Dragonsdawn (Dragonriders of Pern Series #9)

Dragonsdawn (Dragonriders of Pern Series #9)

by Anne McCaffrey

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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: 136,457
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.95(d)
Lexile: 960L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Anne McCaffrey, one of the world’s most popular authors, is best known for her Dragonriders of Pern® series. She was the first woman to win the two top prizes for science fiction writing, the Hugo and Nebula awards. She was also given the American Library Association’s Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement in Young Adult Fiction, was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, and was named a Science Fiction Writers of America Grand Master. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1926, McCaffrey relocated to Ireland in the 1970s, where she lived in a house of her own design, named Dragonhold-Underhill. She died in 2011.

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“Probe reports coming through, sir,” Sallah Telgar announced without taking her eyes from the flickering lights on her terminal.
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Dragonsdawn (Dragonriders of Pern Series #9) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 105 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.
macjest on LibraryThing 3 days ago
I kind of felt like going back to the beginning to see again how it all began, so I started re-reading the series. What amazes me is that several of the land holdings in the future are named after some really shady characters from the past. I guess time really does heal all wounds.
DragonFreak on LibraryThing 3 days ago
The fact that this book is science fiction kind of surprised me. A few thousand colonist traveled to Pern and had to adapt their life to this foreign planet. Out of all the books in the series, I would say this is the only one that can be truely called science fiction, the rest fantasy. Even though the whole series is officially science fiction, the other books don't have enough science in them. But overall, awesome book to start out the chronological order of The Dragonriders of Pern.
TadAD on LibraryThing 3 days ago
This book is set in the beginning of the human colonization of Pern. It wasn't published first and I don't think it should be read first. Read the dragon rider trilogy from the ninth pass for an introduction to the world.
librisissimo on LibraryThing 3 days ago
Back-fill for dedicated Perners, as witness 15 names in the first 13 pages with no "handles". Aggressively multi-cultural, although in name only (the ultimate melting-pot: everyone in a McCaffrey novel sounds alike). Overly narrative; no dramatic arcs; detail-heavy; romance-genre plotting; advanced-junior reading level. Contains inconsistencies in jargon (esp. fardling) and insanities in procedure (e.g., the Admiral and Governor both go down on first landing, tbut hen they drop our of the story for awhile, so it wouldn't have mattered if they got killed together). Not her best work.
Featherfire on LibraryThing 3 days ago
This was the first Pern book I'd read, and it will honestly likely be my last. It was an okay read, but none of the characters really grabbed me and I didn't find McCaffrey's writing style all that engaging. I kind of feel like a traitor to the fantasy genre by saying that.
kpolhuis on LibraryThing 3 days ago
A fab prequel to the most beloved Dragonriders of Pern series. I know that most folks are critical of this work, but I think that because of the way that it was written. I think that the writing made it new, fresh and raw (the ideal in a creation story).
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing 3 days ago
If you're already a fan of Anne McCaffey's Pern, you'll love this book. I don't think it makes a good introduction though if you're not already enchanted by Pern, despite that this story would be the first chronologically. I'd try the original trilogy first, starting with Dragonflight, which I think has the most appealing characters and engaging plot. But as someone who does love her early Pern books, I loved seeing all the origins for the Pern which I had become so familiar. In this novel, it's the planet and culture around it which McCaffrey created which is the most involving character as we see dragons bred from native fire lizards and the holds take shape. 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.
jshillingford on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This is a fantastic "prequel." Dragonsdawn tells the story of how Pern was colonized and how dragons were genetically engineered from native fire lizards. Readers finally meet the characters for whom all the famous holds and weyrs are named (like Admiral Benden) and how this knowledge was lost to current Pern citizens. Well written, a great read!
Katissima on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I think prequels are very difficult to do right (see my review of McCaffrey's Masterharper of Pern). Ms McCaffrey was spot on with this one however! It is especially impressive considering she did not originally plan for Pern to be a colonized world. My one nagging complaint--why are so many holds named after bad guys(and gals)?
Anonymous 11 months ago
Very well-written, a great read!
Anonymous 12 months ago
The boss about Pern will forever be my favorite!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always loved the Pern stories. Although Dragonsdawn is written later in the series it is a good book to start with to get a background understanding of the story line.
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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