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Sky Dragons This is a sad end to the great work which Anne McCaffrey has given us through the years, and I think that a lot, if not all, of the blame has to be placed at the feet of Todd I have tried to keep an open mind to their collaborations in the last few years, and Todd s solo efforts, but things seemed to have gotten steadily worse.But, where to begin Sky Dragons readslike an early draft, rather than a final edit Scenes do not flow from one to the other, there are many short scenes which p This is a sad end to the great work which Anne McCaffrey has given us through the years, and I think that a lot, if not all, of the blame has to be placed at the feet of Todd I have tried to keep an open mind to their collaborations in the last few years, and Todd s solo efforts, but things seemed to have gotten steadily worse.But, where to begin Sky Dragons readslike an early draft, rather than a final edit Scenes do not flow from one to the other, there are many short scenes which pop up without context, or set up, and disappear just as quickly Many scenes do not appear to have enough room to breathe and develop before something else happens in the story.One of the larger background questions of Pern novels in the last decade is Are therestories to tell on Pern After All the Weyrs of Pern , it seemed unlikely, but then stories in and around the ninth pass continued to prove that that was still a rich area for the new stories, and even Red Star Rising proved that going back into history could also work, but in general the third pass stuff hasn t worked.A lot of the basic background of the stories plagues and the time travelling, have felt rehased from other books Moreta dealt with plague, and that was a great book, and she was a great, strong character And Lessa s timing it wasbelievable, andof a character achievement And Lessa was a strong, impressive character By comparison Fiona and Xhinna aren t as well written characters, I don t like or care about them as much other Pernese figures, and their achievments are likewise less impressive.I was looking forward to After the Fall is Over for a while now, and maybe if something does come out, I might read it but I will pass on anything else which comes out from Pern now I ll just try and remember the better stories Someone is going to bash me for this one so if you re not conservative, probably better just move on to another review.Ugh I have been a long time fan of Anne McCaffery I stumbled upon Dragonsinger years and years ago and was hooked I hate to say anything negative, especially as she died in the last year, but I just can t give this book a good review I ve felt like her books have really gone downhill in the last decade, and her s books with her son Todd and or his books are just not that gre Someone is going to bash me for this one so if you re not conservative, probably better just move on to another review.Ugh I have been a long time fan of Anne McCaffery I stumbled upon Dragonsinger years and years ago and was hooked I hate to say anything negative, especially as she died in the last year, but I just can t give this book a good review I ve felt like her books have really gone downhill in the last decade, and her s books with her son Todd and or his books are just not that great This one put the nail in the coffin and I m done with the series.This grouping of recent books by her and her son and the ones solely by her son seem to be getting away from the great story telling and have determined to set some sort of social movement toward communal living and promoting the gay lifestyle If you want to be gay, fine, but I don t want to read about it I m not going to yell or throw stuff in your yard, I m not going to try to keep you from getting housing or jobs, but I don t want to read about your love life either This series has had too much focus on both heterosexual partner swapping, gay and semi gay relationships, and the complete redefining of a family as any group of people that live in proximity Not true I didn t start this series to be indoctrinated into a new social structure, I just wanted to read about dragons.Its the sad ending of a once great series More will be written, but I m definitely done I m not sure what to say This was another book in what seemed a long series of books about the same characters and time span There was a dragon sickness, thread fall was coming and they needed to save the dragons There were several books dedicated to timing it to the past to have hatchings and raise hatchlings so that they would havedragons during the time they needed it This was another of those Then they learned to fight thread really high where there isn t much oxygen That was gre I m not sure what to say This was another book in what seemed a long series of books about the same characters and time span There was a dragon sickness, thread fall was coming and they needed to save the dragons There were several books dedicated to timing it to the past to have hatchings and raise hatchlings so that they would havedragons during the time they needed it This was another of those Then they learned to fight thread really high where there isn t much oxygen That was great until they ran out of oxygen Again, the characters were okay and the story was just okay To me, this whole bunch of books was just a bit too much They just drew this time out way too much and the characters as well I m ready to move on and thankfully that was the last in that series of long drawn out story Sky Dragons by Todd Anne McCaffreyThis is a tale of dragons from Pern, the home of Anne McCaffrey s dragonesque imagination Plague has decimated the dragons of Pern and their riders to the point where there is an insufficient defense against Thread This book details how a small band of courageous dragon riders preservers I don t know if I own every book that Anne McCaffrey authored but if I don t it isn t for lack of trying I am a major dragon fan and some of my all time favorite dragon ta Sky Dragons by Todd Anne McCaffreyThis is a tale of dragons from Pern, the home of Anne McCaffrey s dragonesque imagination Plague has decimated the dragons of Pern and their riders to the point where there is an insufficient defense against Thread This book details how a small band of courageous dragon riders preservers I don t know if I own every book that Anne McCaffrey authored but if I don t it isn t for lack of trying I am a major dragon fan and some of