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  • Paperback: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Reprint edition (Oct. 12 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345340248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345340245
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 839 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nathan on Sept. 8 2003
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on March 26 2003
Format: Paperback
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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By A Customer on Nov. 26 2002
Format: School & Library Binding
Ever since I first picked up this book, Anne McCaffrey has been my favorite author. The Pern series is the most incredible I have ever read, from the majestic, yet empathetic dragons to the likable and unique characters who ride them. I cannot begin to calculate the number of times I have read and re-read the Pern series, especially these first three books. Anne McCaffrey pulls off wonders with her writing -- no other author could have concocted or done justice to Pern and its people as she does. Lessa especially is such an intricate, complicated, and wonderful character that I would have loved this book if she were the only detailed character, and I look to her as my first role-model. Not only am I in love with F'lar, Masterharper Robinton, and Jaxom, but they make this series more than just my favorite, but one that really affects my life as well. I have read every book about Pern that I could, and I will never tire of this world and its dragons. Anybody who likes science fiction or fantasy will love it, as will anybody who likes to read at all.
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I remember writing a story about a young girl who, like me, was enchanted by Anne McCaffrey's vivid world of Pern and its sentient dragons. Nearly thirty years later, I still re-read this series and it takes me back to my dreams.
The true test of a novelist is to make one think, and to open the doors of perception. Ms. McCaffrey, like Marion Zimmer Bradley and other writers I adore, have done this with great skill and boundless imagination.
Lessa of Pern has always been a role-model of sorts; tough, feisty, a true survivor, and a woman with her own mind. She and F'lar are a wonderful example of how a relationship between two people should work. Masterharper Robinton will always be my sage mentor. Brekke and F'nor are one of my favourite couples, and no matter how many times I read this series, I still get misty eyes when all works out well for them. And Lord Jaxom was my very first romantic hero--I had the biggest crush on him in junior high school!
This is a classic fantasy series that ages gracefully, and is still enjoyable after nearly three decades.
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