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  1. says:

    Here's another one that was written pre Dragon Flight I read this a long time ago and enjoyed it This is the one written by Anne McCaffrey not by someone else with thair name placed next to her's It was one of three Anne McCaffrey stories that I remember as Science Fiction from McCaffrey That made this different from her Dragon Rider Pern Series Which i liked but not than this and the Dinasaur Planet series This is from the same vein albeit older as Coyote by Alan Steele It's a story about exploration and colonization of new worlds It is about a basic family dad mom son lucky to be away from the cramped overcrowded planets where they couldn't even raise voices without getting frowns and dirty looks from people around them It's also about tolerance of others adults learning to share without figing and war and the shere joy of exploring and understanding what's in the galaxy other than us It's not a comming of age tale but it is aboutfather and a son learning to understand eachother and be proud each other There's a very 1960s almost Disney like pleasant atmosphere about it and yet it's still a serious sci fi story in it's own right One I'll share with my children as they grow older In fact I may go see if I can find my copy nowIt's a good read that the entire family can enjoy from the moment their old enough to understand basic concepts until they are grandparents with children crowded on the couch reading for the enjoyment of reading good for YA good for AA good for OAjust a good story for all


  2. says:

    Now this is the type of science fiction I love Published in 1969 it looks at possible solutions to an overcrowded bored unenthusiastic worlds McCaffrey also looks at the problems with non resident government making ALL the decisions with few or none of the facts even not believing the facts they are given or that the government may be incorrect Adherence to rules absolutely also can get you into trouble so when things get out of control you have to punt and do the best you can Sometime if we take the government out of our lives the people get along just fineI know why my novels are the way they are because I grew up on this type of science fiction and fantasy It was not all blood and terror it was people working together in whatever situation they found themselves in to the very best of their abilities and they learned that they can do much than they thought I have been pleased to find the Doona trilogy books 2 3 were written in the 1990's so much later and with a co author Jody Lynn Nye It will be interesting to see how some of the characters have grown up and how the story has developed My thanks to Anne McCaffrey for starting something good


  3. says:

    Before dragons Anne McCaffrey wrote many other scifi books Decision At Doona was one of theseWhat happens when two sentient species find themselves colonizing the same planet?Both species come from overpopulated paranoid planets where most people are too apathetic to dare any adventure Both species come from planets where almost the only life forms left are they themselvesTodd is any parent's nightmare He wants to be loud when rules call for uiet He wants to run when rules call for minced walking steps Even at six he is a rebelTodd is the link between the Hrrubans and the humans The outcome of this confrontation rests suarely on his tiny shouldersThe story is interesting The characters are believable even those you could cheerfully strangle The themes are good ideas to consider


  4. says:

    re read again 1082013


  5. says:

