[ Audiobooks ] DragondrumsAuthor Anne McCaffrey – Schematicwiringdiagram.co

Dragondrums is the coming of age story of Piemur, a small, quick, clever apprentice at Harper Hall When Piemur s clear treble voice changes at puberty, his place among the Harpers is no longer certain 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 bitteen angst than I look for these days, but otherwise just as good Dragondrums is the third of the Harper books and though it also works fine as a 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 bitteen angst than I look for these days, but otherwise just as good Dragondrums is the third of the Harper books and though it also works fine as a standalone, the previous two books did initially establish Piemur, the main character in the book It seems to me that you would not have had to read them though, this is the first told from Piemur s point of view and as all of us seem different from the inside of our heads to how people see us on the outside, so Piemur is very different to himself than to others His adventures start when his voice breaks and the Harper hold must find other work for him This work accidentally brings him to the Southern continent and his adventures there are significantly different to any others as McCaffrey uses this story to explore a continent that is entirely different to the world of the North, so well established from previous books.At first I was a little miffed I really wantedof Menolly, to be honest Piemur won me over however and I thoroughly enjoyed this book I d been thinking lately of the core rules of cozy mysteries if it sounds like I m going way off genre here, I promise, I ll get back to fantasy momentarily no sex, no swearing, no gory violence These are the sorts of books targeted at adult audiences but which have cartoony illustrations on the covers and tend to be about cats, bakeries, flower shops, and other such natural subject areas for whodunnits seriously, there are untold numbers of cozy mysteries in those sub categories Cozy m I d been thinking lately of the core rules of cozy mysteries if it sounds like I m going way off genre here, I promise, I ll get back to fantasy momentarily no sex, no swearing, no gory violence These are the sorts of books targeted at adult audiences but which have cartoony illustrations on the covers and tend to be about cats, bakeries, flower shops, and other such natural subject areas for whodunnits seriously, there are untold numbers of cozy mysteries in those sub categories Cozy mysteries focus on fun, well told stories that aim to entertain without troubling the reader, and they have legions of fans.Fantasy s never been an explicitly fun genre, despite how its viewed externally sometimes under the umbrella of escapism There have always been troubling, explicit, questioning stories and there s no special shelf for fun fantasy If there was, all three of the Harper Hall books by Anne McCaffrey, starting with Dragonsong, then Dragonsinger, and finally ending with Dragondrums, would have a prominent place on that shelf.There s no moment in any of these books where you d feel uncomfortable reading them at night for fear of troubling dreams The stories are well written, exciting in places, thoughtful in others, and always in that safe zone free of sex, graphic violence, or swearing They re not particularly YA which doesn t shy away from difficult subjects or scenes , nor Middle Grade in that they aren t all about how dumb adults are and how kids need to save the world They re justsafe.Having witnessed the way my own YA series, Spellslinger, has had to navigate certain issues of censorship in places like Russia but also, for very different reasons, the UK , I ve becomeandaware of a push towards safe stories in some corners of publishing Until recently I thought I was dead set against such a drive for non troubling stories especially since troubling often grows far past sex, swearing, or graphic violence to encompass stories that just happen to feature issues of marginalized people in society But now I think I ve come to the conclusion that the mystery fiction world has it right Go ahead and have a clean fantasy subgenre that s devoid of swearing, sex, or graphic violence Just make sure it s defined clearly that way so that those readers looking for that experience can find it without opening up the rest of fantasy fiction to a kind of puritanical scrutiny.Dragondrums, a story of a young singer who loses his voice and ends up on a survival adventure on another continent while discover his own path in life, is to me, at any rate clean fantasy done well It s not as compelling for me as Dragonsong perhaps my favourite clean fantasy of all time , but it delivers what it promises without furthering any kind of puritanical agenda it s safe and fun without suggesting that all fantasy books should be that way In fact, given that there were some troubling aspects to how McCaffrey dealt with topics of sexuality in her first Dragonriders of Pern trilogy, I kind of think this series staying away from the subject worked in everyone s favour.I realize this is something of a meandering review, and apologies to anyone who sees this book or the entire genre differently from me, but in re reading the book I found myself fascinated as much with what explicitly wasn t in the story as what was.Most of all, re reading Dragondrums made me wish McCaffrey had writtenHarper Hall books, and I fear I may have to pick up Dragonsong again one day soon This book follows Piemur You first meet him in the first two Harper Hall books with Menolly He is Menolly s first friend in the Harper Hall This picks up after the first two books Piemur has a beautiful Soprano voice as a young man, but his voice begins to crack as he begins to go through the change to becoming a man This makes everything change for him at the Harper Hall.He is so unsure of what will happen to him in the Harper Hall once he loses his voice The Masterharper takes him and ha This book follows Piemur You first meet him in the first two Harper Hall books with Menolly He is Menolly s first friend in the Harper Hall This picks up after the first two books Piemur has a beautiful Soprano voice as a young man, but his voice begins to crack as he begins to go through the change to becoming a man This makes everything change for him at the Harper Hall.He is so unsure of what will happen to him in the Harper Hall once he loses his voice The Masterharper takes him and has him become one of his apprentices, but in secret Piemur is a good boy, but he does get into trouble