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Dragonflight (Pern Book 16) [Kindle Edition]

Anne McCaffrey
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To the nobles who live in Benden Weyr, Lessa is nothing but a ragged kitchen girl. For most of her life she has survived by serving those who betrayed her father and took over his lands. Now the time has come for Lessa to shed her disguise—and take back her stolen birthright.

But everything changes when she meets a queen dragon. The bond they share will be deep and last forever. It will protect them when, for the first time in centuries, Lessa’s world is threatened by Thread, an evil substance that falls like rain and destroys everything it touches. Dragons and their Riders once protected the planet from Thread, but there are very few of them left these days. Now brave Lessa must risk her life, and the life of her beloved dragon, to save her beautiful world. . . .

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    The planet Pern has been colonized for centuries by humans. When humans first settled on this world, they did not take notice of its sister planet, which had an indigenous life form that attempted to land on Pern when it came within reach. These silver "threads" fell in a destructive wave on the temperate lands of Pern once every 200 years, destroying all life they encountered. To combat this menace, the inhabitants of Pern developed a species of dragon that could burn these threads out of the sky before they touched down. Now, centuries have passed between threadfalls, and the danger of thread is considered a myth. However, a dragon rider named F'lar knows that the riders are once again needed. This fine production is recommended wherever McCaffrey ( Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern , Audio Reviews, LJ 9/15/93) is popular.
    - Roxanna Herrick, Washington Univ. Lib., St. Louis
    Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.


    "Read Dragonflight and you're confronted with McCaffrey the storyteller in her prime, staking a claim for being one of the influential fantasy and SF novelists of her generation - and doing it, remarkably, in the same novel" SFX

    Product Details

    • File Size: 1536 KB
    • Print Length: 320 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345335465
    • Publisher: Del Rey (February 26, 2002)
    • Sold by: Random House LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B000FBFOCI
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,925 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    112 of 117 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    This book begins Anne McCaffrey's wonderful long-running series, "The Dragonriders of Pern." Although sold as a book for young adults and looking on the surface like a fantasy novel, "Dragonflight" is actually neither. Certainly, teenagers will (and do) love this book, but McCaffrey's work is mature and complicated enough for older readers of science fiction and fantasy to enjoy it on the same level as they would any work from an author of "mature" novels. And although the word "dragon" conjures up images of heroic fantasy, "Dragonflight" is actually science fiction: it only wears the outer clothing of fantasy. New readers will find this a surprise, as they learn that Pern isn't a "neverland" fantasy world, but an Earth-colonized planet; that the dragons are the native alien species who consume special minerals to chemically create their fire-breath; and that the evil menace that threatens the planet -- the "threads" -- are not supernatural monsters, but spores migrating from another planet that passes near Pern. Perhaps most surprising for a new reader is the focus on time-travel and time paradoxes; some of the most exciting parts of the book deal with the complexities, dangers, and potentials of time-travel.
    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.
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    86 of 90 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A rare vote from the heart October 17, 2002
    By A. Ryan
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    For me, the thing that makes a book a classic is whether or not it comes to mind occasionally in the year after I have read it. If I don't then find myself comparing it to recently read plotlines or movies from the same genre, it would not be worth a five star rating. In this case, I have (drumroll please) over 10 years' worth of ponderings and influence to demonstrate that Dragonflight -- and the entire trilogy -- is an unparalleled classic.
    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.
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    55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars In my heart, I believe Pern is a real place. August 3, 2006
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    Let me get the criticism out of the way first. Over the years, the unending franchise of Pern books has diluted the original magic of this book. After the first two series (this first trilogy, the Masterharper trilogy) and arguably Moreta's story (worth a comfortable 4 stars), McCaffery started trying to fit Pern into a scientific jigsaw puzzle so that it would "make sense." In my view, that was a major mistake, because the glory of this first book, and what made it a true classic, is the degree to which the reader contributes to the world the author created.

    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.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good book, bad Kindle formatting.
    The book itself is a good read, but the Kindle formatting made it frustrating. There were missing periods everywhere, often seeming like there were run-on sentences. Read more
    Published 23 days ago by Chaz
    5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING STORY.
    Great reading experience. Good story, great adventure with outstanding characters. The author has put together a fantastic story line. THE DRAGONS OF PERN.
    Published 1 month ago by S /F OLD READER 1962.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    very pleased
    Published 1 month ago by Steve Williams
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good literature
    Characters are so real. Just the sort of things and feelings people do and have. Exciting. Pathos. Romance. I love it!
    Published 1 month ago by Frances Ann Lloyd
    5.0 out of 5 stars ... in the Dragon Riders of Pern series does a fantastic job of...
    Every book in the Dragon Riders of Pern series does a fantastic job of telling stories with vivid imagery that captures the reader's imagination. This installment is no different.
    Published 1 month ago by Audrey
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    Published 1 month ago by PATRICIA SHAW
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wonder why this isn't a movie yet
    Just a wonderful series. Appropriate for older kids, enjoyable for adults. I have read them over and over again. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Jen Cole
    5.0 out of 5 stars ... years ago and the whole Perm series is a great favorite of mine
    I first read this many years ago and the whole Perm series is a great favorite of mine.
    Published 1 month ago by S. Wallace
    5.0 out of 5 stars I loved the book as I do all of Anne McCaffrey ...
    I loved the book as I do all of Anne McCaffrey books. I have all of them and all are in good shape.
    Published 2 months ago by Theodore Crapp
    3.0 out of 5 stars New to Pern? Don't start with this one.
    For someone who loves Pern, I know that's a shocking thing to say. But I recently re-read the entire series, and when I got to this one I was reminded of several friends who tried... Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Rebecca
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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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    I'm trying to figure out why the very first book in a series would be numbered #16. That makes absolutely no sense. I hope McCaffrey wants it to be the first book in the series? Because it's the introduction to everything about that world. It's like the stupid reordering of the Narnia series so... Read More
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