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08:54 am: Dragon's Kin by Anne McCaffrey and Todd McCaffrey

I realized recently that I'd been buying the Pern books by the son without reading the first one. A quick check showed me I had six of them and this is the first, with both mother and son writing. We're not having bookgroup next month because it would have been on Easter Saturday and most people are doing something else, so I figured this was a good time to see what I think about the books.

This one involves a mining hold, watch-weirs, a group of tweens, and dragons/dragonriders. It's a nice YA book, rather lyric, and with the standard bad, good, bad, good, etc. things going on.

Early this morning, I confidently started the next, Dragonsblood, just by the son. So far, it's plodding, heavy, and not very interesting. It also has a lot of homonyms, which usually means just a spellchecker was used. I'm going to read more tonight or whenever I get to that, and if I don't like it then, I'll try the beginning of the next one, just to be sure. Then I'll read a couple random of the mother's books and see if I want to get rid of all the books, or just his.

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From:engarian
Date:April 5th, 2011 01:58 pm (UTC)
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Anne is an awesome author, one that I've read for many, many years (I still have my first edition Dragonrider of Pern). Todd, however, I have not been very happy with, so I stopped buying Pern books and have only kept hers.

- Sandi Graves
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From:mjlayman
Date:April 7th, 2011 06:46 pm (UTC)
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Sorry I'm late -- LJ was in a DDOS attack when I was on yesterday.

Well, I have an 11th edition of Dragonflight, and all of my early ones are paperback and becoming a bit brittle. But the newer ones are all from SFBC, and hardcover. Dragonsblood has picked up and has a couple of secrets that I think I know, so I'm still reading it.
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From:engarian
Date:April 7th, 2011 07:33 pm (UTC)
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I'd be interested to know what you think of it. I think I actually have a copy of this somewhere in the house. Lora had recommended it so I bought it. I know I never read it though.

- Sandra Graves
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From:mjlayman
Date:April 7th, 2011 06:47 pm (UTC)
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The title was supposed to be Get of the Unicorn and when it was put out as "off" before she wrote, she went with that.

Thanks!
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From:green_knight
Date:April 5th, 2011 10:50 pm (UTC)
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I used to like the early Pern novels, and still like them despite some problematic that went over my head when I first read them. The later ones I'm not keen on - they were too repetitive, other than Msterharper, which is revisionist history and which I wish I could unread.
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From:mjlayman
Date:April 7th, 2011 06:48 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, there are some books I wish I could unread, too!
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