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review 2016-08-29 00:00
Dragonflight (Pern: Dragonriders of Pern, #1)
Dragonflight (Pern: Dragonriders of Pern, #1) - Anne McCaffrey I initially got this book to participate in The Dead Writers Society genre challenge for July. I unfortunately got a PDF version of this book through my library (did not realize it until it came out of hold for me) and then just bought it. Unfortunately, that all happened after the month passed for the read. I have to keep in mind when I am doing group reads that I should see if there is a version of the book available for free or for a price that is lower than $9.99.

I have never heard of this series before, it seems like a lot of readers have though. A lot of people have told me that this series gets better and that some of the books should be skipped. I think the hardest part for me was not the names of every person, or that a planet exists where dragons roam. It was the fact that the two main characters were not that likable, things got left out of the book all over the place, but referenced later (which is weird to me) and we have one of the most mind boggling things that go on towards the end of the book for the story to end the way that it does.

The book starts off with F'lar and other Dragonmen going off on a "Search". Now I can't really tell what that Search was about, it doesn't get referred to later in the book after he meets Lessa and she is back living with him and training on how to be a Werywoman.

Lessa is pig-headed and doesn't listen, though she thinks that she knows all, and even admits numerous times that she doesn't know all, but think that F'lar should just tell her things so then she won't go around getting in trouble all of the time. Sigh. I don't know. I wanted a book with a strong hero and heroine and I kind of disliked both of them.

It doesn't help that later on in the book it's told in a kind of throw away kind of way that F'lar often forces Lessa and if only she understood he would be gentle? Yeah. I get that this book was written in 1968, but come on. There was way too much of that going on.

I don't like the fact that due to Lessa becoming joined to the Queen dragon, that meant that whatever male dragon rider who mated with her Queen therefore became her mate. I think I rolled my eyes a million times. I would have liked it better if she had any say in things. It felt like she didn't. F'lar liked her being jealous, and apparently it's okay in this society for him to sleep with whomever he wants, but not her? I don't know. I refuse to go back and look up those parts in the book.

There were so many characters that I just won't name here. I actually felt the worst for a now dead woman married to the character Fax. It's shown that Lessa could have eased this woman and maybe she wouldn't have died, but she doesn't pay any repercussions for what she did not do and for her also forcing F'lar's hand in order to kill someone.

The writing was okay. I thought the dialogue a lot of the times was terrible though. I think it's because the author would introduce a new subject and the way it would be explained was that was something he/she discussed months ago and I would scratch my head and say huh. For example, I had no idea that F'lar and Lessa were even having sex or sharing the same bed quarters. We go from their dragons mating, him kissing her, to F'lar worrying about "Threads" and then a throw away line about how she's never a bed and I went huh.

The flow was not great at all. The big threat is the "Threads" and not really anyone else because this group has dragons. Why anyone would screw with them baffled me. So the whole book is waiting for the "Threads" to happen, and when they did, the author didn't really describe them or what they did or would do that was terrible. Or at least I didn't get it. Maybe I am not that smart. It just didn't make any sense to me.

The world building I had some problems with too. Who the heck would forget that a natural or whatever this thing was disaster comes every couple of years (turns) in this world. It was dumb for anyone to think it wasn't going to happen and even when it did people were still sitting around blaming each other. The time travel aspect made absolutely no sense at all. I had a lot of problems with it and just kept screeching paradoxes to myself while reading.

The ending I think was supposed to end on an uplifting note, but instead it made me think of The Sopranos when the show just abruptly faded to black.
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text 2015-12-27 13:18
Holiday round-up
Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas
Crown of Midnight - Sarah J. Maas
Queen of Shadows - Sarah J. Maas
Dragon's Time: Dragonriders of Pern - Anne McCaffrey,Todd J. McCaffrey
A Game of Thrones Puzzle Quest: Riddles, Enigmas and Quizzes - Tim Dedopulos

For the first time in a few years I actually received some books for Christmas. My eldest daughter was on the case and managed to pick up a handful of books that we'll both enjoy (she definitely had ulterior motives). Four of the five books I received came from her, and the last came from my mother.


