Another Turn, and the deadly silver Threads began falling again So the bold dragonriders took to the air once and their magnificent flying dragons swirled and swooped, belching flames that destroyed the shimmering strands before they reach the groundBut 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 any 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 trouble


10 thoughts on “Dragonquest

  1. Judah Nielsen Judah Nielsen says:

    So, this is the second book of a trilogy, and then there s another trilogy, and then some other books, and when you ve tallied it all up, you have something like 27 books in the series And I ve read the first two, but unless I get pneumonia and my reading time suddenly quadruples, I m probably done, and I feel strange about it, because when all is said and done, I don t hate these books.The setting is imaginative The stories move along at a good pace The stories are interesting If that was a So, this is the second book of a trilogy, and then there s another trilogy, and then some other books, and when you ve tallied it all up, you have something like 27 books in the series And I ve read the first two, but unless I get pneumonia and my reading time suddenly quadruples, I m probably done, and I feel strange about it, because when all is said and done, I don t hate these books.The setting is imaginative The stories move along at a good pace The stories are interesting If that was all their was to a book, this would be a pretty decent read But it isn t.The characters are garbage They re cardboard The heroes never make any mistakes, but they also never do anything interesting If anything they do is surprising, it isn t genuinely surprising, it just wasn t foreshadowed.The writing, the style Also largely nonsense When I got to the end of the book, and I found myself wondering what happened in the next one, I had a flash of inspiration I would much rather read the plot summary than the actual plot What I like about this series is the hierarchy, the relationships between people, the structure of the world, and how the events in the story impact that society But since I don t like or care about any of the individual people, it sthan enough to just read what happened next, in bullet points or on a timeline.So fuck it


  2. Punk Punk says:

    Fantasy Again, this book teaches that the way to a woman s heart is through dubious consent This time it s just F nor being a dick horny telepathic dragons had nothing to do with it Apparently our hero sees nothing wrong with having sex with a woman who is fighting him He s also a big fan of domestic violence It was too bad you couldn t beat a Weyrwoman with impunity Her dragon wouldn t permit it but a sound thrashing was what Kylara badly needed Look, I didn t like Kylara either NoFantasy Again, this book teaches that the way to a woman s heart is through dubious consent This time it s just F nor being a dick horny telepathic dragons had nothing to do with it Apparently our hero sees nothing wrong with having sex with a woman who is fighting him He s also a big fan of domestic violence It was too bad you couldn t beat a Weyrwoman with impunity Her dragon wouldn t permit it but a sound thrashing was what Kylara badly needed Look, I didn t like Kylara either No one likes Kylara because McCaffrey didn t want us to like her The woman is extremely unsympathetic But oh my god that does not make it okay for the hero to want to beat her Ugh, Anne McCaffrey, Your Issues.Despite Anne McCaffrey s issues, which I knew about going into this, I like this world enough to keep reading until she really pisses me off In this book she addresses the tension between the modern and the old weyrs They have different ways of managing their societies and of course those ways clash so there s some political maneuvering and palace intrigue type stuff while F lar tries to rule all of Pern.Three stars I liked this one for the science, the problem solving, and the fire lizards The plot s pretty engaging too, when it isn t broken up by pointless rambling.eBook Lots of OCR errors and the section breaks aren t marked still it was in better shape than Dragonflight, which is funny because I actually read these two as an omnibus


  3. Susan Kennedy Susan Kennedy says:

    Fantastic I am able to just immerse myself into this world I can feel like I belong there The characters are fantastically written and I feel myself becoming attached to them There are also some that I just despise I love this world that McCaffrey created I love the history of it, but these books that I am reading now are at the heart of the world and what I loved about Pern This has been such a great reread I am thoroughly enjoying reliving all of these events that were so long forgotte Fantastic I am able to just immerse myself into this world I can feel like I belong there The characters are fantastically written and I feel myself becoming attached to them There are also some that I just despise I love this world that McCaffrey created I love the history of it, but these books that I am reading now are at the heart of the world and what I loved about Pern This has been such a great reread I am thoroughly enjoying reliving all of these events that were so long forgotten So much goes on that it is hard to summarize It is definitely not boring There is always something happening There is love and tragedy and perseverance Great series to read


  4. Jerry Jerry says:

    In my review of Dragonflight, I compared that starter Pern novel to a series premiere of a television show although it was a bit rough around the edges, it showed some signs of promise Dragonquest, although still not perfect, was an improvement over its prequel The story was just as good, and the writing was better Now, I just hope that the upswing continues throughout the rest of the Pern series, as long as it is.


