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Two boys, one of them a dragonrider, re-establish crucial contact with the wise dolphins, the legendary "shipfish" of Pern.From the Paperback edition....

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The Dolphins of Pern Reviews

  • Gere Lewis
    2019-02-20 07:03

    I enjoyed this book very much. I like the dolphins almost as much as I like the dragons and that is saying something. I also enjoy Readis as a character. I am beginning to wonder, however, what it is that Anne McCaffrey has against grown women, especially being one herself. The young female characters of Pern, with a few exceptions, are good natured and charismatic. However, her adult female characters are stubborn, self righteous, and often down right mean. The three most noteworthy examples (for me) are Lessa, Mirrim, and Aramina. When we were first introduced to Lessa, she was strong willed, determined, and opinionated. She was also vulnerable and kind. In later books, she lost all of the vulnerable and most of the kind. These traits were replaced with incredible bitchiness and an unwillingness to entertain other points of view. She went from being my favorite characters to being among my least favorite.When Mirrim made her first appearance helping Brekke at Southern Weyr, she was charming, shy, gentle, and sweet. The very next time we saw her character (after she had impressed the Green Dragon) she was an insufferable bitch. She was rude, bossy, and seemed to think that she knew everything. I was horrified to see her as a Weyrwoman. Aramina was a character that I never really liked, but one that I felt sorry for. She was so innocent and sweet. Her psyche was just battered by hearing all of the dragons all of the time. She was like a kicked puppy. In Dolphins, she was HORRIBLE. She didn't deserve her son's forgiveness and was lucky to receive it. She was the worst kind of mother, projecting all of her own fears and prejudices on to her children and failing to see how it was to their detriment. Now, none of that has anything really to do with the plot of this book. This book was yet another wonderful Pern novel. It obviously dealt with the sentient dolphins that came over with the colonists and have thrived in the oceans of Pern. The book is about the Pernese rediscovering their ancient duties to the dolphins in exchange for the dolphins duty to the humans. Unfortunately, for me, the author's obvious dislike for adult women and the way it shows in her characterization prevented me from giving this book 5 stars. I really wonder what that's about.

  • Wealhtheow
    2019-02-14 01:49

    After all the exciting things happen--after the settlers land on Pern, and are nearly destroyed by Thread, and discover dragons, and set up Weyrs and Holds and Halls, all the while devolving into a sexist&rigidly hierarchal medieval society, and eventually Jaxom bonds with Ruth, and Menolly finds her firelizards and transforms Harpers, and they rediscover their computer and figure out how to end Thread-fall once and for all, and all manner of social changes start being forced through--after all that, this incredibly prosaic, boring little story takes place. A number of people realize (practically simultaneously) that the "shipfish" of Pern are actually dolphins who travelled from Earth with the first settlers. They were engineered to have human speech and increased intellects, and even generations after humans stopped remembering them, they still remember humans. They're thrilled to have contact with humans again. One boy, Readis, runs away from home to form a Dolphin Hall. Meanwhile, a Holder is plotting to settle the Southern Continent against the Weyr-leaders' advice. And there's a big storm that doesn't actually do anything. That's pretty much it! Even famous characters like Leesa, Menolly, Mirrim or Jaxom are colorless and personality-free here. This was easily the most boring Pern book I have ever read in my life. I would much rather read another book about the brave-flame-haired-fiesty-girl fighting against sexist-evil-old-dude and psychically bonding with a dragon; as trite and wish-fullfillment-y as that is, at least there's something there. This was just empty of all inspiration, emotion, plot, or character.

  • Kat
    2019-01-30 03:42

    To borrow a TV phrase, I consider All the Weyrs of Pern (the book immediately proceeding Dolphins of Pern chronologically) to be where McCaffrey jumped the shark with the Dragonriders series. I will refrain from including any spoilers here and only say that All the Weyrs has the natural feel of a conclusion about it. Then McCaffrey had to go and write two Pern books to follow it! To put it another way, all the books written before All the Weyrs of Pern have warrented multiple rereadings. All the books after, I have only read once.

