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Drachensinger (Pern: Harper Hall #2)

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Pursuing her dream to be a Harper of Pern, Menolly studies under the Masterharper learning that more is required than a facility with music and a clever way with words.
Paperback, 223 pages
Published 1983 by Heyne Verlag (first published January 1st 1977)
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Janni
Dragonsinger is very much one of those books that, while on the surface about music--Menolly, the protagonist, is a young musician who's just gotten the chance to train professionally, essentially, after earlier being told she had no right to play at all--is really about pursuing any art.

Dragonsinger falls a bit more strongly toward believing that artists are somehow a little different than others, something I'm not convinced of. But mostly it gets things right, and there's one thing I noticed t...more
Shellie
Nov 15, 2008 Shellie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all who love fantasy
Loved this series! Read it as a teenager and was sad to see the author was gaining in years. Eagerly awaited each of her books and read them in one sitting as often as I could. I have read these books countless times and own all except one that I can't find anymore (will check on line). Anne McCaffrey is amazing and a gift to readers. What a drag she is done writing!!!!
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in September 2000.

Although, one of the lightest novels in the Pern series, Dragonsinger is one of my favourites. I find it very evocative of what it feels like to take pleasure in making music. McCaffery is of course musical (she was an opera producer before taking up writing), and music plays an important part in a fair number of her novels (the Crystal Singer series and The Ship Who Sang as well as several of the Pern series).

Dragonsinger follows on immedia...more
Doreen
Nov 22, 2009 Doreen rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Misogynists.
Gross. I would strongly discourage my daughters from reading this because it encourages a certain kind of female I can't stand: the girl who doesn't get along with other girls (to whom I always want to say "The other girls don't hate you because you're 'special', they hate you because you're insufferable.") The tolerable, even interesting Menolly from the first book (which I gave 4 stars, by the way) disappears into a freaking Mary-Sue, oh so talented, yet so modest, championed by the "good" guy...more
Harold Ogle
I think it’s hard for modern readers to imagine the cultural landscape back before fantasy became commonplace and widely accepted. Back when McCaffrey wrote this, before Star Wars, there was very little presence of fantasy in pop culture. Sure, there was plenty of good fantasy to read if you knew where to look, but for most of the general populace, awareness of fantasy was limited to The Lord of the Rings, which had been published twenty years earlier. So when McCaffrey published her Pern novels...more
Paradoxical
Haha, this is so very much a feel good book. Menolly never really struggles with anything, and her troubles are rather shallow compared to all of her advantages, but I can't help but like the book anyway.

Menolly is finally in Harper Hall and she is training to be a Harper. It turns out (well, we knew this already to a degree) that she's a prodigy and can play instruments to a high degree, make them, and compose songs. Of course this gains her a lot of jealousy, though only really on behalf of a...more
TheFountainPenDiva
In Dragonsigner Book two of the Harper Hall trilogy, Menolly finally comes to the Harper Hall and here begins her new life, but not without serious growing pains. Her possession of nine fire lizards doesn't make her popular with some in the hall and like most novels of this type, Menolly finds herself dealing with the "mean girl" contingent of Pern. She makes friends with the irrepressible Piemur and begins a lifelong platonic love with Masterharper Robinton. As she slowly grows into her craft,...more
Adi Greif
(See review for Dragonsong). Again, I loved this series and this book as a child. But upon rereading, I find it slow and unclear in its moral message. The main character is an unrealistic mix of traits -- she was essentially emotionally abused as a child and thus is generally overly apologetic and scared of not being liked. Most of the adults constantly praise her humbleness and meek attitude while simultaneously telling her to stop apologizing and believe in herself. Despite her meekness, she o...more
Kerry
It was lovely to get back to Menolly and finish off her first story, since Dragonsong is in a way only half a book. That's the story of how Menolly gets to the Harper Hall, while this is the story of how she finds her place there and sets herself up for the future we will see, if as a side character, in later books.

On this reread, I find myself thinking that Dragonsong is a stronger book. The emotion is more powerful and it's a much more personal, perhaps because I felt I was deeper inside Menol...more
Amy
Just picked these up off of a shelf; forgot how good they are and had a great time reliving how much I loved them in the sixth grade. These are the kinds of books around which I have deeply specific material and emotional memories--I remember the exact shelf in our tiny little school library where I found them, and the tremendous relief and escape they afforded me during those years. This isn't so much a review as special sharing, but that's how special these books were to me: I can't really be...more
Michael Emond
With Dragonsong I think I can safely say these two books are the ones I have reread the most throughout my lifetime (along with a few Heinlein books). Part of the Harper Hall trilogy they are easier reads than the Dragonriders of Pern trilogy and geared towards a teenage audience (i.e. no sex or killing). This book effectively completes Menolly’s story and her rise from a gifted musical talent who was an embarrassment to her conservative family to finding her place in the Harper Hall. I do love...more
Brian Schiebout
Dragonsinger by Anne McCaffrey is the second book of the Harper Hall trilogy set in the Dragonriders of Pern universe. The book continues off where the previous book left off with Menolly's arrival at the harper hall. She first has difficulty knowing her place as she comes from a very isolated place. However soon her musical skills and training make her realize that this place is a place for her. The whole book only takes one week but over the week Menolly is constantly having to prove herself a...more
Millenia

