Dragonflight: Volume I in The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey

Dragonflight: Volume I in The Dragonriders of Pern

byAnne McCaffrey

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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.

Title:Dragonflight: Volume I in The Dragonriders of PernFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 26, 2002Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from This enjoy this read This was one of the first adult fantasies I read and have continued to enjoy every decade or so. Reading some of the other reviews, I acknowledge there is less character development than in a series like A Song of Fire and Ice, but not every read needs to be so epic (and, at times, ponderous.) The characters are developed enough to be interesting and I like that we don't dwell on the psychologies behind everyone's actions. It's a fictional story and it let's the reader live in an alternate universe for a pleasant period of time. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting but flawed This science fiction-fantasy classic is still enjoyable due to its original ideas and gripping execution, but has not aged well in other ways. The narrative's failure to acknowledge its favorite's flaws and its exaltation of an abusive relationship as a heartwarming romance leave a bad taste in my mouth.
Date published: 2015-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better Than Expected Lately I have been noticing a recurring discussion about book quality running though reviews of some very different book series. There seems to be a growing consensus in these reviews that the first book of a series, particularly if it is the first book published by an author, is inherently weak because the author is "learning their craft." It seems to be both an excuse for what is perceived as poor quality and an excuse for going on in the series despite being underwhelmed by the opener. I had this in mind as I began reading [author:Anne McCaffrey]'s [book:Dragonflight], and for two thirds of the book I thought it was a perfect descriptor of what I was seeing. But once I finished the book, I thought that maybe "the poor opener" isn't always the case (although I willingly concede that this is probably the case more often than not). Perhaps there is something else going on -- especially in something like Dragonflight. Dragonflight is a fast read, and it is sparingly written. We get a taste of the main characters -- F'lar and Mnementh, Lessa and Ramoth, F'nor and Canth -- but we aren't given much time with them, not enough to get to know them deeply. McCaffrey races us through the story, spanning many Turns (the Pernese year) in a very short time. There is a clear goal to her plot -- save Pern from the threat of the Threads -- and McCaffrey is ruthless and expedient in getting us there. I can understand how many readers see this as a narrative failure. After all, we like getting to know characters in the books we read, and we seem to prefer saving our breathless action driven stories for the big screen. If this is our preference, a story which focuses on the latter rather than the former has failed on some level, and that failure is generally considered the writer's failure and, more specifically, a failure of their writing. I wonder, though, if this is always the case. It seems to me that it is just as likely that Dragonflight's quickness could have more to do with the peculiarities of its publishing (it was two novellas squished together to make a novel), the requirements of a first time writer to get their work just right so that it can be published at all (which often means cutting out superfluities), and the tendency of first books to be edited more thoroughly than future books. Once you've become "Anne McCaffrey," for instance, editors tend to step back and give you more room. They let you spend many more ages on character building, and you're given less notes on your work. You are "Anne McCaffrey," best selling author, and you must know what you're doing, so do what you want. Perhaps then, [book:Dragonflight] is a product of the necessities of a first novel rather than an example of the author not being polished in her writing skills. All this aside, I appreciated the quickness of the tale. There is something to be said for brevity, and I felt I got enough of the characters. I cared about them without knowing everything, and some of their shabbier behaviours -- such as F'lar's constant physical abuse of Lessa, and Lessa's infuriating capacity for inspired stupidity -- were more tolerable than they might have been if I'd been forced to spend time digging through their psychologies. Of course, this appreciation for skeletal characterization could all be the screenwriter in me, but that's okay because that informs the kind of reader I can be. Every once in a while I like my stories quick and my characters less defined (although this is far from always the case). Regardless, [book:Dragonflight] was a surprise for me, and I liked it much more than I thought I would. I don't know if I will go on, though. I may just let it stand alone, enjoying its quality as is.
Date published: 2009-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Only Book Worth Reading I consider this book to be the only one in the Dragonriders of Pern series worth reading. While all the other books must be forced through with little to no payoff at the end, Dragonflight starts off with a relative bang and ends on a high note. While at some points momentum is lost, McCaffrey manages to find her stride again and keep the ball rolling. Complaints have been made about the difficulty of the names, but I had no trouble at all keeping everyone straight; the problem may be that many of the names are short and hyphenated, but generally McCaffrey manages to keep the names diverse enough to avoid confusion. On the whole, an excellent work, and one of the few truly worthy of five stars. It's unfortunate that none of the others in this series merit more than a two at best.
Date published: 2007-02-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring confusing let down I didn't like how the main characters had names that were so similar that you couldn't remember who was who, or that you have to refer to the glossary frequently so you know what the author is talking about. I thought that this book was much like a roller coaster, it was quite boring in the beginning when you have to climb up the steep hill. Then it is wildly exciting but the excitement is over much to quickly and you find yourself climbing another tall hill. I am a very big fantasy lover, and truly looked forward to reading this acclaimed series; however I was very disappointed and will not be buying another in the series.
Date published: 2006-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book I find it difficult to find a good fantasy book. However I recomend this one!!
Date published: 2005-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Good Book This book is a really good book for intermediate readers. Some of the names are confusing, but other than that, it is a really good book!
Date published: 2000-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dragon Flight This book is a great start for the Dragon Riders of Pern books by Anne McCaffrey. You won't want to put it down until it's finished. Then it's on to the next in the series. The book was great and it open the door for me to read other great books and series by Anne McCaffrey. I found her books to be highly interesting. I just can't say enough about it and now I just can put books down.
Date published: 2000-09-26