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Nerilka's Story & The Coelura (Pern (Chronological Order))

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A deadly epidemic was sweeping across Pern. Everyone, holder and dragonrider alike, pitched in to help -- except Nerilka's father, who refused to share Fort Hold's bounty with the other Holds. So, ashamed of her family and determined to do her part, Nerilka packed up medicines and supplies and sneaked off to aid her people.

Her quest to help wherever she was most needed led

Mass Market Paperback, 4th Corgi Edition, 192 pages
Published 1991 by Corgi (first published 1987)
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Jun 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Nerilka is one of my all-time favourite characters in the world of Pern. Unlike Moreta (a character who is much more famous and has a much bigger book written about her) it is Nerilka who triumphes the most. She shows amazing courage and determination leaving her home and setting out to do what she can to help.

She is not pretty, has no friends and essentially no family. She encounters ridicule and scorn from those who know who she is and question her motives.
Sep 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi, american, fantasy, pern
Nerilka's story was a bit disappointing, especially since Moreta was so amazing.
And I don't understand putting together two stories that have nothing to do with one another.
The Coelura is not a Pern story, is completely unrelated scifi, and not even good scifi at that; the story is confusing, and as many other non-Pern stories by Anne McCaffrey, is slow and difficult to read.
David Cozens
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Weaves in and out of Moreta's story. The Coelura (1983) is an unrelated short story.
May 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Fairly unexceptional. The first story concerned a young woman escaping her home during a time of plague and was moderately enjoyable. The second was science fiction, and tedious. Donating straight back to the charity shop.
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The latest of McCaffrey's romantic Pern novels expands on the tale of a minor character in Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern. Young Nerilka is considered unattractive and overly serious in her own hold, where her peremptory father installs his mistress immediately after his wife's death. Angry and frustrated, Nerilka uses her medical training and her access to the supplies her father is hoarding to help combat the plague sweeping Pern, which has already claimed her mother and si

Apr 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Written as a first person narrative, this shorter novel of Pern adds something special to Moreta, Dragon Lady of Pern. Nerilka starts rather slow and more or less just a recount of events from Moreta; however, it gradually evolves more into its own novel with significant character development. The evolving relationship between Nerlika and Alessen Stands as the focus of the book, and this is where the book has its greatest impact. Overal, the short length of the book combined with Macaffery's imp ...more
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
read this in just one day maybe because it was the flip side to moreta's tale but it was great getting nerilka's view of things and her escape from her weak and traitorious fathers hold to work with the plague victims and then on to ruatha's hold!! loved the way things worked out for this strong woman and for poor alessan who surely could not face any bad news than he experienced. a great book, just love how anne mccaffrey writes.
Vickey Foggin
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
This short story fleshes out the character of Nerilka from The Moreta novel. I read it immediately after Moreta so it seemed repetitive. Nerilka is a cool character but you don't really learn anything new. The second story is not related to Pern at all and is about semi-sentient cloth. It is exactly as captivating as it sounds :p. I'd pass on this one if you're reading them all.
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf, fantasy, rereading
Marisol and I are rereading and reviewing Pern. Our Nerilka review is here:
Susan Eriksson
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
both brilliant stories
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Rainbows and pretty clothes... maybe a recommend for those who love cute and sci fi together but not that great a work of literature and a flimsy plot.
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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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