Dragonsong was a simple story, and one with plenty of cliches. However, the predictability was balanced with engaging storytelling, likeable characters, and an interesting world to explore, which made it a good read.

Not so much here. Melony is a blatant Mary Sue. In DRAGONSONG this was less bothersome because she goes on an adventure and her Amazing Abilities had less time to surface, but now that she's in the Harper Hall and allowed to play music, her Mary Sueness is glaring. Mean catty rich gi...more
Cass
Apr 28, 2011 Cass rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All my friends
This is my favourite book in the trilogy centered around Menolly and Harper Hall on Anne McCaffrey's beloved Pern. For some reason I always feel inspired after reading it, perhaps because this book is set in a college of sorts full of students learning their craft.

I reread this book series every couple of years and it will always remain a favourite, thus making it impossible for me to ever review objectively.
Becky Welch
Menolly has been recruited to join the Harper Hall by Master Robinton himself. Despite the fact that she's in a man's school, Menolly is well received by a young singer named Piemur. Together they struggle through lessons and persecutions by their fellow classmates as they try to get from Apprentice level to Journeyman level.
Again, I love Anne McCaffrey. She's focused on Menolly's coming of age story rather than the complexities of Pernese politics. I reccomend this book to all ages because it h...more
Michael Galarneau
I love the Harper Hall Trilogy. This second book in the series is excellent. Some readers may find Menolly's troubles a bit frivolous, but you have to remember that this series was written with a young audience in mind. The only issue I encountered was in the eBook edition that I was reading. It had many misspellings that mad it hard to read at times. Thankfully, I have read the hardcopy edition multiple times, so I was able to figure out most of the errors without any problem. Unless a better e...more
Lady Lioness
"Don't leave me alone
The cry in the night
Of anguish heart-striking
And soul killing fright"

That's an 'excerpt' of "Brekke's Song" that Menolly writes during Dragonsinger.

In 1997, when this edition was released, I would have been 15-16 years old (the same age as Menolly) and in March of 1997, I had the jaw surgery that is the root of my PTSD. It's entirely possible, in fact, that this book was purchased to keep me occupied during my recovery. I remember very little from 1997, thanks to the massiv...more
An Odd1
** "Dragonsinger" is quiet and leisurely, the second Pern fantasy by Ireland-based Anne McCaffrey, with sometimes Celtic terminology for the dragon rider world. A theme, that parents are cruel and wrong to force artistic children into more practical seeming occupations, is reinforced. The plot seems to be leisurely establishing relationships, separating friend from foe permanently. A paragraph condenses the first book, wherein kind Master minstrel finds musically talented fishing hold outcast te...more
Caroline
Each Pern novel can be read as a stand alone, but Dragonsinger is the second book in the Harper Hall trilogy so if you want to read the books in the order, check out my review of the first book of the trilogy, Dragonsong.

Dragonsinger starts where Dragonsong ends with Menolly finally accepted in Harper Hall, the school for harpers, with her nine fire lizards. After spending a lifetime in the remote Sea Hold with her family, she has, in a couple of weeks, Impressed nine fire lizards, met the incre...more
***Dave Hill
This YA book improves on "Dragonsong" by having a more entertaining setting, the Harper Hall, with its variety of personalities and scholastic conflicts.

While enjoyable, though, it still suffers from some of the first volume's problems. Menolly remains less of an agent than a victim, buffeted here and there and forever reacting, not acting. She succeeds because she is nice, and modest, and extraordinarily talented. Those circumstances and people who oppose her rise and success at the Hall are o...more
Sally
I just finished this, the second in the Harper Hall trilogy, shortly after listening to the first book in the series. I still think the story is pretty good, but the second book is long on words and short on plot. I really think this one could have been highly condensed and included in the first book. I've become rather tired of Menolly's repeated amazement that others like her musical skills - her songwriting ability, her instrument-playing, manuscript-writing and singing talents. On the other...more
Wastrel
A surprisingly peculiar book, of which I am very fond, and which I will re-read many times in the future - but probably not a very GOOD book, if we're honest.

