The Dragonriders of Pern, by Anne McCaffery
This is a compilation of three of McCaffery's Pern books: Dragonflight, Dragonquest, and The White Dragon. I read most of these books a long time ago but, of course, had completely forgotten them. I'm glad I've now had a chance to revisit and remember the delightful stories of the dragonriders of Pern. McCaffery, who recently passed away at the age of 85, had a deft touch plot and characters, and her books are a joy to read. While they aren't the best fantasy/science fiction out there, credit must be given for their originality when they first came out, and for McCaffery's decent writing skills. Her books are the perfect go-between for young adults looking to jump from YA fantasy into "adult" science fiction.