Tuesday, August 23, 2011

P365 - Day 235 - here be dragons

A few years ago, Slabs and I watched the movie based on the book Eragon. I didn’t think much of the movie, but had a feeling that the book (or books – it’s a trilogy, with the fourth bok due out sometimes later this year – apparently there was too much to fit into the third one, so it turned into a quadrilogy) might be somewhat more enjoyable.

It was, but Slabs told me there were better books about dragons around.

That year for my birthday, one of my presents was Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey, the first of a series of books about the Dragonriders of the planet Pern. Dragonflight was published in 1968, and the series is still going strong, with Ms McCaffrey’s son Todd writing (and co-writing with her) some of the more recent books.

I loved it, and had to read the next in the series, and the next and the next. Fortunately the State Library has all of the books, so I’ve been able to borrow them as I’ve been ready to read them (or as quickly as the library can get them to me).

I found this reading list that lists all the books (up to 2008) both in publication order (which is the order that Ms McCaffrey suggests they be read in) and in chronological order, which is the rough order I read them in, once I’d read most of the books that followed on from Dragonflight.

I finally finished the last book, which was written by Todd McCaffrey and released in 2010, late last year.

After that, I felt a bit lost without any more new dragon stories to look forward to, so I was very excited to find out that a new book, Dragon’s Time, written by both McCaffreys, would be released this year.

As soon as it was available to order at the library, I put a hold on it, and today I finally picked it up. I can’t wait to read it!


  1. You will love Robin Hobb then, the assassin series has 9 books which then branch off into a further 3 YAY. I thoroughly enjoyed Eragon but didnt see the film. I have some of McCaffreys books here somewhere. Veronica and I have interchangeable book collections.

  2. I love them, but I am trying not to buy any more books for now (waaaay to many, and no room to keep them), so I'm really glad the Library has them all.
    Eragon was good - I'm looking forward to the 4th book, I think it's due out later in the year isn't it?
    Someone else suggested Robin Hobb as well, so maybe I should go have a look ...


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