Anne McCaffrey Book Discussion Group
Since it has been a while since a post has been made but everyone seems to jump on one when on is made, I would like to propose a topic of discussion.The class structure/caste system on Pern.
For example, there are the drudges. What sort of people are they? Are they the mentally disabled (like Camo)? A people ever Searched from the drudges? Are they the outcasts? Are they people more like the Untouchables of historical India?
Dragonriders seem to be highly admired because to become one is to move from your previous class. In that regard, there does seem to be some flexibility in what class a person might belong to. And the crafthalls also offer a change in class based on ability (and the political winds). But I still wonder about the social structure of the planet and how flexible it is. There are Lord/Lady Holders, Holders (of various sized Holds), Craft Masters, Journeymen, apprentices, drudges, and dragonriders.
This was just some thoughts that have been going through my head lately (disjointed as they come out) as I reread the Pern books. What are your thoughts?
Can anyone currently involved in running/BoDing a Pern game drop me a line? (Zine, PBeM, MU*, messageboard, LJ -- don't care!) Here or by email (shewhoguards@DELETETHISgmail.com). Just want to ask something!
A long, long time ago, a tiny Weyr was set up on onelist called Arolos. People played, and they played some more. It turns out that time doesn't actually stop moving just because we're having fun, and the long and the short of it is that next month Arolos Weyr will be having its tenth birthday.
Clearly, this calls for a party. In those years, hundreds of members have signed up for our lists, created characters, joined plots or even just lurked. The children who were thirteen at inception are now grown up and finished college. Babies born as Arolos was created are now almost ready to join themselves. This is terrifying and wonderful.
If you are, or have ever been an Arolos member, this invitation is for you. For November, we'd like to hear from exmembers, and find out what happened to you. Our OOC list for the month will be home to many cries of "look at me, I grew up!" and "guess what I'm doing now?". If you want to play (and it's not compulsary to join the party) the Weyr will be holding a huge Hatching party to give characters every excuse to visit "from other Weyrs". There'll be competitions, and fun, and of course, lots of cake.
Even if you are no longer able to handle the mail, even for a month, drop me a mail! We'll be holding huge chats you'll be welcome to drop in for, and we'd just love to know how you are, what you're doing, and that everything's going okay!http://www.arolosweyr.co.uk
or email me at shewhoguardsATgmailDOTcom
Arolos Weyr -- Because ten years hasn't been enough for all our plots yet.
*pokes head in and looks around*
Hi, just joined today and thought I'd introduce myself.
Erm, my name is Batwoman and my favorite color is clear with transparent polka dots.
Ok seriously though....
I just read Restroree ( blame my sister for making me read it, remind me to hurt her for that) and I have to say I love it. I finished it Monday and I've re-read chapter 17 and a few pages into 18 because I don't want it to end. Why oh why was this the only book written? and just as importantly, why isn't this going to be made into a movie?
I ordered my own copy the other day and will be giving my sister's back next time I see her. I'll most likely re-read it as soon as my copy arrives. This was such a great book, I can't believe that woman ended it where she did and didn't write more. that's so wrong.
This could really keep going. Dang I want more.
I went on the search for fanfic (I was that desperate the other night) but didn't find any. I'm not knocking fanfic, shoot, I write enough of my own, to me anything else written about it can only be done by the author. That may sound strange but this has to be the only thing where I won't be able to enjoy anything written by fans nearly as much as if it were written by Anne herself. That's not to say I wouldn't enjoy something written by someone else, say her son for instance, where she colaborated.
So I've got a couple questions then, aside from the above, does anyone know of any Restoree fanfic out there? Granted I just googled and didn't try other search engines. But I've found there is very little out there about this book.
ok so that was just 1 question.
That's pretty much it. I haven't read any of the other books, not that into dragons so the others don't sound apealing. I'm more into sci-fi than fantasy. Course I did read "Here There Be Dragons" but that was a Trek book. anyway, as I was saying, I probably won't have much to say since I don't know the other books.
Just a few days ago, I picked up a copy of The Lady
at a used book store. In terms of books, it was an okay read but I felt that parts of it could have been fleshed out better. I also felt the ending wrapped up a little too neatly. In addition, there were a few questions I would have liked answered even though they were not really important to the story. One of the more interesting parts of the book was the time period it was set in, 1970's Ireland.
I think I might be a little disappointed because it was not what I thought it was. I knew it was not science ficiton but somehow it just did not measure up to what I was hoping it would be.
Has anyone else read the book?
Hey :) I'm Lanta (or Lothy) and I'm from the UK.
I'm presently re-reading the Pern series, which I love (my favourite characters are Ruth & Jaxom). Anyway I thought I'd come and find an AM-related community, so here I am :)
I've read a lot of her books. There are a few I don't like much (the Acorna series for instance) but on the whole I love them. My favourites aside from Pern are a toss-up between Nimisha's Ship, Damia and The Death of Sleep. Oh and one of the Freedom books (I can never remember which one).
I'm also a fan of Elizabeth Moon, who I partially discovered through her collaborations with McCaffrey - and I'm now starting to get into Mercedes Lackey books as well. Maybe sometime I'll try out Jody Lynn Nye!
BTW does anyone have any information on a Pern movie? I've heard there's to be one, but the article I read wasn't recent so I don't know if it's still happening or what stage it's up to...
Tue, Sep. 12th, 2006, 11:04 pm
I've been lurking here for a little time, but I will now take action.
I am reading the Pern series.
Now, this is just something I think I might have heard somewhere. That means, I'm not sure this is a fact, but I hoped that some devoted fellow geek would help me out.
Is there one of McCaffrey's series that are placed before the actual Pern series? I seem to remember that one series takes place before that, before the colonists landed on Pern. But maybe I'm just seeing things.
Anyway, thanks for the help.
Has anybody read the first book in The Twins of Petaybee series, called Changelings? I've just bought it and was wondering what people thought. Is it up to standard? Or do we think they should have left well alone/