Dragonriders of Pern: Dragonflight, Dragonquest, The White Dragon

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Finally together in one volume, the first three books in the world's most beloved science fiction series, THE DRAGONRIDERS OF PERN, by Anne McCaffrey, one of the great science fiction writers of all time: DRAGONFLIGHT, DRAGONQUEST, THE WHITE DRAGON. Those who know these extraordinary tales will be able to re-visit with Lessa, F'lar, Ruth, Lord Jaxon, and all the others. And for those just discovering this magical place, there are incomparable tales of ...

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Overview

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Finally together in one volume, the first three books in the world's most beloved science fiction series, THE DRAGONRIDERS OF PERN, by Anne McCaffrey, one of the great science fiction writers of all time: DRAGONFLIGHT, DRAGONQUEST, THE WHITE DRAGON. Those who know these extraordinary tales will be able to re-visit with Lessa, F'lar, Ruth, Lord Jaxon, and all the others. And for those just discovering this magical place, there are incomparable tales of danger, deceit, and daring, just waiting to be explored..

Bestselling author Anne McCaffrey's astonishing world of the Dragonriders of Pern has captured the hearts and minds of over 4 million science fiction readers. Now, new fans and old can relive the magic of the first three Dragonriders books--all in one omnibus edition.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780345340245
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1988
  • Series: Dragonriders of Pern Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 832
  • Sales rank: 131,803
  • Product dimensions: 6.15 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.44 (d)

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  • Posted March 25, 2011

    Great story but don't buy this 3-book edition.

    I bought and read Dragonflight and was hooked on the series, so thought I would buy this 3-book edition for the next 2 books in the series. There are so many typos in the Nook edition of this book, that the story is almost unreadable. Lines are missing from the bottom of many pages, so when you turn the page, you feel lost as though you missed something. I flip back and forth trying to figure out if I missed a page and then realize that half a sentence is missing. I can't help but wonder if more than a line is missing here and there.
    Great series. Great books. But I wouldn't buy this one for the Nook again.

    31 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 4, 2011

    typos distracting

    Anne McCaffrey is one of my favorite authors and I return to her characters often as if to visit old friends. Despite the typos on nearly every page, I thoroughly enjoyed this latest visit with Pern.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 4, 2010

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    If You Get One McCaffrey Book Let It Be This One

    Here in one volume are the first three novels--in my opinion the best three--in her Pern series. These books often wind up on best fantasy lists, thought technically they're science fiction about a lost colony of Earth where the native dragons and bonded to human riders who imprint them at hatching to fight an inimical spore that comes from space. The characters are memorable and appealing: Lessa, F'nor, F'Lar, Brekke, Jaxom, Robinton--and that includes the dragons like "The White Dragon" Ruth. These three books aren't notable for style and provoking thought, but they're fine, entertaining novels that bear rereading--science fantasy comfort food. I don't feel the later books are as winning, but these three come to a satisfying resolution.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 24, 2011

    A classic must read

    I first read the books here around 20 years ago, and had forgotten how much I loved them until I bought this compilation on e-book recently. Nicely written and hard to put down. I'm just glad that I picked it up again after so long.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    One of the Best

    I read these books as a teen and fell in love with pern and its resourcefull people. To be honest these books helped a young man see things from a womans perspective and I am glad for the knowledge it privided. I am a very conservative yet practical person and have heard many negative comments about the sexual content in these books. Let me put your mind at ease the content in these books is tame and realistic given the situations and the cultural background the author relays in context and anyone who says otherwise is a prude and living in their own fantasy world. As far as E-books go this book needs to be updated with a free update to those who already purchased it mostly for spelling errors picked up in translation to digital this however is not the distraction that others would have you believe either as it is not widespread. All around one of the best novel series in literary history.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    Wonderful books, need an editor

    I have read these books I don't know how many times. And I love them! However, the transfer to the ebook format needs an editor. Because I have read them so many times, I know what the text should be. In the ebook format, there are alternate words substituted, inserted punctuation, punctuation left out, words truncated, and I could go on. Is there no detail person who is looking over the text before it is published? There needs to be one. Please don't let this diatribe deter you from purchasing these books or reading them. They are, and will continue to be, my favorite books. The stars are for the content of the books, not the ebook text.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2012

    Just as I rememberd

    I had these books many years ago but my eyes aren't that great anymore. I got these and soon discovered as others did that it appeared pieces were missing. After playing with the Nook for a few, I discovered that my enlarging the print had cut off sentences. When I reduced and re-enlarged the print everyrhing was back to normal. Really enjoyed rereading them.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2013

    :)

    Pern is where i learned to love reading

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

    Highly recommended! This series never gets old!

    I'd bought, and wore out, several editions of these books in paperback, and with my changing lifestyle (Smaller house, not much room for bookshelves), I decided to get a nook. Problem is - not all my favorite old books are on nook - or even ebook! - format! Thankfully, Anne McCaffrey's publisher is forward-thinking enough that they've allowed this. I love getting to read about my favorite characters whenever I feel the need! I still have the hardcover originals at home, but they don't have to be risked out in the cruel world just so I can enjoy a quick ride a-dragonback before going in to work. Excellent stories, and they lose nothing in the format change to digital.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2012

    Good premise but poor execution

    I read these in grade school (around 4th or 5th grade), which, without giving too much away, was a good while ago. As a young girl, the sexual and political aspects of the books were well over my head, but what did I care: dragons were cool! I'm a college student now, and those subtleties are not lost on me anymore.

