Subject: Urrrrgh...
Posted on: 2020-04-22 01:49:55 UTC

Even skimming that hurt me a little. Piemur ranks as one of my Favorite Characters In Pern Who Isn't Robinton (Because Robinton is the best so I'm not even going to bother listing him), and he doesn't get all that much time in the novels after Dragondrums. Ruining his arc for a rehash was probably one of the least interesting things that could have been done with the character. By the end of Dragondrums his character could have gone in a number of directions, and all of them would have made for better stories.

I'm just gonna come out and say it, I want a Pern mystery novel and/or spy thriller with Piemur in it. Come on! Dragondrums already erred pretty close to this, and Renegades showed that Pern could do a more straight-up adventure, especially when focusing more on the common folk, and Southern is already close enough to the Oldtimers that there's plenty of trouble to be had. You might argue it's against tone for Pern, but it'd be better than this.

Gaaah. Maybe I'll go reread Masterharper of Pern again to lighten my mood. That book did the whole "recontextualizing the events of past books" thing properly.

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