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The Dragon and the George (Dragon Knight #1)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  4,976 Ratings  ·  128 Reviews
Jim Eckert was a dragon. He hadn't planned it that way, but that's what happened when he set out to rescue his betrothed. Following her through an erratic astral-projection machine, Jim suddenly found himself in a cockeyed world - locked in the body of a talking dragon named Gorbash.
That wouldn't have been so bad if his beloved Angie were also a dragon. But in this magical
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Paperback, 279 pages
Published by Ballantine Books (first published 1976)
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Algernon
May 13, 2014 Algernon rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014

For a moment he felt a sort of desperate hunger for the kind of life that had existed in the European Middle Ages of his medievalist studies. A time in which problems took the shapes of flesh-and-blood opponents, instead of impalpable situations arising out of academic cloak-and-dagger politics.

Jim is young and bright university graduate, planning to get married to his girlfriend Angie, but they struggle with poor paid jobs and backstabbing from the entrenched older teachers. He gets his wish
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Mike (the Paladin)
Oct 11, 2009 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Pure fun...rather unorthodox and original when it showed up. I read this and several of the sequels. Not the regular hero slays dragon story as the hero IS the dragon. Humorous/adventure.

Jim Eckert finds himself in one of the most spectacularly frustrating and weird situations that has been imagined in the worlds of fantasy. In a quest to rescue his girl friend who's been "aported" to another world (apparently "aported" there by a crazy professor who can't get her back, but offers to send Jim af
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Antonio Simon Jr.
Jun 12, 2013 Antonio Simon Jr. rated it really liked it
In most fantasy novels, the hero (typically a knight) slays the villian (typically a dragon) and saves someone (again, typically, a princess). This novel turns those conventions on their ear. When a science experiment runs afoul of the laws of physics, the main character, Jim, and his love interest, Angie, are sucked into a fantasy realm. Angie is quickly taken hostage by the realm's inhabitants. Jim's fate isn't much better -- it comes as no mild shock to him that he inexplicably finds himself ...more
Richard
Oct 15, 2011 Richard rated it it was amazing
One of my favourite movies when I was growing up was "The Flight of Dragons". Many years later, I was in a thrift store and saw this book and on discovering that the movie was loosely based on it I decided to buy it.

For those who have watched the movie you should be aware that it is VERY loosely based on the book. The basic concept of a 20th century man being sent back to a historic fantasy world and trapped in a dragons body is there and the characters from the movie are in the book too, but th
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Stephanie
(I only had about 20 pages to finish up for the new year, and it would feel like cheating to have twenty pages count towards a whole new book in 2017)

   First off, big shout out to my dad and sister Lisa for taking pictures of pages 252-279/the end, so that I could finish this borrowed library book despite flying back to France! Not to mention my mom for requesting the book from the local library in the first place. You three are awesome!

   Now, on to the review portion – this book caught my eye
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Lindsey
Jan 17, 2011 Lindsey rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: fantasy fans
Recommended to Lindsey by: Melissa
Shelves: series, fantasy
2.5

I had severe issues with the blandness of many characters, the short-changing of the action scenes and the relatively inconsequential plot. I also admit my bias to having adored "Flight of Dragons" as a child, and this book pretty much only shares character names and the idea of a man transported into a dragon's body. I prefer the movie characters, though some of them are more fleshed out in this version. I just don't like how they are fleshed out. I don't find any particularly interesting, w
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Randy
Jan 17, 2014 Randy rated it liked it
I read this book almost 40 years ago. It was one of my first fantasy reads, and I loved it! I recently ran across it and 5 or 6 more that Dickson had written in the series. I had not read any but the first and decided to refresh my memory and re-read it. Like many memories from our youth, it wasn't quite as good as I remembered, however, I did enjoy it enough to want to read more in the series and see what happened to the characters. The writing is a bit dated and the story is simpler than most ...more
Josephine
Jun 19, 2010 Josephine rated it really liked it
While the writing is, I suppose, a little dated, I am absolutely in love with the story and these characters. I had picked up one of the later books in the series without realizing it was a series, and while it probably could have stood alone, I wanted to know what exactly was going on, so I went and found the first one. I guess I can't give this an impartial review because I've read the whole series and know so much more about the world and how magic works there (which is one of the reasons why ...more
Doris
Jul 20, 2013 Doris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, dragons
I enjoyed this book, as, even though it was written almost 40 years ago, many of the issues are still relevant. We have rampant unemployment, price gouging by landlords, employers who take advantage of desparate workers, and an economy which enables all those injustices to thrive.

