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Sky Dragons: Dragonriders of Pern Mass Market Paperback – May 28, 2013
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Anne McCaffrey's Pern series has been running successfully for so long that most of the Dragonriders' original problems have been solved. In The Skies of Pern, she confronts her standard cast of characters with the consequences of those solutions, consequences that are a whole new set of problems. Now that the Red Star has been pushed to another orbit, there will only be a few more ravenous Threads descending from it for them and their dragons to fight--and what role will that leave for them? They have successfully reclaimed Earth's lost technology--and suddenly everyone with a craft that might be outmoded, or who is phobic about surgery, is on the rampage, sabotaging and smashing and making up rumors. These fundamentalist Abominators are sure that something terrible will happen if the old ways are not gone back to--and sure enough, fire descends, on cue, from the skies.
Anne McCaffrey's tales of genetically engineered dragons and a lost colony that has declined into feudalism are ultimately SF rather than fantasy because they are about finding solutions to problems, solutions that involve working with what you are given to start off with; The Skies of Pern is all about elegant solutions to credible problems. --Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
Bestseller McCaffrey's first Pern novel in three years returns to the world of her most popular series, Dragonriders of Pern, reprising almost all the best-loved Pernese characters. In earlier episodes, hero and heroine F'lar and Lessa summoned the captivating dragons and their riders from the remote past to save Pern from a devastating rain of Thread, while the later discovery of Aivas, the artificial intelligence that guided Pern's original human settlers, brought technological marvels like printing to Pern and helped shift the Thread-producing Red Star from its lethal orbit before it self-destructed. Now neo-Luddite Abominators are bent on destroying all of Aivas's gifts and returning watery Pern to its primitive state, while the Dragonriders struggle to find new purpose in a Threadless world. F'lar and Lessa uneasily contemplate second careers or horrors! retirement, while their genteel and amorous son F'lessan and perceptive green rider Tai arrive at both a dragon-assisted romance and a whole new role for the telepathic and telekinetic dragons. McCaffrey's various themes traditionalism vs. technology, the necessity of societal change, feminist commentary on draconian psychology are at times awkwardly integrated. And her slightly watered-down villains seem peripheral to the action, merely a means to showcase familiar personalities performing during crises. Nonetheless, as all her Pern novels amply demonstrate, McCaffrey's sexy and cunning dragons carry the day and the novel with impeccable, irresistible panache. (Apr. 3) Forecast: A likely genre bestseller, but some younger Pern fans may be put off by the emphasis on retirement, unable to appreciate the angst of inexorably approaching age.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Rest in Peace Anne McCaffrey...you gave us all a world of dragons and harpers to love and live in...we'll be forever grateful!
However, the last trilogy which culminated in Sky Dragons, left me disappointed and oft-times confused. That's not to say that there were not elements of the trilogy and this book that were not good. There were. But taken as a whole the series lacked.
The three biggest issues for me were:
- The overused of time travel. While "Timing it" had been used effectively in the earlier books, in this it was used, overused and used inconsistently. While in the earlier novels being in two times at once had an effect, inducing lethargy and a general malaise, in this trilogy people are present 2, 3, 4 and lord knows how many times with only a passing mention. The overuse of timing it also makes the story incredibly difficult to follow.
- The Polyamorous nature of relationships. My issue here is not with the sexuality, bi-sexuality, homosexuality or heterosexuality of any particular character. Rather it was with the lack of commitment and partnership with any individual. I know that this was "explained" with the dragon mating flights (sort of) but it made it much more difficult for me to feel an emotional investment in any of the characters. This is compounded by the large cast of characters and lack of character development.
- The outright gaps in the story telling. in Sky Dragons between book one and book two within the novel there is a big jump in time and suddenly Fiona is there in Sky Weyr. Where did she come from why is she there? It's sort of explained but not to my satisfaction.
So in summary because of at times incoherent story telling and lack of character development, I sadly cannot recommend this book.
Had I read this a long while ago when my eyes were still good, I might have given a higher rating. I wouldn't have had to listen to the narrator, Dick Hill's version of the story. Ugh! He makes all the women sound like weak whiners. Even Lessa, who is supposed to be a strong leader, Mr. Hill diminishes with his vocal characterization. But there was no text-to-speech so I was stuck with his voice. And there is no loanability for these books. What the Heck! Poor people want to read, too!
But maybe Dick was only working with what was there? Did our dear Ms. McCaffrey write the book with the male heaviness I felt? I just wasn't happy with how it progressed. It took me much longer to read, just because it didn't pull at me like, say, her Harper Hall books did. Okay. I did read most of this series about twenty-four years ago. Whew! That is a long time ago!
It was only near the end of reading this book that I realized that this was the last solo book of the series. I will now have to look up the continuation written with her son, Todd or those he wrote alone. I have a few sitting here, but I will have to find the Kindle versions and Audibles to get by.
SO as much as I miss our dear Anne McCaffrey and her love and talent, I have to stay truthful. This just wasn't my favorite Pern.
This book will more than satisfy any of Anne McCaffrey's readers and will encourage whole new generations to begin at landing.