  5. Mike (the Paladin) Mike (the Paladin) says:

    Well, we found out dragons can travel in time as well as space, and people from the past don t get along well with people in the present


  6. Kerry Kerry says:

    I ve always liked this book in the Pern series, probablythan I like Dragonflight I really like F nor and Brekke and the introduction of the fire lizards It s also in this book that the characters really start to begin discovering their history and the technology of the Ancients, which is a trope I generally always really like in SF Fantasy I love those cross over books that feel like fantasy but you discover have a solid, SF premise underneath.I absorbed the Pern books so long ago in my I ve always liked this book in the Pern series, probablythan I like Dragonflight I really like F nor and Brekke and the introduction of the fire lizards It s also in this book that the characters really start to begin discovering their history and the technology of the Ancients, which is a trope I generally always really like in SF Fantasy I love those cross over books that feel like fantasy but you discover have a solid, SF premise underneath.I absorbed the Pern books so long ago in my reading life they were some of my first SFF, loaned to me by one of my father s PhD students she was my book provider for a long time in my teens that I don t think I ve ever really watched the progress of the story McCaffrey unfolded.I remember I got a delightful surprise with The White Dragon and later Dragonsdawn as we really began to discover the Ancients oh, how I loved Dragonsdawn when it came out Looking back now, with much older eyes, and reading the books in sequence, I can see that McCaffrey must have had the basic idea for the Ninth and First Passes from the beginning The first setup came in Dragonflight, but that book was too full of world building, character introduction and the beginning of Threadfall for much to be done with it Here, it starts in earnest I ate it up way back then, and I admit, I m eating it up all over again.This book was originally published in 1971 and it mostly holds up But, ouch, there are a few misogynistic moments that made me cringe This was a matter for men to settle, F lar thinks at one point, although at least he d been thinking Lessa might be helpful the moment before.Later, someone F lar again I think but my quote doesn t include who was thinking it reflects It was too bad you couldn t beat a Weyrwoman with impunity Her dragon wouldn t permit it, but a sound thrashing was what Kylara badly needed. Well, she badly needed something, but I m not sure a thrashing was it.Neither attitude is acceptable, and if my son shows an interest in reading these books when he s older, I ll be pointing that out to him But all the same, I m going to give the book a general pass for two bad passages written over 40 years ago Not ignore them, but not stomp and throw the book either I ll encourage him to read them because they are good stories with generally good role models both male and female All the same, it did make me go ouch.I m looking forward to rereading the rest of the books and I m hoping those problematic attitudes pop up less and less as the books publication dates get closer to today I m seriously tempted to read Dragonsong to that 8 year old son I mentioned above, as I think he sready for the tale and politics of Menolly and the fire lizards and the Harper Hall right now However, I m rereading McCaffrey in publication order, so To Ride Pegasus will be my next McCaffrey and Vortex by Robert Charles Wilson my next book.Pern and dragons and fire lizards and Thread It s been a happy trip back down memory lane so far