  • Hilary
    2019-02-21 00:55

    For many Turns the dolphins have been left to fend for themselves. They remember the Second Crossing, the evacuation of the southern continent (detailed in a novella in The Chronicles of Pern First Fall), but why have the humans abandoned them?I understand why some people consider this one of the less-enjoyable books in the series: dragons hardly enter into it at all, the beloved characters featuring in the other books (F'lar, Lessa, Robinton, Menolly, Jaxom) are all on the sidelines here, and too many of them (Aramina and Lessa in particular) seem to have unwarranted narrow-mindedness. But to me, these are the things that make the series as a whole stronger. People aren't always nice, or rational, or thoughtful, and it's great to see the dolphins returning and drawing other characters into the center. (view spoiler)[I love the history the dolphins kept, Readis' determination and ingenuity, the more edgy interactions between the pro- and anti-dolphin groups. (hide spoiler)]Dick Hill is a great narrator, but his female characters are a weakness: it's often hard to tell which is speaking, except for the words they are using, and their voices are nowhere near as distinct as the men, but as the second half of the book feature Readis and there's far less dialog, it wasn't too much of an issue.

  • Jennifer
    2019-02-01 06:54

    I would have enjoyed this installment more if Readis' mother hadn't had such antipathy for her son's work with the dolphins. It really didn't make any sense at all and just added unnecessary conflict. The confrontation with Toric was also superfluous.

  • Angie
    2019-02-12 00:40

    I really enjoyed this one. The dolphins add a new dimension to the Pern stories. I wish they could have been reintroduced earlier. However, I love what they bring to the series.

  • Deborah Ideiosepius
    2019-01-28 23:49

    In this latter book in the Pern series Anne McCaffrey explores the notion that dolphins came to Pern with the original human settlers as helpers for the ocean side of the new planet. The book explores the re-discovery of the dolphins which have sentience and language skills due to a process they were given back on Earth (which apparently bred true).Published in the early 1990's when dolphins and their intelligence were very much the talk of the decade, the book is a lot of fun in exploring Pern from these ocean going mammals perspective - I did very much love the fact that Pern's extensive oceans were getting a look in and would have been happy to read more about them.This novel concentrated more on the Southern continent and a small number of settlements and people there so there was less repetition than was starting to creep in to many of the latter books in the series. McCaffrey's favourite characters from Benden ect do make a token appearance to wind up one plot thread, but I think McCaffrey loved them too much to ever completely leave them out, they are not central at least.There was one element about the book that I was less than enamored with and it is kind of a spoiler, so maybe don't read it if you are planning on picking up this book. Definitely don't read it if you have never read any of the Pern books and want to (view spoiler)[ The tactic for winding up Readis' plot line was predictable, repetitious and incredibly unnecessary. Also unbelievable. I quite liked Aramina's character in a previous story: Here however she is a batshite crazy, borderline abusive parent, with no explanation and no reason. Her son is rescued from the ocean so she won't let him near it, raves and froths at the mouth makes him promise not to go near the ocean as a child and loses her mind when as a near adult he goes swimming. Ridiculous. Especially since she herself goes swimming and they live in a settlement on the ocean with a fishing fleet.Then Readis stomps off to live in caves during thread-fall and follow his destiny with the dolphins.... hmmm.... where have we heard this before? Menolly's story was good, so was The White Dragon, this book makes a repetitious hash of both those stories and it is not necessary in my opinion. Menolly stomping off to live it a cave has some credibility; she had no other resources, no one to go to. Readis is not in a similar position, he has heaps of other acquaintance, teachers, dragon rider contacts ect. Him going off to live in a cave is unconvincing and it feels contrived.(hide spoiler)]Despite the two small elements about it that bothered me; the spoiler and the Benden contingent swooping in to save the day, this was a fun book and a very enjoyable installment in the Pern sagas. It is also very nice indeed to see a fantasy/sci-fi book making use of the oceanic environment and its inhabitants, too few do so.

