Dragondrums (Pern: Harper Hall #3)
In the world of Pern, Harpers with great musical ability are held in extreme regard. This is why the young, mischievous Piemur carries himself with so much pride, for he sings like an angel. But when his voice begins to change, Piemur loses all confidence and questions his role within Harper Hall.
Incapable of singing, Piemur is sent on various errands by Masterharper R...more
What were you thinking? You had done a brilliant job with the first two books in this "trilogy", so please do explain why you felt compelled to switch your focus from our beloved heroine Menolly to her rambunctious sidekick, Piemur? This is no trilogy. Do you think you can just skip ahead three years and make Menolly a peripheral player? Do you think that you can write a slow-moving, rather repetitive adventure story that lacks the resonance of the first two books in this tri...more
I was pleased to see that McCaffrey started putting some spaces between time jumps in her paragraphs this time around, but I found her changes from different character po...more
First published: 1979
Length: 243 pages, 3358 kindle locations
Picking up three "Turns" after Menolly became a harper (see Dragonsinger), "Dragondrums" follows Piemur's coming-of-age.
Overall, it's A Good Book. It fits well into the World of Pern and has a nice, easy story.
But it also has problems.
My biggest issue is to do with Menolly and Sebell. First off, this is Piemur's story. They shouldn't be co-opting it. I get that seeing their story finding a reasonably satisfactory...more
But I quickly got over my disappointment as I was taken into Piemur's world. He is all set to start practicing the part of Lessa in a new song to be performed, when his voice cracks. Piemur has never been thrilled with singing...more
I picked up 'Dragonsinger' at a sidewalk sale for 50 cents when I was quite young, young enough that stopping at the sidewalk sale on the way home from school was naughty, and the couple dollars I spent at the sale came close to bankrupting me. I loved that book. It's a wonderfully straightforward story about a talented gi...more
The story starts at the end of Dragonsinger where Menolly is made a Journeyman. Piemur prepares himself for a big event where he will be the lead singer until his voice breaks and he realises that his one and only ability which made him special has now disappeared.
But Piemur is very far...more
Which causes a bit of narrative disconnect, but actually works for most of the tale. Piemur is a much more interesting character than Menolly is in her two turns. He does things. He makes things happen. In part he acts a bit as an agent of chaos, but he's a more active...more
But Piemur is very far from having just this one ability and Master Robinton knows how precious Piemur is. That is why Piemur is seemingly hired as a drums apprentice when in fact he is asked to becoming the Master Harper's ears and ey...more
Devo dire che la maggior parte del libro mi è piaciuto come i precedenti della trilogia, ma in alcune parti l'ho trovato un po' noioso.
Cosa non ha funzionato? Anne McCaffrey non scriveva libri pieni d'azione, ma era abilissima nel non annoiare il lettore facendo interagire i personaggi tra di loro. Infatti, ogni personaggio ha una personalità tale da rimanere facilmente impresso nella mente del lettore.
Questa volta il protagonista è il piccolo Piemur, già inc...more
This is easily the weakest book in this trilogy. The shift of main characters was an unwelcome surprise, the story meanders a bit, and there's plot points that just make so little sense that I found myself hurrying to be rid of the book, where I really savored the fun of the first two.
(view spoiler)[I mean, the guy steals a fire lizard egg. A QUEEN fire lizard egg. And hatches and impresses it. And everyone treats this as a cute boyish prank. No! Why? I get...more
Piemer is a very interesting character right from the get-go. He is scheming and conniving all the way, and you get the sense that he ultimately only cares for himself. But he still has his loyalties to his Harper Hall as well as his friends and you can tell that these loyalties are quite strong.
This book covered a bit more the political str...more
I was not a fan of this book. First of all, though it's the third in the Harper Hall series, it's not about Menolly as the first two are. It's about, of all people, Piemur. "Gee whiz" rascally young Piemur, who runs about and talks about adventures that we never see and whines constantly because HE wants a fire lizard and life isn't fair. Everyone either chuckles at him for being such a silly goose or shakes their fist at what a scamp he is. *rolls eyes*
Not only that, but the "story", if...more
We do get some updates on Menolly, but she's older and established within the Hall hierarchy, and McCaffrey's decided to explore other bits of the Pern landscape using Piemur instead. Again, this is good for gettin...more
Being so moved by this strange (to me) book, I decided to write Anne, never expecting to hear back, but sure enough, a great little handwritten letter found it's way into my parent's mailbox a...more
Of all the young singers at the Harperhall of Pern, Piemur was the one chosen for the leading role at Lord Groghe's Gather...and then his voice broke. Suddenly his whole future at Harperhall became uncertain. But Masterharper Robinton, Menolly, and Sebell had other plans for Piemur. They were sure that his quick wits and discretion could be used to keep a check on the troublesome Oldtimers and their strange traffic in fire lizards. So, whilst serving as a messenger-drum apprentice, Piemu
I was strongly linked with him when he was being bullied, and he did all the same things I used to do in those times, occasionally I was a tell-tale, but it did no help for me, and made things a lot worse. Clearly Piemur has a good head on him, but sometimes he doesn't know when to raise his concerns.
I had a lot of affection to Stupid, I'm not sure why, an...more
Piemur has his own coming-of-age struggles in the harper school, and then his own adventures as he seeks to prove himself to his classmates and his superiors. This gets him in some serious trouble, and actually lands him on the mysterious Southern Continent. While there he has a 'Robinson Crusoe-esq...more
Menolly has found her place in Harper Hall, but now it is her friend, the mischievous Piemur, who finds himself in a difficult situation. When his voice begins to change and he no longer has control of the sweet soprano singing voice that gave him such high standing in the hall, he takes on a secret role for the Masterharper.
While learning to listen to drum messages, he finds that his reputation as "the boy who uses...more
First of all, It's the third of a trilogy about 'Harper Hall' - NOT about Menolly, but the unfortunate fact is that A.M. made us fall in love with Menolly by making her the protagonist in first two books, and then changed characters abruptly in the third, before they finished her st...more
The Harper’s are such an integral part of Pern and while the story moved from the Hall to various Holds and Weyrs, we see through the apprentice...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