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The Dragonlover's Guide to Pern,
by Jody Lynn Nye with Anne McCaffrey
Own the first edition of The Dragonlover's Guide to Pern and wonder if it's worth buying the second? Learn what's different between them here, to help you make your decision!
What stayed the same?
From pages 1 through 171, both editions seem to be exactly the same. The table of contents for these pages matches exactly. (Heck, they didn't even correct the picture on page 2, which shows the globe of Pern with north oriented down!) The pronunciation guide for the 2nd edition contains no new characters.
What is new?
The second edition has roughly 35 additional page of text which cover information from Renegades, All the Weyrs, Chronicles, Dolphins, and Dragonseye/Red Star Rising. These new chapters are titled:
The second edition has an index; the first did not (but there is one index to the first available online--look for it on my organized link list).
The last chapter of the 2nd edition, Dragons and Their Riders, is essentially a dragondex, which is useful and quite complete through Dragonseye - though there are a number of errors in it. This dragondex is organized into several sections, which make looking up information easier:
Characters indexed in the Complete Cast include almost every creature that has a proper name: people, most firelizards, dolphins, horses/runnerbeasts, dogs, and dragons's with unnamed riders. The "book" designation seems to be the first book the character appeared in, not a listing of all books the character is in.
There are numerous minor typographical errors in the DLG, as well as disagreement between it and the novels by Anne. Details can be found on my DLG Errata page.
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