Dragonsdawn (Dragonriders of Pern Series) [Anne McCaffrey, Michael Whelan] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. NEW YORK TIMES. Dragonsdawn is the book of the Dragonriders’ Dawn in the Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey. Dragonsdawn was first published by Del Rey Books. Dragonsdawn therefore has an immense vista of possibilities to Anne McCaffrey, unfortunately, is not a great writer, in the technical sense.

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The beautiful planet Pern seemed a paradise to its new colonists – until unimaginable terror turned it into hell. Suddenly deadly spores were falling like silver threads from the sky, devouring everything – and everyone – in their path. It began to look as if the colony, cut off from Earth and lacking the resources to combat the menace, was doomed. Then some of the colonists noticed that the small, dragonlike lizards that inhabited their new world were joining the fight against Thread, breathing fire on it and teleporting to safety.

If only, they thought, the dragonets were big enough for a human to ride and intelligent enough to work as a team with a rider And so they set their most talented geneticist to work to create the creatures Pern so desperately needed – Dragons! Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Dragonsdawn by Anne McCaffrey.

Then some of the colonist The beautiful planet Pern seemed a paradise to its new colonists – until unimaginable terror turned it into hell. Hardcoverpages. Pern Chronological Order 1Pern 9.

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To ask other ane questions about Dragonsdawnplease sign up. I just started re-reading this book, has anyone else noticed that there are times when Shallah Telgar is called ‘Mr Telgar’ by Benden, but is clearly a female and that Jim Tillek sometimes gets called Jim Keroon? That’s what I’ve found in my copy at least so far, only just started it again I have the Kindle version from Amazon US.

Adrian Rose Actually, the mixup of names is in my copy of the book as well, and it is a paper copy. I think there was probably a problem with either the editor or …more Actually, the mixup of names is in my copy of the book as well, and it is a paper copy. I think there was probably a problem with either the editor or the original manuscript that no one caught. However, those little things doesn’t detract from the story.

I thought it was disgusting, and although I’d heard great things about the Pern books and was excited to read them, I will not be finishing this mcczffrey or reading the dtagonsdawn. It was just too draggy. See 2 questions about Dragonsdawn….

Lists with This Book. This is one of the series that I read that began to peak my interest in Fantasy. I think this is also the series that began my love of dragons! That was so many years ago that I thought it would be fun to listen to the series while I was at work or while I was crafting. I also decided that I would read them in chronological order this time around. And this series is still wonderful! This book is about arriving at Pern, settling Pern, thread falling and them creating the dragons.

I would not recom This is one of the mdcaffrey that I read that began to peak my interest in Fantasy.

I would not recommend reading this book first if you have never read the Pern series. However, this is a great book and I have thoroughly enjoyed reliving it. There are only a couple of characters that I love in this book as well as a few that I despise. It is mostly the history of how they came and that story is fascinating.

The dragonets are amazing and it makes me want one all over again.

The first dragons that are born and the bond that is made between dragon and rider is amazing. I find it so emotional and enthralling. I thoroughly recommend reading this series if you have not, but look up the preferred reading order, not the chronological order. As a child, this was one of my favourite Pern novels, and I can see why. I can also see why I don’t still read Pern. The strengths, as with a lot of SF, lie mainly in the ideas.


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The excitement of interstellar colonisation, the hints at a broader future beyond the limits of the Rukbat system, the dragons, and above all xnne visceral horror of Thread, which at times is mccaffreyy skin-crawling and saying ‘skin-crawling’ makes me think about Thread again, and now my skin’s crawling When the book sw As a child, this was one of my favourite Pern novels, and I can see why.

When the book swings toward action, the workmanlike prose and rapid pace of development work well, as does the overwhelming, paranoia-inducing concoction of infodumping and red herrings.

The author also deserves considerable credit for her ambition. There are several loose ends and unexpected turns in the plot, a huge cast, and some bold choices in what she chose to depict such as the scene where a female POV character is giving birth, something that most genre novels keep firmly off-page. Above all, it’s a hugely ambitious concept. To take a bestselling fantasy series, and then to flash back thousands of years in time, and simultaneously flash forward hundreds of years in terms of technology and culture, to depict the far-future space-colonist progenitors that will become the distant past of the mediaeval fantasy world we’ve come to know – that’s a hugely bold turn in and of itself, that allows the author to attempt to recontextualise much of what we think we know, and that allows for a sort of resonance that few anne can produce as when a scene between two characters gains significance by virtue of being set in an uninhabited location that we know will eventually become one of the most important settings for the events of the other books.

