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Decision at Doona Mass Market Paperback – October 12, 1987

Book 1 of 3 in the Doona Series

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After the first human contact with the Siwannese ended in a mass suicide, the Terran government made a law that no further contact with sentient aliens would be allowed. But since their own planet was overcrowed, they looked to colonize Doona--until they found the Hrubbans. Their choice was simple but dangerous. They could kill the cat-like Hrubbans, or for the first time in history, learn to to coexist with an alien race....

About the Author

Anne McCaffrey was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College, majoring in Slavonic Languages and Literatures. A prolific bestselling author, she is best known for her handling of broad themes and the worlds of her imagination, particularly in her tales of the Talents and the novels about the Dragonriders of Pern. Anne McCaffrey lives in a house of her own design, Dragonhold-Underhill, in County Wicklow, Ireland. Visit the author's website at www.annemccaffrey.net --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (October 12, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345353773
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345353771
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #420,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anne McCaffrey, the Hugo Award-winning author of the bestselling Dragonriders of Pern® novels, is one of science fiction's most popular authors. With Elizabeth Ann Scarborough she co-authored Changelings and Maelstrom, Books One and Two of The Twins of Petaybee. McCaffrey lives in a house of her own design, Dragonhold-Underhill, in County Wicklow, Ireland.

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It's hard to believe I didn't notice at the time how absolutely pathetic the female characters are.
reader32
I have everything she ever wrote except for one mainstream romance and can recommend her books to anyone (and have, many times).
Diane Catanzaro
From the common people to the way their worlds are run...and how they can work together when they work at it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Diane Catanzaro on February 9, 1999
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I bought this book originally in its second or third printing. It was the first science fiction book I ever bought, and I freely admit I bought it because it had a giant cat on the cover. In the over 25 years since I bought it, I have read and re-read it more times than I can remember. The spirit of the colonists (both races) who wanted nothing more than to escape their stagnating worlds; the Hrrubans' sense of humor when they realized the humans thought they were savages; the release for Todd to discover there was indeed still a world where children can play and make the noises of childhood; all of these things are portrayed as fully as the bureaucracies that had me grinding my teeth in sympathetic frustration for both the Terrans and the Hrrubans. I later discovered Pern and Ms. McCaffrey's other worlds but Doona has always been my first love. The sequels to the original came many years after but they are no less dogeared, at least in my library. And In MY library, Ms. McCaffrey's worlds take up more than one shelf. I have everything she ever wrote except for one mainstream romance and can recommend her books to anyone (and have, many times).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 1997
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This is an excellent first-contact story...it shows the paronoia and xenophobia on both sides with good characterization. A tad dated, by today's standards, though...it was first published in 1969, and it shows in the technology level of the humans (about equivalent to the "Star Wars" films, with a few exceptions, while the Hrrubans are fully at the "Star Trek" technology level). On the whole, though, a great tale of trust, friendship, and the ability to rise above deeply ingrained fears and past failures
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KitchenSharkMama on March 7, 1998
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I hate to say I've been around this long, but I still have my April '69 copy. I have the whole series...as I do all of her works. This is a really great premise of 2 extremely different clutures which are remarkably alike. From the common people to the way their worlds are run...and how they can work together when they work at it. This is one of my favorite series period...and I recommend it highly to all of "the next generation"!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joseph McCauley on July 19, 1999
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I enjoyed this book a lot. The writing style was not flowery or poetic, just easy to follow and understand. Ken, Hrrestan, and the other main characters are interesting and fun to read about, and we sympathize for the human colonists as they try to understand a new alien race, and face the possibility of having to leave this paradise of a colony world to return to an overpopulated and excessively structured Earth. Don't miss it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 29, 1998
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I've read many books by Anne McCaffrey, and I wouldn't be able to choose a favourite out of them all, but Descision at Doona is definitely in the Top 10. A thought-provoking tale about the tentative meeting of two species with dubious pasts in a friendship that will surpass barriers of fear and domination for the first time in both of their histories. I can read it over and over again.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 27, 1999
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I was so tired of sci-fi books dealing with Humans going out to murder another race. This book gave a welcome change, two completely different species working together to create a new world for themselves. I've never read the sequels, but having just read this book alone was wonderful.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 1999
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This book is the best I have read! It is surprisingly realistic and suspenseful writing. For an even larger surprise, don't read the character list until AFTER reading the book. When the hammer finally falls you will be SO surprised!
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I shouldn't have read this book. To be fair, I live in a country that doesn't speak English so it is rare to find a book I can read. But I could have spent my time better having my skin scraped off in the traditional bathhouses. The book begins long-winded, and there is enough hope that things will happen that you continue. A future Earth where there are too many people- sure, it's been done a lot, but it holds promise. But they get to the new world, and then...nothing. After a while, a few plot developments. And then nothing. It goes in these spurts- and when there is finally a denouement, you are left profoundly disappointed. Giant creatures show up, to provide some interest, but McCaffrey doesn't know how to use them, and they pass by unrequited.

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