  • Fluffy
    2019-02-20 05:02

    This is such a sweet tale in the Pern series. You can't not love the dolphins, they're so happy and clever and so loyal to their traditions and duties to 'mans'.This book gives some nice depth to events after the victory over the Red Star and adds a good element of the dolphins which are mentioned now and then before and it's nice to see them finally embraced. It gives a nice view on how things are shaping up, building toThe Skies Of Pernregarding Toric and the start of civil unrest.I really like the brief paragraphs from the dolphins, I wish these could have been continued through out. The tradition and culture that they develop is lovely with their songs and own coming of age trials, it really adds to their individuality as an intelligent species and their adaptation to Pern. It's heart warming how loyal they are to their responsibilities to humans and how they remember through all the years and uphold them. They are such chipper things and I love how they express themselves and their 'games'.The ending does seem to be a bit sudden but that might be me wanting more of the dolphins and less of the Toric situation but it's a lovely ending with the dolphins and Readis finally being recognised.

  • Michalina
    2019-02-16 23:43

    I found this book laying around in my house and decided to give it a shot. Maybe it wasn't the best idea to start a series from the thirteenth (!) book, but I still did it.This novel tells a story about dolphins and their importance on the planet of Pern. Thorough out the book humans learn how intelligent dolphins are and how helpful they can be for the whole community.The annoying thing about this book was that it didn't really have one main character, but instead it jumped from one person to another and that made it quite hard to follow. Also there were a few plot points that wasn't really necessary for the whole story and I disliked it when random event occurred that didn't contribute to the main story.I would probably enjoy it much more if I started the series from the beginning, but still it wasn't that bad as I thought it would be. I might give this series another try some time in the future.

  • George Hahn
    2019-01-23 00:44

    A feel-good story and not for people who want blasters and battling spaceships, but another enjoyable Pern book if you like that kind of story.

  • Lianne Pheno
    2019-01-23 06:45 Une bonne petite lecture dans le cycle. On ne peux pas dire que ça soit une lecture vraiment essentielle mais pour continuer dans le plaisir de cet univers avec des personnages très sympa et une petite intrigue tout à fait dans l'esprit de la série, c'était la lecture idéale.Pendant de nombreuses années, les dauphins ont été les compagnons maritime préférés des humains, ils les guidaient pour leur faire éviter les tempêtes et leur signaler les meilleurs zones de pèche, le tout accompagnés par leurs fidèles compagnons humains qui faisaient le lien.Mais petit à petit les humains les ont oubliés. Malgré tout les Dauphins ont tenu parole, ils ont perpétués leurs devoirs de génération à génération malgré l'absence d'humains. Jusqu'au jour ou le jeune Readis et son père sont sauvés par des Dauphins et à leur grande surprise les entendent parler ...Par contre en le lisant j'étais vraiment en colère avec Pocket et leurs intégrales. En dehors du prologue qui lui se passe quelques années après les histoires de La Chute des fils, qui dure 2 pages, tout le reste de cette histoire se passe parallèle de l'histoire principale avec la majorité se passant même après la fin. Et en plus cette histoire principale est totalement résumé dans ce tome et donc spoil tout pour ceux qui le lisent en premier !C'est limite cruel de l'avoir mis en tout début. Je pense que ceux qui ont pris cette décision n'avaient sans doute jamais lu le livre. En dehors de ça ce livre est sans doute pour moi le plus charmant de la série. Comment ne pas apprécier ces dauphins si plein de vie et de joie? Ils sont loyaux jusqu'au bout et chaque passage avec eux est une source de bonne humeur et d’émerveillement car ils sont bien plus intelligent qu'on s'imaginait au départ.C'est vrai qu'on pourrait reprocher aux adultes de la série d'être devenu rigides la ou ils étaient les premiers à partir à l'aventure dans les tomes précédents. Mais pour moi je trouve cette évolution normale quand ils se mettent à avoir des responsabilités en vieillissant et qu'ils ne veulent pas que les gens qu'ils aiment et les enfants subissent les plus mauvaises parties de leurs propres enfances. Du coup ils les surprotègent un peu ce qui donne cette impression. Et puis c'est aussi normal car une personne dans toute sa vie ne peux pas toujours prendre les bonnes décisions, ça rend la chose plus réelle et ce monde plus complexe.En dehors de ça la fin était un chouilla rapide comme résolution mais ça ne m'a pas plus choqué que ça et j'en ressors avec le sourire et toujours un aussi bon feeling sur cette série !16/20

