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To Ride Pegasus (The Talents of the Earth Series) [Paperback]

Anne McCaffrey
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Page Flipper July 26 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Every now and then you come across a book that you had to continue to read. That by the time you finished the book you were thanking the author for writing such a good book, yet cursing her for not writing a longer book. Well that is how it was for me; the problem being that I have neglected my homework over the past two days. If Anne McCaffreyï¿s other series (Pern, etcï¿) are like this, I will have to be careful that I have no essays due then. This novel deals with a group of people who have different telepathic ï¿Talentsï¿. The strength of the book, besides the smooth writing style, is how the book was divided and the stories they told. The first story is more or less an introduction, then a generation later the other three stories tell us about Ruth and her latent but most interesting power, about the Maggie 'O tragedy and last about Amalda, a broadcasting empath. The only hitch to the book is that it was written in 1973 so for us who have been swamped be the ï¿X-Filesï¿, the lack of government conspiracy may not seem just right. Remember when you open the book to set aside a day or two.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking March 22 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is an interesting group of four stories which explore the explosion of psychic "Talents" in a not-so-distant future Earth. Talents range from telepathy, telekinesis (moving objects with the mind), healing, clairvoyance, precognition, empathy, telempathy, and others. In a time when psychic phenomenon can be proven scientifically, Darrow must direct the course for the safety and use of these talents.
McCaffrey explores ideas such as: * How would "normal" humans act in a society where some people have more abilities than others? * How would society protect the Talented from wrongful legal suits? * Can the Talented police themselves?
While the stories were originally written as short stories and, as such, are somewhat disjointed, there is a logical progression with recurring characters propelling the Talented into the future.
An engrossing book, it is followed by Pegasus in Flight and Pegasus in Space. These novels are the bridge between modern Earth and the universe of "The Rowan" when the Talents help colonize space.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves more attention than it receives Sept. 28 1997
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It is a shame that To Ride Pegasus has been shadowed by the dynamic Crystal Singer, Pern, and Rowan series. Set years before the Rowan, this book is an early indicator as to how powerful a writer Anne McCaffrey is.
The reader is immediately captured by the wild plans of Henry Darrow and the discovery of psionic "Talent". This far-off future world isn't as alien as one would expect: familiar allusions and settings only make the story even more real.

What is the greatest part of the tale is that Anne McCaffrey chose to focus mainly on women protagonists. Charity, Amalda, Dorotea, Molly-they all have the grace and character that would later characterize the Rowan books. Anne's male figures aren't too bad either-there is less of that macho bashing-type of sci-fi person and more of the sensitive and logical side.

But amidst love and war come even more surprises. An incredibly powerful Gypsy woman leaves a path of death and theft across the city as she struggles with her life, which ends tragically. A hard man has his eyes set on ruling the world, and to bring that dream about he uses Amalda, a simple girl with the power to control thousands of people. And from death comes life: the newborn Dorotea has the power to find hidden Talents.

Throughout this book the reader is immensely thrilled and satisfied. To Ride Pegasus truly deserves to be given the attention other McCaffrey books get.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another exceptional Anne McCaffrey book! Sept. 1 1998
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read the entire Rowan series (gobbled it up I should say and I do that with all McCaffrey's books). However, somehow I had previously missed the two Pegasus books, which are truly the predecessors to the series. I ordered them from Amazon.com on 8/27, recieved them on 8/29 and had them both (see also Pegasus in Flight) read by 8/30.
They are both excellent background material about the op Owen family and how telepathy and kinetics came to be used in space.
Thank you Anne for yet another wonderful book and thank you Amazon.com for helping me find my missing readings.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Background to the Rowan/Raven universe Sept. 27 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you have read and liked McCaffrey's other telepath books you will be interested to learn background information about the beginning of the telepath/teleport organisation. Of course the story has aged quite a lot (the dates given in the story have already long past - the trouble with setting things in the near future!), but the concepts are still interesting.
The plot progresses through short stories - which makes it a little disjointed. Following on in this timeline are "Pegasus in flight" and "Pegasus in space" which are in standard novel form.
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5.0 out of 5 stars To Ride Pegasus is a fantastic adventure! Dec 31 1997
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Anne McCaffrey is a powerful writer who has the ability to reach out and take the reader on an amazing journey. To Ride Pegasus is just the first of a series of fantastic stories about mind over matter. I highly recommend this book and Pegasus in Flight, The Rowan, Damia, Damia's Children, and Lyon's Pride. If you've not read them all, you are missing a great adventure. You will want the stories to go on and on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great reading material
Published 23 days ago by 2011cardar
5.0 out of 5 stars Great start to the Talents Saga with problems
Anne McCaffrey is, to my mind, one of the best Science Fiction writers I've ever read. I read this book several times in paperback form and was a little disturbed with the lax... Read more
Published 2 months ago by M Kim Allan
4.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any Anne McCaffrey reader.
I read the "Rowan" series before I found this book. I actually started reading it only because it was written by Anne McCaffrey (one of the best in the business). Read more
Published on May 13 2004 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars IT WAS
One of her good books but the plot sort of jumped around a little.
Published on March 8 2003 by Meredith Gamez
2.0 out of 5 stars A dissenting opinion
Has the episodic feel of something that was serialized originally. I didn't really get to the point of "caring" about any of the characters--and some of the most... Read more
Published on Aug. 27 1999
2.0 out of 5 stars A dissenting opinion
Has the episodic feel of something that was serialized originally. I didn't really get to the point of "caring" about any of the characters--and some of the most... Read more
Published on Aug. 27 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely spectacular; classic sci-fi, classic McCaffrey
Although I loved the Rowan books and the Pern books with all my bookworm heart, my mind always turns back to this little two-book miniseries. Read more
Published on March 6 1999
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