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I love Pern and I have read all of the books. For the most part, I appreciate what Todd is doing to add to the canon of Anne McCaffrey's Pern; and the narrator here neither adds to nor detracts from the story. [Especially compared to the droning narration that makes so many of the audio versions of Anne's excellent books unlistenable.] Dragongirl, which had great potential, is an exercise in frustration. Every element of the story is belabored to death, rather than developed. There are random enjoyable bits, but mostly the characters keep waiting for an ominous something very bad to happen while everyone around them dies. The "something" finally seems to happens near the last few minutes of the book, but it's all rather vague. Their problems aren't resolved, most questions aren't answered, and the elements that seem to contradict Anne's books are left unexplained. There are hints about what's to come, but mostly it's a cliff hanger of the worst sort and left me unhappy with characters that I had become fond of in previous books.
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I have re-read all of Anne’s books more times than I can count. I have always found the people of Pern to be an inspiration in how to overcome adversity and find joy in the small pleasures that can be found even in a hard life. Todd does not carry on this tradition. I had high hopes for him after Dragonsblood. That store was very intense, deep and very well written.
In Dragonheart and Dragongirl Todd worked too hard to make children the heroes. I can understand having a young person do a grand thing and that alone can make a book interesting. But having so many young people doing everything important takes away from the strength and abilities of a world full of what has always been brave intelligent people. In Dragonheart and Dragongirl he turns the dragon riders of Pern in to perverts with no morals, no honor, and no adults with any brains, manners or backbone.
I won’t bother purchasing any more of his books.
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