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5.0 out of 5 stars Renegades of pern
I recomend this book if you are reading the entire Pern series in chronological order. Renegades will seem choppy if you read it alone and most of the secnes will not make sense if read before the other books. Renegades fills in a lot of time gaps that reading the others leave out. I recomend this book to all Pern fans.
Published on May 28 2004 by thaddeus Komorowski
3.0 out of 5 stars Get to the point, already
Not a bad book, per se, but I for one expected else. It does make an interesting illustration of life outside the Weyrs... but that's what I read the books for! Some very good bits, though. Sets the stage for "All the Weyrs of Pern" very well.
Published on Aug 22 2000
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5.0 out of 5 stars Renegades of pern,
This review is from: The Renegades of Pern (Mass Market Paperback)I recomend this book if you are reading the entire Pern series in chronological order. Renegades will seem choppy if you read it alone and most of the secnes will not make sense if read before the other books. Renegades fills in a lot of time gaps that reading the others leave out. I recomend this book to all Pern fans.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pern readers, don't miss this one!,
This review is from: The Renegades of Pern (Mass Market Paperback)When I first read this book, years ago, I remember being a little disappointed. It wasn't as good as the Dragonflight trilogy or even as good as the Harper Hall trilogy. I'm re-reading the series in chronological order now, and I want to warn people not to listen to the negative reviews!
Yes, it's maybe not quite as enjoyable, it tells stories of the less-pleasant sides of Pern life, but it also tells things that you must hear if you want the whole story. You must read Renegades in order to be properly set up for All the Weyrs of Pern. This is the book that, if nothing else, tells more about the initial excavation of Landing and the discovery of AIVAS, and it introduces Jayge and Aramina of the Paradise River Hold from Dolphins of Pern.
I enjoyed this book more on second reading than I did the first time. The Pern series is five stars. If you enjoy the series, don't skip this four star book based on negative reviews.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Little Choppy, But Still a Good Read!,
This review is from: The Renegades of Pern (Mass Market Paperback)As long as the people of Pern could remember, dragons had fought Thread and kept people alive. Everyone lived in strong stone fortresses or caves because Thread wouldn't eat through stone. However, it had been hundreds of years since Thread had fallen on Pern and there were many who did not like to live behind stone walls, beholden to the Lord of the area and forced into careers that they did not want. Some, like Jayge Lilcamp's clan were traders. They traversed the length and breadth of Pern, bartering and taking messages to other holds. They were always welcome at holds, especially ones that were out of the way. However, when they ignored the warning that Thread was once again falling on Pern, his trader caravan was decimated. Instead of being independent, they were now forced to accept whatever charity they could from the last hold the visited. Jayge couldn't bear it and set out on his own.
Thella, sister of Telgar Hold's Lord, was bitter that she had not even been given the chance to become a Lady Holder. She knew that she could do a better job than her brother. Since she was passed by, she found her own hold and gathered together as many Holdless men as she could. Then she set about robbing and plotting her revenge. The only thing that was holding her back was the dragonriders because she could not risk being seen and tracked adragonback. She found the solution to her problem in Aramina (seen in The Girl Who Heard Dragons short story), who could hear all dragons. But Aramina escaped from her and was safely ensconced at Benden Hold. However, Thella was not about to give up so easily...
The Renegades of Pern is, like Nerilka's story, a retelling of familiar events from unfamiliar points of view. I highly recommend reading Dragonquest, The White Dragon, and The Girl Who Heard Dragons before reading this one because it will make a lot more sense than reading this one first. It was interesting because all of the other books in the Pern series have been about someone who has a definite place in life on Pern: holder, dragonrider, harper, etc., but Jayge did not. He could do a little bit of everything and was very resourceful. I enjoyed hearing how Aramina made out in the end, even though I was very surprised at what ended up happening. Although Jayge, Aramina, and Thella were what I would call the "main" characters, there was also quite a bit about Piemur and Toric, Holder of the Southern Continent, and the explorations and events taking place in at Southern, which was interesting. My main complaint with the book was the huge number of multiple viewpoints. It really made the book choppy and I know that I really wanted to find out what happened to a certain character and then was suddenly switched to someone else, which is kind of frustrating. Still, The Renegades of Pern is very informative and it was interesting to see things from a very different point of view. Recommended for readers of the Pern series - if you are new to the series, this is NOT the book to start with!