  • Darlene
    2019-02-04 00:00

    I read this long ago. I recently picked up a large collection of McCaffrey hardback (many first edition) novels. I felt somehow in Her presence as I was about halfway through this book when she passed to 'between.'This is not my favorite book of the Pern novels, but it ranks very high. I am passionate about dolphins and swimming... and dragons. But at times I wished for more of Readis's life than the life of the 'politicians' of the planet. I wished for more science discovery. There was a lot of that, but I wanted more. But I know these are the threads of the next books and the evolving of Pern, so I shouldn't complain.Though I have the hardback, I now prefer to read on Kindle where it doesn't hurt my eyes. And at times I need the audio version to listen to when my eyes get tired. Since the text to speech tool didn't work on this novel I downloaded the Audible version. Hearing a human voice narrating is always preferable to the computerized versions, anyway. Mel Foster's interpretation was different than what I expected. I think, knowing that Anne McCaffrey is of Irish descent, I expected a brogue to come from the sea holds rather than what sounded a southern drawl. But that was Mel's interpretation and I soon adjusted. He did a decent job keeping the character's voices dissimilar enough to know who was talking when. I look forward to 'worming' my way through all of Anne's books, those I have read and those I haven't yet. I hope I can afford to use Audible/Kindle help to do this. R.I.P. to my most favorite author.Let the all humans, firelizards, dolphins and dragons keen:Drummer, beat and Piper, blow Harper, strike and Soldier, go Free the flame and sear the grasses As the dawning Red Star passes...Until eternity passesFor Anne McCaffrey

  • Aishuu
    2019-02-15 03:38

    As I reread Pern, I'm coming to the conclusion that McCaffrey would've been better off quitting while she was ahead (and that Todd McCaffrey should never have been let at the universe). I wanted to like this because it featured characters I love (really enjoyed seeing Alemi again and his relationship with Menolly), but there's no heart to this story, nothing cohesive that made me want to turn the page.There's a couple of anecdotes and characters I enjoyed (I liked the dolphins and how they've carried on tradition). However, the book suffers a similar fate to The Renegades of Pern - there's no overriding plot with any sense of urgency, so it's really a bunch of fragments. This book set parallel to All the Weyrs of Pern in the beginning, but there's no freshness in the world. The first third is retelling the wonders of AIVAS and there's some rewritten scenes from earlier works. I'm not really a fan of Pern post-AIVAS, since it upended the society that I found so fascinating. It's not the worst of the Pern books, but The Dolphins of Pern is part of the downward spiral that made me abandon the series.

  • Al Philipson
    2019-02-19 02:57

    This book is parallel to The All the Weyrs of Pern in that it takes place in the same time frame.Readis is a youngster who develops an interest in "Ship Fish" (Dolphins) when they rescue him from a sinking skiff (during a storm). He's the first person in hundreds of years ("turns") to realize that they can talk. The story revolves around around this link between Readis and the dolphins as the fact of talking (and helping) "ship fish" clashes with the hidebound culture of Pern that is already reeling from the discovery of AVIS (for more on AVIS, read the parallel book) and the projects that evolve from that.It's written in McCaffrey's usual style that actually makes me comfortable while reading about the problems the characters have to overcome. I was facing some problems of my own, so reading this before going to bed calmed me down so I could sleep better.One problem stood out: McCaffrey has a problem with using "down river" when it should be "UP river (away from the sea). I suspect she was looking at her map of the Southern Continent (where most of the action takes place) and assuming that north (the top of the map) was "up". But it doesn't detract from a good story.

