Which is your favourite book? (Any series)

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Mirrim was slightly annoying, mainly because she reminded me a lot of myself as a teen when I no longer wanted to be reminded of it. However, Brekke is unbearable. A total doormat who never should have impressed because she was unable to get over her sexual hangups. Brekke killed her dragon, Kylara and Prideth were just incidentals. Lessa would never have let a similar situation get that far.
 

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I think mine has to be Dragonsdawn. It was the first McCaffrey book I read and got me started on the Dragonriders series, which I love. Then I went back and read the series in order. I also enjoyed the Masterharper of Pern, Robinton was one of my favorite characters. I also enjoyed The White Dragon, gotta love Ruth! :) It's been awhile since I've read them though, so I'm sure I'm forgetting one, or two, or all of them. :D

The only other series of hers I have read is Petaybee. I did enjoy that as well, though Dragonriders are my favorite.
 

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The aspect of the Pern books I enjoyed the most was the sort of "science-fantasy" crossover -- specifically, the rediscovery of lost technology by a pseudo-medieval culture.

So I think All the Weyrs of Pern would be my favorite, because that's the book that focuses most on the re-learning of technology. Also, AIVAS is just a great, great character. The fact that it's got a sort of dry sense of humor is just priceless.

Having said all that, I also really like some of the earlier books, where the lost history is sort of hinted at, and the truth about the southern continent is gradually revealed.

And to further muddle things, there's something really appealing about Dragonflight, simply because it's the first Pern novel McCaffrey wrote, and everything's a little less developed; a little more.... raw, maybe?
 

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Having said all that, I also really like some of the earlier books, where the lost history is sort of hinted at, and the truth about the southern continent is gradually revealed.
I agree with you there, Durandal - it was much more fun when they were slowly re-discovering things, than after AIVAS practically handed them all they'd lost on a plate.
 

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AMC herself admitted that in reality it would take a lot longer than some four years to change the level of technology enough to enable them to move the Red Star. I did enjoy the rediscovery of technology, although AIVAS is the best example of deus ex machina I've ever read (literally god from the machine).
 

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... although AIVAS is the best example of deus ex machina I've ever read (literally god from the machine).
Oh, absolutely. I did feel that the whole post-AIVAS rediscovery of technology was rushed. But I still really liked AIVAS, and the earlier stages of the rediscovery are among my favorite events in the entire Pern saga.
 

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I agree with you there, Durandal - it was much more fun when they were slowly re-discovering things, than after AIVAS practically handed them all they'd lost on a plate.
Same here. I enjoyed the earlier books for the same reason. The excavation and rediscovery of AIVAS were some of the best moments in the series for me - the discovery of the far viewer, then the Dawn Sisters, and then the ships... Not to mention seeing dragons digging.;):)
 

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My favourite is MAsterHArper of Pern because i just love robinton! And it makes me cry When Ramoth and Mnementh stop him from dying! Sorry but thats the real tear jerker for me!
 

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Robinton is great, but I don't like MHoP much. It's hard to believe Menolly's story about girls not being allowed to be Harpers if just a generation earlier they had a female MasterHealer and even more surprising, female sea captains (given how conservative the folks at Yanus Sea Hold were). After that, the Harper Hall books lose all their impact. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that I personally don't count MHoP as Pern canon at all, because it conflicts with so many precedents.
 

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I'd have to say that Dragonquest and The White Dragon where my favorite. I haven't gotten to read the others, as i've only known about Ane Mccaffery for a year, and I'm a slow reader.
 

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It's hard to believe Menolly's story about girls not being allowed to be Harpers if just a generation earlier they had a female MasterHealer and even more surprising, female sea captains (given how conservative the folks at Yanus Sea Hold were). After that, the Harper Hall books lose all their impact. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that I personally don't count MHoP as Pern canon at all, because it conflicts with so many precedents
Yes, you make a good point there.
AMcC isn't noted for her continuity anyway, but this is really a glaring contradiction.
 

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I must admit I did enjoy the Acorna series very much. Dragon Riders was for me, far more enjoyable, with Master Harper being my favourite...
 

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MHoP is not a bad book on its own. However, it doesn't really fit very well with anything that's gone before, and that really irks me.
 

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Digging up a fairly old thread, but...

I have to update my list to include The Crystal Singer. I know I read it a while back, but I really should have posted here about it, too, given how much I enjoyed it.
 
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