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Let Anne McCaffrey, storyteller extraordinare and New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author, take you on a journey to a whole new world: Pern. A world of dragons and other worldly forces; a world of mighty power and ominous threat. If you like David Eddings, Brandon Sanderson and Douglas Adams, you will love this. 'Anne McCaffrey, one of the queens of scien Let Anne McCaffrey, storyteller extraordinare and New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author, take you on a journey to a whole new world: Pern. A world of dragons and other worldly forces; a world of mighty power and ominous threat. If you like David Eddings, Brandon Sanderson and Douglas Adams, you will love this. 'Anne McCaffrey, one of the queens of science fiction, knows exactly how to give her public what it wants' - THE TIMES 'Marvellous. A journey into pure fantasy, just what's needed to escape for a few hours.' -- ***** Reader review 'Such tension and emotion throughout this book!' -- ***** Reader review 'Absorbing' -- ***** Reader review 'Anne McCaffrey has out-done herself yet again' -- ***** Reader review 'Absolutely fantastic' -- ***** Reader review ******************************************************************************************* A new age is dawning on Pern, for since the dragons have changed the orbit of the Red Star, the horrors of Threadfall will soon be a thing of the past. Yet nothing in Pern stays stable for long. Further dangers are beginning to emerge, however, as those calling themselves the Abominators plot together to destroy all the learning that has been discovered from the records of the Old Ones. And, on top of this, now comes a fresh and terrible catastrophe - a large cometary fragment is hurtling towards Pern and cannot be deflected. Everyone - dragons, riders, holders and craftsmen - must stand by to perform a giant rescue operation. As F'lessan, son of Lessa and F'lar, plays his heroic part in the events that follow, he is helped by Tai, his new weyrmate. Will they be the ones to protect Pern or will it be the dragons who provide the solution to the dangers of the skies?


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Let Anne McCaffrey, storyteller extraordinare and New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author, take you on a journey to a whole new world: Pern. A world of dragons and other worldly forces; a world of mighty power and ominous threat. If you like David Eddings, Brandon Sanderson and Douglas Adams, you will love this. 'Anne McCaffrey, one of the queens of scien Let Anne McCaffrey, storyteller extraordinare and New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author, take you on a journey to a whole new world: Pern. A world of dragons and other worldly forces; a world of mighty power and ominous threat. If you like David Eddings, Brandon Sanderson and Douglas Adams, you will love this. 'Anne McCaffrey, one of the queens of science fiction, knows exactly how to give her public what it wants' - THE TIMES 'Marvellous. A journey into pure fantasy, just what's needed to escape for a few hours.' -- ***** Reader review 'Such tension and emotion throughout this book!' -- ***** Reader review 'Absorbing' -- ***** Reader review 'Anne McCaffrey has out-done herself yet again' -- ***** Reader review 'Absolutely fantastic' -- ***** Reader review ******************************************************************************************* A new age is dawning on Pern, for since the dragons have changed the orbit of the Red Star, the horrors of Threadfall will soon be a thing of the past. Yet nothing in Pern stays stable for long. Further dangers are beginning to emerge, however, as those calling themselves the Abominators plot together to destroy all the learning that has been discovered from the records of the Old Ones. And, on top of this, now comes a fresh and terrible catastrophe - a large cometary fragment is hurtling towards Pern and cannot be deflected. Everyone - dragons, riders, holders and craftsmen - must stand by to perform a giant rescue operation. As F'lessan, son of Lessa and F'lar, plays his heroic part in the events that follow, he is helped by Tai, his new weyrmate. Will they be the ones to protect Pern or will it be the dragons who provide the solution to the dangers of the skies?

30 review for The Skies Of Pern: a captivating and unmissable epic fantasy from one of the most influential fantasy and SF novelists of her generation

  1. 5 out of 5

    Susan Kennedy

    This was the final book in the my reading of the Dragonriders of Pern series in chronological order. I did enjoy reading the books this way from the settling of Pern until the last which gives you a glimpse of what they plan for the future. This was a pretty good ending, but there are some things left without much of a conclusion. That was a bit frustrating as there is one character that I wanted to know his end. Other than those little things, the characters in this final book were fantastic. T This was the final book in the my reading of the Dragonriders of Pern series in chronological order. I did enjoy reading the books this way from the settling of Pern until the last which gives you a glimpse of what they plan for the future. This was a pretty good ending, but there are some things left without much of a conclusion. That was a bit frustrating as there is one character that I wanted to know his end. Other than those little things, the characters in this final book were fantastic. There is always a lot going on in each of these books, so following the story line was intriguing and I definitely had characters that I bonded with throughout. It was a good mix of what was currently happening and of them looking to the future and what will become of them as people of Pern and mostly as Dragonriders now that thread will no longer fall. This is such a great series and I am really happy I chose to read them chronologically this time around.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nathan