He also is bright and clever This makes him a great asset to the Harper Hall, but in ways that others can not know He becomes a drum apprentice, but while there he is treated really poorly and ends up pretty badly hurt after a fall caused by others He ends up in the Southern Continent with a fire lizard queen that he impresses He has gotten himself into a bit of trouble, but he is smart and he survives This is a good story and I can t help but like Piemur who has a big heart This Harper Hall trilogy is such a marvelous addition to the Dragonriders of Pern series They were and still are my favorites This was one of my first adult fantasy books and I LOVED it My mom bought it for me one summer and I devoured it and began my love of Pern I just started writing little bits for a mid sized daily in our area or at least trying I got a couple little mini features in but I was only in 9th grade.Being so moved by this strange to me book, I decided to write Anne, never expecting to hear back, but sure enough, a great little handwritten letter found it s way into my parent s mailbox a This was one of my first adult fantasy books and I LOVED it My mom bought it for me one summer and I devoured it and began my love of Pern I just started writing little bits for a mid sized daily in our area or at least trying I got a couple little mini features in but I was only in 9th grade.Being so moved by this strange to me book, I decided to write Anne, never expecting to hear back, but sure enough, a great little handwritten letter found it s way into my parent s mailbox a month or so later I had sent a small sample of writing and she encouraged me and it wasn t too good, but maybe she thought it a bit imaginative.I wrote her a coupletimes and each time she responded What a quality lady I bet most modern authors are far too busy to do what she did even those with 1 10 of her volume of work Why couldn t she have stopped at two Why does every fantasy series have to be a trilogy or longer This mediocre book drags the whole Harper Hall trilogy down with it. Now this this is interesting, because it s so clearly a book meant to be read with information from other books in the series, information that the first two Harper Hall books don t have There are a lot of political machinations that are only referenced so much of what s going on in the southern weyr is confusing to me and the choice to switch protagonists is an interesting one, too.The resolution is less satisfying I have no idea why Piemur wants to stay, nor do I think his motivations Now this this is interesting, because it s so clearly a book meant to be read with information from other books in the series, information that the first two Harper Hall books don t have There are a lot of political machinations that are only referenced so much of what s going on in the southern weyr is confusing to me and the choice to switch protagonists is an interesting one, too.The resolution is less satisfying I have no idea why Piemur wants to stay, nor do I think his motivations are adequately addressed But that s a problem I have with this entire series there s no standard conflict and resolution Instead, McCaffrey ends on a triumphant note, whether that note acts as resolution or not Mostly it s not Like many who read this book, I felt disappointed when I started it I was expecting to read a continuation of the story of our dear Menolly but curiously the author chose to leave it aside and tell us the story of a less interesting character The only good thing I can find is the fact that, through the story of the central character, we are following some interesting developments like the further maturation of Menolly, beyond that could not find anything interesting The median rating comes wi Like many who read this book, I felt disappointed when I started it I was expecting to read a continuation of the story of our dear Menolly but curiously the author chose to leave it aside and tell us the story of a less interesting character The only good thing I can find is the fact that, through the story of the central character, we are following some interesting developments like the further maturation of Menolly, beyond that could not find anything interesting The median rating comes with the utmost leniency Dear Mrs McCaffrey,What were you thinking You had done a brilliant job with the first two books in this trilogy , so please do explain why you felt compelled to switch your focus from our beloved heroine Menolly to her rambunctious sidekick, Piemur This is no trilogy Do you think you can just skip ahead three years and make Menolly a peripheral player Do you think that you can write a slow moving, rather repetitive adventure story that lacks the resonance of the first two books in this tri Dear Mrs McCaffrey,What were you thinking You had done a brilliant job with the first two books in this trilogy , so please do explain why you felt compelled to switch your focus from our beloved heroine Menolly to her rambunctious sidekick, Piemur This is no trilogy Do you think you can just skip ahead three years and make Menolly a peripheral player Do you think that you can write a slow moving, rather repetitive adventure story that lacks the resonance of the first two books in this trilogy, and we won t notice We notice and we are not happy.This story would be fine as a stand alone story It still would not be a great story Despite jumping across the map of your mythical Pern, this story goes virtually nowhere Anticlimactic is an understatement Piemur is not even close to being fleshed out as a character and, due to this, does not have enough weight as a driving force for this story.Why this final book jumps gears so completely is beyond me Obviously, it left me rather frustrated The story of Menolly was good, layered and exciting As of book two, it was also nowhere near complete In Dragondrums she is viewed from afar She is understood only to the degree that Piemur understands her This is at odds with the idea of a trilogy whose arc seemed to be the coming of age of a young girl.I would really like to know if Mrs McCaffrey views these three books as a trilogy or if the publisher decided to lump them together and advertise them as one I minclined to believe the latter Not just because I want to though I do indeed want to , but because the sense of story in the first two books flowed with a confidence utterly lacking in this final one I just wasn t that interested in Piemur s character or storylines I ve enjoyed the Pern books I ve read for the most part but I think this will be my last.