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Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey
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Authors:Anne McCaffrey
Info:Corgi (1980), Mass Market Paperback
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Tags:Fantasy, Dragonriders of Pern, Harper Hall trilogy Book 1

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Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey


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[Re-read, 2011]

Just as good as I remember it from when I was a kid! ( )
  devafagan | Jan 2, 2015 |
A simple coming of age story set in the world of Pern, but well told and with that special 'warm fuzzies' quality. Menolly is a talented musician born in the wrong place - a Hold dedicated entirely to the life of the fisherman and where girls and women in particular have no chance at achieving anything different with their lives. She can indulge her passion only so long as it serves a required purpose, and eventually the strain becomes too much.

Anne McCaffrey wrote two original trilogies for the world of Pern during its heydey. I read the other in my school days but never picked up this one, which runs in parallel and has some crossover. It has all the flavour of the others, a goldmine of nostalgia: far better than when an author returns to a series years later is to find another original work that was written in that period. Menolly is a bit of a Little Nell, a little too purely good - there's not the least spark of anger in her, only fear when she considers her foes. If you don't find that too saccharine, the ending will pluck your heartstrings. ( )
  Cecrow | Dec 24, 2014 |
Just reread this, as Harold has begun reading it to the girls. It's still good. ( )
  AmphipodGirl | Oct 14, 2014 |
Well written but I got bored of the series & world by this point. Possibly just me, but I didn't find any of it that fascinating to really enjoy it much beyond the original trilogy. ( )
  jimmaclachlan | Aug 18, 2014 |
Read during Fall 2005

Light and enjoyable read, that seems to slot in fine with Dragonquest, since it takes place about the same time. The writing isn't quite as clumsy, perhaps as it is written for teens. I kept wanting to check the timings and actions with the adult books but it appeared to make some sense. However, Robinton seemed WAY too busy on the Hatching Day at the very end that also figures prominently in Dragonquest. Mirrim is also introduced here as well as in the adult book and doesn't come off any better. From The White Dragon, I know she isn't going to improve any.
  amyem58 | Jul 14, 2014 |
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To Beth Blish who stands first in line for a dragon - behind me!
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Almost as if the elements, too, mourned the death of the gentle old Harper, a southeaster blew for three days, locking even the burial barge in the safety of the Dock Cavern.
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Menolly - Mistress of Music, Ward of Fire Lizards 

Every two hundred years or so, shimmering threads fall, raining black ruin on Pern. The great dragons of Pern, hurl themselves through the beleaguered skies, flaming tongues of fire to destroy deadly Thread and save the planet.

It was not Threadfall that made Menolly unhappy. It was her father who betrayed her ambition to be a Harper, who thwarted her love of music. Menolly had no choice but to run away. 

She had came upon a mythical firelizard queen battling the seas to save her eggs during one of her harvest forays - and wrote a song about the deed. Now, she returned to her Queen's cave - just in time to see the hatching - and save the babies from thread.

what Menolly (and everybody else) didn't realize that these cute lizards were like the dragons whom legend says were bred from them - feed them once and they look to you for life! Nine hungry babies wanting attention RIGHT NOW!!!

And then Menolly loses track of time - she's hunting food for herself and her friends, far from her sheltering cave - when Thread begins to fall!
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553258524, Mass Market Paperback)

Anne McCaffrey's best-selling Harper Hall Trilogy  is a wonder-filled classic of the  imagination. Dragonsong, the first volume in the  series, is the enchanting tale of how Menolly of  Half Circle Hold became Pern's first female Harper,  and rediscovered the legendary fire lizards who  helped to save her world.

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Forbidden by her father to indulge in music in any way, a girl on the planet Pern runs away, taking shelter with the planet's fire lizards who, along with her music, opens a new life for her.

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