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The People of Pern Hardcover – November, 1988

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 151 pages
  • Publisher: The Donning Company/Publishers; First Edition edition (November 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898656354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898656350
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #414,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Smoker VINE VOICE on August 30, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I cannot praise highly enough this wonderful companion book to Ms. McCaffrey's Pern books. This book is a collection of portraits of the many characters in Dragonflight, Dragonquest, The White Dragon, Moreta, and the Harper Hall trilogy.

There are artist renderings of almost every character, from Menolly, Lessa, and F'lar; to C'gan, Dorse, Moreta, even Dunca and Pona are in here! Main characters and minor ones--they are all here, and many are uncannily just as I had pictured them in my head! As a bonus, Ms. McCaffrey supplied little commentaries on each portrait that are fascinating to read.

All the portraits are works of true art, but the masterpiece of the book is the portrait of Robinton! You've got to see it--Robin Wood captures him perfectly! Anyone who loves the Pern books should have this in their collection.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 15, 2000
Format: Hardcover
While I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I did have a few issues with it. Some of the characters were great, some were....hmmmm! Piemur and F'nor look like total dweebs, Sharra wasn't as "unpretty" as described in "The White Dragon", and Lady Gemma looked way way way too old to be having children. She looked danged near 75 or older! Fax looked properly villanous, while I expected a less portly looking fellow.
However I *loved* the portraits of F'lar and T'gellan! Whatta couple of hunks! While Lytol was a surprise(I always pictured him with a beard and a bit more portly) the artist did capture the look of a "dragonless man" fairly well. Mirrim and Path looked absolutely precious together.
All in all, I'd still say it's worth the effort to track down this out-of-print book!
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By sgkr on December 10, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As a long-standing Pern fan, I asked for this book as a present years ago while it was still in print. I loved it at the time, and still enjoy it thoroughly, but in the end, Robin Wood's images are just that; her interpretation of characters that I had realized in my own mind. Some of her paintings are wonderful, especially the portrait of Mirrim and Path, and it was fun to try to identify some of her source material, such as her 'American Gothic' rendition of Menolly's parents. Her portrait of Lessa... well, that one I didn't agree with at all. She looks like a pinched old woman with a needle-like chin, incongruously paired with shockingly black hair. A book for true fans only.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "thori" on August 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Robin worked closely with Anne (who has always been very protective of Pern, as well she should!) on the portraits and even if they might not be what WE've imagined - they are very close to what/how Anne sees them as she's given her approval for them to be published. I think that this is a VERY lovely book and worthwhile for the Pern fan!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 12, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful collection of portraits of the People of Pern! Intros by Anne and by Robin - Robin also talks about her painting technique. I found a mint condition copy in the Amazon auctions.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By keharding@yahoo.com on October 24, 1998
Format: Hardcover
If you're a dragon devotee, you have to get this book, even if it means mortgaging your house. The portraits are so sensitively, humourously done, with so much understanding of the character and so much convincing detail, that you simply won't be able to look away. The only disappointment was that the title is accurate - riders are portrayed away from their dragons except for the baby Path with Mirrim, Ruth's white wing and Holth's belly as a background for Leri - but quite a lot of fire lizards are shown. Anne McCaffrey's character notes, accompanying the portraits, add a new dimension to well-loved figures. A delight on all counts, but good luck finding it new. A good place to start looking for a secondhand copy is the MX Bookfinder
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 30, 1997
Format: Hardcover
This book is incredible! If you have the chance to even look at it, do it! Robin Wood does an wonderful job of painting the People Of Pern. If you can buy this book, I would tell you to go for it because the paintings are beautiful to look at. They also show almost exactly how these people look in McCaffrey's world. Check your public library for it!!!!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Laura Klotz on July 4, 2001
Format: Hardcover
As a true fan of Anne McCaffrey's Pern books, I was delighted beyond expression to find this advertised in my monthly catalog from the Science Fiction Book Club. It's amazing! Robin Wood is an incredibly talented artist. I have to agree with some of the other reviewers...there were a few characters I disagreed with the appearances of. [For example, K'van, the "littlest dragonboy," is illustrated as being of Asian descent; yet in the book "Dragonseye," where we meet the grown up K'vin (see, even the spellings are different there), we learn he's descended from the Hanrihan family, which was Irish!] I was tickled to find that some of the characters, such as Sharra and Lessa, look like people I know myself; my one disappointment was finding that none of them looked like me! *laugh* Anyway, this book is pure delight for fans of the earlier books in the series...let's hope they make another one of pictures from the later books!
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