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Pages: Edition: 1ST. Dragonquest Anne McCaffrey New York: Del Rey, Hard Cover. Slightly cocked; edges a bit soiled; previous owner bookplate. Originally published in paperback, this is the first hardback edition. Second volume of the Dragonriders of Pern. First Impression. A near fine copy. Very presentable. Second in McCaffrey's Pern sequence. Nominated for the Hugo award, losing out to Philip Jose Farmer.

Price-clipped with seller's sticker. Slight lean, foxing to top edge. A nice copy. Cover art by Beverley Lebarrow [, Hyraxia Books]. Near Fine. Used book in good condition. Has wear to the cover and pages. Contains some markings such as highlighting and writing. New York: Ballentine Books, Near fine in Near dust jacket. Slight smudge to front book board, Dust jacket has fade to spine panel, turning spine from purple to blue.

Nice tight copy.. Stated First Edition with the complete number line; Inscribed by the author on the title page. A very good book in a near fine dust jacket. Volume 2 of the Dragonriders of Pern series. This volume is in very good condition with minor soiling to the boards and text block, some light shelf wear to the ends and edges, and a mild slant to the binding. Housed in a near fine dust jacket that is clean and bright with only light shelf wear to the edges and corners, else fine.

Not remaindered, not price clipped, and not ex-library. Overall, a handsome copy of this title hard to find in this condition, particularly signed. In archival protection.

First Edition in hardcover. Preceded by a paperback original, also published by Ballantine Books in Notable for its shift towards a feminine perspective in science fiction, basically unheard of prior to McCaffrey's influence. Near Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket. Quarter inch bruise to the front board. Jacket has a small production defect to the laminate on the spine panel. A very bright, attractive copy.

Seller: Royal Books, Inc. Rare UK 1st edition published by Rapp and Whiting in Generally very good cover, some light creasing to spine and top-edge. Slight rippling to front-cover, remarkably bright and colourful for age. Unclipped and now in a removable protective covering. Book itself is in very good condition - ever so slight lean to a very good and tight binding. London: Rapp and Whiting, 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 bit more revolutionary than I expected.

She's thrown us in a world that feels familiarly upsetting and is transforming that world into a more equitable 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. The second part of the series and this trilogy is the same well written as the first and has the same virtues that made me like it. In this we add some interesting characters and a little more emotion inside the pages and so we have an equally positive result. The problem, however, is that apart from some political power games, our heroes are mainly concerned with issues of This of course does not look very exciting.

So this book is an excellent follow-up. More satisfying emotionally than Dragonflight. Lots of changes being put in motion. This book is heavily concerned with challenging traditions of all kinds. So, noticeable if slight improvement. I seriously love where the story is going with plans to end Thread's threat over all of Pern And who doesn't love Fandarel's brief appearances and passion for technical efficiency? Overall he benefits politically from it and Lessa's role is diminished.

It's the definition of "Men get all the credit in history" If I can't have a dragon, then I want a firelizard! I made the mistake of deciding to re-read book 1 of The Dragonriders of Pern by audio this time around. Mar 25, Juushika rated it it was ok Shelves: genre-fantasy , status-borrowed , trope-companion-animal.

When Thread begins to fall out of schedule Pern is thrown into high agitation, aggravating troubled political relationships and sending dragonriders on a new quest: to stop the threat of Thread for good. For such a bold aim, Dragonquest is markedly undirected. It discards the flawed but compelling POVs of Dragonflight and replaces them with an ensemble cast, headhopping, and a pair of inspired minor protagonists. While largely political the plot lacks politicking McCaffrey's antagonists are pro When Thread begins to fall out of schedule Pern is thrown into high agitation, aggravating troubled political relationships and sending dragonriders on a new quest: to stop the threat of Thread for good.

While largely political the plot lacks politicking McCaffrey's antagonists are problematically characterized--there's a disgusting amount of slut-shaming--and blatantly wrong , the pacing is poor, and there's almost no "quest" to speak of: characters themselves admit that the solution to their problem is uninspiring and disappointingly mundane. At times, Pern is an interesting place--the lingering impact of the technologically advanced society that founded it is especially intriguing, and the dragons remain appealing although their newly-introduced miniature cousins bring little to the story.

