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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Abridged edition (Nov. 25 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593551827
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593551827
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 12.5 x 3.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 145 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)


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I hope Todd continues with the Pern story. As much as I loved the original stories, I was sad when they ended. It was like losing friends. Thanks
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Format: Hardcover
Anne McCaffrey created an intricate world spanning many centuries featuring the bonding of humans and dragons telepathicly in her PERN series. Now Anne has joined with her second son, Todd, to write this newest episode in the PERN.
Todd has 'grown up in PERN'; so readers can be confident that there is no variation in this newest PERN tale. The tone and complexity of the story is sure to delight McCaffrey fans and encourage thoughts of more adventures on the planet PERN.
Blurb and other editorials give a summary; so what more can I say? Teenaged Kindan, blind Nuella and Master-Harper Zist work together and learn the forgotten secrets of how the nocturnal watch-wher see in the dark and their ability to communicate with dragons. This reveals many new possibilities for the dragon-riders and watch-wher. Another cave-in at Natalon's mine leads to a future that both Kindan and Nuella never expected.
Mama McCaffrey shared her writing talent & inspiration with her son and they chose to continue to give us reader's a fantasy world to remember. Such a legacy is impressive; such skill is appreciated. Thank you Anne and Todd for continuing to 'share the dream' of PERN.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barb Caffrey on July 7 2004
Format: Hardcover
"Dragon's Kin," while not up to the standard of most of the earlier Pern novels, is far better than the last bunch about F'lessan.
The basic plot is as follows. Kindan wants to be a Harper, and has vocal and musical talent. He's about eleven or twelve when the book opens, and is kind of at loose ends; his favorite sister is marrying, his brothers are distant, and as the youngest of nine children, his father seems rather remote. Kindan does have a close friend, Zenor, who's a few months older, but that's about it.
And things are even more odd in this family than in most, because Kindan's father is bonded to a watchwher (distant cousins of both the fire lizards and the dragons), and lives different hours than most people as watchwhers are nocturnal. At any rate, Kindan doesn't realize how different his life is than most, although his friend Zenor does (and is envious of it).
And because of where he lives, Kindan gets to know more about watchwhers than most people. This might be considered an advantage by many, but not by Kindan. His heart is elsewhere.
Then disaster strikes, and most of Kindan's family gets wiped out in a mining accident. The watchwher dies helping to get the few miners who survived the accident out of the mine, and Kindan is left totally alone for the first time in his life. He has mixed feelings about this, but for the most part, those feelings are never brought to the fore.
Because of this, Kindan doesn't feel totally fleshed out as a character; he's never allowed to fully grieve. And even amidst a bunch of folks who are also grieving, I doubt Kindan -- or any child, no matter how mature -- would be as matter of fact about losing all his family.
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By B. Wallis on May 25 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Wonderful writing. I couldn't put it down and can hardly wait toread the next book.
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Format: Hardcover
I have loved all of Anne's books, all the different series. I hope she keeps writing. I am not sure how much of this book is Anne's and how much is Todd's but I enjoyed it and would recommed it to any McCaffrey fan.
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By Craig Bonvechio on April 23 2004
Format: Hardcover
This felt like a short story that they tried to stretch to a full novel (less than 300 pages). Really fluffy, nothing story and seem like a very rushed ending. All in all a disappointing addition. Maybe the Pern story is just mined out.
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By A Customer on April 22 2004
Format: Hardcover
This was an exceptionally lame offering, not up to the usual standards of a McCaffrey story. The plot has great gaping holes, and the writing in general makes it much harder to believe in the events of the story than is typical for Anne McCaffrey. Definitely not worth the cover price, no matter what the discount! Now I am wary of anything Todd McCaffrey collaborates with his mother on, if this is what he brings to a book.
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Format: Hardcover
I was really disappointed in this book. Unlike the other books in the Pern series, this book was written through perspective of children and seemingly for children. It was lacking any of the complexity of a book written for adults. On top of that, the first half of the book dragged with little to no action. The pace picked up in the second half but the plot of the second half seemed poorly developed. Throughout the book, the reader is continuously "told" what is going on and rarely allowed to "discover" anything new about the story or characters. This is especially true in the second half and gives the book a very shallow feeling.
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