- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey; 1st edition (November 23, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345422171
- ISBN-13: 978-0345422170
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 79 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #927,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dragonholder Hardcover – November 23, 1999
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In her brief note to the readers, Anne McCaffrey informs us that Dragonholder was written in response to countless requests to tell "how I spent my childhood, who my friends were, my pets, how I ever thought up Pern and its dragons--the whole nine unvarnished yards." Todd McCaffrey, her second son and a long-time science fiction (and McCaffrey) fan put together this album of family photographs and anecdotes, interspersed with behind-the-scenes stories about his mother's writing career.
The book includes everything from Anne's childhood pet--a Maine Coon cat named Thomas, who suffered her dressing him in doll clothes and wheeling him around in a stroller and whose best friend was the neighbor's collie--to tales of McCaffrey Second Sight (possessed by Anne's grandmother and mother, as well as herself) to how she came to write the stories that became Dragonflight, the first Pern novel. It covers her career from the early stories through her long struggle to make ends meet as a professional writer to her success in 1978, when The White Dragon became the first science fiction hardcover to reach The New York Times bestseller list. McCaffrey fans won't want to miss this--it's the next best thing to having your own visit with her. --Nona Vero
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YA-A diffuse yet entertaining biography by the noted writer's son. Readers searching for facts about McCaffrey's life should look elsewhere, but fans interested in the stories and personalities behind some of her best-known works will be pleased with the tidbits about her life in the United States and Ireland. The nonlinear narrative is punctuated with pictures from the McCaffrey family album, reproduced in sepia and cream and including shots of such sci-fi luminaries as Harlan Ellison and Isaac Asimov. This attractively designed book has plenty of YA appeal.
Susan Salpini, Purcellville Library, VA
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Learning about what she went through as a beginning writer in the heydays of Science Fiction and Fantasy and some of her personal life, made me appreciate her writing even more. The only thing I would have wished was that the book were longer, with more pictures and details