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May 13th, 2008

May 13th, 2008
10:33 pm

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Book review: The Dragon DelaSangre
Today's book review is The Dragon DelaSangre by Alan F. Troop.

This book seems to be about trying to understand the psyche of a creature that is not human, in this case a dragon.  It has some appeal, although that may mostly be because I like dragons so much.  The general conception of dragons seems to be self-consistent and make a certain kind of sense, and part of the point seems to be that the dragons have to be what they are.  But there is so much that's unbelievable about the main characters, in the contradictions in how the dragon treats humans as both fellow people and as food, but mainly in how a creature that's so crafty and clever that he's managed to remain unknown to humans in the modern world, and yet can be so blindly stupid to further the plot, really pulls me out of the story.  Plus, the plot seems to be a bunch of arbitrary things that just happen so the author can show the characters in them, rather than a story that works.

It's not a complete failure; if it were, I wouldn't actually care about the characters enough to be annoyed.  It's disappointing precisely because the seeds of something much better are there.  But I think you have to really want to like dragons (who by their nature do horrible things) to even make it through the book.  5 out of 10.

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