  • Kathryn
    2019-02-01 03:02

    Oh for crying out loud...what the heck HAPPENED? The book right before this one, "All the Weyrs Of Pern" was fantastic and startling and different and beautiful. And then this one was AWFUL. McCaffrey took one of my favorite characters from the last book, Aramina, and turned her into a shrewish, unsympathetic, two-dimensional twit. The storyline with her son going off to make his own hold was like something out of a nine-year-old's diary ("I'm going to run away and make my own hold and live with dolphins and THEN they'll be sorry"), and there just wasn't anyone in the story I liked, at all.I know I sound bitter, but this was an author I really liked. I read her books voraciously, and then suddenly the work turns to crap. No dividing line, no gradual drop off in quality, just one book that's great, and the next book isn't worth reading. This keeps happening to my favorite authors for some reason.(Varley, I'm looking at YOU here.)

  • Jerry Miller
    2019-01-30 05:46

    After reading some of the reviews of this book on Goodreads, i was afraid to read it. I have been a fan of the Pern series for many years. Although they are by no means great literature, they are an entertaining diversion. The major complaint about this book was that it really had little to do with the dragons and familiar characters. For me, this was a welcome change. Instead of more thread flying, we are treated to a lesson about Pern's past. Dolphins were brought with the first settlers, and were an integral part of society. Over time, man forgot. This is the story about how one boy takes it upon himself to reestablish contact with these intelligent beings. Did I miss the dragons? Yes. Did i enjoy the dolphins? Also, yes. I think that most fans of the series can embrace the difference, secure in the knowledge that our dragons will return. The current "pass" isn't over yet.

  • Ingrid
    2019-01-25 22:57

    Another chronicle of Pern. If you've enjoy your time on the planet before this will give you more of the same. This novel explores the oceans of Pern and the community of dolphins that have long been forgotten by the humans and dragons. I didn't find it compelling or exciting or satisfying, but a healthy diversion.

  • Mdi
    2019-02-12 04:56

    Another good Mccaffrey read. Love the dolphins.

  • Enzo
    2019-01-28 05:49

    I really enjoy going back to Pern. I figured I would read "The Dolphins of Pern" in order to keep the sequence and be able to read the book I have been keeping aside "The Skies of Pern" which I will break a rule and read next. But back to Dolphins. The story takes place at the same time as the events on "All the Weys in Pern" so AIVAS is still functional and guiding the Dragonriders towards its mission of diverting the Red Star. With this backdrop we focus on the second part that is also history Aramina a girl that was chosen to try and impress a Dragon but was not able to. She was thought to be a shoe in as she was able to listen to all Dragons like Brekke. But her failure and the multiple voices drove her almost mad. She and her mate Holder Jayge. Their son Readis is the main character in Dolphins. A bright boy and one that once rescued by "Shipfish" discovers they can speak. AIVAS informs the Bernese that Shipfish are really Dolphins and that they came to Pern with the original settlers. Due to a genetic improvements Dolphins can speak and their language is close to that of current Pern. The other character of note is T'lion Bronze Rider of Gadareth and long time friend of Readis. Together they advance the connection between Dolphins and Humans. Learning that Dragons enjoy the company of Dolphins and the benefits that Dolphins can bring to Pern. As time passes because we meet this two at an early age. T'lion is a young rider at the start of the book while Readis is just 8 or 9 turns old. We see how Dolphins continue to adapt to the new Humans and how happy they are to again be of service. Highly recommended for those who have read any of the Pern novels.

