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Nerilka's Story

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Nerilka's Story

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I reread this book on a w

I reread this book on a whim and for a challenge. Nerilka is one girl in a large family that is suddenly struck by worldwide tragedy. Ashamed of her father's lack of compassion, selfishness, and hypocrisy in the situation, she leaves her home with the intention of assisting in the recovery efforts of a nearby settlement that has also suffered. I appreciated how the author told a story through the eyes of a woman who, despite her privileged background, was determined to serve and assist those in dire need.

[Nerilka's Story] This

[Nerilka's Story] This is a parallel story to [Moreta : Dragonlady of Pern]; I read these two consecutively, and I think I benefitted from doing so. In 'Moreta', the people of the planet have to deal with a pandemic outbreak of a mysterious disease, against which they have no immunity - the disease having been eradicated before migration to the northern continent. Essentially, 'Nerilka's Story' is part of the story from 'Moreta' told from the point of view (unusually, in the first person) of a character who is only mentioned a few times in the larger book. Though dragons themselves barely feature, the story-telling is as rich as in other books about the dragons of Pern. It covers events that happen in two other (strategic) locations - Fort and Ruatha Holds - in the same time frame, and finishes the stories of those at Ruatha, which 'Moreta' left open. The series in general is well written (especially, I think, the first eight or ten books), with a fairly unique premise of telepathic dragons. It doesn't hurt, either, that there are so many strong female characters - especially with the first story being written as far back as 1967. I'll give this 3 and a half stars **** [The Coelura] Lady Caissa is the body-heir to Baythan, the Minister Plenipotential to Demeathorn, whose secret mission may be about to be accomplished. As she investigates the mystery, Caissa is drawn into adventure. I like the story, which is sic-fi rather than fantasy, but at just over 50 pages, it's a bit rushed. For a story-line based on emotions, there isn't enough time for emotions to develop, so I didn't find it completely credible - especially when the main character suddenly experienced intense emotions, because there was no build-up or reason for the intensity. This novella seems to be in the same series as Nimisha's Ship, which I haven't read; maybe reading both together would fill in some gaps. I'll give this 2 and a half stars ***

I only rank this three st

I only rank this three stars because among McCaffrey's Pern books, it didn't leave a lasting impression on me the way the original trilogy or the Harperhall books, or even the book this is based on, Moreta, did. This book is short compared to most Pern books, centered on a minor character in Moreta and paralleling the events there. It's not a bad book really. It's readable and entertaining, and for those readers who can't have enough of Pern, you may very well enjoy this. I wouldn't let this be your introduction to McCaffrey or her Pern books however; there's better. I'd start with the first book published in the series, Dragonflight. I felt this particular book was too much in the romance novel vein rather than the science fiction/fantasy emphasis of the other books.

While Anne McCaffrey does

While Anne McCaffrey does a wonderful job with most of her Dragons of Pern series, Nerilka's Story always stands out in my mind. McCaffrey shows how people can rise above their own expectations, creating a heart wrenching and touching story.

True, no dragons were inv

True, no dragons were involved in this story, well not directly. Nerilka is a very human character. She is a true heroine. Her struggles were real as earth and her reaction was as real too.
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