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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 Came Upon A Group Of Fire Lizards, Wild Relatives Of The Fire Breathing Dragons Her Music Swirled About Them She Taught Nine To Sing, Suddenly Menolly Was No Longer Alone

10 thoughts on “Dragonsong

  1. says:

    A book doesn t have to be Great Literature or even particularly good to appear on my formative fiction shelf, it just has to be a book with a meaning that changed me or helped me to understand myself and the world in a new way Fortunately, Dragonsong is also a very good book of its type.The best friend of my childhood was different from me in many ways middle class to my trailer trash, older, weak where I was strong he suffered from a heart condition that would kill him while still a teenager , and part of a large and functioning family.We both lived in religious households that discouraged worldly reading but, while my folks were strict, his were lax During a winter holiday sleep over, he smuggled Dragonsong and some of its many sequels to me We sprawled in front of the wood stove and read all day and long into the night I d scrimped to save for treats and, feeling very elegant, served us Ritz crackers with Cheeze Whiz the big jar and vienna sausages I was so anxious to impress, I put my finger on the side of the stove to show him how long I could stand to sizzle.There were other sleep overs and other books, but this is was the important one, the one I remember whenever I open a new book and read merely for the pleasure of escape into another kind of life.Menolly, the protagonist of Dragonsinger, escapes in a literal way Denied the expression of her natural abilities, she runs away to live independently She fed my tomboy fantasies by living rough, making her own shelter, killing and skinning a large bird, and taming wild animals Just when she is settling into her new rustic life, disaster strikes Finally, her talents are recognized by kindly people who whisk her away on dragon back to a new community of people who can value her for the reasons she values herself.It is not a complicated story, but it is well told and the theme is universal It has resonated in my life as I have tried, with only some measure of success, to find a safe place where my own talents are recognized and friends who care for me not in spite of, but because of who I am The irony for me, of course, is how that place is located in the past, with that dead boy who loved me enough to smuggle books.

  2. says:

    I missed my reading window of opportunity for this one I should ve read it when I was a prepubescent girl Clearly young girls are the target audience for Dragonsong The less than thrilling story revolves around a girl musician Will she or won t she become the community s head musician Eee gads the tension Now she s lost, but a dragon rider comes to the rescue The drama Oh, aren t dragons ever so beautiful I m so excited I couldfall asleep.The description is lackluster as well The lack of details in McCaffrey s settings reminded me of A Wrinkle in Time I felt forever floating in a limbo world with a couple of other mildly interesting characters The foreword to Dragonsong was quite informative and set up the framework of the fantasy world in a way that I could readily grasp the basic laws However, development never progressed beyond that.I only got so far and decided to put this down I didn t want to force myself, yet again, to read a book I wasn t enjoying It s not that Dragonsong is bad, it s just not for me This felt like and I was looking for

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    I fell in love with the dragons of Pern and with Anne McCaffrey s writing quite a while back But I never got to read the Harper Hall trilogy because my silly old self thought it wouldn t be that good as it s about harpers and firelizards than dragons My smarter new self now gloats and wants to diligently kick my old silly self s butt preach about assumptions and how we re not really supposed to make them, because they ll probably end up punching us in the face DThis book about harpers and firelizards was STUNNING I loved Menolly, and her trials made me get spitting mad at times and laugh out loud at others Menolly Pern Wiki FANDOMI could practically picture an old pot flying at a big grumpy dragon s head, who fortunatelly knows to get out of the way on cleaning days Or a little baby firelizard being grabbed by the tail and unceremoniously dropped in a corner with a juicy piece of meat to stay there and eat Anne McCaffrey has such a way with words that you can really see her stories unfold before your eyes In plain and simple words she ll walk you through a tale of courage and determination of a young girl whose only fault is that of wanting to make music.In a world where music is only made by men, because women are not worthy of the honour in a hold where women need to know their place and do only what they re told in a family where a daughter is not loved if she doesn t carry her weight according to precepts and tradition, Menolly dares to rebel and follow a dream Intricatelly woven into a culture and lifestyle so different than ours, and yet so alike, Menolly s tale will point out both the best and worst in human nature It will make you both rage and sigh, and will soften your heart with the gentle touch of the little dragon cousins not one but lots of pesky, perky firelizards And how I wish I had a little one of those A song full of feeling, strength and determination Dragonsong is one to listen to I highly recommend it May it lift your spirits the way it did mine Happy reading

