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The Girl Who Heard Dragons (Pern (Publication Order) #8.5)

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Anne McCaffrey's dragons are the stuff of which SF/fantasy legends are made. All of her dragon books for many years have been national bestsellers. She is one of the most popular writers ever in fantasy and science fiction.

The Girl Who Heard Dragons is a feast for McCaffrey fans and for all readers - a big, satisfying compilation of her fiction never before collected in bo
Mass Market Paperback, First Mass Market Edition, 416 pages
Published August 15th 1995 by Tor Fantasy (first published January 1st 1985)
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Jan 02, 2013 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is an enjoyable collection of short stories by the late sci-fi author Anne McCaffrey. The first (title) story is set in her famous world of Pern, but the others are non-related to Pern. There is a good variety of fantasy, science fiction (of the Star Trek/Star Wars variety), fairy-tale or magical stories. The one story that has no sci-fi or supernatural elements is 'Habit is an Old Horse', and it is a real tear-jerker, so be warned! There are a few stories that are connected together - 'Dut ...more
Mar 25, 2011 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had mixed feelings about this book. I wasn't expecting it to be a collection of shorter stories, a fault on my part, but I was disappointed when the first story was cut short. In general I found some of the stories to be excellent and some I could hardly get through. It is a good book if you're looking for a mixture of everything since it ranges from dragons to space travel to time travel to normal life on Earth, but I didn't find it to be that fantastic.
Oct 21, 2014 Enzo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adventure
Containing a few stories from Anne McCaffrey and the titular story based on Pern. This is a nice fast read. The problem at least with me is I wanted more Pern! But I'm ok with it because it is a nice story and reminds me that I should get back to reading the others I always promise myself I'll tackle.
An uninspired collection further weakened by Ms. McCaffrey's inexplicable need to begin her book with an oddly long essay about every single time a stranger or acquaintance recognized her name. Frankly, Anne McCaffrey, I don't much care.
Oct 13, 2015 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did not know that this was an anthology when I first started reading this.

The first section is a bit of autobiography. So, I thought the whole book was an autobiography for a dozen pages -- and with the title "The Girl Who Heard Dragons" who can really blame me?

Then we got to the title track, with Aramina as the girl who could hear dragons. I just thought the biography was a sort of preface then, and settled in for a decent tale based on her. She played a role in the first Dragons of Pern tril
A reread! As part of my Pern-reread, I looked at the title story and then flipped through the entire thing.

A part of me thinks that McCaffrey is a better short story writer than she is a novelist. Her shorts avoids a lot of the issues that bog down her main works - it's got clear plot and characters, and it moves crisply while in the Pern world and there's rarely glaring continuity issues. However, this story does need to be read before The Renegades of Pern in order for that to make sense. I'm
Nov 06, 2014 Casey rated it it was ok
The Girl Who Heard Dragons is a collection of short stories that vary in their content.

The titular story is the only Pern story in the collection. Aramina, the main character, is on the run with her family from their former hold of Ruatha. They are being pursued by raiders. Aramina can communicate with dragons, but her family wants to keep this a secret, as they don't want her sent to a weyr. This story takes place in the time of Lessa and F'lar. It has the typical theme of Pern, in which a you
Very diverse collection of short stories.

I've only read a few McCaffrey Pern novels so I'm only familiar with her high fantasy style. I did have to read the title story twice, the second time allowed me to fit the characters back into what bits I remembered of Pern.

After that I experienced a bit of stylistic whiplash - high fantasy, SF horror, absurdist humor, space opera, sociopathic time-travel, magical realism (yeah, yeah), fairy tales - that made it hard for me to "settle" into the book. T
Jul 21, 2015 Jesse rated it liked it
Another quick read by McCaffrey, who continues to build her world. I enjoy these little romps into Pern, as the author always gives you more to add to the atmosphere of the universe, but still keeps you connected to original plot line from the first few books.

The first story was my favorite. The last story reminded me of Robert Heinlein a lot!
Jun 25, 2013 Kacey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When I was younger, I loved Anne McCaffrey's books. So I thought to check this out and find out if the magic was still there. And in part it was, but the problem was I wanted more from the world of Pern than what I got. That isn't the fault of this book, of course. The short stories all brought on different worlds and introduced me to new characters. But since they were short stories, I couldn't be drawn into the plot.

