Thursday, February 01, 2018

Review: Dragonflight

Dragonflight Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a re-read of a SF classic, a novel that inspired much of the fantasy and paranormal romance written in the last 50 years. Yes, it's been 50 years since Dragonflight was published. Re-reading it as an adult gave me a new perspective and a new appreciation for McCaffrey's skill as a writer.

Part of what made Dragonflight and the Pern series new and fresh was relationships. The lead character was a woman, Lessa, and her complicated relationship with F'lar was like a breath of fresh air in a genre filled with guys doing stuff and it being all about the guys and their stuff or their quest or their Campbellian journey to adulthood. Women were there to be adjuncts or stuffed in a refrigerator before the end of the tale. In Dragonflight, F'lar is a warrior but it's Lessa who gets things done and makes necessary changes in Pern society to carry the day.

The Pern books can be enjoyed by people of all ages, with some specifically written for a younger audience. I highly recommend them.

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