Nov 23

Anne - liked Dragons before they were mainstream.Click for full image

I’m sure there are a good few of you who have read a fine novel by Anne and if not, you really should. Thanks for the books and in our case here, especially the wonderful covers that graced them!

Madelyn Comments: She does appear to be teaching the dragon to play, “fetch.” I always thought, what I now realize is a red squeak-toy, was the satellite that periodically dropped lethal spoor over all of Pern.

Alessandra Comments: ‘Cause nothing says, “Lessa of Pern,” like a swingin’ naked chick in a flimsy, filmy fannabaroo riding a dragon sidesaddle with cutey goldy sandals.
Both Published in 1976

More great McCaffrey Covers Here

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 5.96 out of 10)

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12 Responses to “Anne McCaffrey 1926 – 2011”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    Nice to see Idris from Ivor the Engine showing up on the second cover. Solidarity! RIP Anne.

  2. Phil Says:

    There is a beautiful consistency in the way the dragons are portrayed here: exactly the same dorsal scales, horns, fangs etc. The artist clearly knows how to do a dragon. I’m a bit worried about how long a dragon’s tail is: stretching almost off into infinity in the cover on the right.

  3. Jaouad Says:

    “Alas, poor mini-dragon. I knew him, Horatio.”

  4. Tom Noir Says:

    I love the dragons, can’t see why they had to be paired with b-grade seventies rejects, though. Well, the groovy dude on the right is clearly more than just friends with that dragon. Not that there’s anything wrong with that!

  5. drlemaster Says:

    I read a few of the Pern books, but I must have skipped the one that spelled out, “Pern was a very warm planet, so nobody wore very much.”

  6. Muttley Says:

    Gino has always been a top choice for an art department requiring fanservice.

    Mind you, he has perpetrated a lot of Gorbage.

    But the customer is always right?

  7. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    The dragon on the left has got the biggest cheeks I’ve ever seen on a dragon.

    The one on the right looks like the guy conjured the little dragon out of nowhere and the other sea-dragon is like “how’d you do that!”

  8. hamletc1602 Says:

    Love the right-side cover – Looks like Canth is saying ‘Oi! You brought lunch!’ Brilliant.

  9. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    I pulled out my copies of these to show the kids. My fifteen-year-old took one look at the cover on the right and said, “It’s the girl dragon from ‘Shrek’!”

    The resemblance is strong, eyelashes and all:

  10. Stevie T Says:

    Yep, these are the covers that graced the copies I read (I borrowed my dad’s). I put the first one down to a bit of 60’s excess. But the second one…Why were F’nor and Canth drawn so ugly? What was with the 100-ft tail? And the thing that got me the most was the sword–why was it perched there at such an odd angle that if the dragon lifted his tail at all he was going to get a very unfortunate stab?

  11. Hep C Says:

    Well, I admit I’ve never seen a dragon making funny faces before. That’s quite innovative.

  12. Anna T. Says:

    That’s neither the Red Star nor a squeaky ball. That’s Happy Fun Ball. DO NOT TAUNT IT.

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