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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; paperback / softback edition (15 Jun. 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593016106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593016107
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,271,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anne McCaffrey was one of the world's leading science-fiction writers, and has won both the Hugo and Nebula awards as well as the Margaret A. Edwards' Lifetime Achievement Literary Award. Born and raised in the US, although of Irish extraction, she lived in Ireland, in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains, where, as well as writing, she bred horses. She was the creator of the Dragons of Pern series. She died in November 2011.

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The earliest legend of Pern. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The earliest legend of Pern. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Johnson on 18 April 2003
Format: Paperback
After a years-long gap of reading Anne McCaffrey's fantastic books about the Dragons of Pern, I decided to buy my own copies of some of my favourites of the series - and what a good decision it has been so far!
Dragonsdawn has long been on my 'to read again' list and finally, as I settled comfortably and began to read it, I remembered why. The sheer scale of McCaffrey's creation really becomes apparent in this volume - in Dragonflight and the books telling of the later history of Pern, most of the action is concerned with the dragons and their riders. Not so in this. In fact, they only completely steal the limelight in the final half of the book! Fans of the dragons shouldn't be too disappointed though - having read a few of the others before this I was pleased to see where some of the place names originated from, and fascinated by the rich detail and scientific crediblity of Pern. And the build up to the dragons is very satisfying - makes it all worth the wait! :-)
In this book you get a much broader view of the beginnings of human life on Pern, how the culture was established, where certain elements found in other books originate from (examples including klah and agenothree) and - well, the detail and imagination just grabbed my attention!
The characters that emerge in the book - some prominent from the beginning, others coming into play later on - are well crafted and evoked a huge range of feelings in me, from sympathy and amusement to abject dislike. Also, although the recommended reading order places Dragonsdawn far along the list, I don't think a prior knowledge of the skills and purposes of the dragons and their riders, indeed even Pern, is essential. It paves the way for further reading, and stands alone as a classic in the series.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Mar. 2000
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Dragonsdawn is not a typical novel of Pern. If you approach this novel as a reader who loves fantasy and dragons - but not the Pern mythos itself - you may be a little disappointed as you are over half way through the novel before Dragons are really even mentioned. However if you are already addicted to Pern then this novel is a vital link in the events only briefly alluded to in the forewords of McCaffreys earlier novels in the series. She has gone back and contstructed a story based on those briefly mentioned events that is absorbing and utterly believable in every way. If I have a single criticism it is not of the novel itself. I notice from the Del Rey website that Anne McCaffrey is now placing this novel, rather than Dragonflight at the start of the order she suggests the series be read in. Personally I feel that Dragonflight is still the way to start, reading those earlier novels first gives a far greater appreciation of the personalities (who have lent their names to much of Pern's geography and society) than would come from a strictly chronological reading of which Dragonsdawn must be at the head. That said I cannot fault the book or indeed the rest of the series. Whilst it is true that every author who writes series (and this is true of McCaffrey) suffers dips in form the Pern series has thankfully escaped this fate - read them all! Many times.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Crawford Steel on 14 May 2004
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Anne McCaffrey's 'Dragonsdawn' is the chronological 'first' book in her renowned Dragons of Pern series, following the story of Pern's earliest settlers.
Three colony ships, known in later books as the 'Dawn Sisters' bring the colonists to the planet known as Pern, earmarked as eligible for colonisation some two centuries earlier. This story follows their landing and progress through the eyes of one of the children aboard, Sorka Hanrahan, as she makes friends with Sean Connell and explores her new home.
Together they discover the dragonets, beautiful winged lizards which have a modicum of empathy with humans, and are among the first to face and survive the phenomenon of Thread when it begins to descend on the planet eight years after the landing.
Thread eats alive almost anything it hits, and this spells disaster to the mainly agricultural colony. In desperation, the colonists turn to the dragonets as their last chance to save their world and their lives, and Sean and Sorka are once again in the forefront of the new initiative: but can seventeen genetically altered dragonets, no matter how loyal and dedicated, save a planet?
This is a great introduction to the rest of the series, and an ingenuous answer to the persistent question from later books of how humans and dragons came to be sharing a planet. I would recommend it, either as part of the series or even as a stand-alone.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ANNA OIKONOMAKI on 15 Oct. 2002
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I was very reluctant to read this book, having started with the Dragonriders of Pern trilogy. I came late in the series, and fell in love with the magical (somehow medieval and then again not) society of Pern, so I was understandably afraid of what the science fiction element would do to my beloved fantasy story. Well, I was never more wrong: The book gripped me and held me throughout. The characters were amazing and very real. The introduction of technology, instead of destroying my image of Pern, actually made me understand and see it better. And getting to know the heroic people whose names shape the map of the northern continent of Pern was actually touching!
I could not put the book down, I read it in the metro, while eating, even at work, and when I finished it tears were in my eyes, and let me tell you I don't often cry reading books! I woke up at night having dreamt of Pern, and I lay awake thinking of what I had read, what I would do in the place of the various heroes and how I would love to have a dragon all of my own! The story held me breathless, as I watched the settlers, a truly multicultural & multiethnic group, try to establish their utopia, only to see it destroyed by the mysterious Thread, and then gather all their courage and establish it again, more magical and richer than they even dreamed, thanks to Kiti Ping and her dragons! Amazing book, so full of hope and faith to the strength of the human spirit!
The only reason why I do not give the book five stars is the very bad editor. Many mistakes, inexcusably too many, most characteristic and annoying of which was the continuous reference to Sallah Telgar as he, or as Mr. I hope if there is a new edition, this will be corrected.
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