add to ...more
Erik Graff
Sep 20, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
I actually enjoyed reading the beginning of this trilogy and those parts which were more concerned with the planet, its colonization and its periodic interplanetary crises. As it when on, however, it became increasingly a fantasy, rather than a science, fiction. Not only was it just a fantasy, but it was a rather typical one, employing over-used dragon themes and idealized mediaeval social structures. By the completion of page 750, I was thoroughly bored.
Fredrick Danysh
Jun 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
This volume contains three separate novels relating to Pern and its dragons. In Dragonflight it has been so long since Thread have fallen that some Lords no longer want to support the wyers. F'lar and Lessa create a new legends of what the dragon can do. Dragonquest is the story of trying to reach the red star. A rare white dragon is born and in an unheard of action bonds with Jaxon, the young Lord Holder of Ruatha.
Jun 23, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Young sci-fi/fantasy fans
I enjoyed the first book very much. While I enjoyed the other two, I felt the writing reverted to the "he said, she said" of other follow-on fantasy novels (any number of David Eddings books qualify). The world of Pern is novel and the dragon/rider relationship is intriguing to read about. It's a worthwhile read, but I don't feel the full potential was achieved due to a lack of depth and more telling than showing.
Jerry Aubin
I truly LOVED these books as a child 30 years ago. I tried re-reading them to my ten-year-old (same age as when I read them) and was really taken back by how much I thought the writing was horrible. Whatever charm I saw as a ten-year old was gone as an adult. My ten-year-old really did not like them either. He found them confusing to keep track of who was who.
Oct 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My introduction to Anne McCaffrey.

I was given this for my 13th birthday by (of all people) my psychiatrist! I suppose it was his way of showing my foster-family that he, at least, supported my scifi habit.
Patryk O'really
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great characters. totally believable world, great progression and arc
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this series. I go back every so often and re-read them. They are still good, years after I first discovered them.
Wendy S. Delmater
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Eminently readable and occasionally problematic, The Dragonriders of Pern trilogy is a classic in the science fiction genre that all serious students of science fiction should read, at least once. As much as I tell in this review I will not give away the main plot resolution, nor many of the fascinating subplots, but I will explore characters, so...mild spoilers ahead if you've not read it yet

Book one of the trilogy starts in the point of view of a very strong female lead character, Lessa. She'
Nov 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Went back to read this in a fit of nostalgia, and realized I should have left well enough alone. I still love the original concept, but the original characters, not so much. Especially Lessa. Now that I'm older, her manipulative interactions grate. Ah, well, I'll remember the dragons happily, and keep it at that.
Lady ♥ Belleza
This is a re-read for me. I read these books many years ago. So long ago that while I remembered the general theme of the books, I couldn’t remember the details. As it turned out, many of the things I remembered about these books, weren’t in these books. That doesn’t mean that what I remembered wasn’t in one of the books, there are many books Anne McCaffrey wrote about Pern. You can see the list on Fantastic Fiction.

To get back to the book, The Dragonriders of Pern is an omnibus containing three
Jan 31, 2010 rated it liked it
Awhile back I picked up a used copy of The Dragonriders of Pern, which encompasses the first three novels in the series by Anne McCaffrey. I looked up the original publication date, and the first came out in 1968, so these have been around a long time and the reviews on Amazon are mostly glowing.

Looking at it from a 1968 point of view (the same year as the first book in Le Guin's Earthsea trilogy I might add), it is an original plot with interesting premises - really a mix of science fiction and
Ward Bond
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition Review

Anne McCaffrey's Pern is one of the most memorable worlds in science fiction and fantasy. Humans and their flying dragon companions live in fear of thread, a caustic, deadly material that falls sporadically from space. But when the thread doesn't fall for a long time, people become complacent, forgetting that it is the brave dragonriders who can save them from the periodic threat. But when the thread falls, human and dragon heroes must fight the scourge. This edition encompass

Silver James
I devoured this series when it first came out. I have the hardbacks in my personal library and reread them periodically through various phases of my life. When I saw a Kindle deal for the boxed set of the first three books, I hit one-click without a thought. I was looking for "comfort reads" and what better place to go than to a world of SciFi-Fantasy that held me enthralled when I was younger.

I fear a little of the gold leaf has flaked off but that's due more likely to the changes wrought in my
Paul Kater
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Dragonriders of Pern. Anne McAffrey paints a fascinating world, the world of Pern, that used to be threatened by mysterious matter falling from the sky whenever the Red Star appears. This Red Star has not been around for a long long time (many Turns), so the ways of old to counter the mysterious falling Threads have been fallen in disuse. And then the Red Star appears again.

Ann McAffrey introduces a wonderful world with fabulous characters and many dragons, that will not disappo
Travis Kerr
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Admittedly, I started this series with the third book, "The White Dragon", however upon reading it I immediately sought out the rest of the series. This series is extremely well written. Unlike most books on dragons, this series has a completely different take on the fantasy genre. In books that follow it continues to include, not only fantasy, but science fiction aspects as well, and unlike most authors who attempt this, Anne McCaffrey has managed to blend the two into a whole that works extrem ...more
Cyndi Fowles
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I started to write a review earlier and my Kindle died. Sorry...
This is an engrossing series. The characters and plots are well done. As you read you can see the people and dragons in your mind's eye. The writer, Anne McCafferty and her family thoughtfully provides maps to help pinpoint places.

The books show an indominable spirit and a will to survive adversity that is still pertinent in today's society. It also shows valuable insight about how if things are not remembered and taught they can co
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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

Other books in the series

Dragonriders of Pern (3 books)
  • Dragonflight (Dragonriders of Pern, #1)
  • Dragonquest (Pern, #2)
  • The White Dragon (Pern, #3)
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