So while I'm sure the stories were all good, they were maybe too short for me.
Mar 14, 2012 Melinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book made up of short stories by Anne McCaffrey. I was a little startled at first when the second story was written about a different world/different time than the first, but after I took a break between stories, I really enjoyed the book. It is a wonderful introduction to her many different writings. Though some of the stories are oddly disturbing, many of them leave you with a sense of hope, a smile on your face, and the satisfaction that comes from a proper outcome to the story. There aren' ...more
Mar 05, 2016 Adessa18 rated it really liked it
This collection of short stories is great! I really love and devour all of Anne McCaffrey's short stories. A Sleeping Humpty Dumpty Beauty and A Flock of Geese are two of my favorites in this collection.
May 21, 2014 Meredith rated it it was amazing
This was the first Pern book written by Anne McCaffrey that I ever read. This short story was what got me hooked on the entire series. It will always have a special place in my heart.
Renée Fontenot
Feb 23, 2016 Renée Fontenot rated it really liked it
I don't like short stories because I just become acquainted with a character and the story ends and I WANT more. Sigh. But I love these tastes by my favorite author.
May 28, 2014 Janet rated it it was amazing
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Aug 13, 2015 Caroline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: before-2012, 2015
I read this first as a little girl, now twenty years later I have found it again.
Janet Piele
Jun 28, 2015 Janet Piele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This collection of Anne McCaffrey's short stories is excellent! Most of the stories are science fiction rather than fantasy. Just the first is about dragons. But this is a great collection of stories from a fabulous writer. I recommend it to anyone.
I've been a fan for a long long time, going back to the first novels about Pern and the dragons. She's long been a favorite, a genius, I wish there were new books still to look forward too. But I hear that Todd McCaffrey took up the baton. I can't wai
Wonderful short stories several of which are well before their time.
Kim Apted
Only read the first two short stories. :3
When I first realized that this short stories collection was gonna have just one Pern story, I was baffled; when I found out that that particular story could be found in Renegades of Pern (which I have), I was pretty angry at myself for not reading better the wikipedia page (which is really clear, in retrospect); but while some of the short stories confirmed my idea that Anne McCaffrey should just write Pern, and leave everything else alone, a couple of them were beautiful enough to make me like ...more
Jun 05, 2015 Stephen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing, McCaffery definetely has a way with words because the writing is just beautiful.

This was my first step into the world of Pern and I don't think it will be my last.
Sep 14, 2011 Stefany rated it did not like it
I bought the group thinking it was an anthology with several Pern stories, rather than just one story. Also, if I remember correctly, the Pern story in this book is in another anthology, and much more fleshed out in Renegades of Pern. I don't regrudge anyone liking the rest of the stories, I just think it was a cheap marketing tactic to get people to purchase the book, because unless you flip through it, you wouldn't know only one story is Pern-based, and the rest are something else.
I love the Pern series, but sometimes short stories fit better around a busy schedule. These are good, but I prefer Get Off the Unicorn from this Author. She isn't quite as facile with creating multiple worlds as Mercedes Lackey, although that said, the Talent series and Sassinak books are also long-time favourites. Worth reading when you want something convenient and light.
Jenny Delandro
I found a copy in a little second hand book store and I could not resist! I had loaned my copy to a work colleague ... who lost it on a bus!
There are 15 short stories penned by the first author I ever bought as an adult. She had such a range and depth to her writing it is quite distinctive.
My favorites are number 1 and the title of the book, number 5 A Sleepin Humpty Dumpty Beauty and number 12 Cinderella Switch but I enjoyed every one!
Jan 24, 2015 Theresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Girl Who Heard Dragons
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a group of short stories of pern a good collections of things strugles of a young girl who lives on the outskirts of the pern society,contains a collection of stories about those outside the normal society of pern, while the dragons are gaining power and influence after many years without ,.
the strugles of a young girl who lives on the outskirts of the pern society

Meri Schneider
I didn't like it. I wanted to read more about the girl who heard dragons, but it skips from story to story and I really didn't want to read about space wars. I only made it through 2 1/2 chapters and when I looked ahead and realized each chapter was a different story, I put it down. Very disappointed because I love Anne McCaffrey. Her writing was still excellent, I just wanted to read one whole story.
Jan 09, 2013 Asuka0278 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Anne Mccaffrey book. The short story "The Girl Who Heard Dragons" hooked me from the start. After reading that one short story I went after every Pern book i could find at the time. :) She's one of the great Fantasy writers and I wish there was a way for her books to be transfered to film. Then again, it can be a hard transfer to do to a well loved series of books.
Sep 23, 2013 Pandionhalatius37.6 rated it liked it
wasn't expecting the second short story, I got really into the first one and was a bit disappointed when it was over. writing style took some getting used to, but I enjoyed picking through the short stories and rereading the nice ones. all in all, I will be looking into more of Anne McCaffrey's books. also I got this one as a freebie at the library so score!!!
Jackie Krasuski
Jul 24, 2011 Jackie Krasuski rated it really liked it
The McCaffreys have got to be my favorite science fiction authors ever. I got hooked on Pern during high school when I read the Harper Hall Trilogy, and then I went on to explore the rest of the world with Anne and Todd in the book adventures of a lifetime. I highly recommend any of the Dragonriders of Pern book series for any science fiction lover.
Oct 03, 2015 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Anne McCaffrey was born on April 1st, 1926, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two brothers: Hugh McCaffrey (deceased 1988), Major US Army, and Kevin Richard McCaffrey, still living.

Anne was educated at Stuart Hall in Staunton Virginia, Montclair High Scho
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Other Books in the Series

Pern (Publication Order) (1 - 10 of 24 books)
  • Dragonflight (Dragonriders of Pern, #1)
  • Dragonquest (Pern, #2)
  • Dragonsong (Harper Hall, #1)
  • Dragonsinger (Harper Hall, #2)
  • The White Dragon (Pern, #3)
  • Dragondrums (Harper Hall, #3)
  • Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern (Pern, #7)
  • Nerilka's Story (Pern, #8)
  • Dragonsdawn (Pern, #9)
  • The Renegades of Pern (Pern, #10)

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