The Dragonriders of Pern: Dragonflight, Dragonquest, and The White Dragon Paperback – Oct 12 1988
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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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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.
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.
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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Was everything I expected. Very nice to get a replacement for my old tatered bookPublished 15 months ago by Armin von Hacht
My daughter loves it - she's a big fan of the Pern novels.Published 16 months ago by Barbara Elaryia de Groot
I read it when 20 years ago and am happy to have loaded it onto my Kindle for another good readingPublished 17 months ago by Dan Dupras
This edition packages the first three major books of the Pern series together into one handy volume. Read morePublished on Aug. 31 2013 by Bonnie D
I first read this series in 1986, now I have finally admitted defeat, and am retiring my trilogy book in favor of a new one as now my children are reading it. Read morePublished on Aug. 18 2010 by Tlshaw2000
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... Read morePublished on Sept. 9 2006 by YancysMom
These books are wonderful. I read them several years ago and couldn't put them down. If you love Science Fiction or Fantasy, and I didn't know I did until I read these, I highly... Read morePublished on July 26 2005 by Cheryl Dumais