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A Diversity of Dragons (Pern) Hardcover – September 12, 1997

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About the Author

Anne McCaffrey is considered one of the world's leading science-fiction writers. She has won the Hugo and Nebula awards as well as six Science Fiction Book Club awards for her novels. Brought up in the United States, she is now living in Ireland with her Maine coon cats, her piebald mare, and a silver weimaraner and declines to travel anymore. She is best known for her unique Dragonriders of Pern series.
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Product Details

  • Series: Pern
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (September 12, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006105531X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061055317
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 11.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #964,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 17, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The plot of A Diversity of Dragons is not as enthralling as Anne McCaffrey's other works, but the characters are likable and the storyline sufficiently suspenseful. It seems to me like the storyline is more of an excuse to hold together a multitude of informative and (mostly)enjoyable clippings from various sources. Perhaps it should have been a draconic encyclopedia, rather than a storybook. However, its real strength is in its glorious artwork. Sweeping landscapes and glittering details mesh delightfully on each oversized page, and dragons of all shapes, sizes and dispositions are sprinkled in liberally. All in all, a lovely source of information on various dragons, and an entertaining pastime on a rainy day.
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49 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Linda A. Malcor on March 25, 1998
Format: Hardcover
At first glance Diversity looks like a children's book. It has the same glossy-cover appearance that dominates the juvenile section of bookstores. Inside, though, the text aims at an older audience. Anne McCaffrey's engaging story, which links together the information gleaned about various types of dragons, seems more suited for fans of her Pern series than for someone who really wants to learn things about dragons. The book suffers from enigmatic chapter titles that organize the material around when it is presented in the fictional story rather than around what types of dragons are being discussed. There are a few attempts at charts in the back, but there is no index, which would have aided a reader who wanted to locate information about specific dragon-types. While the coverage of dragons found in modern fantasy novels is excellent, information about ancient and medieval dragons is a bit lightweight. The emphasis is more on excerpting examples from famous stories rather than discussing the details about the dragons themselves. Sidebars, giving statistics and descriptions for each type, would have helped the reader separate the actual information about dragons from Ms. McCaffrey's storytelling. Discussions of the iconographic interpretation of the dragons for their original audience or the function of the various dragons within their historical or cultural context would have aided the reader's understanding of the material as well. Translations used to compile the work are a proverbial "mixed bag." The majority is neither the most authoritative nor the most current on the topic. The research is heavily weighted toward Celtic and modern dragon-types with some forays into Germanic and Christian traditions.Read more ›
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jenni on April 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I got this book because I was doing a report about Dragons indifferent mythologies, and because I'm a fan of McCaffrey's. My firstreaction was: "What a HUGE book!" They could have made asmaller edition of it so it would actually fit my bookshelf. The pictures were beautiful, although it was sometimes slightly hard to tell which picture went with which story. The plot was okay, since it obviously wasn't meant to be a very fascinating one, although the ending completely let me down. An index of the dragons and page number references would also have proved extremely helpful, since the mythical and new-age dragons were completely scattered together. The worst part of the book I think were the quotes. Some of them got me interested in the books and made me add them to my wishlist, but most were just utterly boring. Also, at the end where the dragons were listed in tables, I found them to be scattered around completely wrong. Somebody seemed to have messed up with their computer. The reason I'm still giving this book 4 stars is for the paintwork, though. If you like fantasy art, this book will be excellent for you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 30, 1998
Format: Hardcover
One of the strong point of this book is that it has great drawings of dragons from many different stories. The book also includes a story that tells about different stories that involve dragons in them and about their heroes. It is very interesting but the plot is a little weak.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "kake001" on November 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I found this Anne McCaffrey book to be interesting, especially since I happened to read most of the books, or knew most of the storys referenced to in A Diversity of Dragons. The simple characters (including herself) were straightfoward, yet evasive, and the plot was complicated in its simplicity. The art work was extrordinary, and could only be displayed properly in the large book. Everytime I look at it I am amazed at the generous detail. All in all I believe that this book rates a five star for its simple honesty. Niether defending dragons or bashing them, but sharing their truths. This book is completely worth your time.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mary McKenna (DMcke87769@aol.com) on March 26, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book. The artwork is breath-taking. You almost feel as though the dragons will step right off the page into your lap (not always a pleasant thought). Every drawing is so detailed, and you always see something new when you read it. The storyline is entertaining without being overly melodramatic or childish; it catches you from the first paragraph and doesn't let you go. The information about dragons from around the world is not very in-depth in most cases, but it covers so many different lands and legends that it more than makes up for the lack of depth by sheer width of subjects. All in all, it is fantastic and well worth the money spent.
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