Posts Tagged Anne McCaffrey

Pern’s Dragonriders to Be Turned Into a Movie? here’s hoping

Ah, Dragonflight.  Pern.  I was a huge, huge, huge fan of the two original Pern trilogies when I was 13 or 14 years old.  My original copies (with the same covers as those shown there) are awfully battered and brittle.

These books really captured my imagination – very visually. I hope the movie project makes it to the big screen!

Hopefully ‘Pern’ fans can look forward to some glorious CGI-dragon-love gracing movie theaters over the next few years. [[[[[[_____and also…_____]]]]]

By the time the plot is said and done there is sci-fi, fantasy, heavy doses of politics and romance, and even time travel.

In some ways the early Pern books were to dragons and fantasy what the early Anne Rice Lestat books were to vampires.

This is expensive, epic, effects-heavy stuff that also requires more than a buff placeholder cast to pull off. It’s not quite like trying to adapt Dune, but it might not be too far off, either.

via Novel ‘Dragonriders of Pern’ to Be Turned Into a Movie – The Moviefone Blog and David Hayter Adapting Anne McCafferey’s First ‘Dragonriders of Pern’ Novel (slashfilm.com)

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Catalyst – Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

Catalyst is subtitled ‘A Tale of the Barque Cats’ – implying that it either

  • intends to be the start of a successful series formula; or,
  • follows an existing series formula

Either way, it works for me.  Anne McCaffrey certainly knows how to generate a successful franchise, and she’s produced good books with Elizabeth Ann Scarborough already.

Catalyst is a sweet story of these ‘ship cats’ at a crucial point in the galaxy’s cultural development.  Space farers have already discovered that cats are indispensable crew members, for keeping down populations of vermin but also for patrolling small ductwork for atmosphere leaks.

Characters, both human and feline, are charming and plausible.  Any cat-lover will appreciate the equal time given to telling the story from the cats’ points of view.  The plot is neatly laid out and proceeds to a satisfying (and humorous) conclusion with easy speed.  This can certainly take up its place to represent feline-centric SF, next to the plethora of cat-mystery series. I’ve tagged this as young-adult because of the accessibility, but also because the two main human characters are young too.

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Dragon Harper – Anne McCaffrey and Todd McCaffrey

I have no idea what the title has to do with the story, because he’s not a dragon rider.
Seems to be a sequel; either that, or there’s some really-clumsily-conveyed backstory.

It’s fun enough to read, but … meh.

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