My Favorite Book Essay

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My Favorite Book


Ever dreamed of being able to go anywhere and "any when" you desire? Ever feel like being
whisked away to your dreams? Well, I have, and through the series of books by Anne
McCaffrey The Dragonriders of Pern, I have come to realize those wishes and dreams. Of
all the 100's of books that I have read, these, based in the far future on a distant
planet but not so distant as you might think, stand out for being the best. The Skies of
Pern, the latest in the series, stands out even more and has earned the title, My
Favorite. Throughout this account, I will share with you the struggles, trials and
victories of the heroic Dragonriders of Pern. Reader, brace yourself for the journey of a
lifetime!



Typical of her style, Anne McCaffrey starts off her books with a kind of sudden dramatic
event, in this case, a raid on a Healer Hall, smashing new medicines and tools. This only
thickens the soup, however, because what pops up next is a total surprise. As much as I
would love to share such details with you, it would be so much more fun to go on and tell
you about other reasons why I so love this book. Throughout the 3‑4 months that
this book elapses, many things would go wrong for the planet of Pern, forcing the
Dragonriders, the planetís ancestral defenders from the original charter, to defend the
planet from an even greater menace as an asteroid about 2 miles across slams into the West
Gash Sea, sending tsunamis a mile high to smash into the unprotected cotholds and seaholds
on the Nerat Coast. Then, as if enough wasn't really enough, the dissenters from the
Outer Ring Islands lead another raid on the Crom mines and destroyed much valuable
hardware. As you can see, life is nothing short of a continuous waking nightmare for the
Dragonriders, defending their home against the deadly menaces of man and nature. Yet
somehow they always manage to pull through and save the day.



On top of all of the obvious mess with the dissenters and asteroids and Thread Fall, many
internal conflicts are interwoven throughout the plot of the story, forcing the reader to
really have to pay attention to the book in order to catch all that is actually happening
in the unseen world of the human mind. For example, while the heroic Dragonriders are
attempting to evacuate the Nerat coast, teleporting themselves on their magnificent beasts
through space and time itself to waylay the impending disaster, the dissenters actually
have the gall to accuse them of creating the disaster to elicit further support of the
Weyrs (the home of Dragons and their Riders)(W‑eer‑z) by the Holds and
Crafthalls. Upon showing its ugly head, this problem gives rise to another conflict that
will shake the very foundations of Pern. A group of dissenters is caught trying to break
into a Weyr! By this time, the plot is as thick as pea soup and interwoven with the
storyline to the point that you can't really tell them apart anymore. Nor would you try,
because by this point, you would be enthralled in the richness of the tale unfolding
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