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Dragonflight (Pern) Paperback – July 26, 2005
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The story takes place as Pern nears another invasion from the threads, but the planet is unprepared. Many people no longer believe in the threads (it has been hundreds of "turns" since the last attack), and there are fewer dragon dens (called "weyrs") than there once were to produce the creatures who can destroy the threads. Dragonrider T'Lar searches for a Weyrwoman to help him replenish the dragons before it is too late and unit the dragonriders to face the invasion.
This only scratches the surface of a tale full of suprises and unexpted turns.Read more ›
Enough of that. This is the classic, and it has earned its reputation. I read this book in the late 70s. I have probably read it a dozen times since then because it is so gosh-darn easy to fall into Dragonflight... and not want to drag myself out again.
I know intellectually that Pern is a made-up universe, but emotionally it's another story. In my heart, I believe it exists. That's how absolutely "real" her world is. The background appeals to our analytical sense of "what if this happened...": forgotten colonists on a generally well-endowed planet, with this one teeny problem: a neighboring planet throws destructive spores at Pern every 200 years, and the residents create genetic telepathic "dragons" which can counter the threat. But the science is left behind, because the story starts thousands of years later, when all the backstory has turned to myth (and not well remembered myth, at that).
But lots of people can create a good world. McCaffrey created marvelous characters to fill it. Like anybody stuck in a "save the world" situation, they try to act heroic, but they fumble because they're just people.
And like the best writers, she makes them come alive with the tiny details.Read more ›
Thumbnail sketch of the plot: a futuristic world barely settled by mankind, which was then cut off from all contact and aid from the motherworld (Earth). Genetic engineering of native life forms to create "Dragons" which form psychic links to individual humans (dragonriders)for life, to aid in fighting a recurring biological threat. Centuries pass between attacks, causing subsequent generations to forget the dragons' purpose, take the dragonriders for granted and weaken their defenses gradually. Now there are signs that the attacks will begin again soon, and the people are caught unprepared. The stage is set for Lessa, a young insignificant, to rise to the top of the dragonrider heirarchy along with F'lar, a seasoned rider, as his mate.
I was tempted to dock a star from the rating based on some formulaic elements: the young, fiery, independant-spirited heroine challenging the restrictive views of her medieval society, the super-Alpha male hero who tries to dominate her but comes to appreciate her in the end...if you've read one, you will recognize the Lessa and F'lar characters, as well as some others as such Romance novel archetypes. Despite this, McCaffrey draws them well and uses her characters perfectly to play up the tension and confusion that Pern is going though. HOWEVER.Read more ›
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A fantastic introduction novel to a personally important series. Thank you very much, Anne McCaffrey. Your fiction is a darling of my life.Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
As always Ms. McCaffrey is flawless in story line as well as holding interest. Could not put it down. Would be good for anyone over the age of 12.Published 21 days ago by Sandra Reeves
**spoiler alert** I was expecting a good book, story-wise, and well written. It has a good story, not that spores are a very exciting enemy, but it's refreshing to have an... Read morePublished 25 days ago by dmr
I loved this book when I read it decades ago, and wanted to re-read it. It's as delightful now as then!Published 27 days ago by muushuu10
Too much domestic violence for me. He's always slapping her or shaking her. I can't recommend that regardless of when it was written.Published 1 month ago by Christiana
Lessa story needed to be told.....but it was slow to get interesting. And I ended up not liking her very much (my opinion).Published 2 months ago by Patricia Subotich