But McCaffrey's worldbuilding is heavyhanded, her writing clunky, and what little good the book has fails to save it from its plentiful flaws. I didn't enjoy Dragonquest and don't recommend it. Jun 30, Anastasia rated it did not like it Shelves: , fiction. Initial impression: So far, slower and more boring than the first, with more traditional gender roles. Final conclusion: It seems like maybe Anne McCaffrey had nothing going on so she decided to try to write a follow-up to Dragonflight, but when she started, she couldn't figure out what to write about.

Not much happens in this book-- really just a bunch of boring arguing. It's a slower read, and the characters aren't particularly compelling either. Most disappointing of all is the complete role reversal of Lessa, who in the first book was a strong woman. In this book, she's a typical "helpmeet," no longer strong or powerful. In book one, she was a woman, but in this book, she and most other women are almost always referred to as "girls.

Crash and burn, McCaffrey! This is the second of the dragonriders of Pern book, not chronologically but in order of publication. This is a far more important order in my estimation, since the later written books lacked the creativity of the early ones. Dragonquest is set seven years after Dragonflight was but was published a mere two years after the first book.

The characters are continued from the first book with relatively few changes. Lessa, F'lar, F'nor are all pretty much the same and the Masterharper and Mastersmith This is the second of the dragonriders of Pern book, not chronologically but in order of publication.

Lessa, F'lar, F'nor are all pretty much the same and the Masterharper and Mastersmith continue to play their parts. This book covers the acrimonious split which occurred between the oldtimer dragon riders that Lessa brought forward to save Pern. It also covers the first impressions of fire-lizards and their introduction to the notice of Pernese. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, but it would not at all suit anyone who had not read Dragonflight recently.

In writing style McCaffrey was way ahead of her time with this one; the current fashion of having a fantasy book completely reliant upon previous books is evident here.

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The early parts of the book are tense; McCaffrey is setting us up for all the difficulties, tensions and social issues that the story is addressing. There are a lot of them, so there is a fair bit of uncomfortable reading early in the book, it takes a while to get into is what I am suggesting. As always, the true charm for me with McCaffreys early books well, aside from the lovely world building, the charming fiction, the good characters and the nice writing style is the level of social commentary that is incorporated into the fictional story.

In Quest, she looks at tradition vs innovation and how changes can affect people who are unprepared for change. Some of the points she makes remind me of Alvin Toffler and his book Future Shock, which examines peoples ability to cope with technological changes. In Pern, there is no technology as we know it, but the Weyrs are simultaneously trying to recover lost knowledge and techniques, and invent new solutions. Now for one of my normal 'old book warnings'.

This book was copyrighted in Think about that: That was the year the very first e-book was posted the origin of the Gutenberg project Australian troops withdrew from America's war in Vietnam. Jim Morrison, The Doors lead singer died What I am saying was that this was a different world and from some of the reviews I have read, many readers don't get that. One reader complained that the romance was disgusting because it talks about a man 'overcoming the resistance' of a woman. Granted, that is nasty by 's standards, if that will bother you significantly, maybe skip this one.

But it is small and understated as is all the romance section in this book and if you think you can grimace and bear it for a second or two, try the book anyway.

Dragonquest by Anne McCaffrey

If you think that is bad though, try reading a few of the Mills and Boons or bodice rippers written in the 70's - you will be horrified, rape used to be thought completely ok in romance novels. Another said they thought it might be racist. That one really left me scratching my head; McCaffrey never really mentions race at all and I suspect that is intentional. She considered religion to have messed up society badly and she wanted to create a society free of it. Given that America in the 70's had horrible racial problems, I would not be surprised if she had intentionally eliminated race as well as religion.

In any case, this is a good book, if you enjoyed Dragonflight it is well worth going on to read this one. Sep 10, Vivian rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy. Holy Crackerdoodle!

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There was a lot going on in this story. No time to breath. F'lar's nonstop strategizing, planning, brooding set everyone on edge in this one. Man's gonna get someone killed trying to guess his intentions and eager to save him from the inherent danger in his machinations.

Pern is still a seething pit of politics and with the acerbating attitudes of the Oldtimers there is major conflict and the hard won cooperation is fracturing. Then there's wild matings out of control, hatchings with surprises, new discoveries, and poor F'nor gets the short end of the stick--Again. We finally get our fire lizards and they're as adorable and excitable as I remember. The Southern continent yielded such amazing things and the developments in the Crafthalls are impressive.

