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Old Oct 8 2015, 10:53 PM   #1
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So I am a nervous wreck on airplanes (as in reduced to tears at times.) So when I had to fly this week (and for reference, I have never had a checkpoint with a full-body scanner, they didn't have them the last time I was on an airplane) I wanted to distract myself. I hate messing with my laptop on a plane with the teeny tray table, so I decided to bring books I knew already I would enjoy to read during the flight and I went straight for Pern. I grabbed "Moreta" and "Dragonseye." Moreta is my go-to Pern, I think. I read that first, including at the worst part for me (takeoff). I don't think I can possibly read it too many times. If you had to pick a Pern book for a situation where you knew you needed comfort reading, which one would it be?
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Old Oct 8 2015, 11:27 PM   #2
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Probably DragonsDawn. I've read it over and over, and there are so many details that you don't notice in any single reading, which throw a new light on things that happen in the later stories.
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Dragonsdawn here, too. I really enjoy the sci-fi aspects of Pern, and seeing how things started, knowing what they evolve to be.

And, okay. I like imagining myself as one of the first dragonriders best of all. 'cause, you know. Let's not pretend I'm grown up inside.
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Old Oct 10 2015, 01:12 PM   #4
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Not so much comfort books, but either Masterharper of Pern or Renegades of Pern could take your mind off the flight by the mental exercise of figuring out how the timelines and "facts" diverge from all the books written before them.
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Old Oct 10 2015, 07:19 PM   #5
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Simple. Masterharper is a story being told by Robinton when he's deep in his cups, about the recent history of Pern starring Robinton! And Renegades is Aramina talking fast to explain herself to Lessa after the fact. Hence the rather fluid approach to time and facts in both stories.

It all makes sense if you assume drunks and desperate liars
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I was thinking more of Toric, who wasn't mentioned as being part of the group who went back in time at Southern with Ramoth's first clutch, and then (in Renegades) had apparently been with them from the start. It's my contention that the only people T'bor and F'nor took South were the young dragons and their riders, and the 32 candidates for Pridith's first clutch. Most of the 32 candidates came from craft and hold and would have been able to do most of the maintenance work and farming until they Impressed. If they took any extra people, maybe a few (weyrbred) teenage girls would have been welcome (in case there was a gold egg at some point) --- but not extra men.

The Aramina/Jayge/Thella story mostly fits into the main sequence. My only quibble would be the fact that Dowell and Barla fled from Ruatha 12 turns before Thread and then travelled the continent for 19 turns, suffering major hardship, when a simple drum message to Cousin Lessa would have seen them back in their family hold long before Thella caught onto them.

MHoP: Sebell is apprenticed several turns before Fax is killed. Nine turns later, he's "just walked the tables" (DragonSinger).
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Is there ANY canon example you can give of Master Robinton being ACTUALLY drunk and not just shamming to get someone else drunk or talking or whatever? (Being poisoned in AtWoP does not count.)

Don't get me started on MHoP. I only consider certain individual bits of it to be canon - his relationships with Kasia and Silvina, for example.
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Not so much comfort books, but either Masterharper of Pern or Renegades of Pern could take your mind off the flight by the mental exercise of figuring out how the timelines and "facts" diverge from all the books written before them.
No, I don't want to end up with them having to divert the flight because of an enraged irrational passenger (me.)
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Moreta's my favorite Pern book too, it's also the first book by Anne that I ever read. So that's the one I pick up when I need to take my mind off unpleasant things (such as going in for a root canal job or visiting the gynecologist).
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If I'm flying I take a book along that I pick up at a book store by an author I don't know. That way when I'm done with it I can just leave it and not have to continue carrying it around. If I had to choose one of Anne's stories to read again it would be No One Noticed The Cat. Short and a nice twist to the end. Plus, like Anne, I love cats!
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Try "The Number 2 Feline Detective Agency" by Mandy Morton!
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Thanks. I just put it on my Nook.
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Try "The Number 2 Feline Detective Agency" by Mandy Morton!
Now that sounds interesting. I immediately thought of "No.1 Ladies Detective Agency" by Alexander McCall Smith. I'll take anything by him.
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Absolutely love him, Lily! I'm eagerly waiting for the next book in the series to come out in a couple weeks.
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Mandy had McCall Smith's permission for the title; and he crops up in the book as a feline author called McClaw-Snitt.

She's got a sequel due out on the 23rd (in UK):- "Cat among the Pumpkins"
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Drat! My library does not have Mandy Morton. Another book from AMS?? I must keep my eyes on. My library is very obliging, I can order a book and they'll buy it in.
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When I when to FL, I took the paperback that Dragongirl sent me The Dolphins of Pern. -- Temporary lost my player, about a month before and found after I got back. I had a copy of The dolphins of Pern DB44410 on it. I missed it during that trip, it would have making that trip much easier on us.

Dad told me a story about as a kid he kinda acted like he was in trouble and a pod of real life dolphins came and got him to shore, his mom about had a cow that trip.

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Hm, for Pern my comfort book would probably be Dragonsinger. (For all of AMC's works, Damia, maybe followed by The Ship Who Sang or Crystal Singer.) In Dragonsinger, I like to re-meet Domick and the other Masters at the Harper Hall again, and Robinton's always fascinating to "watch" in that book for his kindness alone.

Brenda - There's no canon reference for Robinton ACTUALLY being drunk that I'm aware of, but he does some damn good impersonations of it, such as immediately after Jaxom's Impression when he's "celebrating" with Lytol. (Although from your words you probably recall that!) Taken in the light-hearted spirit of the books, he's just a good actor. If you try to inject real-life or logic into it, he could be a high-functioning alcoholic.
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I recently read the entire Pern series all over again and can't say that any of them attract me as "Comfort Books". I usually read such books for enjoyment and to "escape" day-to-day frustrations.

A non-McCaffrey book that I recently started re-reading for the umpteenth time is The Flying Sorcerers by David Gerrold and Larry Niven. I really enjoy a good play on words and this book is just good fun.

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Moreta, hands down. I brought it with me when I went through Basic, and along with The Horse Whisperer and my little pocket of Austen put all together [what? comfort books, yo], it's seen two deployments since.
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Dragongirl! We havent seen you for a year. What have you been up to?

I'll pick up and read any of Anne's works for comfort reading. Or reading at any time, actually.
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