Friday, November 28, 2008

Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey (Series Summary)

Mulluane | 9:00 PM | 5 Comments so far
Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey
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♥ Mini Review ♥
Dragonriders of Pern is a HUGE series containing trilogies and standalones. This is the first trio of books written and a great start to a series that is still having books added to it today. The dragons and the system of Lords, Holders, and Weyrs gives the series a fantasy air but it also takes place on a colonized planet. The inhabitants in this part of the trilogy have forgotten their origins, knowing only that their ancestors possessed technologies that have been lost to time.

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♦ The Story. The first three books introduce us to Pern and its unique society. An organism called Thread, comes from another planet when that planet’s orbit brings it in close proximity. Thread devours vegetation if allowed to reach the ground, so the dragons were developed to combat this threat, literally burning Thread out of the skies. However, it has been 400 years since Thread has fallen and except for a few dragonriders, no one believes it will ever return. If Thread does return, Pern is going to be in deep trouble. Where once there were 5 weyrs full of dragons and their riders, now there is only one and that is not enough to cover the planet should Thread once again become a threat.

♦ My Thoughts. This is one of the series that got me hooked on fantasy in general and dragons in particular. On the planet of Pern, candidates showing telepathic abilities "impress" dragons right out the egg. The dragon and its rider share both a telepathic and an emotional bond. This bond is until death, if the rider dies the dragon commits suicide, if the dragon dies, dragonriders become hopelessly insane or suffer from severe depression. The wonders do not stop there, dragons use a method of teleportation, allowing them to cover miles in a matter of seconds, they breathe fire and are more telepathic then their riders.

♦ Conclusion. The characters are delightful, the worldbuilding is off to a good start, and while the story may seem simplistic compared to the gritty fantasy/science fiction of today, it is still a fun read. There is a mystery or two, some romance, drama, intrigue and dragons! These books are popular with YA readers. Although they do contain sex, it is not graphically detailed with the exception of one scene in The White Dragon, and the description there is more emotional then physical. The violence is at a bare minimum and there is not any objectionable language. Great books for when you are in the mood for something light to read away a rainy day. For more detailed information you might like to check out the individual reviews.

An additional note. One of the questions that is most often asked about the Pern Series is in regards to what order the books should be read. Anne McCaffrey herself said: "There isn’t really a right order. The whole series started off as a short story and some million-plus words later, it’s still going strong." 

However, I have included links to both chronological order and publication order of the major books --for those of you who wish to follow the series using one method or the other. The lesser works, ie short stories, are not included.

Pern Series Reading Order: Chronological Order ~ Publication Order ~ Reference Books

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(Additional Info)
Author: Anne McCaffrey

Genre: Science Fantasy

Content: Dragons, 13+

Series: Pern: Dragonriders of Pern

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9780345340245 (Omnibus)

Source: Personal Copy

Rating: 5/5 Stars
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Science Fantasy Series Review of Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey - Reviewed by Mulluane - on November 28, 2008 - Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

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  1. This is a nice review. {Smile} If I wasn't lready reading quite a few things, I'd be tempted to re-read it now. {SMILE}

    Anne Elizabeth Baldwin

  2. I also remember reading the Harper series, which also takes place on Pern. They discover lots of ancient technology in that series.

    It's just plain good storytelling!

  3. I LOVED this series. It's one of my all time favorites. I'm shocked that there hasn't been a movie based on it.

  4. The rumors I've heard suggest that talks to arrange a Pern movie fell thru at least once, and quite possibly more than once. {smile}

    Anne Elizabeth Baldwin

  5. Near as I can tell (unconfirmed) scheduled for 2011


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