Peculiar because it is heroically uninterested in conventional plot and structure. It's a girl, in a school, going to lessons, in a fantasy world. That's pretty much it. The school is a music school, which is a big part of why I love it. Unfortunately, nothing happens, which sort of limits the excitement. And the characters are... poor, to...more
JBradford
I don't think I have read all; of Anne McCaffrey's books about the world of Pern (16 by herself, five more with her son, who subsequently went on to write three more of his own), but I have managed to find and go through most of them, although I think I liked the first one best. And I don't think any of them are her best work, but they have always seemed a happy way to spend a few hours on a cold evening. One of my great regrets is that I will never be able to read her last one, as she did not l...more
Kari Metzger
Love Pern, Love A.M., and this book series is mind-candy for me to the extreme. In this particular book, my faves were: Piemur - LOVE this character! What a scallywag, as AM would say! Love the shift in authority figures - Robinson and Silvina are the types of parents I would love to be - of course, I've read the entire series already, so I was reading knowing more of Camo's story, and it was interesting to try to figure out the seeds of that story in this one..

It's not 5 stars, but honestly, I...more
Lissibith
I wish I'd liked this book as much as I did the first, but it unfortunately felt like a little bit of a letdown, possibly partly because of the weight of stories published after it but which I read before this, in the same way Lord of the Rings feels cliche at times.

In tone, it's just as delightful and fun as the first book, and we get another nice cross section of people, both in personality and in type. The stuff with the fire lizards could be a bit harrowing but was mostly enchanting.

But... w...more
Cheyenne Blue
Yay for the Kindle which allows me to download (and keep) old favorites. McCaffrey's Dragonsong and Dragonsinger are in that group. While I loved the Pern novels as a kid, for the most part now, I'm too irritated by what didn't really register as a kid: the strong sexist tones that ran throughout. The early books in these series were written in the 1970s and luckily we've moved on a lot since that time.

The "Menolly" books though, have always been my favorites. On the surface, I should loathe the...more
Emily
Another comfortable and easy book in the series. In many ways, it's an improvement on Dragonsong (the first book in the Harper Hall trilogy). There is more of a plot and it's less simplistic. However, Menolly is more annoying in this book than she was in the first. In the first book, Menolly was unfairly judged and treated poorly by her parents, and she was angry and upset and takes action by running away and cutting that out of her life, even though she knows she will get in trouble for it. In...more
Cruth
Author: Anne McCaffrey
First published: 1977
Length: 284 pages, 2995 kindle locations

The most introverted of the Dragon books, "Dragonsinger" stays at the Harper Hall (Fort Hold) and focussed on Menolly's story. It picks up directly after "Dragonsong" with minimal cross-book events (view spoiler) and again is strongly YA.

Menolly's finding her place story focusses on the meaning of love and friendship, and following your passion. A story that, again, has as much m...more
Annie
This is the second book in the Harper hall trilogy. After being found by MasterHarper Robinton we open the story by arriving at the Harper Hall. Menoly, unoccustomed to the new place, must find a way to fit in and to develope her special gift of music. With the help of her new friend Piemur, and Master Robinton. Menoly learns how to strengthen her already amazing musical skills and has help while dealing with the jelousy of the other girls who are dreadfully untalented and very very snobby. When...more
Katy
This is by far my favorite of the Harper Hall trilogy (and the only one of the Harper Hall trilogy that takes place primarily AT Harper Hall). If the first book is about grief and sacrifice and self-sufficiency and salvation from dragonwing, then this book is about the joyous perils of getting the chance to spend all your time doing what you love most.

It's about repairing damage done to your soul in the painful tiny steps that will keep the wounds from rupturing further. It's about learning that...more
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Anne McCaffrey was born on April 1st, 1926, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at 1:30 p.m., in the hour of the Sheep, year of the Fire Tiger, sun sign Aries with Taurus rising and Leo mid-heaven (which seems to suggest an early interest in the stars).

Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two...more
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“The tears I feel today
I'll wait to shed tomorrow.
Though I'll not sleep this night
Nor find surcease from sorrow.
My eyes must keep their sight:
I dare not be tear-blinded.
I must be free to talk
Not choked with grief, clear-minded.
My mouth cannot betray
The anguish that I know.
Yes, I'll keep my tears til later:
But my grief will never go.”
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A holderman came nigh
Along the sand
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For often he'd been told
That such as she
Could never be
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And saw a cave
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In which her eggs he placed.

The little queen all golden
Upon his shoulder stood
Her eyes all blue
Glowed of her true
Undying gratitude.”
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