I enjoyed this book very much. I like the dolphins almost as much as I like the dragons and that is saying something. I also enjoy Readis as a character.I am beginning to wonder, however, what it is that Anne McCaffrey has against grown women, especially being one herself. The young female characters of Pern, with a few exceptions, are good natured and charismatic. However, her adult female characters are stubborn, self righteous, and often down right mean. The three most noteworthy examples (for me) are Lessa, Mirrim, and Aramina.When we were first introduced to Lessa, she was strong willed, determined, and opinionated.
She was also vulnerable and kind. In later books, she lost all of the vulnerable and most of the kind. These traits were replaced with incredible bitchiness and an unwillingness to entertain other points of view. She went from being my favorite characters to being among my least favorite.When Mirrim made her first appearance helping Brekke at Southern Weyr, she was charming, shy, gentle, and sweet. The very next time we saw her character (after she had impressed the Green Dragon) she was an insufferable bitch.
She was rude, bossy, and seemed to think that she knew everything. I was horrified to see her as a Weyrwoman.Aramina was a character that I never really liked, but one that I felt sorry for. She was so innocent and sweet. Her psyche was just battered by hearing all of the dragons all of the time. She was like a kicked puppy. In Dolphins, she was HORRIBLE. She didnt deserve her sons forgiveness and was lucky to receive it.
She was the worst kind of mother, projecting all of her own fears and prejudices on to her children and failing to see how it was to their detriment.Now, none of that has anything really to do with the plot of this book. This book was yet another wonderful Pern novel. It obviously dealt with the sentient dolphins that came over with the colonists and have thrived in the oceans of Pern. The book is about the Pernese rediscovering their ancient duties to the dolphins in exchange for the dolphins duty to the humans. Unfortunately, for me, the authors obvious dislike for adult women and the way it shows in her characterization prevented me from giving this book 5 stars.
I really wonder what thats about.