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The Dolphins of Pern (Dragonriders of Pern)…

The Dolphins of Pern (Dragonriders of Pern) (original 1994; edition 1995)

by Anne McCaffrey

Series: Renegades of Pern (6), Pern (9th pass)

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For use in schools and libraries only. Two boys, one of them a dragonrider, re-establish crucial contact with the wise dolphins, the legendary "shipfish" of Pern.
Title:The Dolphins of Pern (Dragonriders of Pern)
Authors:Anne McCaffrey
Info:Del Rey (1995), Edition: Reissue, Mass Market Paperback
Collections:Your library
Tags:Novel, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Library

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The Dolphins of Pern by Anne McCaffrey (1994)

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Another view of Pern, starting around the middle of "All the Weyrs of Pern" and ending somewhat later. Short and simple compared to some of the other books, but advances the overall Pern plot. Definitely a rehash of the Menolly tale, but poorly motivated, showing the somewhat appealing protagonists of previous books to be real losers. Also, what all the women mostly seem to do, except for Lessa, is be pregnant, which is not really all that women should be doing in a novel like this. I'll keep on reading, though, just one more to go. ( )
  themulhern | Jun 12, 2019 |
There was a little bit of the "same story from a different point of view" that she has been doing on and off - which irritates me. But, it went far beyond All The Wyers of Pern and had little to do with much that happened in the other book. I really liked it. I've ordered the rest of the series from Amazon as soon as I finished this book, so I would have to say that I am a "Pern fan". ( )
  Amelia1989 | Jun 10, 2019 |
I read the early Pern novels but got out of touch with the continuations of the series. This one takes place after the dragonriders have been revived to defeat the Threads and humans are spreading out into regions which had been abandoned. They encounter human-intelligent dolphins who had been part of the original colony from earth and still pass down memories of their earlier cooperation with humans. ( )
1 vote antiquary | Dec 18, 2017 |
After all the exciting things happen--after the settlers land on Pern, and are nearly destroyed by Thread, and discover dragons, and set up Weyrs and Holds and Halls, all the while devolving into a sexist&rigidly hierarchal medieval society, and eventually Jaxom bonds with Ruth, and Menolly finds her firelizards and transforms Harpers, and they rediscover their computer and figure out how to end Thread-fall once and for all, and all manner of social changes start being forced through--after all that, this incredibly prosaic, boring little story takes place.

A number of people realize (practically simultaneously) that the "shipfish" of Pern are actually dolphins who travelled from Earth with the first settlers. They were engineered to have human speech and increased intellects, and even generations after humans stopped remembering them, they still remember humans. They're thrilled to have contact with humans again. One boy, Readis, runs away from home to form a Dolphin Hall. Meanwhile, a Holder is plotting to settle the Southern Continent against the Weyr-leaders' advice. And there's a big storm that doesn't actually do anything. That's pretty much it! Even famous characters like Leesa, Menolly, Mirrim or Jaxom are colorless and personality-free here.

This was easily the most boring Pern book I have ever read in my life. I would much rather read another book about the brave-flame-haired-fiesty-girl fighting against sexist-evil-old-dude and psychically bonding with a dragon; as trite and wish-fullfillment-y as that is, at least there's something there. This was just empty of all inspiration, emotion, plot, or character. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
Readis of Paradise River, and his Uncle Alemi are rescued when their boat is swamped in a sudden squall by dolphins. The dolphins have long been known as shipfish because of their constant presence around the fishing fleets over many turns. But it is Readis and Alemi who realize that the dolphins can speak and have been trying to lead ships away from dangers and to the best fishing spots.

Their story is playing out in the midst of the excitement surrounding the promise of overcoming thread once and for all with the information and technology being provided by Avis, an Artificial Intelligence left behind by the original founders of Pern. ( )
1 vote cfk | Apr 19, 2013 |
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Anne McCaffreyprimary authorall editionscalculated
Levis, ChristineMapsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Morrill, RowenaCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ostrop, BarbaraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ross, EdmundAuthor photosecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stevenson, DavidCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Weston, SteveCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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When the first humans came to settle the planet Pern, they did not come alone: intelligence-enhanced dolphins also crossed the stars to colonize the oceans of the new planet while their human partners settled the vast continents. But then disaster struck. The deadly silver spores called thread fell like rain from the sky, and as the human colonists' dreams of a new, idyllic live battered into a desperate struggle for survival, the dolphins were forgotten ...

Now, centuries later, as the dragonriders of Pern were preparing to complete the momentous task of ridding their world of Thread forever, T'lion, a young bronze rider, and his friend Readis, son of the Lord Holder of Paradise River Hold, made contact with the legendary "shipfish." and as the dragonriders grappled with the ending of an era, T'lion, Readis and the dolphins faced the start of a new one: reviving the bond between the land- and ocean-dwellers - and resurrecting the dreams of the first colonists of Pern!


Alemi saw the mast splinter and break, felt Readis' tightened grip, adn then abruptly they were upended as waves slammed into the starboard side and decanted them into the roiling sea. His grip on Readis tightened; over the scream of the storm he heard the boy's frightened cry.

Alemi flailed his free arm, trying to surface again, and his hand came hard against something. The upturned skiff? HE clutched at a roundness that was ot wooden, but firm and fleshed.

Shipfish! the hard edge of a dorsal fin filled his hand, and his body was swung against a long sleek shape just as another wave crashed over him. "Shipfish, Readis!" he shouted above the tumult of the storm winds. "Hang on!"

His savior raised its head and, water shooting up out of its blowhole, clearly said, "Not Fish! Mam'l. Doll-fin!"
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