Dragonflight

Dragonflight

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Volume I of The Dragonriders of Pern®, the groundbreaking series by master storyteller Anne McCaffrey

On a beautiful world called Pern, an ancient way of life is about to come under attack from a myth that is all too real. Lessa is an outcast survivor--her parents murdered, her birthright stolen--a strong young woman who has never stopped dreaming of revenge. But when an ancient threat to Pern reemerges, Lessa will rise--upon the back of a great dragon with whom she shares a telepathic bond more intimate than any human connection. Together, dragon and rider will fly . . . and Pern will be changed forever.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c1968
ISBN: 9780345335463
0345335465
Branch Call Number: SF MCC
Characteristics: xii, 303 p. :,map ;,18 cm

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bolenk
Jun 02, 2018

“When is a legend legend? Why is a myth a myth? How old and disused must a fact be for it to be relegated to the category “Fairy-tale”? And why do certain facts remain incontrovertible while others lose their validity to assume a shabby, unstable character?” This is Anne McCaffrey’s first line in her introduction to Dragonflight, the first book in the Dragonriders of Pern series. There is the obvious reason to set this question up in our minds, but I wonder if it isn’t also her way of sucking us into the “facts” of her story? Her philosophizing about the nature of myth and legend as aspects of fact (and dare I infer truth?!) that are merely weathered away by time, has this effect on me to buy into her story more. Amazing .. I think I’m really going to like this series!
While I’m not one for poetry, mostly because I just don’t get it, I’m liking the four-ish lines of poetry (or possibly song lyrics) at the beginning of each chapter. It seems to tie in with her thoughts about how facts are eroded by time. It’s like she is showing us the facts in the story of each chapter, but it is prefaced by these lines that look like a summary of that chapter as if it was told as a myth (or poem, or song lyric) many, many years in the future and the fact part becomes more allegory. Cool.
I’m also liking that the first character we meet, Lessa, is someone who works in the kitchen. There’s something charming about a hero, and you just know she’s going to be one, that comes from non-typical beginnings. However, I am definitely not liking that her watch-wher (seems akin to a mini dragon) is chained up and has clipped wings. Hope that changes real quick.
I’m having a hard time reconciling the strength of women as Weyr leaders, while almost in the same breath the women’s quarters were described to be, “hung with appropriately gentle scenes of women occupied in all manner of feminine tasks” p 12. Also women are kitchen drudges (tho that could just be a classism thing), yet the female dragons are Queens and no mention of king dragons. Oh geez, ok, I’m several pages later and what I thought was a search for a new leader of the Weyr is more and more looking like a search for one character’s new mate. Ugh. At least he’s looking for a woman with strength of character, so that’s something.
Why is the male love interest often a jerk to the female lead in several sf books? It’s a disturbing trend I’ve noticed in almost any of my fantasy/sf books that has a romantic component. And that the female is drawn to him anyways kinda speaks volumes to me. Though the author makes quick repair in a scant couple of pages later when the story focuses on the dragon queen. So excellent!! Wait. Queens don’t fly???? Wait, it gets worse, they only fly when mating?!!!! Oh man. Hope that’s another tradition that changes up real, real quick.
At the end of it, the story is great. A unique adventure that attempts several creative storytelling techniques, characters that are well developed, so that I became invested in quickly (surprising considering how much I disagreed with some of their actions .. to the point where once, luckily in the confines of my home, yelled, “no, no, no, you’ve got to be kidding me”), with an ending that had a couple of surprising elements. I’m continuing on with the series for sure. There were some subtle hints about possible future storylines that intrigue. I’ll let you know how it goes, but I’m taking a break as my next book will be Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. How did I NOT know they made a book together, yes, I said made rather than wrote. Read it and you will know why.

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LaPhenixa
Nov 22, 2013

The ending of this was the best part--which may be the case with many books, but it was thrilling figuring everything out and watching it come together. I found the descriptions somewhat lacking, but when McCaffrey did go into detail, it was marvelous!

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Shenandoah
Jun 12, 2012

Lessa and F'lar must ave Pern from Thread (deadly spores that fall from space and devour organic material).

Dragons help.

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x0101
Nov 28, 2011

This series sure has its fanatical followers, but I just couldn't get into it. The human characters lacked depth while the dragons were nothing more than cardboard cutouts (especially when compared to dragons with an actual personality, such as Temeraine). The author pulls a rabbit out of her hat to solve a problem (it's still deus ex machina, even if the author dropped a few paragraphs earlier in the book hinting at the surprise ending).

Cgullah Oct 10, 2011

The first story of Lessa and how she becomes a dragon woman. One of my favorites in the McCaffrey series.

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RichardPaul
Jan 28, 2011

Dragonflight
by Anne McCaffrey c- 2005

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