    A solid end to the series. It did a good job of wrapping a lot of stuff up without feeling too pat. Plus it tells its own action-filled (by McCaffrey's standard) tale. A solid end to the series. It did a good job of wrapping a lot of stuff up without feeling too pat. Plus it tells its own action-filled (by McCaffrey's standard) tale.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    The Skies of Pern flies off straight after the previous book with the Dragonriders facing the last falls of Thread and starting to put real plans into motion about what the Dragonriders will be doing after the last of Thread has fallen! :D The story rocks along at an incredible pace with disasters and triumphs coming all the time! :D The Skies of Pern does a great job of turning what on the face of it would seem to be the simplest thing into a totally dramatic edge of the seat storyline! :D The The Skies of Pern flies off straight after the previous book with the Dragonriders facing the last falls of Thread and starting to put real plans into motion about what the Dragonriders will be doing after the last of Thread has fallen! :D The story rocks along at an incredible pace with disasters and triumphs coming all the time! :D The Skies of Pern does a great job of turning what on the face of it would seem to be the simplest thing into a totally dramatic edge of the seat storyline! :D The book takes place on a global setting with the action taking place all over the place! :D This work brilliantly with the locations and POV changing at a great pace really keeping the events taking place in your minds eye so you will find yourself reckoning on how that effects something on the other side of the planet! :D This puts the book on epic world building level as we revisit old locations but at the same time new ones are introduced and are as pivotable to events! :D The book has the tale of the Abominator's runs through the storyline neatly keeping the Dragonriders on their toes but at the same time really ramming home the progress the people of Pern have made in recapturing their heritage! :D The Abominator's themselves are are a troublesome bunch and are a collection of people who know enough to reckon they are right but not enough to know they are wrong! :D They are led by the former escaped criminal known as five who may be actually being manipulated by the slippery holder Toric! :D This adds tension throughout the books as you never know where the Abominator's make stick their destructive heads up! :D This gives us a chance to see all the Dragonriders and Holders working together and you realise how far all the characters have come as they would the noticeable of exception of Toric, who is up to good in the neighbourhood, gel to together in order to deal with everything that is popping up! :D The action scenes are frenetic and dramatic throughout! :D The commentary fragment that strikes Pern and causes Tsunami is dramatically done an the Dragonriders response is perfectly handled! :D Real edge of the seat stuff abounds throughout the from F’lessan and Golanth threatening to become a Bronze shaped smear on a rock face while rescue a coastal hold to Tai and Zaranth having to bail F’lessan and Golanth out again when cats turn up! :D F'lar and Lessa get to their thing again as they take command of the rescue efforts! :D The way that the characters over time have adapted to the Aivas information makes the book feel like the characters have caught up with the ancestors and this forms the focus of the book as the Dragonriders realise that they are not out a job and far from it! :D We also throughout get appearances from characters ranging form Menolly, Sebell, Jayge, Arimina etc and this works brilliantly really showing Pern as a working thriving world! :D The Dragons get to do their thing as well and Mnementh and Ramoth's attempts to take on Golanth and Zaranth is hilarious and brilliant for example! :D Dragons certainly show throughout the books that they can extremely sly! :D The Skies of Pern is full of character and humour throughout! :D This works perfectly with action throughout! :D From 'F'lessan encounters with a certain headwoman to Lessa keeping F'lar jumping you will find your ribs hurting throughout! :D The book flies along with great pacing and switching point of views! :D The dragons new abilities is a great extension of their abilities and really works well and adds to the humour throughout! :D The ongoing war with Trundlebugs for example is hilarious throughout! :D The Skies of Pern of Pern set it's flag to an epic level and never once lowers it! :D The story roams across Pern and beyond it really exploring the issues that have been raised up in previous books and at the same time setting up new plotlines! :D Of course these plotlines could be explored in the future! :D The Skies of Pern feels like a catch up with the characters but at the same time pins it colours to the mast and treads brilliant new ground throughout! :D The Skies of Pern is full of action, character you will love to hate, characters that you will find yourself cheering for, world building, adventure, humour and action throughout! :D Brilliant and highly recommended! :D

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tulara

    I read the Pern series ages ago, but I think I missed this one - so it was the last book on my list for 2007. It was a great read - I had forgotten how much I love McCaffrey's telepathic dragons and their riders. Her story figured on two dragon riders, one shy and new rider and one the lead dragon rider with a history of bravery and leadership. Their slow courtship also brought their dragons into their own courtship also. Pern is going through its own sort of domestice terrorism with drastic con I read the Pern series ages ago, but I think I missed this one - so it was the last book on my list for 2007. It was a great read - I had forgotten how much I love McCaffrey's telepathic dragons and their riders. Her story figured on two dragon riders, one shy and new rider and one the lead dragon rider with a history of bravery and leadership. Their slow courtship also brought their dragons into their own courtship also. Pern is going through its own sort of domestice terrorism with drastic consequences. A new wrinkle develops though to the tale of Pern when dragons are discovered (quite by accident) to have an additional power - soon to have a direct effect on Pern and its people. A great, fast read - to those of us who love dragons and their riders. Premise: Pern series - a planet where "Thread" falls from the sky destroying crops, life and people - until dragons and their riders flame out the thread that falls during certain times of the planet's revolution around a star. Dragons when hatched "choose" their riders and a lifelong relationship begins. p.s. when i was on a plane that was going through a violent thunderstorm, i kept my sanity by visualizing that i was fighting thread atop a big dragon called Bella. hey, it kept me from screaming, we're all going to die!"

