Deerskin (McKinley)

Next up: “Deerskin” by Robin McKinley


A retelling of the fairy tale “Donkeyskin”.

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Chalice (McKinley)

Next up: “Chalice” by Robin McKinley


Oooh man, you guys, I cannot tell you how excited I am to reach McKinley.  I absolutely LOVE her books; any time someone asks me for book recommendations there is always a couple McKinleys on the list.  She doesn’t do a whole lot in terms of series, but she does have one recurring world.  This book, “Chalice”, does not happen to be a part of it.  This is a stand-alone.

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The Dragonriders of Pern series (McCaffrey)

Next up: The Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey (and lately, Todd McCaffrey).


An older series spanning a great number of books; since Anne died, her son Todd has taken over writing the newer installations.  Since there are still quite a few books, I am going to write a general series review here, and then have a reading guide that breaks down the series into individual books on my ‘book recommendations’ page.

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So You Want to Read the Dragonriders of Pern Series…

The Dragonriders of Pern is a series of books by Anne McCaffrey (now taken up by Todd McCaffrey).  For the series review, go here.

I personally have a very wide range of opinions on these books.  Some of them I really enjoyed, and some of them I really did not care for.  Since there are so many books, I’m not going to go through each one here.  Instead, I’m going to list which of the books I would recommend reading, and what order I’d recommend reading them.

I can issue a blanket statement right now, to not read anything by Todd.  I found the writing to be incredibly poor, and the plots insultingly bad.  I rage quit “Dragonsblood” because it was so terrible.  It did extremely poorly what “Moreta” had already previously done well.  I also didn’t much care for a lot of the books Anne had written later on in the Pern timeline, where more and more of the science-fiction spaceships-and-computers was filtering into the world.  The idea isn’t too terrible, but it often became a deus ex machina device to help progress the plot and solve problems.  Oh, the Pernese don’t know how to do this thing?  Let’s ask the omnipotent supercomputer!  Ugh.

Anyway, here’s a list of the books I’d recommend reading of the Dragonriders series, and some notes about them.  As always, these are just my opinions; other people might think that my list is in the wrong order, or more of the other books should be included.  Your mileage may vary, as they say.

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