Books to curl up with: a librarian's musings

Monday, May 02, 2005

The Mystery of Ireta

This book combines two Ann McCaffrey novels - Dinosaur Planet and Dinosaur Planet Survivors. This is a harder SF novel than her Pern series.

The Federated Sentient Planets has sent a team to catalog the flora and fauna of Ireta. Some of the members of the team suspect the team has been abandoned on this planet, which to their suprise has Earth dinosaurs. This shifts the dynamics and behaviour of the team and problems occur. Also what accounts for the irregularity of the animals on this planet. I don't want give away too much.

I must admit this wasn't my favourite McCaffrey novel. I never felt emotionally involved in our heroes success. The story goes quickly in both books though and would appeal to fans who want less fantasy in their SF.


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