Going to have to pick up the remaining two Throne of Glass books too, just so I can complete the series.  Plenty of reading time over the next few weeks while we enjoy our summer break.  But before I get to them, need to finish off the last 2 books for my PopSugar 2015 reading challenge the Silmarillion by Tolkien (A book you've started but never finished) and Storm Dancer by Jay Kristoff (A book by an author with your initials).  Time to get reading!

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review 2015-04-26 16:50
Two down, one to go! Dragonriders of Pern Vol. 2
Dragonquest - Anne McCaffrey

This book took me just about as long, if not longer, to finish as the first in the trilogy. Though I think I did enjoy this one more. It was odd; the first half of the book or so felt much like the first one in terms of pacing and action (or lack there of). But once I started getting into the second half I found there were more moments where I enjoyed the feel of the writing and was more interested and drawn in by what the characters were doing and saying. 


That being said, there were some bits that I didn't care for, regardless of which characters were involved or how typical of the culture it was. For example, F'nor straight up raped Brekke, and I don't care how romantic or passionate it was supposed to be. And despite the more exciting bits and the parts where the characters seemed more lively and fun, a lot of the book was still political, bureaucratic nonsense. There was always more talking and planning about what to do and not as much actual doing. Things only really go exciting when Wirenth and Prideth fought and died and when F'nor jumped between to the Red Star.


However, the irony of this all is that I still feel just invested enough to plug away through the third book to see what finally happens. I'll be taking a longer break between this time but eventually I'll pick it up and see what is in store for Pern. 



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text 2015-04-16 15:18
Purchases round 2 for April
The Uncrowned King - Michelle West
Amulet, Vol. 5: Prince of the Elves - Kazu Kibuishi
Amulet, Vol. 6: Escape From Lucien - Kazu Kibuishi
Dragonsdawn - Anne McCaffrey
The Black Gryphon - Larry Dixon,Mercedes Lackey

The Uncrowned King is a repurchase as I wanted the kindle version. Sagara/West writes enormous books which is awesome.


Amulet 5 and 6 are freebies from Amazon today.


Dragonsdawn- by Anne Mccaffrey. I've read the first three in the series (the whole numbering of this series hurts my head) so I wanted to read more in the series


The Black Gryphon- Been wanting to read Lackey for awhile but never figured out where to start until now.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2015-02-18 01:26
Welcome to Pern (A vaguely spoilerish review)
Anne McCaffrey's Dragonflight #1 - Brynne Stephens,Lela Dowling,Cynthia Martin,Anne McCaffrey

So I picked up Dragonflight partly because it was recommended to me and partly because I recently decided that I should write a dragon book someday. So I figured it would be best to gather some information from those who had already written dragon books. 


Dragonflight is the first in the Dragonsriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey. It begins by introducing us to Lessa of Ruatha, who has been living in hiding for the last 10 years after her family was betrayed and overthrown by the evil Lord Fax. She has been waiting for her moment to overthrow fax and reclaim her rightful place as ruler of Ruatha Hold. But just as she is about to make her move, F'lar and his wing of dragons descend in search of a new Wyerwoman. After dispatching Fax, Lessa is instead swept away to Benden Wyer to become Wyerwoman and Impress upon the new queen. 


It took me a bit to get into this book. McCaffery's writing style felt a bit odd to me, but after awhile I got into the flow of it. The first book also seemed to consist of a lot of exposition and discussing of what to do about this problem or another. The action didn't really kick in until the very end of the book. 


Thank being said, it was interesting to discover the world that McCaffrey had created. It was unlike any other book I'd read where dragons were a major player. Instead of just existing as some ancient being, the dragons had been genetically crafted for the purpose of protecting Pern from the Threads. They must ingest a particular stone in order to produce fire, and they have the ability to go between, an area of nothingness and sensory deprivation between here and there. An ability, they discover, that can also take them between time. I thought this was all very unique, and I appreciated that aspect of the story. 


The main characters, Lessa and F'lar, and likable enough. Lessa is a very feisty, strong female character, F'lar is a bit of a know-it-all, rather pompous, but overall he means well and has good ideas. 


I'm in the middle with this book. It didn't grab me like other books have but it didn't make me want to chuck it across the room either. We'll see what the next two books in the trilogy hold. 





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