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The Dolphins of Pern (Pern, #13) by Anne McCaffrey

Paperbackpages. Published September 10th by Del Rey first published Pern 13Pern Chronological Order To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Dolphins of Pernplease sign up. Lists with This Book. I am copying to here because the conversation thread is too interesting to lose. The Dolphins of Pern In this latter book in the Pern series Anne McCaffrey explores the notion that dolphins came to Pern with the original human settlers as helpers for the ocean side of the new planet.

The book explores the re-discovery of the dolphins which have sentience and language skills due to a process they were given back on Ta dah!

The book explores the re-discovery of the dolphins which have sentience and language skills due to a process they were given back on Earth which apparently bred true. Published in the early ‘s when dolphins and their intelligence were very much the talk of the decade, the book is a lot of fun in exploring Pern from these ocean going mammals perspective – I did very much love the fact that Pern’s extensive oceans were getting a look in and would have been happy to read more about them.

This novel concentrated more on the Southern continent thr a small number of settlements and people there so there was less repetition than was starting to creep in to many of the latter books in the series.

McCaffrey’s favourite characters from Benden ect do make a token appearance to wind up one plot thread, but I think McCaffrey loved them too much to ever completely leave them out, they are not central at least. There was one element about the book that I was less than enamored with mmccaffrey it is kind of a spoiler, so maybe don’t read it if you are planning on picking up this book. Definitely don’t read it if you have never read any of the Pern books and want to view spoiler [The tactic for winding up Readis’ plot line was predictable, repetitious and incredibly unnecessary.

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I quite liked Aramina’s character in a previous story: Here however she is a batshite crazy, borderline o parent, with no explanation and no reason. Her son is rescued from the ocean so she won’t let him near it, raves and froths at the mouth makes him promise not to go near the ocean as a child and loses her mind when as a near adult he goes swimming. Especially since she herself goes swimming and they live in a settlement on the ocean with a fishing fleet.


Then Readis stomps off to live in caves during thread-fall and follow his destiny with the dolphins Menolly’s story was good, so was The White Dragon, this book makes a repetitious hash of both those stories and it is not necessary in my opinion.

Menolly stomping off to live it a cave has some credibility; penr had no other resources, no one to go to. Readis is not in a similar position, he has heaps of other acquaintance, teachers, dragon rider contacts ect. Him going off to live in a cave is unconvincing and it feels contrived. In July I tried unsuccessfully to access this review, I angry-blogged; another long well thought out review, posted ages ago, that Goodreads has deleted while moving the book onto my unread shelf as though it never existed.

Really angry about this! View all 21 comments.

This was such a great addition to the Dragons of Pern series. When the settlers came to Pern, they brought dolphins with them. Once thread began to nane and the settlers had to move north to the caves and as generation after generation came to be on Pern, the dolphins were a forgotten history. When the current Pernese went South and began to unearth their history, the dolphins were once again befriended and utilized. These were bottlenose dolphins that came from earth, or rather their ancestors.

I really enjoyed the characters in this book and learning more about the dolphins and their relationships with humans. It is a beautiful story full of so many different events. A fantastic addition to this series. One more to go! I enjoyed this book very dolphons. I like the dolphins almost as much as I like the dragons and that is saying something.

I also enjoy Readis as a lf. I am beginning to wonder, however, what it is that Anne McCaffrey has against grown women, especially being one herself. The young female characters of Pern, with a few exceptions, are good natured and charismatic. However, her adult female characters are stubborn, self righteous, and often down right mean.

The three most noteworthy mccaffrej f I enjoyed this book very much. The three most noteworthy examples for me are Lessa, Tthe, and Aramina. When we were first introduced to Lessa, she was strong willed, determined, and opinionated.

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She was also vulnerable and kind. In later books, she lost all of the vulnerable and most of the kind. These traits were replaced with incredible bitchiness and an unwillingness to entertain other points of view. She went from being my favorite characters to being among my least favorite.

When Mirrim made her first appearance helping Brekke at Southern Weyr, she was charming, shy, gentle, and sweet. The very next annd we saw her character after she had impressed the Green Dragon she was an insufferable bitch. She was mxcaffrey, bossy, and seemed to think that she knew everything. I was horrified to see her as a Weyrwoman. Aramina was a character that I never really liked, but one that I felt sorry for.

She was so innocent and sweet. Her psyche was just battered cmcaffrey hearing all of the dragons all of the time.

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She was like a kicked puppy. She didn’t dilphins her son’s forgiveness and was lucky to receive it. She was the worst kind of mother, projecting all of her own fears and prejudices on to her children and failing to see how it was to their detriment. Now, none of that has anything really to do with the plot of this book.


This book was yet another wonderful Pern novel. It obviously dealt with the sentient dolphins that came over with the colonists and have thrived in the oceans of Pern.

The book is about the Pernese rediscovering their ancient duties to the dolphin in exchange for the dolphins duty to the anen. Unfortunately, for me, the author’s obvious dislike for adult women and the way it shows in her characterization prevented me from giving this book 5 stars.

I really wonder what that’s about. View all 5 comments. Apr 02, Wealhtheow rated it did not like it Shelves: 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 mccaffreg.

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 mccadfrey 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. View all 8 comments. I will refrain from including any spoilers here and only say that All the Weyrs has the natural feel dollphins a conclusion about it.

Then McCaffrey had to go and write two Pern books to follow it! To put it another way, all the books written before All the Weyrs of Pern have warrented multiple rereadings.

All the books after, I have only read once. For many Turns the dolphins have been left to fend for themselves. They remember the Second Crossing, the evacuation of the southern continent detailed in a novella in The Chronicles of Pern First Fallbut why have the humans abandoned them? I understand why some people consider this one of the less-enjoyable books in the series: But to me, these are the things that make the series dolhpins a whole stronger.

People aren’t always nice, or rational, or thoughtful, and it’s great to see the dolphins returning and drawing other characters into the center. Feb 08, Jennifer rated it liked it. I would have enjoyed this installment more if Readis’ mother hadn’t had such antipathy for her son’s work with the dolphins.