The decision to begin shortly before the moment of initial colonisation rather than some years later allows a hugely powerful dynamic of discovery, settlement, draglnsdawn reconstruction as many of the colonists are scarred ajne veterans ; and indeed perhaps a third of dragomsdawn novel is devoted to this exploration of settlement.

Then there’s the – and this really shouldn’t be a spoiler to anyone by now! And then, jccaffrey course, there has to be an attempt to fight back, with, and again no real spoiler here, the arrival of the great dragons of Pern.

And there are some volcanic erruptions, too. The novel extends through the gamut from utopian dream to body horror armageddon to epic triumph, and that’s before you add in the multiple romantic subplots, and a couple of more sinister threads no pun intended ; it follows a range of characters both old and young, and its events span about a decade.

That’s an ambitious novel, for a pulp genre book. McCaffrey’s prose may serve the tenser moments, but she isn’t able to fill the quieter moments, or structure them to avoid sagging particularly early on.

At times, particularly at more emotional or sexual moments, and particularly in dialogue, she slips entirely and a few lines are laughably bad. Her characterisation is at best cartoonish – the sort of strong-strokes simplification that can work well in a businesslike short story, but that ends up much too thin across a sprawling epic. There are serious problems in pacing, not only with the slow beginning but also with the cramped end, and when it comes to the finale the author is boxed in by how much has already been established in the series.

But the underlying problem other than the author’s own limitations is simply the ambition. This is not the content of one book. It cannot fit in one book. It would probably make for a really great TV series, if done right, spread across a couple of seasons. But it can’t all go in one – not that long! The result is an overwhelming sense of a lack of time: No wonder characterisations are thin!

No wonder the prose sometimes has to bear more pressure than it can withstand! No wonder there’s no elbow-room to craft the pacing and the structure optimally! But that doesn’t necessarily mean that compressing it all into one novel was necessarily a good idea.


Certainly it seems to have been more than this author could handle. Oh, and then there are the Problems. I’m not going to go into them all here. Suffice to say that the pervading honestly-no-its-not-rape-they-all-want-it-really obsession, while much less prominent than in some of her novels, has not gone away with at least one scene intentionally turned into a rape for absolutely no plot or character reason other than that the author seems to be unable to imagine anything being ‘romantic’ if it’s not also non-consensualand it underpins a shockingly regressive attitude toward women that belies the author’s reputation as a feminist pioneer in the genre.

If anyone ever talks as though “representation” of women and minorities were the most important thing in fighting prejudice, they should be made to read McCaffrey: And every female on the planet is expected to have more than an average of 1 baby never seen or heard from ddagonsdawn every 2 years, and if they’re not dragondsawn by the time they reach 21 they need to worry that they’re broken?

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It’s all very well saying “look at me, I’m progressive! See how many different types of people are in my story! Everybody has equal value no matter who they are! But representation is not the same as liberalism, and stuffing a book with a bunch of second-hand tokens shorn of any real understanding and imbued with a spirit of essentialism and a baffling fondness for the word “ethnic” runs the risk of doing more harm than good, in my opinion] Now, some of these Problems are probably a large part of why the book, and the series, have so annne fans, and in particular why it’s always appealed to so many teenage girls.

In that respect, it’s probably a healthier read than Twilight it may be more messed-up than Twilightbut it’s also surely weirder and more conflicted and complicated and morally contradictory than Twilightand that’s dragonsdaw good thing. It may even be good for people to explore books like this, and anns some, who are into that sort of thing, the fetishistic oddness of mccaffret novel may actually be a bonus.

But at the very least, it can become a dangerously distracting element in a novel that really can’t afford anything less than full-hearted engagement if it’s to succeed at all. And for many, these Problematic elements may actually be a problem.

Overall, then, I think it’s a frustrating novel with a great deal of potential, hamstrung by over-ambitious compression and the limitations of the author, and given a dragonsdqwn peculiar aftertaste by the author’s evident Issues. And if you want to hear what I really think about it, I have a much longer review up on my blog.

View all 16 comments. Sep 16, Melissa rated it it was amazing. This is one of my all time favorite Pern novels. It tells the story of how people came to Pern to colonize the planet, how the first appearance of Thread almost destroyed them and the measures they took to survive. It is a wonderful story that includes the creation of the Dragons from the fire lizards, some of the top people that locations were named after, and a view of how a lot dragonsdawnn the culture and traditions began.

I love mccaffrsy science dragonxdawn is included in this book, but I don’t think it is so “s This is one of my all time favorite Pern novels. I love the science that is included in this book, but I don’t think it is so “science-y” that most people would be overwhelmed.

It has just enough to set the stage for people coming from an advanced technological society to a more agrarian lifestyle, and to fill out the background of the world mccaffry Pern and what they discover about Thread.