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Sky Dragons: Dragonriders of Pern (Pern: The Dragonriders of Pern) Hardcover – Deckle Edge, June 26, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: Pern: The Dragonriders of Pern
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Book Club Edition edition (June 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345500911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345500915
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #626,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PRAISE FOR ANNE McCAFFREY AND TODD McCAFFREY
 
Dragon’s Time
 
“SF grand master McCaffrey and her son Todd combine their prodigious storytelling talents to craft a complex tale of desperation and sacrifice, love and loss.”—Library Journal (starred review)
 
Dragon’s Fire
 
“These fabled dragons still cast a spell.”—Publishers Weekly
 
Dragon Harper
 
“Captivating . . . The McCaffreys are well known for their brilliant characterizations, and they do not disappoint here.”—Booklist

About the Author

Anne McCaffrey, one of the world’s most popular authors, is best known for her Dragonriders of Pern® series. She was the first woman to win the top two prizes for science fiction writing, the Hugo and the Nebula awards. She was also given the American Library Association’s Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement in Young Adult Fiction, was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, and was named a Science Fiction Writers of America Nebula Grand Master. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1926, McCaffrey relocated to Ireland in the 1970s, where she lived in a house of her own design, named Dragonhold-Underhill. She died in 2011.
 
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 Time, 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

Customer Reviews

I have bought almost every book available written by Anne McCaffrey and now her son Todd.
Kittymommy
It was very hard to get into with too many gaps in the story line and too few interconnects with previous characters, dragons and story lines.
Bigfoot
My only complaint is that the macro story line is not yet finished and I hate to wait for the next book to find out what happens next.
Gijoemarine

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

65 of 67 people found the following review helpful By DJJ on June 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I LOVE Pern and I've enjoyed Todd McCaffrey's series quite a bit. In fact, I even reread Dragon's Time so that I would be ready for the last novel of this series - setting me up to find out what happened when D'Gan returned and squared off with Fiona and how Lorana was going to perish since that was HEAVILY hinted about in Dragon's Time. I opened my book and started to read...about Xhinnia. Kindan, now K'dan, Fionia, and Lorana are barely mentioned and instead I'm learning about how everyone loves everybody over and over again. And over again. I suppose it would be more important to me if Xhinnia had been treated as anything but an afterthought in the previous novels. I also remember that children were mentioned in the Anne McCaffrey novels but now they are EVERYTHING! Meanwhile, the D'Gan/Fiona showdown was only mentioned as a conversation and Lorana was around at the end - hard to tell since she was barely discussed! I will forgive Todd McCaffrey if there is another novel that ties up the loose ends from Dragon's Time - because they definitely were not this time around.
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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Lin S on August 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
It is time for all Pern readers to face facts: Anne has not been writing these books for about 10 years, and, given her recent passing, never will again.

This series is all Todd's. It is his baby and his world. It may be called 'Pern' and have watchwhers and queens and thread and such, but this is Todd's story. It is not Anne's.

And Todd is one of the worst writers I have ever read.

Where do I start? Should I focus this review on the excessive and disgusting focus Todd has on 13-year olds having sex with each other? How about the constant bedhopping with the level of consideration that most people give their breakfast cereal? Perhaps I should focus on the complete lack of scientific rational? How about the repetitive covers and terribly un-flattering photograph of the author (and his mother)? Maybe the complete lack of editing ? Oh, I know. None of those.

Let's focus on Todd's complete inability to write a coherent storyline. His stories make little to no sense. Characters are introduced and forgotten constantly. We could fill a village with all the minor characters that were introduced as major characters, but forgotten about within a couple pages. This is not helped by everyone having short, 2-syllable names that all sound alike. For females we have Halla and Pella and Fiona and Lorana and Xyhra and Morena and Nuella and Hesha and Shela and Jirana and Suella and Spelt. For males, we have K'dan and F'nor and R'gad and P'tat and D'gan and Z'qig and S'pit and... oh I can't go on. There are hundreds of characters at this point. Who can keep them straight? (PS. not all of those I listed are real, but who can tell?)

It is hard to call Todd's books a 'series' in the classical sense that one book leads into the next in some sort of logical fashion.
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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Bonny Flemister on June 27, 2012
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One of my favorite things to do is to tell my husband, "I know you'll miss me but I'm going to Pern." There I would stay until it was time to come home. I had this automatically down loaded. Curled up and then...
I had to reread the first few pages several times to try to meet and remember the characters, strangers kept popping up. Even harder to follow when the names are contracted and similar. What happened that sexual orientation became an issue on Pern? Who cares? What did it lend to the plot? Less than 5 times have I closed a book and quit reading. I had to add this to the list. So disappointing to have waited and been let down.
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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful By E. Clark on June 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Sadly, this last installation of Pern does not live up to Anne McCaffrey's earlier ones. I am so sad she passed. She worked on this one with her son Todd, but the characters are not as richly woven and the plot is very tough to understand at some points. I am a long time Pern fan and read ALL of the former books in the series, and I found myself LOST in the first two chapters. In past books, Anne was careful to make sure that both new readers and long time readers were up to speed before diving into too many details, not the case in this one, so sadly. I stuck it out, but found the book disappointing in too many ways. If you are a die-hard McCaffrey fan, of course, you must read it, but wait till it comes out in paperback!
Rest in Peace Anne McCaffrey...you gave us all a world of dragons and harpers to love and live in...we'll be forever grateful!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By C. E. Funston on July 31, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Without a doubt this was one of the most poorly written books I've ever read, and certainly the worst book of the whole Pern series. It was choppy and episodic, and very difficult to follow. Characters were introduced with little or no reason, certainly not to advance the plot, and with almost no character development. Early in the story it is revealed that the main character is a lesbian and we are introduced to her lover, but the lover then leaves the the story for most of the book, returning about two-thirds of the way through. I never saw any reason for the introduction of the characters' sexuality, especially if it wasn't going to be developed as a significant plot element.

If this book is indicative of what will become of the Pern franchise, it would be better if it were ended now.
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