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Dragon's Time: Dragonriders of Pern (Pern: The Dragonriders of Pern) Hardcover – Deckle Edge, June 28, 2011

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Product Details

  • Series: Pern: The Dragonriders of Pern
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; 1 edition (June 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034550089X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345500892
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #555,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dragon Harper

“Captivating . . . The McCaffreys are well known for their brilliant characterizations, and they do not disappoint here.”—Booklist
Dragon’s Fire
“These fabled dragons still cast a spell.”—Publishers Weekly
Dragon’s Kin
“Personable characters and superb storytelling make this an excellent choice. . . . Essential for Pern fans of all ages.”—Library Journal (starred review)

About the Author

Anne McCaffrey, the Hugo Award–winning author of the bestselling Dragonriders of Pern® novels, is one of science fiction’s most popular authors. She recently collaborated with Elizabeth Ann Scarborough on the Tale of the Barque Cats books: Catalyst and Catacombs. She lives in a house of her own design, Dragonhold-Underhill, in County Wicklow, Ireland.
Todd McCaffrey is the bestselling author of the Pern novels Dragonsblood, Dragonheart, and Dragongirl, and the co-author, with his mother, Anne McCaffrey, of Dragon’s Kin, Dragon’s Fire, and Dragon Harper. A computer engineer, he currently lives in Los Angeles. Having grown up in Ireland with the epic of the Dragonriders of Pern,® he is bursting with ideas for new stories of that world, its people, and its dragons.

More About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Todd McCaffrey has written more than a dozen books, including eight in the Dragonriders of Pern (R) universe. He has published numerous short stories, with the latest being "Robin Redbreast" in "When the Villain Comes Home." Visit his website on www.toddmccaffrey.org

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135 of 148 people found the following review helpful By greenie227 on July 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I read this book in one sitting, true, but for all the wrong reasons. The plot is extremely thin and convoluted. The character development is non-existent. Hey, it's been 10 pages, let's throw in another queenrider or two, mention her twice, then never mention her again. Whee! Timing it has turned from a very serious action with tremendous implications (Dragonquest, All The Weyrs) to something that can be done casually, over and over again, before death, after death, with only "muzzy-headedness" being the result. And then there's the casual loaning of dragons! Who knew a dragon didn't care who rode it?

Very disappointing to see carefully built parts of the Pern world so casually dismantled in this book. I've put up with Todd's Pern creations, but I think this one did me in. I'll just continue reading Anne's Pern books over and over and ignore any with Todd listed as the author.
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90 of 99 people found the following review helpful By C. Wilhite on July 2, 2011
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I am a long time Anne McCaffrey lover, 20+ years, and have read everything she has written as well as those written by her son. Normally I don't write reviews but in this case I was just so disappointed. I realize that time travel concepts can be confusing but they are just so over done now being the main plot in so many of the recent books. And this one became so confusing I kept having to go back and re-read sections to understand what was going on.

While the book did fill in some plot lines from the previous one, there was quite alot left hanging with the very quick and forced ending. There were some impressive and interesting new characters that were added that for some reason just didn't get any closure with such a lackluster ending. I hope there will be another book to address these characters, and with any luck without all the "timing it" plot lines. I would rather see the Pern series end altogether than to have another poorly written, confusing, and sometimes disturbing (i.e. does it seem like the girls in these mating flights are getting younger and younger?) plot lines.

Again, I don't write reviews because this is just my opinion, but I felt that this particular Pern novel was the worst I have read and keeping my fingers crossed that if another comes out it will be much better thought out and understandable. This was almost too much work to be enjoyable. I wanted to love it, but came away frustrated and disappointed.
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120 of 134 people found the following review helpful By jacdobe on July 4, 2011
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I have been a Pern fan since the early 90s, eagerly reading and re-reading every book that has been published but I am extremely disappointed with the quality of the series since Todd McCaffrey has taken over. I have kept reading, hoping for some improvement, thinking that things couldn't possibly get any worse but yet again with each new book I am proven wrong. With Dragongirl I felt like I was reading the perverted sex fantasy of a middle aged man. Now, don't get me wrong. I am not a prude and I do enjoy romance and occasional smut in books from time to time, but not with 13-16 year old children as the very obvious focus. I determined that I would not buy another book by Todd but when Dragon's Time was published with his mother's name as co-author I decided it might not be quite so perverse and offensive.

I have to admit, there wasn't as much obvious bed hopping and pubescent sex going on as in Dragongirl but that is the only thing to recommend this book. The plot was sketchy, following it was impossible and it stretched the imagination to the breaking point in the first two chapters. After that, nothing was believable.

As long time Pern enthusiasts can attest, Anne McCaffrey has made several points very obvious in the original books and in her interviews... Watch Whers can't fly. Green dragons would never clutch even if they never chewed firestone. Gold dragons cannot digest firestore and cannot flame. Todd breaks every one of these ironclad rules and more in his books and takes Pern from a believable fantasy world to a farcical mess.

If you love Pern, do yourself a favor and don't read this book. It will leave you with a bad taste in your mouth.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By C. Perry on September 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Please don't read this review if you dislike spoilers. For the most part, I managed to sit through this horrible book with no more than slight grimaces every time one of the many carefully established rules of Pern were broken. Jumping through time with no more than slight "muzzy-headedness"? Okay, doable. Dragons not caring who rode them? Odd, but not the worst thing I've read. Tunnelsnakes devouring dragon eggs with more than one Queen present? Stretching it slightly far, but alright.

Managing to save hundreds of dragonmen "lost" between for weeks? When Lessa almost died from her trip to the past?

I'm sorry, but that was when I put the book down and decided that never again will I purchase anything containing Todd's name.

I am disappointed that Anne allowed her name to be credited in the creation of this atrocity.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By High Expectations on December 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Anne McCaffrey was arguably one of the greatest Sci-Fi writers of our time. Pern was a wholly-new imaginative world not derivative of anything that had came before it.

We've often seen what happens when authors' children continue their parents' books. Tolkien, Herbert, etc., have shown us what usually lies in store. Todd takes this to a new level.

When I started reading the first few Todd McCaffrey books, I always had a bad taste in my mouth. The dialogue and prose were always awkward, jarring, disjointed, corny and very simple. There was no elegance, grace, fluidity or style to the writing. His characters seemed so superficial or ridiculously overdone. Often times the text would go on and on about such minor, trivial details such as facial expressions and second-by-second descriptions of emotional changes that it was quite an effort to get through several of the books, especially Dragongirl.

However, this review is about Dragonstime. This book, as mentioned in other reviews, broke every known rule in the Pern universe. Dragons riding with other partners, timing, the nature of between itself and the absurd idea of a dragon and rider FLYING ABOVE PERN IN THE STRATOSPHERE WITHOUT A SPACE SUIT. Anne McCaffrey always had the decency to have scientific fidelity in her stories. She consulted astronomers, biologists and trained scientists to create believable world and stories. Todd on the other hand wants us to think a human could sit, without a pressure suit, out in the open directly beneath an orbiting spacecraft and not suffer explosive decompression. And he had the guts to write this after all the work his mother put into "All the Weyrs of Pern!" Incredible...
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