Award-winning author Anne McCaffrey introduced us to the world of Pernnearly 30 years ago, and her books continue to thrill readers to this day. Pern is a world filled with powerful dragons, deadly parasites, and musicians whose prophetic songs bear warning of an uncertain future. For a limited time only, take advantage of this exciting opportunity: buy Dragonquest and get Dragonflight for free!Dragonflight: After ten long turns, Lessa was ready to come out of hiding, to reclaim herb birthright...and to Impress the young dragon queen and become Weyrwoman of BendenSuddenly the deadly silver Thread once again threatened all Pern withdestruction. But the mighty telepathic dragons that for centuries haddefended Pern were now few in number, not nearly enough to protect theplanet in its hour of greatest peril. So Lessa hatched a daring anddangerous scheme: Rally support from people who had long ago ceased toexist...Dragonquest: Another Turn, and the deadly silver Threads began falling again. So the bold dragonriders took to the air once more and their magnificent flying dragons swirled and swooped, belching flames that destroyed the shimmering strands before they reached the ground.But F'lar knew he had to find a better way to protect his beloved Pern, and he had to find it before the rebellious Oldtimers could breed any more dissent...before his brother F'nor would be foolhardy enough to launch another suicide mission...and before those dratted fire-lizards could stir up any more trouble!
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So... Anne McCaffery's "Dragonriders of Pern". A famous series, particularly among those interested in dragons, and one that's been on my to-do list for a long time - because, as a writer of fantasy (well, cyberpunk) fiction involving dragons, it's required reading. I picked up the first book, "Dragonflight", quite recently - it featured some gorgeous cover art pleasantly reminiscent of the work done on "Dragon Tamers 2: Digital Tempest", and at first, I really enjoyed it. But in hindsight, there are sections of it that bother me... It's hard to explain my impressions of this book - perhaps too soon after reading it, but I'll do my best. 'Dragonflight' does deserves its place as a fantasy staple - it's well-written, for the most part, with a detailed world and brilliant effort put into grounding it's main fantasy element - the dragons, which are all given personality as well as form, with their eating habits to their methods for firebreathing all rendered it satisfying detail. The time it's set, however, is not so clear - we've got a near-medieval world where important technology has been 'forgotten', but with telepathic dragons, extraterrestrial threats and time travel. Executed well, it could have been great - and the time-travel was a nice step up from the slow-moving first half of the book - but it wasnt really touched on, let alone explain, and too much thinking in to the situation tends to unravel the setting piece by piece. So, where does it go wrong? It starts with the main female character, Lessa. She starts out fantastic - strong-willed, ambitious, and delightfully dark-natured, and continues lie this, in part, for most of the book. But as it progresses and her relationship with the male protagonist happens, she seems to do a complete u-turn - not only does she let what's described, in plain words, as rape by him pass with only the odd bit of snark, but she's left helpless by his constant, rough shaking whenever she does the wrong thing. She's lead in a complete u-turn into some meek, abused housewife - and when you loo at Anne's author bio, where she's said to have started writing to protest 'unrealistic portrayals of women', well... What. I'm not a feminist, just smart enough to realise when abuse is clearly portrayed, nor am I a hater. I liked the book, and I'd still recommend the novel to fantasy fans. I'll even be reading it's sequels - though partly, this will be in the hope it gets better. But I'll be hoping the future protagonists are more of what Lessa should have been....
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Bad execution of an ambitious idea. There are a lot of things that Dragonflight has going for it. First and foremost, it's dragons. Second, it's dragons ! Dragons are the shit and any book is made more awesome just by the inclusion of a scaly, fire breathing sentinent creature who enjoys looking down at people in its spare time(Saphira was my favorite character in Eragon if that didn't give you a clue). But this book crashed and burned even with the inclusion of dragons. Why ? Well, Anne McCaffrey had this lofty idea. She wanted to write this saga about dragons. Dragons and time travel. So, she set about building this alternate reality that is connected to our own by a flimsy Thread(deliberate pun, I swear) giving us loads of details that you were supposed to pick up as you went on and these characters who made the reader feel absolutely nothing and an interesting premise. Sort of like Archangel, this fellow is on the search. It's not for his own mate but it's for a woman who he thinks will be an awesome Queen who he can proceed to order around as he does his own thing. For obvious reasons, he doesn't tell Lessa that(how appropriately named, is she !). So, naive Lessa believes him and trots over with him to arrive conveniently when the current Queen keels over and the egg cracks. Then we have a bewildering time shift of two years where there has been no progress whatsoever except that the Queen is still eating a lot and it's been two years. Lessa still hates the main character, does some weird pseudo manipulating on her own without a clear picture of the real world out there(we don't really get one either), then finds her dragon ready to mate. She prays to god that it isn't the old man and it turns out to be our hero. This part is awful. It is interesting that the strong bond between dragon and human means that the human is overcome with the dragon's instinct. So, if the dragon is REALLY hungry, so should the human. But we don't see that happening with Lessa and Ramoth. However, if the dragon is REALLY horny, of course the lead characters have to go at it. Because you know, that's the stuff of real romance. Rape. So, the rape thing goes on and eventually the victim falls for the fellow even though he doesn't give up on the sex or goes to stick it elsewhere. He doesn't really respect her as an individual either(I wouldn't either with her immature judgement but STILL, benefit of the doubt, people) or a Weyrwoman. Blah blah time travel. Blah blah, convoluted time shit that doesn't really work itself out smoothly. Lessa does her thing and is stupid. But her stupidity merely serves to bring the lovers face to face with their attachment for the other person. And the books stops right when it was getting to the good stuff. A truckload of new characters and a fight against some weird things that fall from the sky. The end. At the end, you're like: what did i just read ? Me: um, it has time travel, dragons, something called threads and something about a star and the weirdest romance I have ever read. And I've read a lot ! And the dragons ! I love dragons in every form. I'm a huge fan of Thea Harrison's Dragon Bound purely because of the laughs that she throws at us unexpectedly. Yet, I was so unmoved by the dragons in this book that they might as well have not been there. The story wasn't entirely to blame, either. The writing was shoddy, one dimensional characters and had a generally very unappealing feel to it. Lessa and F'lar didn't make me feel a thing(except laughter whenever their names came up. Dude, like seriously ?). And if she were still alive, I'd suggest she look into show not tell. Like maybe show us that Lessa is jealous of Kylara. Or atleast tell us WHY she is desirable and envy inducing ? McCaffrey took grand moments like F'lar establishing his authority and telling everyone that the party's over and made it flat. There was no sense of drama that would have made it satisfying or anything like that. So, Anne McCaffrey dreamed. She dreamed big, Hollywood lights, a big movie and more things I expect. And her...
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