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Throwback Thursday (19) November 8, 2012

Posted by thehypermonkey in Book talk.
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Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books.

It’s the nature of book blogging to focus mainly on new releases, but there are thousands of great books out there that haven’t seen the “New Releases” shelf in years. We hope to be able to bring attention to some older titles that may not be at the top of the current bestseller list, but still deserve a spot in your To-Be-Read pile.

You don’t have to be a book blogger to participate! You can put up a Throwback Thursday post on your non-bookish blog; or if you don’t have a blog at all, just use the comments to tell us about a book you remember fondly.

Here’s how it works:
1. Pick any book released more than 5 years ago. Adult, YA, Children’s; doesn’t matter. Any great book will do.
2. Write up a short summary of the book (include the title, author, and cover art) and an explanation of why you love it. Make sure to link back to The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books in your post.
3. Link up your post at The Housework Can Wait or Never Too Fond of Books.
4. Visit as many blogs as you can, reminisce about books you loved, and discover some “new” books for your TBR list!

Title: Dragonflight

Author: Anne McCaffery

Original Publication Date: 1968

Available at: Amazon Kindle Barnes and Noble

From Goodreads:

HOW CAN ONE GIRL SAVE AN ENTIRE WORLD?

To the nobles who live in Benden Weyr, Lessa is nothing but a ragged kitchen girl. For most of her life she has survived by serving those who betrayed her father and took over his lands. Now the time has come for Lessa to shed her disguise—and take back her stolen birthright.

But everything changes when she meets a queen dragon. The bond they share will be deep and last forever. It will protect them when, for the first time in centuries, Lessa’s world is threatened by Thread, an evil substance that falls like rain and destroys everything it touches. Dragons and their Riders once protected the planet from Thread, but there are very few of them left these days. Now brave Lessa must risk her life, and the life of her beloved dragon, to save her beautiful world. . . .

Dragonflight is the first book in Anne McCaffery’s epic Pern series which spanned decades. It was one of the first fantasy books I read with a female protagonist. I didn’t have much experience with them so I didn’t think much of the faults that I would later reflect on when I reread it, which I did earlier this year. You can read my review here.

What I didn’t like about the book was the misogynistic roles the women had, but what I probably should take into account when I read this book is when this book was written. Feminism was a radical extremist group in 1968 and McCaffery may not have wanted to turn readers away. I can’t say for sure what her motives were but women’s rights weren’t a given. It was a relatively new thing.

Taking all that into consideration this is a very good book. It has dragons with a symbiotic relationship with humans. They are the  saviors of the planet! How much sweeter could it get? And Lessa? She ends up saving them all. So she does end up with much more power then she originally had. I think it’s McCaffery’s sneaky way of giving women their due.

When I read this in January I hadn’t reflected on all this to this extent. If I had I would have given it a much higher rating. I might have to go back and edit my review!

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