- Mass Market Paperback
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; 18th printing edition (October 12, 1980)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345295684
- ISBN-13: 978-0345295682
- Package Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.1 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 513 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,968,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"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 * --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I highly recommend for fantasy fans as a stepping stone into the science fiction universe, for girls who are looking for strong female leads and swoon-worthy romance, and for anyone who appreciates richly detailed and incredibly developed setting.
More than 40 years after its first publication, Anne McCaffrey's Dragonflight clearly withstands the test of time. A vibrant and compellingly original vision of flaming dragons rising in the skies to combat an ancient foe that returns to menace their home.
Dragonflight has justly remained among the most cherished of SciFi & Fantasy classics because it deftly blends both genres, and because it introduced our world to McCaffrey's captivating world of Pern.
Unfortunately, this kindle edition makes that experience nearly unreadable. The text clearly wasn't given the most cursory review by a human editor prior to being released into the marketplace. Most notably, this text is rife with missing and incorrect punctuation. Without exaggeration, one has the feeling that on almost every virtual page, there are multiple sentences that run together because the necessary punctuation marks are missing.
Making matters worse, character names are at times misused. When characters have names which resemble each other, it's sometimes necessary to take care that they're not mixed up. On more than one occasion though, the reader encounters a name that's simply the result of poor OCR during the original digitization process. Names which are close-but-not-quite-right appear in scenes and are never heard from again.
The shoddy quality of this edition truly takes the reader out of the story, because you are forced to try and understand how the text was really meant to be.
If this were my first exposure to this novel, I would have had a difficult time understanding what was going on. I would likely have never continued reading the series.
I love my Kindle. I have read 100s of Kindle books on it, as well as on phones, tablets and computers. I've read Project Gutenberg works, PDFs and Amazon novels. I've used it for years and this is the first time I've felt compelled to say: don't read this story on your Kindle. It's not worth it.