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    I ve read Dragonsong several times over the years and it continues to be one of my favourite Young Adult novels of all time Menolly is neither bad ass warrior nor shrinking violet, but rather someone whose passion for music in all its forms combines with a strong sense of decency to carry her through the trials of living in a place where she s not wanted, and having to make a place for herself outside her familiar home.Dragonsong neither fits the contemporary notion of Young Adult nor Middle Grade but is instead a kind of timeless story that appealed to me both as a teenager and as an adult While it does sit within the massive canon of Pern novels, it works perfectly well as a standalone book for those who ve never read any of the Dragonriders books.

  5. says:

    Just reread this for the first time in years.A bit heavy on the Menolly is a girl, oh no and things don t really pick up until the fire lizards show up, but even so good stuff And still the comfort read it was 20 years ago.

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    For me, this book transcends the plane of existing merely as a book It is a dear memory wrapped so closely to my self identification for when it was introduced to me and by whom, my father.For a preteen growing up on a small island Menolly s fate was so easy to identify with and I wished for my own dragonets The story is magical And I love it still.

  7. says:

    The first Anne McCaffrey I ever read, and still a favorite Menolly is a great character, and her adventures are timeless and instantly engaging.

  8. says:

    The Dragon books were part of the network of books that introduced me in my teen years to fantasy and sci fi and on re reading them years later it is encouraging to find them still as well written as I remember them The plots still as riveting, the world building still as thrilling and the characters still as good well, maybe just a tiny bit teen angst than I look for these days, but otherwise just as good In Dragonsong we follow the adventures of Menolly the youngest daughter in a sea hold where everyone works brutally hard and which has no appreciation for music Menolly is all about the music, and when the old hold Harper dies she is slowly pushed to her limits until she leaves the hold completely, to live outside during thread fall, a thing no one believes is possible She impresses fire lizards, small wild, relatives of the massive dragons and then she teaches them to sing.Still as good as when I read it years ago, as good as when it was written in the 1970 s , I wonder a little if it could be as amazing to a young girl reading it today as it was to us all back then We has so few strong women in fiction to enchant us Well, there is out there these days, but this one is as good as ever.

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    There is nothing like snuggling under the covers with one of your favorite books on a rainy day I love this book, unconditionally, so don t expect a fair review from me This is the book that led to my discovery of both sci fi and fantasy as genres, it opened up the world to me, at the time I was eleven but a decade later I still enjoy it.The book was written for an arguably younger audience than any other set of books in McCaffrey s Pern series There is no sex, minimal violence, the reading level is definitly geared toward middleschoolers not in a condescending way though , and the main characters are in their teens Still, its a necessary part of the Pernverse for any enthusiast.The characters are enjoyable, Harper Hall is a favorite location of mine, everyone wants a firelizard after reading this story, and its a quick but excellent read I think it says something that I have read this book over a dozen times, but still find myself longing to relive the events therein.Do yourself a favor if its raining out, curl up with any of your favorite books, but I do hope you ll give this one a try Read as 100 book of 2012 in celebration of being able to read at all after a few trying years of little time for literature

  10. says:

    This book focuses on Menolly who lives in a fishing hold She is talented musically with a fine voice and is able to play many instruments However, her father does not support her in her talent and in fact tries to hamper her since she is a girl Menolly is such a lovely character that I loved the first time I read these and that warm and fuzzy just came back again on the reread She runs away from the hold and is caught out in threadfall She takes refuge in a cave during threadfall and there is a hatching of fire lizards going on She ends up impressing nine of them to save them from death She finds herself out in threadfall once again some time later She is making a run for her shelter when she is rescued by a dragon She has run her feet raw, so she spends time in the Weyr healing She is such a great character She does find her happy ending, but it is through pain and heartache She is so beaten down emotionally by her mother and father that she has to overcome She does and it is fabulously written.