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The Skies Of Pern (The Dragon Books)

The Skies Of Pern (The Dragon Books) [Kindle Edition]

Anne McCaffrey
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Anne McCaffrey's Pern series has been running successfully for so long that most of the Dragonriders' original problems have been solved; inThe Skies of Pern, she confronts her standard cast of characters with the consequences of those solutions, consequences that are a whole new set of problems. Now that the Red Star has been pushed to another orbit, there will only be a few more ravenous Threads descending from it for them and their dragons to fight--and what role will that leave for them? They have successfully reclaimed Earth's lost technology--and suddenly everyone with a craft that might be outmoded, or who is phobic about surgery, is on the rampage, sabotaging and smashing and making up rumours. These fundamentalist Abominators are sure that something terrible will happen if the old ways are not gone back to--and sure enough, fire descends, on cue, from the skies... One of the reasons why Anne McCaffrey's tales of a lost colony declined into feudalism and of genetically engineered dragons have always been, ultimately, sf rather than fantasy is that they are about finding solutions to problems, solutions that involve working with what you are given to start off with; The Skies of Pern is all about elegant solutions to credible problems.


"'Anne McCaffrey, one of the Queens of science fiction, knows exactly how to give her public what it wants'" (Walter Ellis The Times)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1122 KB
  • Print Length: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital; New Ed edition (31 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008FY4SBA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,290 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Latest Pern book is worth the wait for fans 7 Feb 2001
By A Customer
With Skies of Pern, Anne McCaffrey pushes into uncharted depths of her world's history, providing a long awaited sequel to Dolphins of Pern. For those people who have not yet met Pern, Skies of Pern is the 16th in a series about a planet where dragons are an important part of human society. For fans who have long since fallen in love with the world, Skies of Pern has a lot to live up to. Happily, it does so.
Set several turns after the events of previous books, the main character is F'lessan, who has featured frequently in earlier books, along with a new face, greenrider Tai. Both can hold their own in the vast array of characters who have featured on Pern, but even more of a treat for me, was revisiting characters we've met before. There's a lot of nostalgia here for fans: watch out for names featured in previous books--in and around the plot, Anne reveals the fates of more than a few loved and unloved inhabitants of Pern.
Those longing to learn how Pern itself has advanced since we last saw it won't be disappointed either: female greenriders have become more common and almost every rider is focusing on what they will do after this last pass is over. Moreover, Pern's technology is increasing, something that isn't being taken well by everyone: a new wave of Abominators has arisen to threaten what advances Pern has made. I sometimes feel like a closet-abominator myself, begrudging 'gadgets' on the agrarian world of Pern, but fortunately Anne seems to have no intention of making it just another hi-tech science-fiction series.
And for those who simply want another good read, this is one of the most action-packed Pern stories for a long time.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another beatific bit of fantasy. 28 Oct 2001
By bigbird
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The Pern series always manage to transport me away from the humdrum of life into its beautiful and magical world. I savour these books. I keep them on the shelf waiting to be read so that I can properly enjoy the anticipation. I try to wait for a particularly dull or hard section of daily struggle to arrive before giving myself this wonderful treat.
I started reading about this world some twenty years ago with Menolly the girl who could hear fire lizards and have never been disappointed. This follows on the glorious story.
Like all the other Pern books this submerges the reader into that survival-tec world of Pern within a few pages. Its like taking a refreshing holiday whilst tickling your puzzle cells to guess which 21st century (or beyond) piece of technology or know-how is going to be discovered again by the Pernese.
The tension point in this book is the question of what exactly the dragon riders are going to do as a livelihood once thread has vanished forever. This is nicely drawn out until about two thirds of the way through and only really confirmed within the last few pages.
There is the usual plotting by the baddies and the inappropriate or reluctant love story.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Not the strongest book in this long saga, possibly because having previously engineered the future demise of the 'Thread' threat, a major plank of the whole series plot has been removed. This story continues the softer, less saga-like background tone of recent books and once again neatly manages to focus on a minor character from previous stories whilst keeping the major players in the story line.
