Friday, January 6, 2012

Library Loot - January 6

Library Loot is being hosted over at The Captive Reader these days a lot of the time. It's been a while since I participated to be honest, not that I've not been going to the library, but the books just haven't been getting read. Anyway, this trip was inspired by the All The Books Of Pern challenge I'm participating in. Three of the books for that challenge are the Harper Hall trilogy, and I'm now wanting to re-read them.

This trip's bag of loot:
Anne McCaffrey
Simon Pulse

The product description:
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. When, suddenly, she came upon a group of fire lizards, wild and smaller relatives of the fire-breathing dragons, she let her music swirl around them. She taught nine of them to sing. Suddenly Menolly was no longer alone -- she was Mistress of Music and Ward of the dazzling fire dragons.
Dragonsong is the first book in the Harper Hall trilogy.

Anne McCaffrey
Simon Pulse

The product description:
In the world of Pern, Harpers are regarded to be more powerful than kings, for the music they play can literally control the minds of others. For young Menolly, her dreams of becoming a Harper have nothing to do with power, but rather her love of music. Now she is finally living out her musical dreams as an apprentice Harper, but it's turning out to be more challenging than she thought.
Formerly forbidden to study music because of her gender, Menolly quickly encounters hostility from a number of her male peers and masters. But she is not alone in her struggles. With the help of new friends, teachers, and her nine fire lizards, Menolly finds that her musical talents may prove more powerful than anyone could imagine.
Anne McCaffrey
Simon Pulse

The product description:
In the world of Pern, Harpers with great musical ability are held in extreme regard. This is why the young, mischievous Piemur carries himself with so much pride, for he sings like an angel. But when his voice begins to change, Piemur loses all confidence and questions his role within Harper Hall.
Incapable of singing, Piemur is sent on various errands by Masterharper Robinton, including the task of learning the complicated beats of the messenger drums, Piemur has no clue of the grand adventures that await him, and he'll need to find the courage within himself to survive.
Dragondrums is the third book in the Harper Hall trilogy, and to my mind (based on when I read it some years ago) it's a bit of the odd one out. Where the other two books are focussed on Menolly, this one is from Piemur's perspective, which is a bit of a surprise after the last two.

Unnatural Issue
Mercedes Lackey
Daw Books

The product description:
A brand-new Elemental Masters novel from the national bestselling author Mercedes Lackey.

Richard Whitestone is an Elemental Earth Master. Blaming himself for the death of his beloved wife in childbirth, he has sworn never to set eyes on his daughter, Suzanne. But when he finally sees her, a dark plan takes shape in his twisted mind-to use his daughter's body to bring back the spirit of his long-dead wife.
I've been meaning to read this one since it came out last fall, but every time I've gone to the library, it's been checked out. This time, I went for the three Anne McCaffrey novels and got lucky to find Unnatural Issue there too. It might have helped as well, that this was a different library.

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