  5. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Carr

    Sad to think this was McCaffrey's last Pern novel. It sets itself up for more adventures by the end. I do like F'lessan very much as a character. It's been fun to see him grow up from that little one running around Benden Weyr with Jaxom. Sad to think this was McCaffrey's last Pern novel. It sets itself up for more adventures by the end. I do like F'lessan very much as a character. It's been fun to see him grow up from that little one running around Benden Weyr with Jaxom.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Simon Mcleish

    Originally published on my blog here in December 2001. This latest Pern novel reads as though it is meant to round off the series. It is one of the most successful series of novels in science fiction, both long running and consistently high selling. The general trend has been for the novels to become more like soap opera episodes as time passes - a trend matched by the way that all of McCaffrey's output has become more homogeneous and unchallengingly predictable. There are two main aspects to the Originally published on my blog here in December 2001. This latest Pern novel reads as though it is meant to round off the series. It is one of the most successful series of novels in science fiction, both long running and consistently high selling. The general trend has been for the novels to become more like soap opera episodes as time passes - a trend matched by the way that all of McCaffrey's output has become more homogeneous and unchallengingly predictable. There are two main aspects to the story. The major dramatic event is a comet impact in Pern's oceans, a massive disaster. This is of course something inspired by the Schumacher-Levy impact on Jupiter, and is a dramatic yet extremely unlikely event. McCaffrey cites impressive technical assistance with the impact description, including oceanographic analysis of tsunami patterns based on the geography of Pern. The sort of panic this event can generate is shown by the way that governments have financed research to try to prevent it happening on Earth, while less dramatic but far more likely scenarios are much less sexy ways to spend money. (To be fair, it is relatively easy to see how to attack the problem of astronomical impacts, compared to, say, making the world's roads safe, or persuading Americans that spending a few minutes going through airport security is a worthwhile precaution.) The other theme, continued from .The Masterharper of Pern, is the attacks of the Abominators, violent opponents of the changes brought by the information stored in Aivas, the computer which had survived from the original colonisation of Pern. People oppose technological advances for all kinds of reasons, but in her simplistic depiction of these Luddites as not too bright traditionalists, McCaffrey is going against the trends of the modern world. Rather than feeling that all advances are, by definition, evil, current unease about technology is partly due to the perception of past failures to correctly forecast and allow for the results of new applications of science (such as the link between increased burning of fossil fuels and global warning), and also apprehension at the dangers inherent in what we can do now or will soon be able to do, given the human race's past lack of restraint - I'm thinking of nuclear weapons and developments in genetics and biotechnology. It seems to me that fear for the future is a perfectly reasonable - and, indeed, intelligent - emotion to feel, especially as the sort of leaders the world has are not really such as to inspire much confidence. This is, of course unlike the situation on Pern. There, rather unrealistically, de facto world rulers F'lar and Lessa have managed to be right in every crisis through the entire series of novels; their opponents have always turned out to be too wedded to tradition or to have their own agendas which are usually about personal power rather than the good of people generally, the motive of the two dragonriders. This is the sort of thing which makes this series less significant than it might be; easy to read, but not very deep

  7. 4 out of 5

    Fluffy

    This is a suitable ending for this incredible series. It's sad to know that you've reached the last book but it's by no means their end, it's a new beginning! This book just keeps throwing out the perfect amount of action and build throughout. It opens nicely and introduces some fresh new perspectives on top of our usual favourite characters. It keeps the action rolling and builds fantastically on top of the previous book and story lines. I love the curveballs thrown and how they actually help th This is a suitable ending for this incredible series. It's sad to know that you've reached the last book but it's by no means their end, it's a new beginning! This book just keeps throwing out the perfect amount of action and build throughout. It opens nicely and introduces some fresh new perspectives on top of our usual favourite characters. It keeps the action rolling and builds fantastically on top of the previous book and story lines. I love the curveballs thrown and how they actually help the dragonriders find their calling, and what a calling they decide upon! The new ability is nicely added and I really like how a green dragon finally gets a little recognition and Zaranth is lovely! The big events in this book are so wonderfully handled and set up. There is just the right amount of heartache (so much!), happiness and victory thrown in to keep the pace and motivation up. There's also quite a bit more dragon talk in this one which I like. The dragons are what makes these books and it's nice to have some more of their unique characteristics and personality traits come in. The Abominator issue builds nicely from the last couple of books and though there are a few loose ends that, sadly, have no resolution the big questions are answered. The Toric situation is a bit annoying as you really get sick of the guy's over ambitious nature but it's pale in comparison to the dragons new ability and purpose! The ending has it's moments of heartwrench and it really is breaking to see a proud rider and dragon so crippled but it won't, and doesn't, keep them down! It's so sad to reach the end of this series but I've no doubt I'll read these books again and again, they are amazing. The ending is suitably positive and full of potential, there will always be dragons needed on Pern!

