Recently friends decided to re-read all of the Pern Novels. So far Tehani Wessely and Marisol Dunham read the first in the series and blogged about it here. To keep in the spirit of things I decided to read along as well. I had only read two or three McCaffrey novels including The Crystal Singer and loved those. I never got around to the Pern novels. So glad I did because I loved Dragonflight and look forward to the next one, Dragonquest.
Another wonderful series in the same genre is Isobelle Carmody’s Obernewtyn Chronicles. I’m quickly reading The Sending before tackling the final of the series, The Red Queen, released on 12 November. I was lucky enough to be able to spend a little time with Isobelle at Conflux and she was still writing the final chapters – that was in early October and it’s just been released. The woman is magic I tell you.
Both these series have had lasting effects on several writers I know and many readers. It’s amazing how McCaffrey wrote a whole series with females as the main protagonist, especially in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. Isobelle did the same in Obernewtyn with a strong, self-motivated female protagonist. Both series show how the girls grow into strong, able women who are just as capable as men in saving their societies and cultures. It motivated so many women to do the same for themselves.
It helps that both Carmody and McCaffrey write in a way that is very accessible with a range of wonderful characters and each in an unusual and sometimes dangerous world.
I see that often Isobelle Carmody is tagged as writing Young Adult books but, like Harry Potter, the Obernewtyn series is definitely for adults as well. I find myself reading quite a lot of so-called YA and wonder how these books might miss out on the mainstream reader because they are labeled YA – many are great stories that have, in my opinion, wider appeal. Still, it’s the publishing world and I’m not sure anyone really understands what’s happening there.
I love a good old-fashioned book in my hands when it’s a new release or it’s a series I want to keep to re-read. That said, I’m happy to buy ebooks as well because often the cost is less. If I’ve not got any books in a series then I will buy the e-book series but if I already own hard copies, I will wait till they are on special or have free shipping and buy from Booktopia (my favourite online book store I must admit).I’m hoping that with the birth of my second granddaughter Darcy, I will have a chance to read these novels to her in time if my daughter doesn’t get there first. I will get a chance with Ashlyn though and that suits me just fine. And whether e-book or hard copy, I’m good either way.