  • Sandra
    2019-02-04 01:35

    Je pensais que j'allais m'ennuyer un petit peu avec ce tome, qui a l'air d'être davantage une « annexe » à l'histoire principale qu'une réelle avancée, mais en réalité, je me suis régalée !Ce tome fait une rétrospective de la vie des dauphins sur Pern depuis leur arrivée sur la planète, et du coup, on a un bel aperçu de leurs aptitudes et de leur importance depuis des milliers d'années. J'ai trouvé ce tome tout mignon, les dauphins sont vraiment adorables et répondent à des réflexes gravés dans leur mémoire. Le lien qui se tisse entre Readis et eux est assez magique. On découvre donc un nouveau groupe animal aux capacités extraordinaires, à l'instar des dragons et des lézards de feu et, en parallèle, grâce à la rétrospective de leur arrivée sur Pern, on apprend beaucoup d'éléments très précieux sur le passé de Pern et Siaav (Aivas en VO). Très bon moment de lecture pour un tome qui, à première vue, ne payait pas de mine selon moi.

  • Tina Smith
    2019-02-11 03:49

    I THOROUGHLY enjoyed this book! I'm a huge Pern fan...reading the original series again for 3rd or 4th time...I thought I had read this one, but it didn't seem familiar at all...I found the interactions between humans and dolphins and especially the charming childlike-ness of the dolphins just what I needed to read right now. Deep in depression lately, this book gave me a welcome respite, and brought me happy tears and many smiles. I get what others say about it not adding to the overall plot of Pern...but I still thoroughly enjoyed the dolphin/human interactions and found it all so charming and a downright balm to all my recent emotional turmoil. I need to read more books like this that make me feel this good. And how I WISH we could actually help dolphins to talk in real life! :)

  • Laura
    2019-01-21 23:37

    My one big problem with the book is that it is not mainly about Readis and T'Lion and the Dolphins. It is a transition book between the "traditional" Pern books and the ones that will take place centuries in the future. It is a Companion piece to "All the Weyr's of Pern", instead of really a stand alone that deals with the Dolphins. Which is really what I wanted or expected, a book about re-finding the Dolphins of Pern. This was part of the content, yes, but so much more could have been done with the Dolphins, there's enough of a story there, that it should have been expanded into just one story. Otherwise, this was a really good Pern story.

  • Anna Wick
    2019-01-31 05:02

    I've found myself mad at various dismissive people. There is an annoying and all to human tendency to dismiss young or small. The arrogance of experienced people has always been my pet peeve. Drove me nuts when my parents kept insisting that they had all ready experienced something, and it was judged bad by them and therefor I should not do it. Love the Dolphins, always have. They are smart and beautiful!

  • Evelynn
    2019-01-23 05:45

    I feel like this book was a little slow in the central plot and focused more on several conccurent stories both political and coming of age. I enjoyed all the stories although I feel that Toric should have been punished more for his attempt. I'm glad Aramina got over her block, partially anyway. Readis's adventure reminded me a bit of Menolly's story too and I enjoyed the call-back there.

  • Bob
    2019-02-15 23:03

    I really enjoyed this book. I didn't like the recording quality which was from old audio cassettes! Anne McCaffrey is one of my favorite authors and her tales of Pern are well told and always interesting.

  • Mark
    2019-02-15 04:59

    Memories.Liked it the first time I read it,. All those years ago....and I liked it this time, too!Always the best.

  • Sherry
    2019-02-17 02:36

    Rereading old favorites. The Dolphins of Pern is one oh that's the last of Anne McCaffrey's magnificent pern series. My al time favorites.

  • Data
    2019-01-31 23:35

    There is a a more personal story here; the story should appeal to youth who can understand having parents who don't agree with your choices.

  • Dee
    2019-01-29 23:59

    love the dolphins but then I also love the dragons would really love to have a fire lizard. I did not like Aramina. I thought she was a horrible mother.

  • Fred Nachbrunn
    2019-02-05 04:55

    A story and a bridgeA great story that fill in the gaps of several storylines.A must read for every devoted Pern series addict.