  8. 4 out of 5

    E.S. Wynn

    Three stars It has been a long time since I've read anything by Anne McCaffery (may she rest in peace) and so perhaps this later book in the Pern series was not the best choice for me to use as a means to jump back into her series. The last McCaffery book I read was Dragonsong (Harper Hall of Pern series) and I remember it fondly as an interesting and well-written work. I was in high school then, so I may have had different standards then, but it tantalized me and made me want to go back to the s Three stars It has been a long time since I've read anything by Anne McCaffery (may she rest in peace) and so perhaps this later book in the Pern series was not the best choice for me to use as a means to jump back into her series. The last McCaffery book I read was Dragonsong (Harper Hall of Pern series) and I remember it fondly as an interesting and well-written work. I was in high school then, so I may have had different standards then, but it tantalized me and made me want to go back to the series again-- eventually. Now, almost fifteen years later, I've just finished my read through of Skies of Pern, and though McCaffery's universe is just as beautiful, detailed and interesting as I remember, the rest of the book-- the other elements, her wordcraft, editing and dialog choices leave something to be desired. The two, almost distinctively different storylines in this work (the abominators and the discovery of the dragons' new ability) seem to hit each other at disjointed angles (as if they were two short stories jammed together to make a book) and neither really end in a satisfying way (especially the abominator arc.) In truth, this book reads more like fan fiction of the original Pern books than it does like an actual contribution to the series, and that makes me sad. Hardcore fans of the Pern series should read this book because it continues the tale of Pern and gives hope for the future of the Rukbat system, but newbies to McCaffery's work should probably start with Dragonflight instead of jumping to a random book in the franchise (as I did.)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    While I love this book, it is long and complex, and even so it doesn't tie up all the loose ends that I really would love to have resolutions to. That said, this may be the most romantic of the Pern novels, which I love about it. It also raises the best hopes for Pern recovering from the setbacks caused by Thread, to become the world the original colonists meant it to be. I am left wondering: (view spoiler)[ whether Golanth will ever fly again, whether Toric will ever be put in his place (prosecu While I love this book, it is long and complex, and even so it doesn't tie up all the loose ends that I really would love to have resolutions to. That said, this may be the most romantic of the Pern novels, which I love about it. It also raises the best hopes for Pern recovering from the setbacks caused by Thread, to become the world the original colonists meant it to be. I am left wondering: (view spoiler)[ whether Golanth will ever fly again, whether Toric will ever be put in his place (prosecuted, or impeached, or killed), and whether the dragons will indeed be able to protect Pern by moving objects in space using telekinesis. (hide spoiler)] These and many other questions would be wonderful to have the answers to from that final book that was never published. But I can also imagine my own outcomes, so I still love this book, and where it takes my imagination.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Vintagebooklvr

    Pern was one of the first series in Fantasy and SF that I ever read and completely fell in love with. So imagine my surprise when I only discovered the existence of this book a few months ago. It is wonderful to reunite with old friends and see the younger generation grown up. This also answers one of the big worries I had about the moving of the Red Planet away from Pern. What would the Dragonriders do after the Fall? The solution makes sense and also involves a number of surprises in this book Pern was one of the first series in Fantasy and SF that I ever read and completely fell in love with. So imagine my surprise when I only discovered the existence of this book a few months ago. It is wonderful to reunite with old friends and see the younger generation grown up. This also answers one of the big worries I had about the moving of the Red Planet away from Pern. What would the Dragonriders do after the Fall? The solution makes sense and also involves a number of surprises in this book, things that McCaffrey had obviously been planning for a long time. While this wraps up most of the threads for the entire series there are a few things unresolved. But real life is kind of like that. I can live with it. Not my favorite of the series, simply because it does wrap the series. Nothing that end something so beloved can be a favorite but it is very satisfying.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Enzo

