Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey

Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey (unabridged audiobook read by Dick Hill; 9 hrs 14 min on MP3): Lessa is a young girl who bonds with a queen dragon and joins the dragonriders to fight the Threads, a vague enemy which sounds more like a natural disaster than anything. I’ve read a lot of fantasy in my day, but this was my first visit to Pern, and I spent much of the time wondering how in the world so many books managed to be written in this series. The characters are shallow and not especially likable, the names are all spelled with apostrophes (ugh!), the writing was awkward and flowery, and the paradoxes brought on by time travel were frankly tiresome. I guess if I had some kind of existing affinity for dragons I would have been more drawn in, but I don’t. I sincerely doubt I’ll be reading anything else set in Pern.

A note on the audio: Hill’s dialogue was great, though his reading of the description was pretty meh. Then again, I’m not convinced that’s not mostly the fault of the prose itself, as opposed to his acting ability.

  1. The problem is you’re not 13. I love these books, but the first time I read them I was 13.

  2. I second what Rebecca said. At first I was surprised you didn’t like them better because I remember *loving* them when I first read them… when I was 12.

  3. After some consideration, I thought I’d mention that if you’d like to give McCaffrey a chance to redeem herself you might try The Ship Who Sang. It’s not a Pern book.

    • I read that one, sometime in early high school, I believe. I remember liking it, though I have only the vaguest memories of what it was about. I’ll have to pick it up again sometime.

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