The first thing you need to know reading Dragonholder: The Life and Dreams (So Far) of Anne McCaffrey is that the title is misleading. Anne McCaffrey, our lady of dragons, has been dead since November 2011. The book is just now being released into a digital format, per the introduction. The biography is lovingly penned by her son, Todd McCaffrey, and as such falls prey to the frustrating realm of books written by a family member about a figure that is larger than life.
Dragonholder is written like a young man talking to his children about his mother. The passages are sweet, focused and explanatory, but they are often rambling and have the occasional typo or homonym error. However, you can tell that Todd truly loves his mother and his writing does give great insight into the world of one of the most famous Science Fiction, and female, authors of a generation.
Dragonholder is for the patient, the interested and the reader who wants to know Anne McCaffrey’s story, but can handle the occasional mistake or grammatical error. I recommend it for people who want to know the origins of Dragonriders of Pern or even a few short stories so intricately woven with Anne’s experiences.
Dragonholder: The Life and Dreams (So Far) of Anne McCaffrey is now available.