    Well onto the current path F'lar and Lessa lead Pern's Dragonriders into an unknown future one in which Dragons might not be needed. In the meantime the rest of the population is enjoying the advance products as a by-product of AIVAS plan to shift the Red planet's orbit. There are exceptions of course and these band together to again revive the Abominators simply put terrorist who wish to destroy everything AIVAS introduced. After a meteorite crashes into the Western ocean and creates a gigantic Well onto the current path F'lar and Lessa lead Pern's Dragonriders into an unknown future one in which Dragons might not be needed. In the meantime the rest of the population is enjoying the advance products as a by-product of AIVAS plan to shift the Red planet's orbit. There are exceptions of course and these band together to again revive the Abominators simply put terrorist who wish to destroy everything AIVAS introduced. After a meteorite crashes into the Western ocean and creates a gigantic tsunami the Dragonriders and their ability to "time it" comes in handy as they evacuate the holds and halls in danger. They accomplish almost a miracle by saving all or almost all. It is then questioned if Dragonriders can do something to prevent more falling large objects. It is F'lessan and Tai who provide the answer by demonstrating Telekinesis by the Dragons. Their ability to move things just by thinking it. All in all a rally enjoyable novel from one of my all time favorite series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    Another re-read, and an excellent one. Among other things it illustrates the problems that technology can introduce into a society. While one-sided in this regard (mainly, I think, because the technologies being introduced are ones with which we are familiar and consider commonplace), it makes it obvious that there IS another side, and one which must be taken into account. I do enjoy this series; there are some issues I have with the series, but overall it's very enjoyable and worth reading. Another re-read, and an excellent one. Among other things it illustrates the problems that technology can introduce into a society. While one-sided in this regard (mainly, I think, because the technologies being introduced are ones with which we are familiar and consider commonplace), it makes it obvious that there IS another side, and one which must be taken into account. I do enjoy this series; there are some issues I have with the series, but overall it's very enjoyable and worth reading.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Judy Hall

    There were scenes in this book that I remember as vividly as if I had read them recently, but I didn't remember the overall plot. And I didn't remember the plan. I think I liked it a lot better this time. There were scenes in this book that I remember as vividly as if I had read them recently, but I didn't remember the overall plot. And I didn't remember the plan. I think I liked it a lot better this time.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Christie Crook

    Another good book This is another book in the amazing Pern series. It once again has some adult themed parts but overall I love the story of Pern that Ane McCaffrey has woven.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Swallowfeather

    This one gets a three from me that is more like a cross between a two and a four (or 3.8 maybe?); a lot was sub-par, but a few elements were actually better than usual, so that brought the rating back up. My first thought on picking up this book and starting to read it, years ago, was "Anne McCaffrey appears to have NO idea what motivates terrorists!" Her Abominators were just completely unbelievable. Not that I can't believe that such a thing would happen when a society's going through rapid cha This one gets a three from me that is more like a cross between a two and a four (or 3.8 maybe?); a lot was sub-par, but a few elements were actually better than usual, so that brought the rating back up. My first thought on picking up this book and starting to read it, years ago, was "Anne McCaffrey appears to have NO idea what motivates terrorists!" Her Abominators were just completely unbelievable. Not that I can't believe that such a thing would happen when a society's going through rapid change toward technology--it's the character motivations and dialog that are ridiculous. Especially given her insistence that the all-wise leaders of Pern are going to introduce and manage the technology *exactly right* in a way that doesn't cause problems for *anybody*. Societies don't work like that. McCaffrey's very good at portraying a society & its leaders responding to crisis in a practical way (which is what she does, over and over, and it's always interesting); but beyond that, maybe she should leave society-wide stories alone. I also didn't believe in astronomy (even with the danger of meteorites) as a future occupation that would support a whole class of people each of whom has a dragon that eats cattle whole at a rate of one per week. That's an expensive soulmate, folks. I really think you're just going to have to deal with it and get into the transportation business. Oh, well. I didn't care that much about that part of the story anyway. I kinda thought it was a mistake to have them (view spoiler)[eliminate Thread (hide spoiler)] anyway. What I did really like about this book was Tai and F'lessan--especially Tai. She seems so much more like a modern girl, and that's very intriguing... and it actually fits because of the societal changes. But what I like most is that with this relationship McCaffrey finally comes out and explores more fully some of the implications of the "dragon mating frenzy" idea that's built into the world of Pern--the darker implications. And she actually tries to deal with them. The scene between Tai and F'lessan when Tai's dragon is in heat was something that surprised me in a Pern book--in a good way. I actually don't think the climax of that scene works--because the way to ensure that someone's choice is free is to actually leave them free, not say "Quick! Choose me freely before you have no choice!" Seems like F'lessan could have done something to show his good faith--how about locking himself in a room and giving her the key, or even just running away from her as fast as he could? McCaffrey sets it up as though there was no option, but I think that there could have been. But in any case I still found that scene fascinating and compelling--and all of a piece with the unusual bronze-green relationship and Lessa's later comment on it: "Well, I suppose it's time people started choosing with their *human* emotions." Somehow all this felt really healthy and filled some kind of lack I had felt in the Pern books previously. (Too bad Todd later took it in the opposite direction.)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Will I ever finish this? It is depressingly like current events with ignorant no-nothings causing problems. It is also very long and draggy. And in previous books there was a list of characters with their dragon's name and which weyr they were in. Not in this edition. There are what seems like at least 50 people in this book plus at least 10 dragons and assorted fire lizards. If I hadn't read the other books I'd be totally lost. As it is it's been awhile since a read them. Help! Finally gave up a Will I ever finish this? It is depressingly like current events with ignorant no-nothings causing problems. It is also very long and draggy. And in previous books there was a list of characters with their dragon's name and which weyr they were in. Not in this edition. There are what seems like at least 50 people in this book plus at least 10 dragons and assorted fire lizards. If I hadn't read the other books I'd be totally lost. As it is it's been awhile since a read them. Help! Finally gave up and read the last 2 chapters. Not impressed. Did Anne even write this or did her son?

