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Then there's the - and this really shouldn't be a spoiler to anne mccaffrey dragons dawn by now! And then, of course, there has to be an attempt to fight back, with, and again no real spoiler here, the arrival of the great dragons of Pern.


And there are some volcanic erruptions, too. The novel extends through the gamut from utopian dream to body horror armageddon to epic triumph, and that's before you add in the multiple romantic subplots, and a couple anne mccaffrey dragons dawn more sinister threads no pun intended ; it follows a range of characters both old and young, and its events span about a decade.

That's an ambitious novel, for a pulp genre book. McCaffrey's prose may serve the tenser moments, but she isn't able to fill the quieter moments, or structure them to avoid sagging particularly early on. At times, particularly at more emotional or anne mccaffrey dragons dawn moments, and particularly in dialogue, she slips entirely and a few lines are laughably bad.

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Her characterisation is at best cartoonish - the sort of strong-strokes simplification that can work well in a businesslike short story, but that ends up anne mccaffrey dragons dawn too thin across a sprawling epic. There are serious problems in pacing, not only with the slow beginning but also with the cramped end, and when it comes to the finale the author is boxed in by how much has already been established in the series.

But the underlying problem other than the author's own limitations is simply the ambition.

This is not the content of one book. It cannot fit in one book. It would probably make for a really great TV series, if done right, spread across a couple of seasons.


But it can't all go in one - not that long! The result is an overwhelming sense of a lack of time: When Thread anne mccaffrey dragons dawn, and the colony goes from hippy utopia to apocalyptic war zone in moments, then the novel shines.

Action and horror and character and scifi idea-conjuring all start to work, side by side, in the extended, decompressed run of anne mccaffrey dragons dawn documenting the first threadfall.

And yeah, I do mean horror. Well, Thread and dragons.

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But they have been so successful — and so imitated — because they damn well work. Because of the weird, repressed-psychological-processes rape issues that confuse and complicate things.

Or big bastards, I should say. Retaining that reptilian, dangerous edge — the edge that anne mccaffrey dragons dawn makes us mammals uneasy at the thought of them — is what makes their domestication, their imprinting, so effective. Now if only we really had the time to enjoy all of that.

And then the other problem, it must be said, with Dragonsdawn is that it is just so damned… problematic. To begin with the unfortunate obvious: Now, primarily this takes the form of the telepathic influence of dragons — the intense mating urges of dragons and to a lesser extent their wild cousins, the dragonets or fire lizards overwhelming the minds of the humans they are bonded to, more or less forcing them to have sex.

This is icky, but not necessarily a anne mccaffrey dragons dawn problem with the novels. The concept of consent requires a coherent concept of independent free will, which is called into question by telepathic bonding.