Daily Archives: August 9, 2010

Renaissance Island: Events for August 9-14, 2010

Tues., Aug, 10, 4pm PDT – Dart Tourney / Socializing

Will wants to have a dart tourney.  Are you interested?  He will be at the pub with ale and prizes.  Share a pint, some good company and dance a jig or two, before heading to your cottage for the eve.

Wed.,  Aug. 11, 7pm PDT – Jousting

Baron DeRos is available to give pointers and spar against all who wish to learn the civalry sport.  Stop by and cheer your Neighbor as s/he tires her round in the lists.

Equipment – Free horses can be provided.  Lances can be found at various places in SL for free as well.  We also have all items necessary for purchase here in our village which helps support our educational sim.

Chivalry – Remember you are a knight.  Honor matters to you more than winning.  If your opponent scores a hit against you, be sure to congratulate him/her.

Thurs., Aug. 12, 4pm PDT – Story Telling

Lady Keynes shares more stories.  This time she tells of  Homeric poetic account of Demeter.

Dragongirl by Todd McCaffrey

As I wrote back in March, I’ve been rereading Anne and Todd McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern novels in the order in which they occur on on the planet (as opposed to the order in which they were written).  I read up through Dragonheart this summer and waited for the release of the sequel, Dragongirl, which I finished in less than 24 hours.

Like rest of the Pern novels by McCaffrey fils, the focus in Dragongirl appears to be on personal or societal catastrophe as experienced by children.  His characters have endured the loss of family and friends (including dragons, watch whers, and fire lizards) to mining disasters, human and dragon plagues, and Thread.  Unfortunately, his characters are becoming less realistic and interesting as they become younger and younger in age.

I was particularly disappointed with the ending of Dragongirl.  Essentially this book is a bridge between the previous volume and the next, Dragonrider (due out in May of 2011).  The only resolution involves preventing the expected death of a minor character.  Cliffhangers are bad enough in television series.

I also got tired of reading about Fiona’s sleeping arrangements–a lot of which were perfectly innocent though boring.  McCaffrey could have covered the essentials of the plot in about 100 pages and combined that with the next novel he was working on.

I’m not sure I like overlapping of the novels with different characters as the protagonists.  I know Anne McCaffrey did that with the original Pern novels, but one trilogy was for younger readers.

My recommendation is to wait until just before Dragonrider is released next year to read Dragongirl so you understand what is happening in the new book.

I’ll continue my reading with Moreta:  Dragonlady of Pern.