Dragonsdawn (Dragonriders of Pern Series #9)

Dragonsdawn (Dragonriders of Pern Series #9)

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by Anne McCaffrey
     
 

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Deadly spores threaten the human colony of Pern unless the colonists, with help from geneticist Kitti Ping, can develop fire-breathing dragons to combat the menace.  See more details below

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Deadly spores threaten the human colony of Pern unless the colonists, with help from geneticist Kitti Ping, can develop fire-breathing dragons to combat the menace.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Readers who for two decades have been following the fortunes of the dragonriders and other inhabitants of the planet Pern will welcome the latest volume, chronicling the early years. It stands very much on its own, however; knowing about the later history of the planet only adds enjoyment. After 15 years of cold sleep, 6000 colonists land on Pern, seeking a simpler existence, escaping the aftermath of interstellar war and an overly technical society. The colony prospers until the consuming Threada force that destroys all life it comes in contact withmakes its first appearance. A brilliant bio-engineer attempts to develop a biological weapon to save them, a much larger version of a native life form many of the colonists have adopted as pets: dragonets with the ability to teleport and breathe flame after eating phosphoric rock. The book ends with the first successful result of that experiment. Many richly developed characters people the novel, among them two youngsters, Sorka Hanrahan and Sean Connell, who grow up to become two of the first dragonriders. One hopes McCaffrey, who most recently has been writing in the mainstream ( The Lady ), is beginning a new Pern cycle in which she will tell, in answer to many other questions, whatever happened to the intelligent dolphins that came with the humans to Pern. Major ad/promo; author tour ( Nov .)
Library Journal
When the deadly silver ``threadfall'' from an orbiting comet threatens to destroy the thriving human colony on the otherwise hospitable planet Pern, scientists and genetic engineers undertake a bold and risky experiment to change the tiny native winged reptiles called fire lizards into allies for mutual survival. While fans of the ``Dragonriders of Pern'' novels will particularly enjoy the revelations in this prequel to the series, newcomers will find McCaffrey's latest an accessible introduction to the world of Pern. Recommended. JC

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345362865
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/1989
Series:
Dragonriders of Pern Series, #9
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
103,152
Product dimensions:
4.15(w) x 6.86(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
960L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

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Anne McCaffrey, the Hugo Award-winning author of the bestselling Dragonriders of Pern® novels, is one of science fiction’s most popular authors. With Elizabeth Ann Scarborough she co-authored Changelings and Maelstrom, Books One and Two of The Twins of Petaybee. McCaffrey lives in a house of her own design, Dragonhold-Underhill, in County Wicklow, Ireland.

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Dragonsdawn (Dragonriders of Pern Series #9) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 93 reviews.
Lisa_RR_H More than 1 year ago
If you're already a fan of Anne McCaffey's Pern, you'll love this book. I'm not so sure of it as an introduction though if you're not already enchanted by them, despite that this story would be the first chronologically. It might be best to try the original trilogy first, which I think has the most appealing characters and engaging plot. But as someone who does love her books, I loved seeing all the origins for the Pern which I had become so familiar. In this novel, its the planet and culture around it which McCaffrey created which is the most involving character. The story also underlines the science fiction underpinnings of Pern with its lost colony plot--the other novels, despite that background read more like high fantasy. This reads more like space opera.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If your a fan of the series and read the first three books atleast, this is going to be a incredible fun book. It takes you back to the beginning of the whole story. Some of the character's names you have already seen in the past books, Telgar, Benden, etc. It starts off a little slow, but about half way through you'll have trouble putting this book down. If you never read any of the other novels or short stories, I think you'll still enjoy this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was an excellent emample of McCaffery's skill. I am a big fan of the Pern series and it was nice to see some new faces. This book answered alot of my questions about the origins of the dragons. However, I would not recommend this book for a light reader, someone who is distracted from the storyline easily. Dragondawn starts off kind of slow and their is alot of information to absorb. Overall I thought this was an excellent book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was fantastic! I've only read two other books by this auther but this one is my favorite. I recamend it for anyone who likes romance and adventure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best. I felt almost honored to be reading about when the settlers came to Pern. It was really great. I was taken by surprise alot even when i knew what everything was like the fire-lizards, and Thread, it was still amazing!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anne McCaffrey fully exploited the technology of our time. This book did not get so caught up in the future that it forgot how people trully think, feel and express themselves. McCaffrey knew how people acted, responded and she gave each person his or her own unique personalities, even the dragons.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gavi flys up to sit on Sarah's padded shoulder. She cheeps angrily for more food. She feeds her only a little bit of cornbread, trying to wean Gavi off of it. (Gavi is a green fire-lizard and Sarah is her owner)
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Love her work
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This is part of a great series of books.
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