Always inspiring what intelligent and driven people can accomplish. Fandarel, Robinton, and F'lar are the triumvirate leading Pern into the future. F'lar unique position puts others in the line of fire as they can't endanger him. Of course So if I was there. There'd be three dead bodies and one person smacked around pretty good until they could see sense. A lot of unwarranted forgiveness and deferring problems to the future that does not sit well with me. Loved the white dragon and its unique situation. Loved the innovations.

Appreciated the masterminding, though would have liked more iron in that velvet glove. There is a good future possible, now. Can't wait for the last of the trilogy. View all 3 comments. Jan 01, Ricky Ganci rated it really liked it. Jumping ahead 7 Turns, I felt like this book settled me into the continued plot very comfortably. The conflict with the Oldtimers was a natural permutation of what would happen when people years different attempt to do the same thing, and I was surprised at some of the sweet knife fights in these books.

I was thinking I should really feel the absence of swordplay more in these books, but the way the world is set up really seems to not need swords and sorcery—more than a fantasy, these are works of hard science fiction, dealing with the colonization of planets and celestial occurrences. There are also some interesting themes dealing with human history and the propensity to forget useful, helpful, and even necessary things, with a hint of critique on what seemed like revisionist history—the value of the grubs being totally forgotten and overlooked.

I want to ride a dragon—maybe a white one?

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I was lent this book along with nine others in the series by a good friend along with the recommendation they are his favourite fantasy books. I have to say now that I am at the second in the series I have not been let down. Don't let the publication date of put you off! The developing relationships, emotional turmoils and childhood scandals appealed to me greatly and I was lent this book along with nine others in the series by a good friend along with the recommendation they are his favourite fantasy books.

The developing relationships, emotional turmoils and childhood scandals appealed to me greatly and I love to read how they unfolded. The narrative although complete fantasy comes to life with the political conflicts and the breaking of social customs being easy to relate to even today. The tension between Bender Weyr and the 'Old Timers' seems tangable and believable and the discoveries about the ancients, as well as the future are so well written I often get carried away into their world and forgot that I was living in the weyr. My main criticism still stands, that the vast number of characters, places and dragon names all become very confusing and I found myself using the helpful little guide at the back more than once.

The map at the front is also very helpful to track the characters across Pern as they fly between. Recommended to all lovers of fantasy, can wait to read the next one!! If any one finds a fire lizard egg please let me have one!! I've been very reluctant to continue this series though I did try a month or so ago to read Dragonquest and was so darn confused that I gave up on it. I need it for a challenge so decided to give it another try. Again it's very confusing but I'm determined to read it this time since I've already committed to White Dragon for August.

Hopefully I'll be able to stomach another one. Like the first book, this has a very slow start that takes a good pages before everything began to make sense and I I've been very reluctant to continue this series though I did try a month or so ago to read Dragonquest and was so darn confused that I gave up on it. Like the first book, this has a very slow start that takes a good pages before everything began to make sense and I became invested in the story. I was interested in how they were finding new ways to defeat the Threads; Brekke and T'Nor's romance; Jaxom's impressing a dragon and what they were going to do with Kylara that bitch.

The only real issue I had with the book was the rape scene. It's one thing when it's necessitated by the dragon's heat and unavoidable but this was pure rape. She was a virgin after all. She pleaded with him, crying out wildly.

He wasn't gentle but he was thorough, and in the end, B astounded him with a surrender as passionate as if her dragon was involved. Buddy read with Vivian. This installment was much more political with less thread fighting as some major changes are made on Pern. F'lar has always been a leader but tried to give the leadership over all away but was forced to take it. Somehow F'lar as been cast as the bad guy in some reader's minds because he tends to hold his cards close to his chest.

If the poor guy shared most of his thoughts of his imagined future for Pern he would have a revolution on his hands. There were some amazing di Buddy read with Vivian. There were some amazing discoveries made when Jaxom and Felessan were sneaking around the old caverns. Many instruments that the ancients had stored away got everyone excited. I love the Master Craftmen and was happy to see them beginning to share knowledge. Pern under F'lar is slowly becoming more open. These new happenings were tempered by sadness and heart ache that could have been avoided if some egos were not over inflated.

I think some of the parties involved needed to die but that just my opinion.