March 19th, 2009

Book review: Dragons Wild

The first on my pile of books to review is Dragons Wild by Robert Asprin.

This is the first book in a series.  Unfortunately, due to Asprin's untimely death, there is only one more book in the series.  This book does a fair job at reaching a stopping point in an ongoing story.

This is a story about how some of the people around us aren't actually human.  I enjoy this theme in general, and when the non-humans are called dragons, I'm disposed to enjoy it.  Asprin is pretty vague and not completely consistent about the nature of dragons.  It's tolerable in a fluffy book, but it's hard to be very original while being so vague.  The main thing that's fun about this book is its setting.  Most of the book is set in the French Quarter, where Asprin lived for the later part of his life.  The Quarter in this book is vividly drawn and fascinating, and has the feel of bring drawn from personal experience.  While I suspect that other people who live there see the place a little differently, this book feels like Asprin is telling us about the place he really lived in and loved, with certain characters being dragons to make it a fantasy novel.

This book is fast paced and unpretentious.  It's not deeply serious, but it doesn't have the obvious humor of the more familiar Myth series.

Nothing for the ages, but it was fun.  7 out of 10.

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