Phil Parker (tigertoy) wrote,
Phil Parker

Book review: The Dragon Book

I'm never going to catch up on my book reviews, but I'm going to try to get at least a few of the recent ones.  I'll start with The Dragon Book, edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois, an original anthology of stories about dragons.

Given how hopelessly smitten with large magical quasi-lizards of nearly every description I am, I figured this book must have been written just for me.  I'm afraid that I came away disappointed, though.  None of the stories were completely uninteresting.  Most of them were pretty good.  But none of them grabbed me the way I'm grabbed by most of the novels I read that feature dragons.  The most memorable thing in the whole book was the pun in the Tad Williams story, which I think makes my personal top 10 list but doesn't crack the top 3.  A couple of other lighthearted stories, but nothing else that I remember laughing (or groaning) aloud for.  Several stories that touched my heart lightly, but none more than that.  A couple that just left me shaking my head going "meh".

6 out of 10.
Tags: anthology, book review, fantasy, gardner dozois, jack dann
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