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Old Feb 14 2005, 05:55 PM   #1
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OK here's the question!
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Old Feb 14 2005, 08:13 PM   #2
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i think chronologically. from DD onwards. (not including at least DB the first time)
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Old Feb 14 2005, 09:08 PM   #3
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Me too start from the beginning
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Old Feb 15 2005, 01:38 AM   #4
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Yes; I feel that a chronological approach, leaving until later DB, would work, perhaps, best. This would allow us who lack that volume time to obtain, or otherwise wait, for it.
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I don't have a preferences and will go with the flow.

Question: will you do only books or will we do Pern short stories seperate? I prefer the last.


PS chronological order can be found in the dedicated, stickied thread in this forum.
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Old Feb 15 2005, 08:43 AM   #6
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I think chronologically would be best. I'm easy though (just don't tell hubby ) and I can go with what ever the flow is.
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Old Feb 15 2005, 09:42 AM   #7
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I voted for Other - Publication order.

I think there's a lot to be said for re-reading in this order (although chronological is fun too) - please vote for "other" if you agree!
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I like Kath's idea because the seriese seems to go backwards; they just keep going further back into Pern's past or adding stuff in between and if we go in chronological order it'll be confusing. Publication order would be easiest.
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Old Feb 15 2005, 03:31 PM   #9
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Question: will you do only books or will we do Pern short stories seperate?
That is a very good question--especially in terms of the stories in Gift of Dragons, which, if I remember correctly are scattered throughout the timeline.


Anyway, I prefer chronological order since that's the way I'm reading them at the moment.
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Old Feb 15 2005, 05:10 PM   #10
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I can see that doing them chronologically can become a headache with Gift....

In that case, if we take it by order of publication then we can treat the book as a whole.
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Hmmm... Discussion by publication order has a lot of merit as you can also discuss the developement of Anne as a writer, IF you want that to be part of the discussion of course


Good suggestion, Kath :ok:
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Old Feb 15 2005, 11:59 PM   #12
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I voted for Other - Publication order.

I think there's a lot to be said for re-reading in this order (although chronological is fun too) - please vote for "other" if you agree!

At first I wasn't sure I thought it best to go from Dragonsdawn onward but then I saw this idea. That the way McCaffrey suggests you read them and the way I read them! So Publication order!
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Old Feb 16 2005, 02:59 PM   #13
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Publication order really gives you a good look at what was happening in the world at the time the books were written. As you may have noticed, the idea of computers has expanded and grown on Pern at the same rate in time, publication-wise, as they did on Earth. Women coming into their own - in 1967 when Anne first wrote DF, Women's Lib was just a seed sprouting. Even by DQ, it had gotten more of a foothold, so that by the time she started writing her later works, women had more of a place in society on Earth, as they did on her Pern. Which is why MHOP has so many inconsistencies. If she had written MHoP in 1967, it would follow DF a LOT more closely.

So, anyway, I vote for publication order.
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Dragonsdawn was the first book I read so it makes sense to me to read in this order. the only other reason for reading in a different order is to start with the book that everyone has, which ever that is!
I'm looking forward to the book club!
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Old Feb 17 2005, 07:25 AM   #15
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I'm using this as a bit of an excuse to buy pern books in a sensible way!
theres 6 I think I havent got-hang on 7 cos of dragonblood!
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I voted Chronologically, but whatever order is fine by me. I am going next weekend to get A GIFT OF DRAGONS! (And hubby bought me DRAGONSBLOOD for Valentine's Day!)
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Old Feb 17 2005, 07:32 PM   #17
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Hi everyone
so when are we going to start? 1st of March?
and who's going to run it. I thought it up + wouldnt mind but perhaps one of the mods would prefer to.
oh and HOW will we choose? everyones got such valid points!
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The vote is overwhelmingly for chronological order from DD. I think that we should miss out DK as well, and do them on the end, just so that everyone has a chance to get them, being so new.
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Old Feb 18 2005, 09:29 AM   #19
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probably a good idea. db isnt out here yet is it?
and though i've seen dk its not high on my list.
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Edit!? DK is already even out in mass market paperback!


It's Dragonsblood that's not out yet in UK; not until April 1st (Anne's birthday)
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Old Feb 18 2005, 12:48 PM   #21
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i said dragonsblood-db.
I havent GOT dragonskin!
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I now see I misread your post Edit, sorry
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Old Feb 19 2005, 02:32 AM   #23
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I think that by random would be best because we will get the general idea of the different passes.
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I favour in publication order. As Hans and others have said, it means we can also discuss how Anne has developed her writing through the 38 years since she wrote a short story to show dragons as the good guys
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Old Feb 20 2005, 05:16 PM   #25
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I'm not sure which one's best-chronologically means its in order, but peeps are more likely to have the books that have been out longer...
I've never tried reading them in publication order... it would eliminate which one to read 1st with the books that are set in the same time period!
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My thought too - anything for an easy life

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It depends how you want to look at the books. Chronologically would take us though Pern's history, but publication would show us how Anne's vision and writinf developed.

It all depends on how you prefer to analyse the series.
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