    I’ve read many of Anne McCaffrey’s books but for some reason I never got around to her Doona books This first one primarily stars Ken Reeve Earth is enormously overcrowded so Ken is excited to learn that Doona a planet uninhabited by intelligent sentient beings has been discovered and that he and his family have been picked to be some of the first colonists The “uninhabited by intelligent sentient beings” part is important Two hundred years earlier a botched first contact situation led to an entire alien species the Siwannese committing suicide This led to the Non Cohabitation Principle which stated that humans could only colonize a planet if there was no evidence that intelligent beings already lived there Doona seems perfect until the human colonists come across a settlement of cat like aliens known as Hrrubans Nobody wants to go back to overcrowded Earth but the Non Cohabitation Principle is serious business Still it isn’t as easy as just packing up and leaving They need the bigwigs back on Earth to believe what they’ve seen and reported they need a ship and they need orders on how to conduct themselves until a ship can come pick them up Meanwhile the Hrrubans don’t seem to care about any of that and are just as determined to interact with the humans as the humans are to keep their interactions with the Hrrubans friendly but brief I tend to gravitate towards first contact science fiction And one with stubbornly friendly cat like aliens? Gimme Unfortunately I didn’t like it nearly as much as I expected I wouldThe first third of the book was probably the best I enjoyed the humans’ initial interactions with the Hrrubans particularly the Hrrubans’ polite determination to work together with the humans I also liked that this seemed to be a subversion of the usual “colonists with advanced technology save the poor low tech natives” story without going the “mystical natives” route The Hrrubans were polite and friendly yes but even the humans noticed that the Hrrubans seemed concerned with them learning the Hrruban way of speaking and doing things than the other way around And although the Hrrubans asked the humans for help building a bridge in the end it didn’t seem like the humans were particularly necessary at all The Hrrubans had all the necessary materials technology and knowledge so the bridge building was really of a cross species togetherness activity than anythingEarly on I suspected that there was going on with the Hrrubans than they were letting on How had whole Hrruban villages gone unnoticed during the initial evaluations of Doona as a possible colony planet candidate? Why were the Hrrubans handling first contact with humans so calmly and so well? I had a guess as to what was going on and I really wanted to find out if I was right or if McCaffrey had something even better up her sleeve I enjoyed the big reveal when it came although I was a little less thrilled with it when I realized that the book included an enormous spoiler at the beginning that I just hadn’t been observant enough to catch It also bugged me that the big reveal essentially negated some of the things I’d previously enjoyed about the bookThe characters were pretty flat most of them were little than names to me Also many aspects of the story were dated There was a reference to a hugely important event in 2010 that obviously never happened and was linguistically suspect And the colonists anxiously read communications from Earth using microfilm readersThe thing that really turned me off this book though was Todd Ken’s 6 year old son Since Earth was so overcrowded everyone was taught from an early age to be uiet move carefully and not take up too much space Todd violated societal norms by being loud energetic and occasionally aggressive He was so difficult to deal with during the journey to Doona that he’d had to be locked up and supervised in 4 hour shifts One of his first actions upon arriving on Doona was to run up to one of the Hrrubans and yank his tail as hard as he couldWhile I could sympathize with Todd’s frustration with the reuirement to keep his behavior restrained and with the way he was treated on that in a bit the tail yanking was absolutely not okay and he should have been old enough to know better The humans were horrified but surprisingly the Hrrubans treated Todd indulgently Later on one of them even said that his behavior indicated he’d one day be a leader As much as I disliked Todd I also didn’t like the way his parents spoke of him Until a certain point in the book Todd’s mom Pat Ken’s wife never said anything truly positive about him and Ken’s feelings about him were mixed but leaned heavily towards negative At one point Ken almost beat Todd but refrained because he’d have had an audience When the Hrrubans offered to essentially act as Todd’s daycare Pat couldn’t have agreed uickly and Ken’s protests were token at best I initially understood the Hrrubans’ offer as a kind of temporary adoption which made Pat and Ken’s relief and celebratory sex especially difficult to takeTodd turned out to be instrumental to the book’s ending andugh McCaffrey wanted readers to believe that 6 year old Todd was incapableunwilling to conform to behavioral norms on Earth and yet view spoilerwilling and able to become fluent in both the formal and informal varieties of a new language learn an alien species’ formal etiuette and behave according to those rules for hours on end hide spoiler


  6. says:

    Decision at Doona was published in 1969 byAnne McCaffrey In this book two races both living on overcrowded world decide to live on the same pastoral planet at the same time Once they discover each other both are wary but uickly learn to overcome their differences However each believes that only misery will come from cohabiting with another race and their laws forbid it If not for the out of control and headache inducing son of the main character all might be thrown to ruinDue warnings The science tech and social relationships are archaic The inherent sexism of the age shows There are than a few things contrived It's all part of the age At least nobody smokes There's even the period lack of characterization The book reads like an SF version of Dennis the Menace collided with Gunsmoke with some Lassie thrown in as well The motivators behind the book are not violent but social So lost kids get lost herds stampede and barns get raised And worse of all the government gets involved and that's where the major trainwrecks threaten Fortunately the book never devolves into Libertarian World The story sometimes flounders a bit making choices that we would consider odd but fit perfectly well within its own time The idea is there than the story Despite that I have a great respect for the book for writing an SF novel without violence as the narrative backbone is harder than it looks This may not look like a watershed book to you but it is for Anne This book contains the blueprints for all the future dragon rider books The colonists here have purposely chosen a lower tech lifestyle an idea that returns in future McCaffrey books This novel centers around social conflict differing goals rather than the fight Strangely there aren't any psychics at all which is pretty rare for an early McCaffrey I suppose that the novel examines race relations of the age an allegory of black and white living together The late 60's were a terrible time in race relations The book shows that despite laws both races have the same goals of living good lives and it's up to the ordinary person to seize that Mutual cooperation will breed mutual respect and bring blessings to all


