- Hardcover: 144 pages
- Publisher: Eclipse Books; 1st edition
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1560601760
- ISBN-13: 978-1560601760
- Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.6 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (395 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,513,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dragonflight (Graphic novel) Hardcover
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The story takes place as Pern nears another invasion from the threads, but the planet is unprepared. Many people no longer believe in the threads (it has been hundreds of "turns" since the last attack), and there are fewer dragon dens (called "weyrs") than there once were to produce the creatures who can destroy the threads. Dragonrider T'Lar searches for a Weyrwoman to help him replenish the dragons before it is too late and unit the dragonriders to face the invasion.
This only scratches the surface of a tale full of suprises and unexpted turns.Read more ›
Thumbnail sketch of the plot: a futuristic world barely settled by mankind, which was then cut off from all contact and aid from the motherworld (Earth). Genetic engineering of native life forms to create "Dragons" which form psychic links to individual humans (dragonriders)for life, to aid in fighting a recurring biological threat. Centuries pass between attacks, causing subsequent generations to forget the dragons' purpose, take the dragonriders for granted and weaken their defenses gradually. Now there are signs that the attacks will begin again soon, and the people are caught unprepared. The stage is set for Lessa, a young insignificant, to rise to the top of the dragonrider heirarchy along with F'lar, a seasoned rider, as his mate.
I was tempted to dock a star from the rating based on some formulaic elements: the young, fiery, independant-spirited heroine challenging the restrictive views of her medieval society, the super-Alpha male hero who tries to dominate her but comes to appreciate her in the end...if you've read one, you will recognize the Lessa and F'lar characters, as well as some others as such Romance novel archetypes. Despite this, McCaffrey draws them well and uses her characters perfectly to play up the tension and confusion that Pern is going though. HOWEVER.Read more ›
Enough of that. This is the classic, and it has earned its reputation. I read this book in the late 70s. I have probably read it a dozen times since then because it is so gosh-darn easy to fall into Dragonflight... and not want to drag myself out again.
I know intellectually that Pern is a made-up universe, but emotionally it's another story. In my heart, I believe it exists. That's how absolutely "real" her world is. The background appeals to our analytical sense of "what if this happened...": forgotten colonists on a generally well-endowed planet, with this one teeny problem: a neighboring planet throws destructive spores at Pern every 200 years, and the residents create genetic telepathic "dragons" which can counter the threat. But the science is left behind, because the story starts thousands of years later, when all the backstory has turned to myth (and not well remembered myth, at that).
But lots of people can create a good world. McCaffrey created marvelous characters to fill it. Like anybody stuck in a "save the world" situation, they try to act heroic, but they fumble because they're just people.
And like the best writers, she makes them come alive with the tiny details.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book that started it all. I love Anne McCaffrey and have all her books. Pern has been my favorite series since I was a little girl. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Bailey
I read it a number of times and come back to it from time to time. It is a really vivid and exciting world, and I loved the characters. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Igor Medan
The story in this book is good. I loved the settings, the idea, and the dragons. However, I struggled to finish it, cause the main character relationship is totally abusive. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Victoria Miller
The story is fantastic. The recording however is not. Whoever did the transfer to CD did not modulate the voice correction at all. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Franchesca Havas
I love the Dragon Rider series by Anne McCaffrey, and I am going to enjoy listening to it on tape in my car. Awesome shipper, arrived quickly and in good shape. Thank you!Published 2 months ago by Carol Brown
For reasons known only to themselves, the publishers have named this one "book 16" even though it was written first. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Not My Real Name (TM)