What a disappointment! Faced with what was promising to be an exceedingly dull afternoon, I was in urgent need of a good read. "The Girl Who Heard Dragons" presented itself, and, as my husband has always spoken highly of McCaffrey, I decided to give it a whirl. Immediately, I became engrossed in the plight of young Aramina and her family. The end of the first chapter found our protagonist somewhat apprehensively leaving her family to begin a new life in a new land. Eagerly, I began what appeared to be chapter two and found myself in a bizarre world with 100-year-old sentient trees. What could this possibly have to do with the dragon girl? I forced myself to have patience and read through to the end of this ridiculous story, whereupon I finally realized I had been scammed. With the exception of the first, which has no ending, "The Girl Who Heard Dragons" is apparently a collection of short stories. Unfortunately, in what I can only assume is a deceitful marketing ploy, this fact is never mentioned on the cover, the blurb, nor the introduction. Thus the reader is duped into buying what he or she is led to believe is a Pern fantasy. Frankly, I feel cheated, and my first - and likely only - McCaffrey experience has left me with a quite a sour taste.