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The Dragonriders of Pern: Dragonflight, Dragonquest, and The White Dragon [Paperback]

Anne McCaffrey
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Oct. 12 1988 Pern: The Dragonriders of Pern
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Finally together in one volume, the first three books in the world's most beloved science fiction series, THE DRAGONRIDERS OF PERN, by Anne McCaffrey, one of the great science fiction writers of all time: DRAGONFLIGHT, DRAGONQUEST, THE WHITE DRAGON. Those who know these extraordinary tales will be able to re-visit with Lessa, F'lar, Ruth, Lord Jaxon, and all the others. And for those just discovering this magical place, there are incomparable tales of danger, deceit, and daring, just waiting to be explored..

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Anne McCaffrey's Pern is one of the most memorable worlds in science fiction and fantasy. Humans and their flying dragon companions live in fear of thread, a caustic, deadly material that falls sporadically from space. But when the thread doesn't fall for a long time, people become complacent, forgetting that it is the brave dragonriders who can save them from the periodic threat. But when the thread falls, human and dragon heroes must fight the scourge. This edition encompasses the first three unforgettable novels of McCaffrey's epic series: Dragonflight, Dragonquest, and The White Dragon.

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1.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT STORY, HORRIBLE EDITION Sept. 8 2003
By Nathan
Format:Paperback
In The Dragonriders of Pern, Anne McCaffrey creates a stunning and richly detailed world. It's clear on reading these stories that they are very dear to McCaffrey's heart. Her blend of science, music and human drama are supported by a wholly believable mythology which bridges the gap between our earth and Pern.
Unfortunately, this edition was hastily thrown together without any regard for the author's hard work. On seemingly every page there are typographical errors so severe that McCaffrey's spell is broken. Character names constantly shift spelling. Words are misspelled, mixed up and changed to the point that the prose completely falls apart. At times geographic locations on Pern are switched with character names...this is a work of Science Fiction/Fantasy but when the place where you live starts talking all believability goes out the window. The sloppy editing of the edition was so bad I ended up buying individual copies of Dragonflight, Dragonquest and The White Dragon. I noticed none of the errors I saw in the three-in-one volume.
I highly recommend reading Dragonflight, Dragonquest, and The White Dragon, but save yourself the confusion and disappointment of this three-in-one edition. Buy each separately.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The original Pern author Aug. 31 2013
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This edition packages the first three major books of the Pern series together into one handy volume. I was introduced to the world of Pern many years ago and I had collected most of the works in this series that had been written by Anne McCaffrey, the original author of the Pern books. When I moved across the country I had to leave behind most of my collection (only managing to hold onto the 'Dragonlover's Guide to Pern' as it was entirely out of print at the time), but when I saw this edition available I had to snatch it up, and I am very glad that I did! I have been able to delve back into the world of Anne's beloved dragons once again. I highly recommend this edition to anybody who loves the idea of being able to ride dragons and have them communicate with telepathically with you. And then I recommend that you get your hands on the rest of the Pern books written by Anne as they are a wonderful read!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too many errors Jan. 27 2013
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I don't read a book a week, but I have read many many books and never have I come across one with so many spelling errors. Whomever edited this books needs to find another job. One or two errors a book is acceptable, but I found it was getting distracting, so much to the point that I started circling them. Of course this detracted from the story line and I only got a couple of chapters into the second story before I really lost interest. And that's a shame because I thought the concept of the stories themselves were great. The author definitely had a great imagination when she wrote these books.
More points which irritated me were her constant use of uncommon and obscure words, and unintelligible sentence structure at times, definite detractions from the gist of the story. If I have to read a sentence 3 or 4 times to understand what the author is trying to say, I may as well not read it at all. So I'm not. I am not adverse to using a dictionary to look up words I don't understand if that word is vital to the overall scheme, but overuse can be overkill. And this was.
My points I am making some may think trivial in the overall reading of the book itself, however I believe that if we encourage our children to read, and to write, we must give them good examples to follow and not shoddy work.
I'm not sure in the end whose fault the spelling errors are, whether it is the editor or the person responsible for reading the Galley, but I resent paying my hard earned money for badly written and published works.
In conclusion, the stories were well formed and interesting, but other factors made them difficult for me to read. These are just my personal opinions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Three great books in one Sept. 9 2006
Format:Paperback
To those of you looking for some great fantasy books to read, I think this is an excellent choice. I have read Dragonflight, Dragonquest, and The White Dragon as separate books and they are terriffic.. The story lines are wonderful and the characters are truly amazing. Join one of the greatest weyrwomen of all times and her brave and daring young weyrmater as they protect all of Pern from the legendary and dangerous Thread. You will love these books for sure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Start of It All March 26 2003
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The Dragonriders of Pern is an omnibus edition of the first three novels in the Pern series, including Dragonflight, Dragonquest, and The White Dragon.
In Dragonflight, Lessa had been the lawful heir of Ruatha Hold, but Fax has conquered this hold and four others and now Lessa is posing as a kitchen drudge. Benden Weyr has come to the High Reaches looking for candidates to impress a Queen in the next hatching. After visiting Lord Fax's Hold, Crom, and the various guild halls, they travel to the other five held by the high reaches, finally coming to Ruatha. There Lessa provides Fax with a vile experience and uses the Dragonriders to cause his downfall. Nonetheless, much to her surprise, they select Lessa to be Presented to the queen egg at the next hatching.
In Dragonquest, Lessa and F'lar are the Weyrleaders of Benden Weyr. However, the Red Star is passing, thread is falling again and the two young weyrleaders are having problems with the Oldtimers. F'nor, the brother of F'lar, has learned bits and pieces about the Red Star and is obsessed by the quest to find out more about it.
In The White Dragon, Jaxom, the son of Fax and Lady Gemma, has become Lord Holder of Ruatha after Lessa abdicated her claim. His guardian, Lytol, is a former dragonrider who has lost his dragon, so Jaxom has heard a lot about dragons and welcomes the opportunity to witness a hatching. When one of the hatchlings is undersized and cannot break out of the egg on its own, Jaxom helps a little and finds himself with a small white dragon. Seeing this, the Lord Holders have a hissy fit.
This series introduces the dragons of Pern, which have gone on to become a staple of the SF publishing industry. None of the sequels, however, quite matches these three novels and the subsequent Harper Hall trilogy.
Highly recommended to McCaffrey fans and anyone who enjoys exotic societies, intelligent animals, and political intrigue.
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Published on Nov. 27 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most amazing series ever written !
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Published on Aug. 9 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars arent enough!!!!!!!!
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