Dragonsinger (Pern: Harper Hall #2)
Menolly arrived in triumph at the Harper Hall, aboard a bronze dragon. She had run away from home and lived in a cave, outrun the dread Threadfall, impressed nine fire lizards and written songs that pleased the Masterharper of Pern. But what was her future at the hall to be? It seemed she was always late or her f...more
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
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
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).
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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
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
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
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
One thing I still have a little trouble with is...more
Menolly's adventures continue, as she begins her musical training at Harper Hall. Eager to finally find her place in the world, she is disheartened to find that she isn't all that welcome here either. She has no idea how talented she really is and the Masterharper doesn't take the time to explain his reasons for bringing her to Harper Hall. The boys all assume that a mere girl could not possibly join them as an apprenti...more
The more I read Anne McCaffrey, the more I love her work. Its lovely to read this book after the Dragonrider books, as it takes place at the same time.
Menolly remains a well-rounded character whose easily likeable. Her situation, whilst fantastical, retains elements of everyday life and her problems will be familiar to many.
The main thing I like about this book though is the descriptions of her fire lizards and what they get up to. Their relationships with humans and dragons are fascinating an...more
This book is short, sad, lovely, and adventurous. The writing is so accessible, so poignant, and so endearing that I have it memorized. I've passed on my copies, only to buy more, and then gi...more
Some of the more distant events certainly has more resonance if you know the backstory - Jaxom's Impression, Canth's fall - but they make enough sense to go on w...more
When Menolly, daughter of Yanus Sea Holder, arrived at the Harper Craft Hall, she came in style, aboard a huge bronze dragon, and followed by her nine fire lizards. The Masterharper of Pern, aware of her unique skills, had chosen her as his only girl apprentice. But the holdless girl had first to overcome many heartaches in this strange new life. Two things sustained her - her devoted lizards, a subject on which she was fitted to instruct her Masters - and the music...music of compelling
On a side note, I noticed in the part where Menolly is directing the great hall to a performace of The Ballad of Moreta's Ride and the song infers that Moreta and Orlith die together after trying to help combat the plague.And for all of you all that have read Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern, we know t...more
It's not 5 stars, but honestly, I...more
There nothing to fear about harpers
I like this poem:
"The little queen all golden
Flew hissing at the sea.
To stop each wave
Her clutch to save
She ventured bravevely.
"As she attacked the sea in rage
A holderman came nigh
Along the sand
Fishnet in hand
And saw the queen midsky.
"He stared at her in wonder
For often he'd been told
That such as she
Could never be
Who hovered there, bright gold.
"He saw her plight and quickly
He looked up at the cliff he faced
And saw a cave
Above the wave
In which her...more
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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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.”
A cry in the night,
OF anguish heart-stiking,
Of soul-killing fright.
Live for my living
Or else I must die
Don't leave me alone.
A world heard that cry.”