Here there be… well, you know… | 96eustonroad
Here's a little back-story about my relationship with this book. . The relationship between Lessa and F'lar was hotly debated on the forums as. Then there's F'lar and Lessa's relationship. McCaffrey never actually explains this , because that would be, uh, not subtle enough or something, but apparently. Paul said: So Lessa and F'lar are a couple because their dragons get it together. F'lar and Lessa but also F'Lar and Lessa's relationship encouraging Ramoth.
In the words of Liz Lemon, I want to go to there. The characters are also great. Talk about a role model. And put the two of them together — yum! I personally felt the characters were very meaty, and I thought their motivations clear by the end of the novel.
Dragonflight is without a doubt far too rushed, and far too short — a chicken egg sort of problem. Again, I have to disagree. Another great thing about Dragonflight is that it defies categorization.
You see dragons, and automatically think, duh, fantasy, but as is revealed in the prologue, Pern was settled by humans looking to colonize habitable planets.
Way to defy convention before it was even cool, McCaffrey. You are my hero. So what about the not-so-good aspects? After I reread this book, I was all, hell yeah, that was awesome, McCaffrey, you are a legend… but then I had to grudgingly admit that there were some things that bothered me, things that left a sour taste in my mouth.
Like many readers, I felt there were some serious problems with gender, sexuality, and classism. And the class thing was so exhausting. However, as much as these two things bothered me, when I really sat down to think about it, they both make sense, in a strange way. Pern may have been colonized in the distant future, but Pernese society, as we are introduced to it in Dragonflight, had regressed, not advanced.
They provide a bit of that science fiction flavor that I missed during the first section of the novel, and as an alien enemy Threads are not what I think of as traditional. I think of them as a silent, non-aggressive or non-threatening enemy that in the end proves to be deadly to the planet's environment and therefore to its people. In a way they remind me of acid rain remember acid rain?
The science fictional concept of time travel becomes an important device in the later half of Dragonflight, how do you feel McCaffrey did in working time travel into the plot?
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Now, the time travel device really caught my attention in this second half of the story. I love how McCaffrey takes that one moment, a discovery made as a result of a mistake, and develops it into a thread with such grand possibilities! It absolutely works for me.
There was fear on my part that McCaffrey would come up with a deus ex machina type of solution to resolve the Threads crisis faced by Pern and Weyrleader F'lar, but I found her solution to be both creative and well woven in with the world-building.
My favorite character s from the second half of Dragonflight are Masterharper Robinton and Mastersmith Farandel. They both contribute much as secondary characters to this section of the story. Robinton won me over with that speech to the Holders during the Counsel meeting and Farandel's single minded focus on finding an answer to the demise of the fallen Threads was both amusing and admirable.
F'nor, however, continues to be an overall favorite character for me. His loyalty and willingness to do whatever is necessary for the Weyr and F'lar further won my admiration, as did his warmth and connection with Lessa.
The author's meticulous attention to details is awe inspiring. Anne herself has always been adamant that she is a science fiction author, no disrespect to the wonderful fantasy genre of course, but she deliberately backed the Pern fantasy tropes of dragons and medieval life with science. Pern is a planet, the dragons are genetically engineered and the lack of technology is due to some event that caused a fall of technological civilization.
So no magic, no elves, no unicorns and no Dark Lord with a funny name thank gawd! Any way, what label you stick on a book does not matter, especially for a book of this calibre. Anne's prose style is - as her legions of fans would attest - is beautiful, clean, clear, concise and literary. The main characters are skillfully fleshed out, unfortunately my one complaint is that the protagonist Lessa is unrelentingly ill-tempered and willful to the point of being a pain in the posterior.