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A book by Anne McCaffrey

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  • Jan 12, 2011
In this book, McCaffrey tells the story the first colony of Pern, and their encounter with the deadly Thread that falls from the sky eating all organic life.

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By the time I read this book, I was already a die-hard Pern fan, and delighted in reading about characters whose names became place names, the initial discovery of the fire lizards, and the creation of the mighty dragons.

For newcomers to the series, I would recommend starting with the Dragonriders Trilogy (Dragonflight, Dragonquest, The White Dragon) first, even though this is the first book chronologically.

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November 17, 2011
Great review, thanks for sharing :) Have you read @'s review of this?
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review by . October 08, 2006
After years of putting it off, why, I don't know, I finally broke down and started. What a pity. I have certainly been missing some very good reading. Anne McCaffrey in certainly a natural story teller and so far I am finding her delightful. I realize that this book probably is not truely a good example of the actual Dragonrider Series, but being somewhat familiar with the story line, I found it a good place to start. Yes, there was a bit more "tech talk" than I usually enjoy in a fantasy type novel, …
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Readers who for two decades have been following the fortunes of the dragonriders and other inhabitants of the planet Pern will welcome the latest volume, chronicling the early years. It stands very much on its own, however; knowing about the later history of the planet only adds enjoyment. After 15 years of cold sleep, 6000 colonists land on Pern, seeking a simpler existence, escaping the aftermath of interstellar war and an overly technical society. The colony prospers until the consuming Threada force that destroys all life it comes in contact withmakes its first appearance. A brilliant bio-engineer attempts to develop a biological weapon to save them, a much larger version of a native life form many of the colonists have adopted as pets: dragonets with the ability to teleport and breathe flame after eating phosphoric rock. The book ends with the first successful result of that experiment. Many richly developed characters people the novel, among them two youngsters, Sorka Hanrahan and Sean Connell, who grow up to become two of the first dragonriders. One hopes McCaffrey, who most recently has been writing in the mainstream ( The Lady ), is beginning a new Pern cycle in which she will tell, in answer to many other questions, whatever happened to the intelligent dolphins that came with the humans to Pern. Major ad/promo; author tour
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ISBN-10: 0345362861
ISBN-13: 978-0345362865
Author: Anne McCaffrey
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Publisher: Del Rey
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