"But F'lar knew he had to find a better way to protect his beloved Pern, and he had to find it before the rebellious Oldtimers could breed anymore dissent....before his brother F'nor would be foolhardy enough to launch another suicide mission...and before those dratted fire-lizards could stir up any more trouble!"
Book another flight with the Dragonriders of Pern.
©1971 Anne McCaffrey; (P)1993 Brilliance Audio
My first introduction to Pern was through the Harper Hall trilogy which I absolutely love and recommend. The Dragonriders of Pern trilogy starts with Dragonflight. If you are completely new to Pern, it takes a little getting used to the names but don't let that put you off of a wonderful series. There are several websites out there that give you the chronological order of the entire series and this trilogy is in the middle. It is a good place to start for those new to Pern (it is where I started). Once I came to love Pern, I went back and read the earlier stories about Pern's history.
Not better. Just as good.
F'nor's trip to the Red Star
Masculine, heavy, pleasant.
Chuckles at McCaffrey's turns of phrase. "They say, entirely too much!"
Nice to hear my favorite books and characters brought to new life. I have read them over and over and the narrations bring new structure and life to them I really appreciate.
Say something about yourself!
I didn't really get into this series in my youth. I read the1st book but never really got into it. But I just decided that I should give it another shot. After recently listening to the1st book of the series (Dragonflight) I was still befuddled as to why this series is considered so important and is so beloved. But I'd already purchased the 2nd book, Dragonquest, in addition to the 1st book & decided to forge ahead. EUREKA! I now understand. The characters here are better developed, the plot so much more interesting & inventive. True, the narration is merely competent with frequent mispronunciations but despite that, I adored this book and am looking forward to the rest of the series with great anticipation.
Grandma bibliophile! Audible books make reading with an active life possible.
This second book of the Pern series is just as good as the first. This takes us more into the relationships of F'lar, F'lon, Lessa and a lot of new characters that I love and love to hate. More in depth as the explanation of the Red Star and threads is done. The introduction of fire lizards, the little ancestor of the dragons is in this volume. One of my favorite creatures, the colonizing of the Southern Weyr, and lots of dramatic moments. From the fight of the queens to the exploration of ways to stop thread at it's source, this one kept me hooked just like it did over 30 years ago.
Reading books while riding on the back of Pegasus' wings
Feels like I was riding on the back of a dragon for the first time again!
When F'nor finds Fire lizards. How I wish to have one of my own, when I was a child.
Very good. I loved his effect of "dragon speak".
Drama and flights between dragonmen vs. Lord Holders vs. Oldtimers.
Can't say it enough, McCaffrey was the best. I've read these book over and over for 25 years. In fact, these are one of the few sets of books I have reread. I normally don't do that...too many new books to read.
All the others
Dick Hill is fine but like another review I wrote, the interactions between the dragons and their riders don't quite work. This may be a directorial choice.
The F'Nor and Breke story is the best of the series. And, (no spoilers) what F"Nor and Canth do is the most powerful event of the first trilogy...maybe the entire series.
The directorial choice and Hills performance at the key Breke scene at the end fell flat. It is much more powerful when read. The rest of the book is very good.
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