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The Atlas of Pern: A Complete Guide to Anne McCaffrey's Wonderful World of Dragons and Dragonriders Paperback – October 12, 1984


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 169 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; 1st edition (October 12, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345314344
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345314345
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #429,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is wonderful in many ways.
gilk10
Get the book if you want to see some of the earliest references of places on Pern, but do not expect all of the places mentioned in all of the books to be shown.
A. D. Turner
I've been looking for this comic for a while to add to my Anne McCaffrey collection, and it looks great!
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 13, 1998
Format: Paperback
Anne McCaffrey paints word pictures of her imaginary world. Karen Fonstadt brings those pictures to graphic life with her maps, illustrations and explanations. I've often faulted McCaffrey's publishers for cover art that jarred with my mental images of her characters and their surroundings. Ms Fonstadt has managed to give a visual form to my imaginings that is completely consistent with my own ideas.
If you want the exact layout of the Benden Hatching Grounds, or Dunca's cot where Menolly spent many a lonely day, you'll find them here. There's even a complete "dragonwing anatomy", for those with a biology bent. Time-lines for the events in the Pern series are also there, though these do have a couple of discrepancies with the text, and are, by now sadly out of date with Ms McCaffrey's ongoing contributions to the series, and it would be so nice to see an upddated issue.
Today, I no longer even try to read the "Dragonriders of Pern" or "Harper Hall" series without this vital volume to hand. It contributes so much to my enjoyment of the books that it truly is the essential companion to Anne McCaffrey's Pern series.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By missmao on May 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
If you participate in Pern fandom, this book is very valuable. It includes scaled drawings of many places on Pern, from the original colonists' time through "The White Dragon". Land use, climate, population, and spatial maps are also included. The only frustrating thing is that this is not a complete work - if the place hasn't been mentioned and described in detail in the Harper Hall trilogy, "Moreta" , or the original trilogy, then it's not mapped in this book. Igen Weyr, Telgar Weyr, High Reaches Hold, and Benden Hold are missing, to name a few. But Fonstadt has produced an excellent reference work.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 24, 2002
Format: Paperback
Whether you're just a casual reader of a die-hard fan, the Atlas of Pern is a handy companion to Anne McCaffery's popular series. It's nice to be able to flip open a book and see an illustration of the world, trace the routes from one Hold to the next and back again. It adds a depth to the work.
It's also handy for those of us who do roleplaying on the Pern-based worlds; there are details within its pages not seen elsewhere. In my years of playing apprentices, holders, and dragonriders, I have often called on it for more information. I highly recommend it and the DragonLover's Guide to Pern to all Pern fans.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30, 1997
Format: Paperback
This book is constructed as a series of maps, but each map is followed by a little bit of related information from the novels. There are detailed drawings of the Weyrs, Holds, and Halls. Finally you can see how a Hatching ground is laid out
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ratha on February 2, 2010
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This is a very useful book, and a perfect companion for the Dragonlover's Guide to Pern. Not only does it show close up maps of where various Holds, Weyrs, and Crafthalls are located, but it also has maps of some of the events from the books, such as the path Moreta took, and F'lar's infamous battle with Fax. I'd highly recommend this book for any fan of Pern.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Istariel on January 27, 2014
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Fonstad created this as a labor of love, and is an excellent supplement to the books themselves for anyone who has wanted to see the full extent of the locations in them. The drawings are as accurate as they could be thanks to great consultation with the Dragonmistress herself, Anne McCaffrey, who gave her blessing for the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LibKat on April 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
The only thing that could make this book better would be if it could be updated. I love maps and love the stories of Pern so I found this book to be a perfect combination. It answered so many questions and gave clear visualization to this magical world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Marshall on September 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Wonderful hard covered book showing all the maps of Pern in wonderful detail, with great written descriptions.
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