  7. says:

    After a long period of accidentally reading the second of the series without reading the first I am only know reading Decisions at Doona Being a long term fan of Anne McCaffrey my opinion is that it's a pretty good book but okay for her It's not her best book but I have read uite a few worse The beginning felt a little choppy like it was missing chapters or at least needed a slightly detail to fill in the big time jumps they had At one point the main character just found out that he got onto the colonization bracket and the next a whole winter had passed and the only things we know about it was that it was rough and they were unprepared I would have liked slightly flowing detail on the situation Then there was a much smaller problem where the characters seemed not to uite fit there backstory at times but I could forgive The rest wasn't bad a good solid Anne Mccaffrey book about a political situation involving two species


  8. says:

    Decision at Doona written by Anne McCaffrey in 1969 tells the story of two distopian worlds whose citizens accidently colonize the same world Even after 39 years this story captivates the reader with the the confusion that can come from two law abiding groups when neither set of laws allows for the existence of the other The story of how they get beyond confusion and politics to forge a dynamic new community is satisfying without being sacchrine This book is still fun to read


  9. says:

    Early McCaffrey at her best This book is a classic so I will not say much other than that I had not read it until now A must for the furry audience in my opinion And I will certainly hunt down the other two books in the series written and released much later in the author's career


  10. says:

    Good for what it is but still not one of Anne McCaffrey's best


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Decision at Doona

Summary Ò E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¹ Anne McCaffrey

A fateful encounter between star roving races by the author of the bestselling Dragonriders of Pern seriesAfter the first human contact with the Siwannese that entire race committed mass suicide So the Terran government made a law no. Now this is the type of science fiction I love Published in 1969 it looks at possible solutions to an overcrowded bored unenthusiastic worlds McCaffrey also looks at the problems with non resident government making ALL the decisions with few or none of the facts even not believing the facts they are given or that the government may be incorrect Adherence to rules absolutely also can get you into trouble so when things get out of control you have to punt and do the best you can Sometime if we take the government out of our lives the people get along just fineI know why my novels are the way they are because I grew up on this type of science fiction and fantasy It was not all blood and terror it was people working together in whatever situation they found themselves in to the very best of their abilities and they learned that they can do much than they thought I have been pleased to find the Doona trilogy books 2 3 were written in the 1990's so much later and with a co author Jody Lynn Nye It will be interesting to see how some of the characters have grown up and how the story has developed My thanks to Anne McCaffrey for starting something good

Review Decision at Doona

Further contact would be allowed with sentient creatures anywhere in the galaxy Therefore Doona could be colonized only if an official survey established that the planet was both habitable and uninhabitedBut Spaceship had made a mis. re read again 1082013

Summary Ò E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¹ Anne McCaffrey

Take Doona was inhabited Now the colonists' choice was limited Leave Doona and return to the teeming hell of an overpopulated Terra Or kill the catlike Hrrubans Or learn for the first time in history how to coexist with an alien race. Early McCaffrey at her best This book is a classic so I will not say much other than that I had not read it until now A must for the furry audience in my opinion And I will certainly hunt down the other two books in the series written and released much later in the author's career

  • Paperback
  • 256
  • Decision at Doona
  • Anne McCaffrey
  • English
  • 13 September 2019
  • 9780345353771