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cass

    Sometimes when I read this book I just skip through reading the romance storyline between the two main characters Bronze rider F'lessan (son of F'lar and Lessa) and Tai, a green rider. For a time I disliked the rediscovery of computers and scientific knowledge because it changed the world that I loved. I think this read (2011) was the first time I have read the book slowly and enjoyed those aspects. Sometimes when I read this book I just skip through reading the romance storyline between the two main characters Bronze rider F'lessan (son of F'lar and Lessa) and Tai, a green rider. For a time I disliked the rediscovery of computers and scientific knowledge because it changed the world that I loved. I think this read (2011) was the first time I have read the book slowly and enjoyed those aspects.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Naomi

    I cherish this series for the flawed characters and the on-going questions of what entails a good society. In this volume, McCaffrey circles back to the questions of how to deal with those who disrupt and cause violence in society, how much technology and change is good, and how technology challenges society, classes and individuals in reimagining our lives.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    3/3/15 Kindle Daily Deal $1.99, add Audible narration $3.49. 18th Pern story in publication order.

  20. 4 out of 5

    keydell

    Not as good as the other Pern books.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    Some of this book had the magic of the earlier titles. However, this title just had too much crammed into it. The Abominators just did not seem to tie into the main theme of the book: finally revealing what dragonriders can do to support themselves after the final and last Pass ends. The romance of F’lessan and Tai could be tied into that theme and that worked well. Finding out yet another ability of the Dragons of Pern was interesting but again rather came out of the blue. This book was just to Some of this book had the magic of the earlier titles. However, this title just had too much crammed into it. The Abominators just did not seem to tie into the main theme of the book: finally revealing what dragonriders can do to support themselves after the final and last Pass ends. The romance of F’lessan and Tai could be tied into that theme and that worked well. Finding out yet another ability of the Dragons of Pern was interesting but again rather came out of the blue. This book was just too full. It was confusing that Toric received specially trained dogs and talked with someone under surveillance right at the end. This was either setting an issue for the next title, rather awkwardly or just left things unfinished. The way Aivas took care of the demise of one of the baddies left over from a prior title was very much deus et machina and was rather disappointing. Wait, after this guy turns Pern upside down in violence, he came to an almost ridiculous ending that happened immediately, not benefitting his status as a bad guy who participated in killing Aivas and contributing to the demise of the revered Masterharper Robinton. Really? Let me add here a loud complaint that he indirectly killed off the archivist who was presented as a pretty unpleasant character, although not a bad guy. I resent this being a stereotype librarian as weak, ineffective, and a shusher! The best part was getting the focus back on the dragons and their riders. It was also a relief to finally have an answer to the question what are the riders going to do once their ancient mission is done? Pern fans definitely should read this. This would be a poor title to begin reading the story of Pern. Not the best in the series but likely far from the worst. In my opinion, this is the last of the Pern titles, those done by Anne. There were a few after this done officially by both Anne and Todd McCaffrey, but I suspect were written by Todd with the change of tone. Then Todd continues the series. I didn’t care for those. I just discovered that apparently a daughter of Anne’s published a title recently but the review I read was very negative. So, in my opinion, this was a fine title to close out the series, with dragons and their riders in a new occupation that made use of their unique skills.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Gareth

    A bittersweet ending to the Pern series (Pern chronology wise at least). Following on from Dolphins of Pern, and some years after all the Weyrs of Pern, most loose ends are now tied up, as we finally find out what the Dragonriders will be doing when Thread is gone. After hardly seeing him since Dragonquest, F'lessan is one of the main characters here and it is nice to find more about him, as well as new character Tai and her dragon. What makes the 'bitter' part stronger, is the absence of charac A bittersweet ending to the Pern series (Pern chronology wise at least). Following on from Dolphins of Pern, and some years after all the Weyrs of Pern, most loose ends are now tied up, as we finally find out what the Dragonriders will be doing when Thread is gone. After hardly seeing him since Dragonquest, F'lessan is one of the main characters here and it is nice to find more about him, as well as new character Tai and her dragon. What makes the 'bitter' part stronger, is the absence of characters that have seemingly always been around - not just Robinton, but also some Lord Holders and Weryleaders have changed in the interim, highlighting well just how much time has passed during the present Pass. Additionally some of the favourites either only have small scenes, e.g. Jaxom, Sharra, Fandarel, or are only mentioned and not seen at all, e.g. Piemur, Jancis, though offsetting this we see more of F'lar and Lessa than we have since the original trilogy. Story itself is pretty good, and the suspense around the disaster is quite well portrayed. Finding out about a new Dragon ability was also pretty cool. All in all, we are left with a pretty good sense of where Pern is now headed, and how society will move on post Thread, but it is sad to say goodbye to the many great characters.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ian Banks

