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Dragonseye Audio Cassette – Abridged, Audiobook

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  • Audio Cassette: 2 pages
  • Publisher: Paperback Nova Audio Books; abridged edition edition (Nov. 1 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567402305
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567402308
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11 x 1.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 70 customer reviews
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When the volcanoes rumble and the powerful storms begin brewing on Pern, it means one thing: Thread. For 257 years Pern has been free of the life-destroying Thread, but now the Red Star has reappeared in the sky and soon the deadly Threadfall will follow. In the holds and weyrs across the land, the genetically-engineered dragons of Pern and their human riders begin feverishly training to combat the Thread, for only dragon fire can destroy the silvery invaders. But, incredibly, one Lord Holder refuses to believe the Thread will fall again, and he may endanger the entire planet. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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YA. While not as good as the first "Dragonriders" novels, this 11th in the series comes closer than most of the more recent Pern books. It has been more than 250 years since the first Thread fall, but everything seems to indicate the imminent approach of the Red Star. The Dragonriders have been practicing and passing down knowledge for over two centuries to be prepared, but there are skeptics unwilling to believe. The worst of the lot is Lord Holder, Chalkin of Bitra, a greedy, self-centered, abusive leader. He refuses to take any action to prepare, threatening the survival of the planet, because all must work together to overcome Thread. Interesting, fleshed-out characters combined with a well-written story makes for a very good read. While this entry can stand alone, it is best read along with the other Pern novels, especially Dragonflight (1978) and Dragonquest (1979, both Ballantine).?John Lawson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
In this book, Dragonseye (aka Red Star Rising, the Second Chronicle of Pern), you meet up with familiar attitudes. Close to the second pass (about 250 years after the colonists landed) Chalkin, a Lord Holder of Brita Hold, is abusing his responsibility to his hold and refuses to prepare for Threadfall. The Weyrleaders and many other holders are trying to do what they can to overrun his authority. Unfortunately you need a unanimous vote to impeach a Lord Holder, and some don't believe the stories. Artist Iantine may offer a solution, but can they save Brita Hold in time?
This book answers some questions like:
Where did the firelizards go? And why don't the people still have them, since the colonists had them?
When did computers disappear and why?
Why didn't the people go and find AVIAS after the dust had settled?
How did the Star Stones get to be?
When and why did the teaching meathods go from teachers to harpers?
If you are looking for old and familiar characters, you will be disappointed. I would reccommend starting with a book that is later on in time, so you will get familiar faces and characters that you will see over and over again, not like the one time only characters in this book. The first book anyone should read is Dragonsflight.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
It has been two hundred years since the last Threadfall on Pern and there is no one alive who remembers the deadly silver thread and its first horrific onslaught - except for the dragonriders. For two centuries they have been faithfully practicing the manuevers that Sean O'Connell, the first Weryleader, had developed to most effectively fight Thread. Now the signs of Threadfall are appearing: violent winter storms & volcanic eruptions, as well as other, more subtle signs. But one stubborn Lord Holder, Chalkin of Bitra, refuses to believe the signs. He also refuses to let his people prepare for Threadfall or to let dragonriders patrol his holdings. The Lord Holders must band together and find a way to deal with Chalkin before it is too late...
But, of course, Chalkin is not the only person who is causing problems. Clisser, who is in charge of teaching, is forced to deal with Pern's slowly dying technology. Most of the computers are already dead and unrepairable. Students and parents are rebelling at learning "useless" information, such as wars fought on old Terran and other alien information. Clisser and his fellow teachers must make the tough decision as to curriculum changes - do they begin teaching at the beginning of Pern's history and focus on the here and now or do they continue to teach their students to try and see beyond their own planet? Artist Iantine is caught up in Chalkin's evil wake when he accepted Chalkin's patronage and agreed to paint portraits of his children and his wife. Little did Iantine realize that Chalkin would not be satisfied with any portrait that he made and that he would be forced to pay for food and lodging while staying in Chalkin's home.
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Format: Hardcover
When the Dragonriders series was recommended to me, I decided to read the series in story order instead of copyright order (as the author prefers). The first two in that order, Dragonsdawn, and Chronicles Of Pern were good solid SF novels. Moreta (the next, before Dragonseye came out) was pure fantasy. I wasn't expecting the fantasy and almost stopped reading the series. Dragonseye is a perfect transition. The book covers the loss of the last surviving pieces of hi-tech and the beginnings of the society so well loved in the later books. So many wonderful elements of the society of Pern have their beginnings here: the teaching songs and the eye-rocks, to name only two. I used to wonder where all the colonists' technology went.
All in all, I found Dragonseye completed the series. If there are questions unanswered in the history of Pern, I can't think of them. After you've read the series as the author prefers, go back and read it as a history. You'll see how Dragonseye fits in
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For those who are confused, this book takes place 257 years after LANDING. That is to say, about 230 years after the events in Dragonsdawn, and about 2000 years BEFORE the events of the main books (Dragonflight, Dragonquest, Dragonsong, yadda yadda). It's mainly there for two reasons: to show how the Teaching Ballands and the Finger Rocks were made, and to give you a little view of what it was like to gear up for the start of a Pass when everyone was ready for it (not like in the main books, where no one believed). That's why it was called "Red Star Rising" in Britain -- I think that's a better name for it. It's coming, and they're getting ready.
Now, as for the question: is the book good? No, not really. It's sort of dull. Which is not to say that you won't enjoy it, if you're a Pern fan. But it's the main plotlines of the other books (put-upon young woman escapes a domineering family, mean Lord Holder doesn't believe in Thread, brilliant leaders come up with A Plan Just in Time) all sort of mixed up and redistributed. There are too many characters to get really involved in any of them. [There were lots of characters in Dragonsdawn, too, but somehow there she supported them well.] The plot is thin; it's supposed to tell the story of how certain things came into being, and it seems that what happened was, someone decided to make them. Um. Is that a STORY?
Despite all this, it's still Pern, and for those crazy Pern-ys out there, you can't help it. It's good to read just as some more insight into Pern and life there. Buy it used, or borrow it from a friend or something -- once through is enough.
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