I enjoyed it, but I always enjoy McCaffrey's stories especially when they concern familiar places and characters. A must-read for fans - not a good place to start.
I suspect a further volume is in the works, too many lose ends and a need to address the unsatisfactory plot developments for it to end here - I hope.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Anne McCaffrey did it again! With Skies of Pern the Dragonlady takes us back yet again to her -and our- beloved Pern. And those who think Pern, with the end of Thread near, not interesting enough for yet another magnificent story: think again! This volume brings us news about what many dragonriders will be doing in the coming centuries under Threadfree skies. I enjoyed Skies of Pern immensely. Not only because it meant another book about Pern and its inhabitants but also because it seems that the author takes at heart what her fans say and, more importantly, want to know about the world we are so interested in. This book will provide many an answer on questions raised by Pern fans in the last decade (or two). The story again is one of sometimes epic proportions with enough McCaffrey humour put in to balance the heroic deeds of dragonriders and other Pernese. A recommended read for not only the McCaffrey fan but for any science fiction reader.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dragons, Comets and Disasters! 8 Sep 2001
By A Customer
While my head half agrees with the reviewer from Kent, This is still a wonderfully interesting read! Anne McCaffrey still charms the fans of Pern, and it is a way to tie up the questions of just what the dragonriders are to do once the thread stops falling. There is another interesting development in the capabilities of dragons and a good old love story interwoven that made me sniff! Thanks miss McCaffrey
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love Pern, you HAVE to read this book! 22 Jun 2001
By A Customer
I have read nearly all of Anne McCaffrey's Pern series, and this is the book that I enjoyed the most. Although there is not much mention of Thread, there is plenty of action to be had, and a new draconic ability to be mastered. Not only this, but the dragonriders find the perfect occupation for themselves for when this last Pass is over. We really get to know F'lessan in this book, which is nice because he has only been briefly talked about before and it is good to know more about the Weyrleaders only child. A disaster strikes Pern which brought most people closer together and made them look to the future, but the Abominators have something to say about this and do their best to destroy all of the new technology that Aivas had given Pern access to. A must-read for anyone who likes Anne McCaffrey's books, but do make sure you know the story of 9th Pass Pern first or you may be confused. I and other avid Pern readers can't wait for her next Dragonrider book as there are some loose ends that we need tied up.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Sadly the last
Regrettably we will never know how the story of Pern continued as Anne McCaffrey is no longer with us to tell it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars skies of Pern
A new chapter of Pern -after the Red star has been moved. The usual great read, with another twist to the wonderful dragons
Published 8 months ago by LDOT
3.0 out of 5 stars Average
I've read all of the PERN books.
I decided that many of the later books are short on plot and long on dialogue. I didn't find this book changed my impression. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Carole_S
5.0 out of 5 stars The Skies Of Perm
Found this book very enjoyable, hope there will be other books on Perm following the days after thread. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Rita Dunnigan
5.0 out of 5 stars Pern Rules
I had every Dragonbook in paperback and now I can have them on Kindle, with me to dip in and out of as I wish! Anne mcCaffrey has created a full, rich wonderful world. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jeanie Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars The Skies of Pern, paperback
I love all "The Dragon Books" and this one as with all the others made me feel part of the world of Pern. Read more
Published 19 months ago by J. S. Rathbone
5.0 out of 5 stars A new hero but great sadness
Time has moved on since the dragon's heroic actions in All the Weyrs of Pern but Thread still falls as the Pass is not yet over. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mrs Bee
2.0 out of 5 stars A story too far
I have really enjoyed the Pern books over the years. However, more and more I have felt that Anne McCaffrey has been writing herself into a corner. Read more
Published on 6 Dec 2003 by Andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars Dragon's beware
This is yet another success for Anne, the book develops the characters wonderfully. You can't always have the 'main' heros constantly beating off whatever disaster/situation and I... Read more
Published on 8 May 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic!
Anne McCaffrey has out done herself this time. The characters are real and endearing. Their problems and their struggles are well written. Read more
Published on 13 Sep 2001 by denise c. martin
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