Harperhall revisited

Dragonsong (Pern #3) by Anne McCaffrey

Every two hundred years or so, shimmering Threads fall from space, raining death and black ruin on Pern. The great dragons of Pern hurl themselves through the beleagured skies, flaming tongues of fire to destroy deadly Thread and save the Planet. But it was not Threadfall that made young 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.

As a teenager in the 80s I read this many, many times. The Harper trilogy books belonged to my favourite books in that decade, together with The White Dragon. Menolly has always been my favourite character, besides Robinton. I though she was great, overcoming all those challenges with her family, being independent, finding the fabulous fire lizards and a place for herself to belong…

Now, 40 years later, I was a bit apprehensive about my re-read. It is such a horrible thing to find out when something, that you cherish in your memory, doesn‘t pass the test of time. This book did pass the test of time though. I had a lot of fun and pretty much started re-reading Dragonsinger right away.

7 thoughts on “Harperhall revisited

    1. Dragonsinger is just as much fun. Let‘s see if I‘ll read Dragondrums right after as well. I want to re-read more Pern books next year, I‘ll see. The first trilogy definitely hadn’t aged well when I read it last year.

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      1. Yeah, I might be done with the first trilogy. It didn’t age well last time I read it, and that kinda put me off the rest of the series. I can remember it as something I enjoyed without needing to re-read it again. I think I might be okay with some of the later books (like All The Weyrs of Pern) if I don’t start with Dragonflight.

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    1. The first trilogy didn‘t age terribly well. I still liked it, but it had issues. Harperhall so far is a lot of fun. I would love to progress through the whole series in publication order. I am curious to see how the books written with her son turn out, those I never read. I stopped somewhere in the 90s.

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