4.0 out of 5 stars Choppy but introduces a whole new era for Pern,
This review is from: The Renegades of Pern (Mass Market Paperback)I have been re-reading the Pern series from the beginning and while I agree with other reviews that Renegades is not McCaffrey's best work in the series, it does have the advantage of finally connecting the early and late Pern sagas. The first half of the book is distractingly choppy with snippets introducing about a dozen characters. But about half way through the book comes together as McCaffrey links most of the stories of these individuals. The last third is the most valuable with a serious development of the Southern Continent, and discovery of Landing and Aivas. It sets up a fascinating study of two cultures interacting - one that is very low-tech and another that is incredibly sophisticated. Also enjoyable is a more detailed representation of non-dragonrider life on "current day" Pern. If you can get through the first half set-up, the book is worth reading and sets up All the Weyrs nicely.
1.0 out of 5 stars Put the book down and no one gets hurt,
This review is from: The Renegades of Pern (Mass Market Paperback)�`Okay, let's get one thing straight: I lived and breathed Pern for a great deal of my life. I have to recommend that all fans look long and hard at the slew of latter day Pern books, though, and consider making the hard decision to skip them. This is just such a book -- along with the incredibly disappointing book that showed the "first founders" of Pern and all the lame origins for things like the grubs, the dragons, the name of the holds, and so on, this only makes you scratch your head and�`�` think how the mighty have fallen. This book did not need to be written and does not need to be read. No, for my money, Pern fans should stick with the first three books, the Harper hall series (Pemur and Menolly), and All the Weyrs of Pern. Whatever you do, skip the lame books like Renegades of Pern (shudder) and this one.�`
4.0 out of 5 stars It's not just dragonriders on Pern....,
This review is from: The Renegades of Pern (Mass Market Paperback)I love that there are books in the Pern series that have nothing (or almost nothing) to do with dragons. Yes, the dragons are a fun part of it, but this story of the "little people" of Pern is well-wrought and engaging. I thoroughly enjoy reading it every time I pick it up. This is the story of the people who have no borders-be it by choice or by force. Jayge Lilcamp and his family are traders who travel from hold to Hold selling their wares. Aramina, born with the ability to "hear" dragons, and her family were driven from their hold by Fax because of her mother's Ruathan blood. Thella is the sister of Lord Larad and, angry that he was chosen as Lord Holder over her, runs away to become the Lady Holdless-a riever and thief with no thought save her own comfort and ambitions. These three disimilar characters compose the central plot in this story, each viewing the Holders, Dragonriders, and their companions from uniquely fresh points of view. One of my favorites.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable,
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This review is from: The Renegades of Pern (Mass Market Paperback)I recently listened to this book on tape, and found it very enjoyable. I actually sat in my car, after I got home, so I could hear the ending. I love Science Fiction and found this book a nice change from the techno babble many other authors inject in their story lines. Now I have to start from the beginning and actually read all her books. I gave it four stars only because I read it out of series, and although I knew this, I felt the story needed to further enlighten a new reader to what was already going on. It's too late now, I'm hopelessly hooked.
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty decent continuation,
This review is from: The Renegades of Pern (Mass Market Paperback)I enjoyed this book, yet again another of Anne McCaffrey's great Dragonriders of Pern books. Having read the series in order, I found it hard to jump back into the story after having read stories from another time frame. So, certain storyline aspects were a little fuzzy to me. However, I found that the book was able to update readers on what had already happened in other books, and it was like being in the know on an inside joke when I actually remembered a key point from another book that impacted this book. While I enjoyed the first three books of the series better than this one, I still enjoyed this read. It's a fine addition to the Dragonriders of Pern series.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Side of Pern,
This review is from: The Renegades of Pern (Mass Market Paperback)I always wondered where the 'bad guys' were on Pern. In that regard, it's quite refreshing to find that there are in fact truly unsavory characters abounding the planet. Lord Fax aside, Thella is the most ruthless, evil character of McCaffrey's tales. Read this to fill in knowledge of Pern and the Dragonriders Series as a change of pace. Like 'All the Weyrs', which this is a prerequisite to reading, this is only another good book. Within the context of the larger whole, a worthwhile read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Its got EVERYTHING,
This review is from: The Renegades of Pern (Mass Market Paperback)Hm, its kinda disappointing to see how low others rated this book. This is definetly Annie's best book. It has elements of everything: suspense, character building, and an excellent plot.
Annie starts the book out from many different angles (and while some say its confusing) it is sooooooo awesome to see how everything comes together. The story arouses your emotions (hate for Lady Holdess Thella and love for Armania and Jayge) and keeps you reading
Seriously you WILL NOT regret reading this book as it contains all the elements of what has made the Pern series so lovable.
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