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Dragonsinger (Harper Hall of Pern) Paperback – April 1, 2003
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About the Author
Anne Inez McCaffrey (April 1, 1926–November 21, 2011) was an American-born Irish writer, best known for the Dragonriders of Pern science fiction series. Early in McCaffrey’s forty-six-year career as a writer, she became the first woman to win a Hugo Award for fiction and the first to win a Nebula Award. Her 1978 novel The White Dragon became one of the first science fiction books to appear on the New York Times bestseller list. In 1999 she was the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award, honoring her lifetime contribution to writing for teens. In 2005 the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America named McCaffrey its twenty-second Grand Master, an annual award to living writers of fantasy and science fiction. She was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2006.
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Top Customer Reviews
Don't take the three-star rating as a gauge of how I feel about the story--I love this story to pieces, and have since I was around 13 years old.
Menolly is a wonderful character, and the environs of the Harper Hall are a delightful place for her to explore as she struggles to find her place in a world that is reluctant to embrace someone with her talent.
This is a lovely, thoughtful, mature story, written with a simplicity and grace that will leave it as a warm and gleaming treasure in your memory, one you can come back to and re-read every two or three years and be enchanted anew.
Five stars for the story, all the way.
No, the deduction of two stars is entirely the fault of this edition. Whoever put together this Kindle version should be flogged, because they have seriously damaged this story. As someone who has read and adored the print version many, many times, I can tell you that details matter. Emphasis matters. Little things like punctuation and italics MATTER.
I can only imagine some poor intern being assigned the 'chore' of creating this edition, along with a stack of other titles, and then simply slogging through it with only the barest attention paid to things like a simple spellcheck.
The result is something that still holds much of the charm of the story as it was written, but the visible scuffs and scratches and chips have stripped away some portion of the magic here, and that is a crime.
Please, please, oh soulless publisher/corporation/machine/entity: give us an updated version of this, where the author's intent is more properly conveyed.
I purchased the Kindle versions of both Dragonsong and Dragonsinger because I love these classic stories, and also because, sadly, my 1978 Bantam paperbacks (with exquisite cover artwork by Elizabeth Malczynski) are beginning to fall apart. I’ve noticed that other e-books I’ve purchased tend to contain more errors than print versions, but this e-book publication of Dragonsinger is ridiculous, with missing words, missing text, missing italic emphasis on words (missing italics also a problem with Dragonsong), misspelled words and names, random commas and periods, etc., etc. I’m guessing someone scanned the printed text and used a word-recognition program on this, and then never bothered to proofread or compare the result with the original text.
Spend the money and get a decent proofreader, Kindle. I’m so disgusted with this “publication” that I doubt I’ll take the chance on any more of these.
This book, the second in the Harper series, really delves into the story of Menolly and answers a lot of questions posed in the first book. It basically is the conclusion to Menolly's story and leads the way for Piemur and his story in book three. We also get insight into the Masterharper and learn more about who he is. Great read!
I think Amazon must have used a first-Turn apprentice to copy the Kindle version from the Book because the Kindle version is full of misspellings, omitted words, and even omitted lines of text. It is difficult at best to make complete sense of the Kindle reading, without having the Book to use as a backup ... which almost negates the purpose of having a Kindle. I have found that this incomplete copying problem is consistent for the entire Pern series; I am most disappointed!
The Book is fantastic ... buy the Book!
Funny thing is that Dragonsong and Dragondrums were well done in Kindle (not so many big errors, at least).