  7. Edward Rathke Edward Rathke says:

    These are peculiar books that are beginning to take on an interesting shape.The first novel is something I would probably describe as misogynistic, classist, and maybe racist in what it implies about genetic superiority , and for about half of this I was thinking the same thing It s odd reading a book written by a woman that seems pretty hateful towards women Not that women can t be misogynists it s just not what I expect out of a writer who is a woman.There s at least an implicit argument i These are peculiar books that are beginning to take on an interesting shape.The first novel is something I would probably describe as misogynistic, classist, and maybe racist in what it implies about genetic superiority , and for about half of this I was thinking the same thing It s odd reading a book written by a woman that seems pretty hateful towards women Not that women can t be misogynists it s just not what I expect out of a writer who is a woman.There s at least an implicit argument in these first two novels that men should take control and women should be docile and support their men, while also being sexually loyal to them, despite the fact that this society has done away with that form of sexual morality.Had I not read Dragonsong first which, chronologically, comes after this one , I probably wouldn t have continued, but Dragonsong is at least much kinder andsupportive of women, and eschews traditional gender roles.But Dragonquest is actually a link between thattraditional, patriarchal, and racist society presented in Dragonflight and the gradually opening up of society in Dragonsong We see the society change, evolve, becomeopen The classism and totalitarianism and misogyny become eroded by new ways of thinking that develop in this novel, which is pretty cool.It gives all of this an interesting shape We start with traditional fantasy stuff and are becomingradical with each novel.Anyrate, the novel itself is deeply sociological More than a quest or an adventure, it s a restructuring of the world around them.Pretty interesting stuff Aspects and sequences are still troubling, but I think McCaffrey s doing something a bitrevolutionary than I expected She s thrown us in a world that feels familiarly upsetting and is transforming that world into aequitable place.It s also worth remembering when these books came out McCaffrey was the first woman to win a major SF award for one of the novellas that makes up Dragonflight It was the early 70s, a time when publishing was especially dominated by masculine voices So she gave us a masculine and muscular world and story to draw us all in Then, here, she begins subverting that Dragonsong subverts it further I m interested where these first six books lead


  8. Stephen Stephen says:

    2.5 stars A decent sequel to Dragonflight The world created by McCaffrey was well done as was the description of the link between dragon and rider The plot and some of the characters failed to keep my interest the entire time and I did find myself waiting for something to happen Overall, decent but not great Nominee Hugo Award Best Science Fiction Novel Nominee Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 2.5 stars A decent sequel to Dragonflight The world created by McCaffrey was well done as was the description of the link between dragon and rider The plot and some of the characters failed to keep my interest the entire time and I did find myself waiting for something to happen Overall, decent but not great Nominee Hugo Award Best Science Fiction Novel Nominee Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel


  9. Rachel (Kalanadi) Rachel (Kalanadi) says:

    More satisfying emotionally than Dragonflight Lots of changes being put in motion This book is heavily concerned with challenging traditions of all kinds F lar and F nor are definitely the main characters rather than Lessa and I remain frustrated with some of their actions and views on women.F nor s scene with Brekke was the worst partnot so consensual sex presented as swooningly romantic but overall less of the stupid underlying misogyny and infantalizing domination of women by men More satisfying emotionally than Dragonflight Lots of changes being put in motion This book is heavily concerned with challenging traditions of all kinds F lar and F nor are definitely the main characters rather than Lessa and I remain frustrated with some of their actions and views on women.F nor s scene with Brekke was the worst partnot so consensual sex presented as swooningly romantic but overall less of the stupid underlying misogyny and infantalizing domination of women by men So, noticeable if slight improvement.I seriously love where the story is going with plans to end Thread s threat over all of Pernand one of my favorite ideas in sci fi a fantasy low tech world discovering its roots and ancient high tech Plus, MUCHof Masterharper Robinton, one of the few instantly likable and GOOD people introduced in these first two books And who doesn t love Fandarel s brief appearances and passion for technical efficiency In fact my major complaint about this book is how Lessa s triumphant solution to saving Pern in Dragonflight is literally attributed to F lar in at least one scene of dialog in Dragonquest Overall he benefits politically from it and Lessa s role is diminished She s sidelined in a feminine caretaker domestic role in Dragonquest while F lar is blatantly described as having power over the whole planet after what she did It s the definition of Men get all the credit in history


  10. Badseedgirl Badseedgirl says:

    I expect a certain amount of misogyny in fantasy novels, but I was disappointed in it from a female author Seriously the most interesting thing the female characters did in this story was when two of the female characters got into a stupendous catfight dragonfight in which they both end up dragonless and almost destroyed.Still I will probably give the next book a go They are quick reads after all.