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Anne MacCaffrey's books about Pern started with Dragonquest. All the Weyrs of Pern ties everything in together. The dragonriders and their dragons - working together - unearth the spaceships that their ancestors first arrived in from Earth. By clearing mud and debris from its solar panels they reactivate AVIAS - a computer left behind by the first colonists when a volcano erupted causing them to move to a different part of Pern. This book can be read idependently of the others - as the story, I feel, stands ok by itself. But fans of Anne McCaffrey's work will want to read as much as they can about Pern, her dragons and their riders! Ms McCaffrey develops her characters well, giving them depth and believability. I think it is very clever the way that she has tied all the loose ends together e.g. providing explantions for the stories and objects that have been passed down through the generations. Sometimes you, the reader, are able to guess what is coming next, while at other times the explanation leaves you breathless!! I am always left wanting more when I have finished one of her books!