Posted by : Wendy B Saturday, 29 October 2011

The Dragon Book: Magical Tales from the Masters of Modern FantasyThe Dragon Book: Magical Tales from the Masters of Modern Fantasy by Jack Dann
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I picked this up in my hunt for more Tamora Pierce. Her "The Dragon's Tale" turned out to be one of my favourites in the book, along with Tad Williams' "A Stark and Wormy Knight," both of which are told from the POV of the dragons themselves.

As with any anthology, some stories are a hit while others are a miss and some just get by. Not that any were bad. Some just weren't to my taste, but as a whole, I got a glimpse of the styles of many different fantasy authors, many of whom I had not read before but am now interested (or not) in.

I did appreciate the varying approaches to the theme. From dragon hostage negotiations, to infestations to a mama dragon telling her dragonling a bedtime story. It was fascinating to see how different each approach was to the theme, with none being alike. Each one had a unique origin and purpose for its dragons, which is surprising, considering how many stories about dragons already exist.

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