Pursuing her dream to be a Harper of Pern, Menolly studies under the Masterharper learning that is required than a facility with music and a clever way with words.
Dragonsinger Pursuing her dream to be a Harper of Pern Menolly studies under the Masterharper learning that is required than a facility with music and a clever way with words
I won t go into depth as this is a book I ve read several times since first encountering it as a teenager ages ago and there are literally hundreds of detailed reviews One thing that inspires me about Dragonsinger, though, is that it doesn t follow the contemporary form of having everything go wrong for the main character all the way through until the end In contrast, Menolly actually succeeds in almost every chapter a victory for her shared with the reader and yet somehow McCaffrey still made t [...]
My favorite of the Harper Hall books There s something so satisfying about Menolly, who went through hell in the first book, being treated like a princess, and shown around the Harper Hall Getting new clothes, meeting new friends, finding out that her scarred hand will heal just so satisfying
Dragonsinger is very much one of those books that, while on the surface about music Menolly, the protagonist, is a young musician who s just gotten the chance to train professionally, essentially, after earlier being told she had no right to play at all is really about pursuing any art.Dragonsinger falls a bit 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 this tim [...]
This is a continuation of the previous book Drangonsong, and on this re read I read them sequentially, though when I first discovered these books I did not have that luxury Though it helps to have read Drangonsong first, McCaffrey comes from the generation of authors where you did NOT publish a book that could not stand on its own a talent that as a society, we seem to have, MOST regrettably, lost , so it is quite possible to read this book as a standalone.Menolly has been brought to the Harper [...]
I think it s hard for modern readers to imagine the cultural landscape back before fantasy became commonplace and widely accepted Back when McCaffrey wrote this, before Star Wars, there was very little presence of fantasy in pop culture Sure, there was plenty of good fantasy to read if you knew where to look, but for most of the general populace, awareness of fantasy was limited to The Lord of the Rings, which had been published twenty years earlier So when McCaffrey published her Pern novels, t [...]
Loved this series Read it as a teenager and was sad to see the author was gaining in years Eagerly awaited each of her books and read them in one sitting as often as I could I have read these books countless times and own all except one that I can t find any will check on line Anne McCaffrey is amazing and a gift to readers What a drag she is done writing
Menolly s story continues and the books continue to be enjoyable Not great literature, but nice.
Following this very nice story, our dear Menolly is in the best place to fulfill her dream of becoming a musician In this music school she meets all the people who can help her to show off her talent but also others who are putting obstacles and competing her In this world full of opportunities and challenges, she is having difficulties to adapt, but with the help of her little wingers friends have all the resources to succeed while discovering that what she can offer is not just music.All this [...]
Gross I would strongly discourage my daughters from reading this because it encourages a certain kind of female I can t stand the girl who doesn t get along with other girls to whom I always want to say The other girls don t hate you because you re special , they hate you because you re insufferable The tolerable, even interesting Menolly from the first book which I gave 4 stars, by the way disappears into a freaking Mary Sue, oh so talented, yet so modest, championed by the good guys but loathe [...]
Originally published on my blog here in September 2000.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.Dragonsinger follows on immediately [...]
This book rocked my world in 8th grade Plus, dragons
I adored the new setting and characters in this book The ending truly hit me in a personal way and moved me I will not forget Menolly and her struggles for some time yet.
Oh, Menolly, why didn t I know you when I was a teenager Another book to add to the list of books I wish I d read when I was younger, but I m glad I discovered eventually.
Haha, this is so very much a feel good book Menolly never really struggles with anything, and her troubles are rather shallow compared to all of her advantages, but I can t help but like the book anyway 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 group [...]
In Dragonsigner Book two of the Harper Hall trilogy, Menolly finally comes to the Harper Hall and here begins her new life, but not without serious growing pains Her possession of nine fire lizards doesn t make her popular with some in the hall and like most novels of this type, Menolly finds herself dealing with the mean girl contingent of Pern She makes friends with the irrepressible Piemur and begins a lifelong platonic love with Masterharper Robinton As she slowly grows into her craft, Menol [...]