    I'll give McCaffrey some credit in the originality department; eusocial dragons are quite unique. The telepathic link between rider and dragon is also very appealing (not that it's terribly original). However, that's where my approval ends...

    McCaffrey, whether it's from time or personal beliefs, created a series of pseudo-strong female leads. Lessa is cruel and manipulative at times, most of her interactions involve her falling into a domestic role: pouring klah (whatever the hell that is. Seriosuly, McCaffrey, tell us what it is, not just the name), clearing the table of dishes, etc. Kylara is just as manipulative, but possesses a sexual nature that is shown to be negative. In this world, it's fine for the men to enjoy a lot of sex, but the women cannot.

    Lessa's defiance is admirable enough, but not redeeming. There's also the sexual problems: F'lar states that it is akin to rape, but brushes his actions off because he's good in bed (essentially: male privilege. He's the Weyrleader, she's Weyrwoman, he can do what he wants because he's good at it). I can ignore, begrudgingly, the "dragon decides, rider complies" aspect of the dragons mating, but F'lar's actions go beyond that. In addition, he is shown to shake and slap Lessa to calm her or silence her. I brushed past the first "shake" that Lessa experienced as she was talking quickly, shown to be excited. F'lar grasps her shoulders and from what I understood, gives her a light shake while expressing his excitement. I didn't feel this was too bad, as it is a very common action in general used to punctuate moments of excitement. However, Lessa does show fear that he will shake her. It's treated as if it's normal and she needs to put up with it. Not something she should be getting away from.

    Then there's Jaxom, who actually does force himself on his girlfriend.

    Let's not ignore the gender roles and gay rights issues here either. Lessa is only there because the golden queens only impress heterosexual females. Ergo: heterosexual females are only fit for leadership positions. Bronzes, the breeding males (usually), only impress heterosexual males. As we know, the rider of the dragon that knocks up the queen gets to be the "Weyrleader. Thus: heterosexuals are the only ones fit to lead. Despite the queen being the dragon with all the power, she's breeding stock, nothing more. It pretends to give women authority, but quickly snatches it away and transfers it to the men.

    On the technical aspect side: Dragonflight had the poorest writing I've seen in a while: not enough description where it counts and too much where it doesn't; flowery prose; underdeveloped plotline. Good, I get that Lessa has long hair and a skinny frame and is somehow quite pretty, but what on earth do the dragons look like? Their descriptions were given to the reader in pieces with phrases like "wedged shape head" on one page and then "split tail" ten pages later. This gets better in Dragonquest and The White Dragon (only marginally).

    I've rambled a bit, I think. In short: psychic alien dragons are awesome, the limiting gender roles and p

    2 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2007

    excellent writer, poor author (at least for this trilogy)

    the characters in the book are well written and believable. though the story is kinda hard to get into. the idea of fighting things without sentience really doesn't work for me. what got me through the first two books in the trilogy was the authors writing ability and interplay between the characters.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2014

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    This is my all-time favorite dragon series. If you like dragons,

    This is my all-time favorite dragon series. If you like dragons, you must read this series. You won't be disappointed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    To the review nine below mine

    As far as I know, Pern has never been stated to bean ideal society. In fact, it's actually the opposite: It's indicated several times in these books (and made extremely obvious in later books) that Pernese society, as well as technology, has degenerated significantly from when the settlers first arrived. I can't counter many of your specific examples without giving away important details, but if you compare the worst end results and why they happened, you'll notice that Jaxom showed a certain amount of common sense that Kylara lacked. Finally, whatever you may think of specific actions or traits, keep in mind that no character can or should be perfect. That makes a very boring book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2012

    great books

    Theses were amazing books. Maybe a little challenging for 5th and 6th grade , but I'm in 6th grade and I loved these books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2012

    love the pern books

    so happy to get these on nook. looking forward to the time all of them are available. I have all of them in paper form. Mccaffrey is a good writer. So sorry she is gone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    A classic

    Worth reading and re reading! Creates an entire wold

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2011

    Good trilogy great value

    First three nooks in this series are amazing.while some typos do exist overall the book is well compiled.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2011

    Annoying!

    Get ready to break out your dictionary! It was to the point of ridiculousness. Im an avid reader and this book just gave me a headache. I strongly suggest you read the sample before you buy. For me this was a total waste of money.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2002

    Warning: Pern is Highly Addictive!

    This book is what started it all for me many years ago, and I still lust for more Pern! McCafferty has a way of writing that draws you in and makes you feel like you're a part of this incredible planet. You'll learn to fear the scores (burns) of thread and wonder at the history of the planet...which is deliciously and masterfully explained in later volumes. You'll come to love the dragons as your own and practically be elated when your favorite character is chosen by a newly-born dragonet on the hatching grounds. I know you'll enjoy this series...so what are you waiting for!?!?!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2000

    This is the number one series to read!

    I love to read Anne McCaffrey's work of art. The first Story I read that was written Anne McCaffrey was 'The Smallest Dragonboy'. After that I have Read Every one of the books in this series.She really makes it come to life. It is just like you are there and the same life as the DRAGONRIDERS OF PERN.It is really awsom.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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