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Old Jun 24 2008, 09:25 PM   #1
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So, I was in the bookstore today, and found the Harper Hall Trilogy--with yet another set of covers. (Didn't they just re-cover them with those ugly ones?) I like these better, but I'm highly amused by the fact that they're black-and-neon-purple/blue/green.

Even more amusing...is the back cover copy. Read this, for Dragonsinger:

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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.
Whut?! I guess it explains a lot about Robinton's rise to power...his music can literally control the minds of others! Who'da thunk? And Menolly is obviously going to become Empress of Pern (Harpers are more powerful than mere kings, duh!) because of her fantastic musical powers!

The other ones go on in a similar vein, although not quite as...er...fabricated out of whole cloth.

All this being said...I much prefer these covers to the orange covers, but I like these covers best.
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Old Jun 25 2008, 09:51 AM   #2
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Whut?! I guess it explains a lot about Robinton's rise to power...his music can literally control the minds of others!
I thought I did remember a couple of small lines here and there where Harpers learn techniques to control their voice that helps them influence others, but it is certainly not mind control. At least not like Lessa.

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Old Jun 25 2008, 10:30 AM   #3
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This is a new Simon & Schuster reprint for the Harper Hall trilogy issued this month.

I already started a thread on this in the Collectors Forum: http://forums.srellim.org/showthread.php?t=5401
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Old Jun 25 2008, 12:32 PM   #4
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I don't care for the covers but the 2nd one is better than the 1st
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Old Jun 25 2008, 01:30 PM   #5
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That cover copy is horrible. Way to misrepresent the book!
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Old Jun 25 2008, 02:54 PM   #6
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Indeed, that blurb is one of the worst I ever read...
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Old Jun 25 2008, 03:13 PM   #7
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It's laughable. And sounds more like straight fantasy.
Going to have a few disappointed readers if they're new to Pern, I bet!
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Old Jun 26 2008, 06:13 PM   #8
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Yeah, that's what I thought...kind of unfair to new readers!
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Old Jun 27 2008, 07:55 AM   #9
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It does make your "challenge" intriguing. Intrigueing. Whatever.
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It's horrible the way they've written that blurb about the book!!! I guess they figure they need to include a bit of fantasy to sell them, but people sure will be disappointed to find there isn't any of that in the book!
We can hope that they'll love Anne's story and forget that there's no fantasy in it. I think they should have played up the fire lizards more, they seem to have been thrown in as an afterthougt. And harpers more powerful than kings??? Where did they pull that from?? Sheesh!
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I have a new game for you guys....

Planet Pern it should prohibit, her father planet. Whether it should hide, following to escaping of the girl it is young, which way in it is weak from the music which grasps but because of a certain; It has the refuge which it has; With simultaneous her music, the lizard and her of the fire which opens life are respected.


This is what happens if you send the catalogue card summary of dragonsong through babelfish into korean, back to english, into japanese and then back to english again. I think I've just figured out how they mangled Dragonsinger!
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except the editor at Simon & Schuster has probably translated it directly from English into American *ducks*

Let's write them emails, folks!
Go to there customer service form!
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tosses "clam" mud at Hans, making direct hit! I like Kath's explanation better!
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Wow, that's an impressively bad multi-translation Kath!
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through babelfish? I mean i adore the "hitchhiker's" reference, but is it also a program or site or something?
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It's a website that'll do translations, named for the creature in Hitchhikers.
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I think the original fish did it better...
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Babelfish does as well as it can do. The problem it has is there's no way to account for colloquialisms and genre-specific references, so it gets...confused.
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Trust me, babelfish gets confused over much easier things than colloquialisms or genre-specific things

I can speak only for the languages I know well enough of course and not for the ones Kath quoted
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Oh yeah, I still laugh when I remember how it translated twins to binoculars in at least three languages. Seems to do better with very short sentences with periods.
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