This is one of those books that would have been too short practically no matter how long it was One of my very favourite books, and one of my introductions to the fantasy genre I love the atmosphere it describes, and would love to experience some lessons at Harper Hall myself even though I d probably be likely to be one of the clueless girls although not as cruel I hope than Menolly.I love the lyrics that start off each chapter Usually when books have lyrics or poems as introductions to chapter [...]
One of my all time favorite books It s my go to book whenever I don t have anything to read First of all, dragons And tiny dragons And riding dragons And dragon riders I Love Dragons Second, this book has to deal a lot with music and playing music, which is basically my life It s fascinating seeing my passion through someone else s live Seeing as I play four instruments, I was delighted to read a book with a heroine that loves playing music like I do Another thing I liked even though I thought I [...]
Another great book in this series Menolly stands up to the bullies in Harper Hall while making friends for the first time in her life The fire lizards are growing and starting to become useful in all sorts of unexpected ways.
Even after my 15th reread this one through audiobook I still love the hell out of the first two books in this series.
This is such a good continuation from the last book It s good to go straight into it from the last as it keeps the pace and the involvement is very good at starting books that are immersed in a storyline but she gives just the right sort of info to get you back on track or remind you from previous books She avoids repetition of huge chunks of writing to remind you of the story and I really like that As someone who reads a series altogether or not at all it works perfectly for me.This book is a b [...]
This is a re read of the second in the classic Harper Hall trilogy and holds up well after several decades I d still recommend this series for high school YA The story centers around a fifteen year old misfit girl finding her place in the world I remember being half in love with Masterharper Robinton in these books He holds up as well.
This is one of my favourites in the whole series, I loved reading about Menolly okay I wanted to be her when I was a teenager and her flight of fire lizards and Master Robinton and Sebell and the whole Weyr.
A surprisingly peculiar book, of which I am very fond, and which I will re read many times in the future but probably not a very GOOD book, if we re honest Peculiar because it is heroically uninterested in conventional plot and structure It s a girl, in a school, going to lessons, in a fantasy world That s pretty much it The school is a music school, which is a big part of why I love it Unfortunately, nothing happens, which sort of limits the excitement And the characters are poor, to be charita [...]
See review for Dragonsong Again, I loved this series and this book as a child But upon rereading, I find it slow and unclear in its moral message The main character is an unrealistic mix of traits she was essentially emotionally abused as a child and thus is generally overly apologetic and scared of not being liked Most of the adults constantly praise her humbleness and meek attitude while simultaneously telling her to stop apologizing and believe in herself Despite her meekness, she often seemi [...]
Oh, I love this one, too It always amazes me at the end that the book only covers A WEEK because by the end, I feel so immersed in Harper Hall life I m a complete sucker for school stories, and especially ones where you actually get a sense of what s being taught and how classes are run Anne I love the logistics of worldbuilding McCaffrey supplies that in spades and it makes me super happy Again with the gender roles and we ve never had a GIRL do this before In contrast to the outright abuse in [...]
It was lovely to get back to Menolly and finish off her first story, since Dragonsong is in a way only half a book That s the story of how Menolly gets to the Harper Hall, while this is the story of how she finds her place there and sets herself up for the future we will see, if as a side character, in later books.On this reread, I find myself thinking that Dragonsong is a stronger book The emotion is powerful and it s a much personal, perhaps because I felt I was deeper inside Menolly s head [...]
Dragonsinger is quiet and leisurely, the second Pern fantasy by Ireland based Anne McCaffrey, with sometimes Celtic terminology for the dragon rider world A theme, that parents are cruel and wrong to force artistic children into practical seeming occupations, is reinforced The plot seems to be leisurely establishing relationships, separating friend from foe permanently A paragraph condenses the first book, wherein kind Master minstrel finds musically talented fishing hold outcast teen Mallory H [...]
You re a Harper, Menolly This is the Harry Potter of Pern novel Menolly finds out she is welcome at Harper Hall Hogwarts, the elite school for harpers wizards When she arrives she finds she is already famous as the mysterious lost apprentice boy who lived Silvana Molly Weasley is kind and motherly to her in a way she has never known before The headmaster Robinton Dumbledore takes a special interest in her and her training One teacher, Morshal Snape inexplicably hates her Another student fixated [...]
Just as good the second time around