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Review: Dragonholder: The Life and Dreams (So Far) of Anne McCaffrey

Review: Dragonholder: The Life and Dreams (So Far) of Anne McCaffreyAuthor: Todd McCaffrey
Title: Dragonholder: The Life and Dreams (So Far) of Anne McCaffrey
Publisher: Open Road Media
Genres: Non-Fiction
Here there be dragons . . .

Since the first unforgettable appearance of Pern's remarkable dragons and their brave human riders in the novella Weyr Search, winner of a Hugo award in 1968, millions of readers the world over have thrilled to Anne McCaffrey's bestselling saga of men, women, and dragons united against the deadly fall of Thread. Thanks to McCaffrey's bold and generous imagination, we have known what it is to fly. We have touched the fiery hearts and minds of the great fighting dragons, witnessed their passionate loves and violent hates, and felt the deep, unbreakable bonds that join them to their riders. McCaffrey's creative magic has made Pern real--a home to hold in the heart. Its inhabitants are more than characters in a book. They are family.

Now a member of Anne McCaffrey's family--her son Todd--gives us a candid and inspiring glimpse into the mind and soul of one of the greatest science fiction and fantasy writers of all time--an extraordinary woman who has influenced a generation of writers and readers and left an indelible mark on the field.

From Anne's birth on April Fool's Day in 1926, her girlhood encounters with the strange power of second sight that gifts the McCaffreys, her trailblazing efforts to balance the roles of wife, mother, and writer in the turbulent sixties, through a painful divorce and the years of success and acclaim that followed, Dragonholder is a labor of love that will enrich every reader's appreciation of the world of Pern . . . and its equally unique creator.
Format: eBook

*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

Dragonholder: The Life and Dreams (So Far) is a biography written by Todd McCaffrey about his mother Anne McCaffrey, the renowned fantasy author. It was originally written in 1999, but was re-released in December 2014 with a new cover.

If you want to know more about Anne McCaffrey, her family, her friends, or her work, this is a good book to read.

However, I thought it was strange that the same book was brought out without being updated at all. Anne McCaffrey passed away in 2011. I expected there to be something new in the book that memorialized her or discussed the later years of her life.

Also, I thought the book lacked organization. I would have preferred it to have been more chronological. It skipped around a lot in theme and time period.

But, overall, it’s a good biography for fans of the fantasy writer.


Jen Schaper
I am a mom of three kids, a wife, and a wannabe author. For Books That Hook, I review books, create features and discussions, design the website, and do all the administrative stuff.

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