    Ms McCaffrey wrote in a manner not dissimilar to Isaac Asimov: clear and without too many literary flourishes. However, her prose is a tad more leaden than his. But she is an even more engaging storyteller, despite her plotlines rambling and colliding all over the place and sometimes spending too much time on things that casual readers of the series might find annoying (weyr politics) but long-term readers love (weyr politics!). She also touches on themes in this novel that are surprisingly relev Ms McCaffrey wrote in a manner not dissimilar to Isaac Asimov: clear and without too many literary flourishes. However, her prose is a tad more leaden than his. But she is an even more engaging storyteller, despite her plotlines rambling and colliding all over the place and sometimes spending too much time on things that casual readers of the series might find annoying (weyr politics) but long-term readers love (weyr politics!). She also touches on themes in this novel that are surprisingly relevant nearly twenty years after publication: Pern's nascent Renaissance is being threatened by people who distrust the technology that has been released from the newly-discovered archives and there are a small group of people who find those sort of changes threatening. They don't come outright and say "Make Pern Great Again" but it isn't far off. They also try and use the burgeoning printing revolution to produce their own pamphlets decrying the changes in society that they disagree with. In a society where some members find that they could be made redundant in a few short years because of automation, there are some real concerns. This was the last Pern novel that Ms McCaffrey wrote on her own and I'm glad that she managed to leave it in a way that gave some hope for the beleaguered colony.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Mackey

    An excellent addition to the Pern saga. This book takes you into the life of F'lar and Lessa's son F'leesan and his love Green rider Tai. Tai is a shy reclusive Green rider who tries to remain in the background, when handsome Bronze rider, who also happens to be the son of the Benden Weyr leaders show her attention she tries to avoid him. Fleesan isn't going to let Tai get away and Tai finds he isn't the playboy type a friend had gossiped about. A passion for sky watching brings them even closer. An excellent addition to the Pern saga. This book takes you into the life of F'lar and Lessa's son F'leesan and his love Green rider Tai. Tai is a shy reclusive Green rider who tries to remain in the background, when handsome Bronze rider, who also happens to be the son of the Benden Weyr leaders show her attention she tries to avoid him. Fleesan isn't going to let Tai get away and Tai finds he isn't the playboy type a friend had gossiped about. A passion for sky watching brings them even closer. When an attack on Fleesan, Tai and their dragons are attacked by wild cats Fleesan and his bronze are left at deaths door. But through this attack they find that all dragons have another talent new to all the dragons and their riders Will Fleesan be able to get over the fact that he and hjs dragon will never fly thread? Will a new life as an Astronomer be enough to keep him busy and happy the rest of his life? You must read this exciting new adventure to find out.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amy Bradley

    A few years after the epic undertaking in All the Weyrs of Pern, dissension has begun to simmer again regarding the knowledge and inventions enabled through the Ancients' knowledge and AIVAS. That Thread still falls despite the dragonrider's work on the Red Star has led some to think that it was a sham, and to more readily believe that AIVAS was a force of evil. Then a massive fireball falls from space, causing a tsunami, and the uninformed decry that altering the Red Star has brought this about. A few years after the epic undertaking in All the Weyrs of Pern, dissension has begun to simmer again regarding the knowledge and inventions enabled through the Ancients' knowledge and AIVAS. That Thread still falls despite the dragonrider's work on the Red Star has led some to think that it was a sham, and to more readily believe that AIVAS was a force of evil. Then a massive fireball falls from space, causing a tsunami, and the uninformed decry that altering the Red Star has brought this about. Others loudly ask why the dragonriders did not prevent it from occurring (despite massive efforts to ensure coastal areas were evacuated in time), and how they will stop it from happening again. I have always very much enjoyed how things come together in Anne McCaffrey's novels - how various factions react to circumstances (and in the case of the rabble-rousing Abominators, disturbing) is fascinating.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Katy

