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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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #827,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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By A Customer 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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Anne McCaffrey's world of Pern is rich in characters, details, and dragons. The richly developed characters, the tightly interwoven plot and subplots, and the enduring, deep telepathic relationship between the dragon riders and their dragons make for a deeply engrossing, compelling read. I love the Pern books. They really drew me in, so much so that I wanted to know what some of the characters look like. This is the perfect book for that! I got this book, and it was so intriguing to see how Anne McCaffrey imagined her characters of the Pern series to look. I would highly recommend this book to any reader who had the good fortune to read any books of Anne McCaffrey's world of Pern.
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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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"The People Of Pern" is a very enjoyable book of Art depicting the artist's interpretations of descriptions of Characters by Author Anne McCaffrey in her series of fiction books about the life and tribulations of the planet Pern. I have enjoyed reading the series for many years and continue to read the new releases authored by Anne and her son Todd, and now look forward to Todd continuing the series.
The prints of the present Art book bring visualization of the Characters of Anne's stories to 'life' in my mind even further than my own imagination was able to give them.
I have added this book to my library and have it to refer to when I reread the Pern Series.
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