Dragon Tales

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 318 pages
  • Dragon Tales
  • Isaac Asimov
  • English
  • 03 October 2017
  • 9780449245231

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Dragon TalesIntroduction Dragon Tales •• essay by Isaac AsimovGerda •• shortstory by Evelyn E SmithDragons' Teeth •• novelette by David DrakeTwo Yards of Dragon • [Incorporated Knight] ••novelette by L Sprague de CampA Hiss of Dragon ••novelette by Gregory Benford and Marc LaidlawThe DragonFang Possessed by the Conjurer PiouLu •• shortstory by FitzJames O'BrienThe Bully and the Beast •• novella by Orson Scott CardThe King's Head and the Purple Dragon •• shortstory by L Frank BaumSoft Come theDragons •• shortstory by Dean R KoontzSt Dragon and the George •• novelette by Gordon R DicksonJohn Robert and the Dragon's Egg •• shortstory by Thomas N Scortia aka John Robert and the EggDemon and Demoiselle •• novelette by Janet FoxWeyr Search • [Dragonriders of Pern] •• novella by Anne McCaffrey.

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10 thoughts on “Dragon Tales

  1. Nighteye says:

    actually a great anthology of Dragons. very diffirent stories and with odd topics. some really old authors, one from 1800-something, mixed with new ones on the 80s. I finite dislike a singer novel witch was over expectations. best dragon anthology so far! surprised to meet Dean R Koontz as I knew as a horror author and glad to meet Orson Scott Card and some for me new good ones: Frank L Baum and L Sprague de Camp

  2. Cindy says:

    I am a dragon fan. Most books with dragons I enjoy and this is no exception. The book was published in the early 80's so you will find a couple stories that became longer series. If you are a fan of L. Frank Baum, he has a story taken from his Oz series.

    Not great literature, but fun and for dragon fans a good read.

  3. Wil says:

    This anthology was the first place I read the short story "Bully and the Beast" by Orson Scott Card, and thus I'll always remember it fondly.

  4. Deby Fredericks says:

    I'm sorry to say it, but this book needs a trigger warning for sexual assault. Yes, it is an older book, given to me by a friend, but it's probably one I would have bought myself if I found it in a used book shop. I mean, look at the names attached: Asimov, Greenberg, Card, Dickson, McCaffrey, Benford, Koontz. But that can't be our excuse.

    In the first story, a woman is pushed against the wall and forcibly kissed. Turns out she was a dragon cursed into the form of a woman... but instead of striking back against the guy who kissed her when she clearly told him to keep away, she joins him in a mission of revenge against someone he doesn't like. What..?

    Later, we see relentless bullying of a retarded man... for which the victim blames himself. Several tales use women as mere pawns, captured by dragons to serve as bait. One of these characters is so shocked by her experiences that she becomes nearly mindless, yet apparently lives happily ever after. We see barmaids equated with whores and rape dismissed as good fun.

    In the most egregious case, a young woman sorceress is hounded by a stronger male sorcerer who sends an invisible incubus to grope and molest her. Ultimately this ends in her being raped while out-of-body fighting her main aggressor. After winning, she is determined to summon that incubus again, because apparently she regrets missing out on the rape experience. WHA---???

    I don't write this review as any sort of crusade. About half of these authors are dead, and the most recent story is Card's from 1980. (His has the bullying of the disabled man.) To me, it's a sobering reminder of where our genre once was, and how far we've come since then.

  5. Kelly Wagner says:

    I picked this up at a used book sale - I'll buy almost anything for a quarter. None of the stories were original to the anthology, but it was fun to reread some of them. Some ols stories hold up better than others - "Weyr Search" will always be a classic, but the writing of the female characters grates a little now, and the one-dimensional characterization of the men does, too - all either noble and brave dragonriders or greedy or lazy villains.

  6. Carol says:

    Like an anthology you will find stories that you like, love and question why did they write that. Over all I enjoyed most of the stories in the book, and didn't hate any of them. A good book that you can pick up and put down. Short stories are for reading on your lunch breaks. Enjoy.

  7. Chrissa says:

    This was a great mix of short stories. I enjoyed the Anne McCaffrey story at the end--I loved these books when I first encountered them and was glad to revisit this delight. Otherwise, each story had an interesting flavor: historical, silly, cunning, satirical, literary. Very glad to have picked this up.

  8. Timothy Boyd says:

    Good selection of short stories about dragons. Recommended