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and feel it makes a fitting end to the Pern series. I really love how Anne had thought about what the dragonriders, and their dragons, would do to earn a living, after this last Pass is over, and Thread stops falling forever. We take astrology for granted, here on Earth - probably because we all know that our skies, and the space surrounding Earth, is all covered - so it was fascinating to read how early warning systems on Pern might be set up, especially after so I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and feel it makes a fitting end to the Pern series. I really love how Anne had thought about what the dragonriders, and their dragons, would do to earn a living, after this last Pass is over, and Thread stops falling forever. We take astrology for granted, here on Earth - probably because we all know that our skies, and the space surrounding Earth, is all covered - so it was fascinating to read how early warning systems on Pern might be set up, especially after so much of the coastlines of Pern were devastated by the piece of space flotsam crashing into the seas there. I also loved Anne's way of writing about those who are hidebound, and either can't, or won't learn anything new - a real case of cutting off the nose to spite the face, I fear. I've really loved rereading Anne's books, and feel a little sad to be finishing all of them - but I'm also looking forwards to reading new books, and new authors, too.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kristen (belles_bookshelves)

    "Ours not to ponder what were fair in life, but, finding what may be, make it fair up to our means." This was the first Pern book I ever read, way back in Middle School, so suffice it to say, I understood literally nothing about what was going on. I bought it as an impulse cover-buy because of the cool dragon on the cover, but then (obviously) had to go back and start at the beginning to understand what was going on. I like the love story here between a gold and a green rider, it's something very "Ours not to ponder what were fair in life, but, finding what may be, make it fair up to our means." This was the first Pern book I ever read, way back in Middle School, so suffice it to say, I understood literally nothing about what was going on. I bought it as an impulse cover-buy because of the cool dragon on the cover, but then (obviously) had to go back and start at the beginning to understand what was going on. I like the love story here between a gold and a green rider, it's something very uncommon in the Pern world, so that was nice to see something different. But besides that, it reads a lot like the rest of the series, save that we're getting more and more technology unearthed and learning to use it, which is both cool and sad because it means the Pernese way of life will completely change.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jane Irish Nelson

    With the Red Star no longer a threat, some people can't understand why Thread has not stopped falling immediately; others don't believe that this is the end of it — or don't want to. These hidebound dissidents are determined to "return" Pern to the way it was before the discover of AIVAS, and the technology it has provided. Meanwhile, the dragonriders are seeking a solution of their own: what will they do when this Pass ends, and they are no longer supported by the tithes of Hold and Hall? Bronze With the Red Star no longer a threat, some people can't understand why Thread has not stopped falling immediately; others don't believe that this is the end of it — or don't want to. These hidebound dissidents are determined to "return" Pern to the way it was before the discover of AIVAS, and the technology it has provided. Meanwhile, the dragonriders are seeking a solution of their own: what will they do when this Pass ends, and they are no longer supported by the tithes of Hold and Hall? Bronze rider F'lessan, son of F'lar and Lessa, along with young green rider Tai, almost accidentally discover an answer. Once again, McCaffrey does not disappoint — her world is fully-formed and believable, as are the characters, whose behavior is understandable. Highly recommended — but read the earlier books first!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jerry Miller

    Another in a very long series of books. What can I say that hasn't been said before? If you are a fan of the series, I think you'll find this enjoyable. I am reading the books in publication order, so things are sometimes confusing. Characters from the first books in the series reappear after being gone for ages. Part of me wishes I was starting now, so I could read them chronologically. Pern is once again being threatened by Thread, but there is also a new danger from the skies. Dragonriders ar Another in a very long series of books. What can I say that hasn't been said before? If you are a fan of the series, I think you'll find this enjoyable. I am reading the books in publication order, so things are sometimes confusing. Characters from the first books in the series reappear after being gone for ages. Part of me wishes I was starting now, so I could read them chronologically. Pern is once again being threatened by Thread, but there is also a new danger from the skies. Dragonriders are instrumental in saving lives. There are also human threats against the increase in technology. More of the same, but it had enough differences to keep me interested. An important discovery is made regarding the dragons. If you've gotten this far in the series, you will probably continue until the end. Not necessarily a bad thing, but I'll have to see how the later books fare.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Evelynn

    I enjoyed this book immensely. At first I was not as thrilled and had a hard time getting into it. But then the plot with Tai and F'lessan started getting more interesting and I enjoyed that interaction and its play with the future thinking ways addressed here. Again, I feel that the political climax and the action climax were separate and the political one took many more pages than the action one. The subplot, action plot, was resolved in a paragraph more or less while the political maneuvering I enjoyed this book immensely. At first I was not as thrilled and had a hard time getting into it. But then the plot with Tai and F'lessan started getting more interesting and I enjoyed that interaction and its play with the future thinking ways addressed here. Again, I feel that the political climax and the action climax were separate and the political one took many more pages than the action one. The subplot, action plot, was resolved in a paragraph more or less while the political maneuvering to achieve the sky-watch program was victorious over several pages. I also felt the resolution with F'lessan and Tai rewarding. Can you tell I enjoyed this book? Cuz I did, although at first I was worried I would not be able to finish it.

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