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DRAGONQUEST Mass Market Paperback – Oct 12 1983

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Del Rey (Oct. 12 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345314484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345314482
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,209,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There are dragons all over Anne McCaffrey's house. Some she's bought, but many have been made for her by adoring fans and given to her as gifts. I don't make dragons, of course. But whenever circumstances allow, I do try to bring her American bacon, something she can't get easily in Ireland, and something which she has taught all her friends there to love, as well! I remember the first time I went to visit her, when she was still living in her old, much smaller but very homey, house. My husband and I arrived at the doorstep, and she immediately began bustling about, frying up some of the bacon we'd brought and sharing a lovely late breakfast with us before sending us off to the hotel for a nap. She made us dinner that night, too--the one and only time in my life that I've actually liked shrimp cocktail. Maybe that's because if you squint your eyes and look sideways, shrimp are kind of dragonlike, and I was eating them in the right company!
                        --Shelly Shapiro, Executive Editor --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Judging from the other reviews, I must be in the minority, but I was deeply disappointed in "Dragonquest."
One of the things that made "Dragonflight" so wonderful was both the medieval-like low technology setting and the headstrong characters. In this book (and in the later ones), McCaffrey begins to compromise both, turning the harsh world of Pern into a positively friendly and hospitable place, and the strong and heroic character of Lessa into someone weak and self-serving.
I don't want to give the plot away, but Lessa asks F'nor to do something in this book that in the first book she would have just done herself. Instead of boldly taking matters into her own hands she manipulates someone else into taking the risks. I didn't believe for a minute that she would really do this. The only reason for it was for McCaffrey to allow F'nor a bigger role in the book. Also note that in the introduction she describes F'nor's role in the first book "Dragonflight," as being far more central than he really was to that story. It was Lessa and F'lar's story. And the fire lizard plot is the first sign that McCaffrey is bent on transforming the wonderful heroine of "Dragonflight" into a shrill *****, a transformation that continues in "The White Dragon" and later books.
McCaffrey doesn't seem to care about he intergrity of her characters. She is perfectly willing to be inconsistent in her characterization for the sake of plot contrivances. The capper for me was at the end of "All the Weyrs of Pern," when F'lar and Jaxom manipulated Lessa into staying home on Pern while they went to outer space. That was the last book of hers I read. So much for strong female characters!
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If you're familiar with Pern, you've undoubtably read this book, or else you don't need to read a review to help you decide to read this one. If you haven't visited Pern, here's your chance! This is the second book in the series. It's helpful to have read Dragonflight, but not essential. All but two of the books (Dragonsong and Dragonsinger)are standalones.
This book starts seven years after Dragonflight. Lessa's attempt to bring almost 2000 dragons and their riders forward in time to defend the people of Pern from the Thread that falls from the sky, devouring everything organic it touches has been successful...
Despite a real thread - I mean threat -- to every living thing on Pern, people manuver for political power, often running over whoever is in their way. F'lar (hero of the first book) ignores stories of abuses of power until his brother is assaulted when he gets in the way of an "oldtimer" dragonrider who is trying to extort goods from a smith.
To make matters worse, Thread, which has been perfectly predictable for the last seven yearsm has started deviating from its set pattern, making it even more dangerous.
F'lar hatches a plan to go to the source of Thread (the Red Star) and destroy it there...
McCaffrey's characters are believable and likable. In Pern, she has created a world so complete, that you feel if you could go there, you would know who the people were, recognize the colors of the various Holds, Weyrs and Halls, know what food you were being served. Not only is this book a great read, it's a must for any aspiring writer who wants to create worlds of his/her own.
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I disagree with Daniel C. Sorbal. IMO Dragonflight is far, far better than Dragonquest. But Dragonquest is still very, very good! They are both very special books.
This book does a great job of developing the Pern setting and some of the characters glimpsed briefly in Dragonflight. F'nor and Robinton both developed into great characters here and there was great further development of F'lar. Kylara was an interesting villainess. I was very disappointed not to see more of Lessa, who is still the most interesting character on Pern to me, but I ate up what I did see of her. I also liked Felessan and Jaxom (who becomes obnoxious in his own book) here. And I don't want to forget the dragons -- Mnementh remains my fave but I love Canth too! The rider-dragon relationships are a huge part of what makes the Pern books so special.
What I loved in this book were the political dynamics of Hold vs. Weyr and between Weyrs, as well as within them. It is fascinating how, because of the dragons' courtship ritual, politics and personal relationships become intertwined, and social values become different.
F'nor emerges as a romantic figure here, but I dislike Brekke & find her overly passive and co-dependent on F'nor. I did not feel sad for her, since she had neglected her responsibility to Wirenth and Pern by pining for F'nor so many years instead of giving a bronze rider a chance. She also put F'nor in a hard position, and was childish: thousands of dragonriders had sacrificed personal preferences so that human beings like Brekke could live on Pern. If Brekke had matured and got stronger, as Menolly does in the Harper books, I might have liked her better.
I thought the Wirenth / Prideth conflict was a convenient plot contrivance.
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