my all time favorite dragon tales are from Pern This book was apparently co authored with Anne s son Todd It gives a glimmer of hope that the wonderful tales won t cease with the sad demise of the towering Anne McCaffrey The flavor was most definitely Pernese and was totally satisfying The interaction between dragon riders, dragons and folks in general has always been the strength of the Pern books Sure the dragons and the exotic setting with the abundant action are a factor but the love and loyalty of the protagonists are the spine of the book I do not remember Mrreows so they may be new Much like the dolphins of Pern, I think there could be a story featuring them This was an excellent rendition of Pern I highly recommend it Anne McCaffrey s talent brought many a happy hour to me and my family, may she rest in skies free of Thread I received this book from Netgalley an uncorrected proof At the end of Dragon s Time the plague and sickness are over but there are few dragons and riders left, Sky Dragon s starts where that one left off, sort of, at first it is a little off putting because they don t tell the story of how they came to be where they are till later.For the main part of the book we have some familiar folks, and some new faces but I do believe Todd Anne have set us up for a new story arc that I am sure Todd wil I received this book from Netgalley an uncorrected proof At the end of Dragon s Time the plague and sickness are over but there are few dragons and riders left, Sky Dragon s starts where that one left off, sort of, at first it is a little off putting because they don t tell the story of how they came to be where they are till later.For the main part of the book we have some familiar folks, and some new faces but I do believe Todd Anne have set us up for a new story arc that I am sure Todd will finish on his own after the sad death of his mother Anne McCaffrey, I for one am very glad that Pern will not end I must admit this one did move a little slow for me, it s not the strongest Pern novel out there but still a good storyabout characters than action although there is action Since the big story arc about the sickness ended in the last book this one is about rebuilding Pern before threadfall This small group of dragonriders becomes a dysfunctional family as they fight and love to save Pern.I did enjoy this book and am curious to see where it goes from here I will purchase the completed book when it comes out to see what correction updates have been made to it.If you are a fan of Pern of course you should read this and if you ve never read any of the Pern books why not What are you waiting for This is a wonderful series 3 Stars Sky Dragons Pern, 24 McCaffrey, AnneIt is better sweet to turn the last page of An Anne Mccaffrey book, knowing that this is the last book she put her hands on and approved I have read all her books, and 24 is no different then the first, with tears streaming down your face as you feel the ebb and pull of the events that occur with in the pages, wishing the characters could live forever Greiving for a friend lost as those characters do mourn their losses My only hope is with out the inspi Sky Dragons Pern, 24 McCaffrey, AnneIt is better sweet to turn the last page of An Anne Mccaffrey book, knowing that this is the last book she put her hands on and approved I have read all her books, and 24 is no different then the first, with tears streaming down your face as you feel the ebb and pull of the events that occur with in the pages, wishing the characters could live forever Greiving for a friend lost as those characters do mourn their losses My only hope is with out the inspiration and detailed attention of Anne Mccaffrey, that Todd and his niece are able to continue the stories, I don t know what a world it would be like for me to know I have the final Anne Mccaffrey, and 24 is the last of Pern i will read I have grown up reading this author, anticipated every new book since i was 13 years old, waiting for each to be published, waiting for what new adventure, what new love will come into my life from the pages of her books Xhiana is another of those loves, and when i read the final line i wanted to know , like always when i close the book for the last time, it feels like the story is just beginning, and not ending From the New York Times bestselling mother and son team of Anne McCaffrey and Todd McCaffrey comes the final installment in the riveting Pern saga that began with Todd s solo novel, Dragonsblood Now, with all of Pern imperiled by the aftereffects of a plague that killed scores of dragons and left the planet helpless against the fall of deadly Thread, the only hope for the future lies in the past There, on an unexplored island, a group of dragonriders led by Xhinna, a brave young woman who rides the blue dragon Tazith, must battle lethal Merows and voracious tunnel snakes to build a safe home for themselves and the dragons, whose offspring will one day if they survive replenish Pern s decimated dragon population But as the first female rider of a blue dragon, and the first female Weyrleader in the history of Pern, Xhinna faces an uphill battle in winning the respect and loyalty of her peers especially after an unforeseen tragedy leaves the struggling colony reeling from a shattering loss Amid the grieving, one girl, Jirana, blessed or cursed with the ability to foresee potential futures, will help Xhinna find a way forward The answer lies in time or, rather, in timing itthe awesome ability of the dragons to travel through time itself But that power comes with risks, and by venturing further into the past, Xhinna may be jeopardizing the very future she has sworn to save Originally posted at Dragons is the latest installment in the Pern Series and the last book which will feel the touch of Anne MacCaffrey herself It s thrilling as a reader and lover of the Pern series that this latest and last book by her is as wonderful and thrilling as the first The Pern series does need to be read in order because there are elements, which are developed and explained in early books and may leave readers confused, if they re picki Originally posted at Dragons is the latest installment in the Pern Series and the last book which will feel the touch of Anne MacCaffrey herself It s thrilling as a reader and lover of the Pern series that this latest and last book by her is as wonderful and thrilling as the first The Pern series does need to be read in order because there are elements, which