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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but read the rest of the series too!, 21 Nov 2002
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Mr. D. A. Harris (Worcester, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Dragonsinger: Harper Of Pern (The Dragon Books) (Paperback)
Effectively the sequel to "Dragonsong", this book chronicles the further adventures of Menolly, as she finds herself in new surroundings at the Harper Hall, where she is expected to demonstrate her musical talent, continue her education, and instruct those around her on how to care for the "fire-lizards" that have re-acquainted themselves with humankind.
This is the first of McCaffrey's tales to introduce the readers to the Harper Hall in detail, and builds a story with elements of jealousy, pathos, ethical considerations, and a great deal of humour to further the saga suurounding the great Dragons of Pern and their on-going fight against the menace that threatens their existence.
Although the story stands on it's own merits, I strongly recommend that it is read in conjunction with the others in the series to fully appreciate the scenarios that unfold.
Easy to read, and engaging in the devlopment of the main characters, Anne McCaffrey continues to write stories that are as appropriate for adults to read as they are for children.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic of fantasy fiction, 24 July 1999
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This review is from: Dragonsinger: Harper Of Pern (The Dragon Books) (Paperback)
This has to be the most enchanting book in a series which all fantasy fiction fans will devour one after the other. If you read one of the Pern books, you just have to read another and then another ... until you are left with only one desire : that Anne McCaffrey won't leave us too long before writing another. If you haven't tried any of the Pern books, this would be a good one to get you hooked. They are all complete in themselves, but it is a joy to rediscover key characters who reoccur in other volumes. If you've already tried one of the Pern books, thenI'm preaching to the already converted. If this is your first contact, don't hesitate a moment longer ... join the addicts !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read!, 4 Mar 2001
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This review is from: Dragonsinger (Hardcover)
This is one of the best books I've read, full of mystery and magic. Menolly, the heroine, is a truly likeable character. Her exploits with the fire lizards are both amusing and spellbinding.
A must for any Anne McCaffrey fan. A brilliant introduction to her work if you haven't read anything by her before.
I'm very eager to read more about Menolly and her friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Puff the Magic...Fire Lizard ?, 21 Oct 2006
This review is from: Dragonsinger: Harper Of Pern (The Dragon Books) (Paperback)
"Dragonsinger" is the second book in Anne McCaffery's "Harper Hall Trilogy" and pickes up directly where "Dragonsong" left off. Having lived holdless, practically outrun Thread and impressed nine fire lizards, Menolly is travelling to the Harper Hall with Master Robinton, Furthermore, following Petiron's recommendations. She has been accepted as a student - meaning that, one day, she will become a Harper.

However, the transition won't be an easy one. Menolly's father had believed that only men could become a Harper and, while that has changed, there are still those who believe that Menolly has no place at the Harper Hall. Worse, her nine fire lizards inspire a certain amount of jealousy and - at times - alarm. She meets a certain amount of resentment and there are some who persecute and bully her at every available opportunity. However, she isn't without her allies - among the most likeable is Piemur, another apprentice at the Hall.

Since this is the second book in the Trilogy, it's not the best starting point - "Dragonsong" is the trilogy's first book. Menolly remains a likeable character : despite being hugely talented, she is woefully short on self-confidence. Piemur is an entirely different kettle of fish, though no less likeable. Like "Dragonsong", a likeable and easily read book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Reading, 5 April 2014
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Anne McCaffrey may no longer be with us, but she left a huge legacy in the 'Dragon' books. This book introduces a new aspect of the Pern novels, featuring, as it does, an unappreciated young girl, not allowed to do anything to do with music. The girl is caught out by a fall of the infamous 'Thread'. The story then takes the reader through the girls adventures and how her life and that of those who populated Pern, are changed for ever as gradually she is able to make music just as she had always wanted to do.

It's not the starting point for the Dragon series, but is still a cracking good read and although I have the full set of Dragon books, I am now buying them to put on my Kindle and enjoying them all over again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Classic Anne McCaffrey, 8 Mar 2014
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Dragonsinger was the first Anne McCaffrey books I read and in many ways is responsible for my continuing love of science-fiction. It was originally aimed at teenagers / Young Adults, before YA was fashionable and in some ways it can be taken as School Story dressed up in science-fiction / fantasy clothing, however reading it again has proved to me that this is one of the classic Anne McCaffrey stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anne McCaffrey Pern, 28 Feb 2014
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This book by this writer ticks all the boxes, more or less got most of pern books. Its just our thing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 27 Feb 2014
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As always Anne McCaffrey draws the reader into the story and you cannot put the book down. Lovely to flesh out the character of the Master Harper.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 23 Feb 2014
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This is a great series by a great writer. Love all her works, Sci-Fi lost a great writer when she died
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dragonsinger of Pern, 6 Jan 2014
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Dragonsinger of Pern the on going story of Mellony, a young lass with a passion for music and song, living within a hard working fishing community in a regressed society where due to population demand and the arrival of thread has reasserted the old sexual stereotypes, where women are expected to be the homemaker.

In this story Mellony enters the Harper hall after finally being discovered by the Master Harper of Pern in the Benden Weyr after out running thread during an extended period of being on her own after running away when she was isolated and discoraged from the music she loved. Mellony has to find new friends, learn how to cope in an enviroment she is unused too, coming from a small fishing hold and after being isolated.

Written well and a grewat set of books for the fantasy reader that likes on going sagas with a writer they like.
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