30 Day Book Challenge – Day 3

Today’s prompt: Your favorite series

I’m not a huge fan of series because I usually lose interest midway through or lose patience waiting for the rest of the books in the series to come out. But one series I was absolutely obsessed with was this:

Anne McCaffrey’s The Dragonriders of Pern series

I always considered the books to be fantasy, but the author herself considers them science-fiction. The series takes place on Pern, a planet similar to Earth. Pern is periodically bombarded by a corrosive spore called “thread,” which destroys whatever organic matter it touches. In order to eradicate the threat of the “thread,” the citizens of Pern have organized a legion of dragonriders. The fiery breath of a dragon can destroy thread before it hits the ground.

Upon hatching, dragons form a special telepathic bond with the person who is to be their rider. Dragons and riders are connected so intimately that if one dies, the other will die too (although there have been some exceptions to this).

The well-developed characters and their bonds with the dragons captivated me first, followed by the richness and depth of the world of Pern.

16 thoughts on “30 Day Book Challenge – Day 3

  1. I really liked the Dragonrider series way back when (I think my ex got me into them). I’m not sure how I’d feel now. I did think that the earlier books were stronger.

    My favorite series? The Nero Wolfe books by Rex Stout. The pleasures of the cerebral detective and the pleasures of the tough-guy detective in the same series. A wonderful ongoing cast with very interesting relationships. Good, solid mysteries, with a good amount of social commentary. Probably the best detective/assistant paring ever (with appropriate respect to Holmes and Watson): Wolfe and Archie never aged, but they grew and developed and deepened over the years.

    A huge influence on what I do. I just re-read Plot It Yourself, from which I’m borrowing (::cough:: stealing ::cough::) an idea for the story I’m writing now.

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    1. I’ll agree with you. The earlier books were definitely better – that may be the case with a lot of series.

      Maybe I ought to give Nero Wolfe a try…

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      1. I agree about the way many (most) long series decline over time. The Amber books certainly did (the second five were nowhere near as good as the first five).

        The Wolfe books, if anything, got generally better as they went along. And, unlike most long series (over 30 books) there was a solid ending that emphasized one of the major themes of the series.

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  2. For whatever reason, a good many readers I know like short books. I’m just the opposite. Gie me a novel of 1100 pages and I know I’m going to be in another world–be it out and beyond, or a mundane murder mystery.

    For that reason I love series as well.

    It is so hard to pind down a particular series, but a few come to mind.

    Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower” easily makes it to number one in my list of favorites.

    This is followed close to Terry Goodkind’s “Sword of Truth”.

    In the Science Fiction world, a rather disjointed series that–my guess is–none of your readers have even heard of, is E. E. “Doc” Smith’s “Lensman” series.

    Thanks for bringing these up to consciousness for me.

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    1. The Sword of Truth series was all right. The first two books had me completely absorbed, but something about the third one turned me off. I forget exactly what it was, but I never picked the series up after that.

      I like big books, but only if they’re stand-alones. I don’t really have the patience to read a series these days…

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      1. OK, to be fair, when Goodkind started getting into his heavy “Iron Curtain” politics I found those volumes to be dreary, but they averaged out for me.

        Despite some tough spots, I rate a series by the number of times I return to read it again.

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        1. I can definitely see Sword of Truth as a series that can be read over and over… there’s just so much detail in the worldbuilding.

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  3. The Patrick O’Brien “Aubrey-Maturin” series from which the Russell Crowe movie “:Master & Commander” was drawn is very good if you like historical fiction with a heavy dose of detailed description.

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  4. Wait … I forgot my all-time favorite. The Larry McMurtrey “Lonesome Dove” books. Even though they are not a series per se, since it consists of prequels and sequels, the “Gus & Call” stories of the old west are about as good as it gets IMHO.

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      1. His stories sort of run the gamut. Pretty sure they’re all about Texas … but “Last Picture Show” and others were fairly contemporary, while the “Lonesome Dove” stories are set in the 1800s.

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  5. Ah, I’ve been beaten to it, but two of my favorites are Wolfe-Goodwin and Aubrey-Maturin. The works of J.R.R. Tolkien are supposed to be taken as one book, so I can’t count that. “A Series of Unfortunate Events” is a quirky series with solid doses of word play and a dismal outlook. (Really, it’s a fun read.) Isaac Asimov’s Foundation novels had more of an effect on me than may have been good, and the “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” series made me the cheerful curmudgeon that I am today.

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    1. I cannot get through Lord of the Rings to save my life. I read The Hobbit and tried the first LotR book three times and never finished it.

      Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was pretty amazing. 🙂

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  6. Loved The Hobbit . . . couldn’t stand wading through Lord of the Rings.

    Loved “A Series of Unfortunate Events” . . . even though I can’t stand being around pessimists for long.

    My favorite series as a kid: Nancy Drew Mysteries
    My favorite series as an adult: Harry Potter

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    1. Harry Potter is also one of my favorite series. I didn’t want to write about that one because I felt like it was overdone. 🙂

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      1. I know what you mean. I just posted reviews on my blog of all of Orson Welles’ movies. Most of them are obscure, which is why I wrote the reviews. But Citizen Kane? One of the most revered movies ever made? I have nothing to add. My review was, basically, “If you haven’t see this, go see it now.”

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