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A Gift of Dragons by Anne McCaffrey
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    Legends II: New Short Novels by the Masters of Modern Fantasy by Robert Silverberg (Aldrea_Alien)
    Aldrea_Alien: Legends II also has an Anne McCaffrey tale ('Beyond between') which deals with what happens to dragons and riders after they die. A little heavier than the sweet tales told in A Gift of Dragons, but interesting non-the-less.

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This is a small volume composed of four stories. First is "The Smallest Dragonboy", in which we follow the smallest Candidate, Keevan, as he seeks to Impress a dragon. This was copyrighted in 1973. Next is "The Girl who Heard Dragons," about a holdless family forced to flee from their temporary home. Aramina is the one who hears dragons, and they hear her. This was previously published in 1994. The following story is "Runner of Pern" about Tenna, who runs messages as a long-distance runner. This follows her start as a Runner. It was previously published in 1998. The last story is "Ever the Twain" about the twins, Nian and Neru, found on a Search for candidates. It was written in 2002, for this anthology. These are classic McCaffrey stories, with her accustomed eye for detail and the central place of dragons in the society. ( )
  EowynA | Dec 31, 2015 |
Nothing really new here. Misunderstood young person is picked on, but the dragons see his or her value. ( )
  GunnarGrey | Oct 23, 2015 |
This book is a short collection of four short stories. I enjoyed each of them.

The Smallest Dragonboy I had read before. I enjoyed reading about the boy who wouldn't give up.

The Girl Who Heard Dragons is fascinating as background for how the Holdless were adapting to threadfall on Pern. And of course the title character is interesting. This story also had a tie to the first one.

Runner of Pern also advanced my knowledge of one of Pern's communication systems. No Pony Express for Pern -- they have human runners.

Ever the Twain answers what could happen when a twin is chosen on Search. Where does the other one stand?

It has been years since I read a book based in Pern and this is pushing me to read more. ( )
  Jean_Sexton | Oct 15, 2015 |
I originally got this because of The Smallest Dragonboy and the rest of the stories were completely new to me. After having read them multiple times now, though, I still love all of them, though my favorite is The Runner of Pern. The artwork is beautiful, as well. Highly recommended! ( )
  izzycubs932 | Jul 24, 2015 |
This is worth owning for the sake of 'Smallest Dragonboy' and 'Runner of Pern'.
  MarthaJeanne | May 2, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345456351, Hardcover)

For more than thirty years, Pern has conjured visions of brave men and women mounted upon the backs of dragons. As anyone knows who has been touched by the storytelling magic of Anne McCaffrey, to read of the exotic world of Pern is to inhabit it—and to experience its extraordinary dragons is to soar aloft with them and share their dazzling adventures.

Now, A Gift of Dragons brings together three beloved stories and a thrilling new tale of Pern in a single volume illustrated with beautiful artwork by Tom Kidd. In “The Smallest Dragonboy,” Keevan is the youngest dragonrider candidate, determined to impress a dragon when the next clutch of eggs hatches. But what transpires will surprise everyone—Keevan most of all. In “The Girl Who Heard Dragons,” a young girl’s rare ability to communicate with dragons puts her family in danger and will bring her face to face with her greatest fears—and with her most secret desire. The “Runner of Pern” is a girl named Tenna, who follows family tradition by delivering messages—and who will find her destiny on the mossy traces that runners have used for centuries under the dragon-filled sky. And finally, a very special gift: an exciting new Pern adventure, published here for the first time, fresh from the imagination of Anne McCaffrey.

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From "New York Times" bestselling author McCaffrey comes a special illustrated gift book edition featuring three beloved Pern stories and a thrilling new Dragonriders tale.

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