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Dragonquest by Anne McCaffrey
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Oct 12, 2011

really liked it
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Read in October, 2011

The second of the Pern books McCaffrey wrote, it both improves on the original and falters in places.

On the negative side, it's less of a unified epic. The first novel was the tale of Lessa and F'lar and the desperate attempt to ensure Pern's safety once Thread begins to fall again. This novel wanders amongst many more character, diluting the narration. Its antagonists are much more clearly bad (either conniving or weak or stubborn in their ways). And it introduces Fire Lizards, which are occasionally charming but too often goofy distractions.

McCaffrey's late-60s view of male/female relationships also occasionally catches the eye as somewhat dubious.

On the other hand, there are climactic moments that still thrill and/or choke me up a bit to this day -- the final fight with the Oldtimers, Brekke's tragedy, the attempt to re-Impress her (and the Jaxom setup for the next book), and F'nor's journey. It's all a bit melodramatic, to be sure, but it works for me.

Good stuff, and I'm glad I reread it after all these years.
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