are developed and explained in early books and may leave readers confused, if they re picking up Sky Dragons for the first time.Sky Dragons revolves around the first female blue dragon rider and a small group of dragon riders and potential dragon riders who travel back in time with the hopes of breeding enough dragons to help repopulate the Weyrs in their own time They establish Sky Weyr after an attack and some are stuck in a time drama which leaves the young blue rider Xhinna, as the oldest dragon rider in the group and therefore Weyrleader, the first female to ever take the position She must see to the youngsters both human and dragon as she tries to save them from vicious predators She becomes the leader of a wing of Queen dragons Throw in some fancy flying and daring unprecedented ideas and you have a wonderful story that brings adventure, romance, danger, and drama all together in a smooth and delightful mix.While I enjoyed this story it wasn t quite as enjoyable as some of her other works There were a few areas of confusion where even I was wondering what was going on They were quickly sorted out when it became apparent that as the dragons were moving back and forth through time so was the story and there were time leaps to allow maturing of the characters Also a heads up a lesbian relationship figures prominently in the story, so if that s something which offends you, you may choose not to read this book.Overall, the book was well written, as delightful as the first in the Pern series and made me a bit melancholy because it will be the last of these special books from an amazing author It s a book that has joined my collection and I encourage anyone to pick up and read Sky Dragons by Anne and Todd MacCaffrey Sky Dragons Dragonriders of Pern takes place after the plague has annihilated most the dragons and riders This is the story how the remaining dragons and riders survive and rebuild This being my first book in this series, I was unfamiliar with all the past characters Even though I was unfamiliar, I was still able to follow the story rather easily The authors did a fabulous job giving just enough information to enlighten what I missed but not to bog down the story with details of the past I Sky Dragons Dragonriders of Pern takes place after the plague has annihilated most the dragons and riders This is the story how the remaining dragons and riders survive and rebuild This being my first book in this series, I was unfamiliar with all the past characters Even though I was unfamiliar, I was still able to follow the story rather easily The authors did a fabulous job giving just enough information to enlighten what I missed but not to bog down the story with details of the past I really enjoyed the interaction between the dragon, riders and secondary characters Strong characters that show devotion toward a common goal bring a special bond to Sky Dragons, even though they might be a bit rough around the edges after the plague I did find the beginning a little slow moving, but this is a story about rebuilding This truly was a pleasant book for any dragon fantasy fan I m really am going to have to go back and start from the beginning.This copy of Sky Dragons Dragonriders of Pern was given to me by Goodreads First Reads and Random House in exchange for an honest review This book was hard to follow with all the various names that are similar I also didn t feel connected to any of the characters, which is very different from the rest of the series, where I always became attached to certain key characters It took many chapters before I started to feel like I knew the characters enough to properly enjoy the book In previous Pern books there was often a short recap of what had happened, so that after a year orsince the last book we could easily follow alon This book was hard to follow with all the various names that are similar I also didn t feel connected to any of the characters, which is very different from the rest of the series, where I always became attached to certain key characters It took many chapters before I started to feel like I knew the characters enough to properly enjoy the book In previous Pern books there was often a short recap of what had happened, so that after a year orsince the last book we could easily follow along with the story Once I realized who the characters were this time, and could somewhat remember what had happened to them in the previous books, I wasn t quite so confused.Overall, I just wasn t that happy with this book There wasn t really a plot, other than having the dragons and people grow up In older Pern books, the characters always had a mystery to solve, or a disaster to avert, and in the process they grew There was only one small part of this book that I thought hadto it, and even that was forgotten after part 2

  • Hardcover
  • 344 pages
  • Sky Dragons
  • Anne McCaffrey
  • English
  • 10 June 2019
  • 0345500911

About the Author: Anne McCaffrey

Anne McCaffrey was born on April 1st, 1926, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD Harvard , Colonel USA Army retired , and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent She had two brothers Hugh McCaffrey deceased 1988 , Major US Army, and Kevin Richard McCaffrey, still living.Anne was educated at Stuart Hall in Staunton Virginia, Montclair High School in Montclair, New Jersey, and graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College, majoring in Slavonic Languages and Literatures.Her working career included Liberty Music Shops and Helena Rubinstein 1947 1952 She married in 1950 and had three children Alec Anthony, b 1952, Todd, b.1956, and Georgeanne, b.1959.Anne McCaffrey s first story was published by Sam Moskowitz in Science Fiction Magazine and her first novel was published by Ballantine Books in 1967 By the time the three children of her marriage were comfortably in school most of the day, she had already achieved enough success with short stories to devote full time to writing Her first novel, Restoree, was written as a protest against the absurd and unrealistic portrayals of women in s f novels in the 50s and early 60s It is, however, in the handling of broader themes and the worlds of her imagination, particularly the two series The Ship Who Sang and the fourteen novels about the Dragonriders of Pern that Ms McCaffrey s talents as a story teller are best displayed.She died at the age of 85, after suffering a massive stroke on 21 November 2011.Obituaries Locus, GalleyCat.