I enjoyed watching as the character "Jim" grew and learned something about himself, and finding that he did not like all that he saw. He used that knowledge to begin changing his actions, and even though the effect was
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D-day
Our Hero gets whisked away to another world, a world with knight, trolls and wizards, where he needs to fight the forces of darkness to rescue his true love. Sound familiar? But there's a twist, in this new world he is a dragon. Dickson (born in my home town of Edmonton -according to Wikipedia) has taken a familiar set up added the dragon element and created an enjoyable if familiar tale. I would like to have seen more about dragons though- I don't believe this was explored as much as it could h ...more
Laura
Jun 20, 2015 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I first read this book years and years ago. When a friend wanted to read some high fantasy, this was the first book which occurred to me. After all, it's a different kind of story about "a reluctant dragon."

I enjoyed the story, especially the great uncle dragon, the mere dragon, and the wolf. But, as usual for these older works of science fiction and fantasy, I wasn't all that enthralled with the female characters. Nor did I really like the main character who is nowhere near as heroic as his com
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Jeremy Thomas
Sep 09, 2010 Jeremy Thomas rated it really liked it
The Dragon Knight series starts with this novel and is and will be one of my most favorite series until the day I die. It's about a young man who is transported into the body of a dragon in a medieval fantasy world in search of the woman he loves. Check it out, read this book and the second in the series, if you aren't hooked by then you have permission to punch me square in the face.
Tyj-Orion
Jan 28, 2016 Tyj-Orion rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, humor
Приятно и забавно фентъзи.
Chani
Jun 01, 2012 Chani rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2,5 parce que le côté un peu kitsch a séduit mon âme nostalgique lol
Patrick Scheele
Nov 15, 2016 Patrick Scheele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't really point at anything that was particularly good in this book. It's just been too long since I read a book with actual heroes who go out to defeat evil and rescue their loved ones without angsting about it for half a book first. There's also no backstabbing or ulterior motives. Such a breath of fresh air. Although I prefer science fiction stories, I like my heroes fantasy-style.

The story itself is pretty cookie-cutter. Like a lot of fantasy, the hero is from our reality and somehow g
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Christian Contreras
Jan 23, 2017 Christian Contreras rated it liked it
In the story the dragon and the George a guy who became a dragon was to rescue her promised wife from an evil dragon who slaved her but he can't rescue her on his own he goes to a magic land were there is brave Georges and he needs the help of one of them only the strongest and the bravest then after all that of picking one George he found him then they both went to the mountain were the evil dragon was and rescued the dragons promised wife. The conflict was between the good dragon and the evil ...more
Ryan
Feb 27, 2017 Ryan rated it liked it
As a kid, I loved the animated movie "Flight of Dragons." This book is part of the inspiration of the film, so I thought I'd give it a try. It's not all that bad, but I'm not keen to continued reading other books in the series or anything either. Enjoyable enough, but there are better fantasy novels out there.
Jan
Dec 15, 2016 Jan rated it it was amazing
One of my all-time favorite books. I read this amongst the many other authors (Clark, Asimov, Bradbury) in high school and adored it. The sense of humor is excellent and this is well worth the read.
Amy
Feb 06, 2017 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
Not quite what I was expecting.
David King
Jan 03, 2012 David King rated it liked it
When I was looking for books to read as part of a Year of Fantasy Classic Challenge I discovered the "The Dragon & The George". At first I wasn't sure about reading but as I was looking over the synopsis on Wikipedia I noticed that "The Flight of Dragons" which is one of my all time favourite movies as a child was actually based on the book. At that point there was no stopping me and I was off the mark to track down a copy.

The story is based around Jim Eckert, a regular guy living in the mo
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Nancy White
This book is really good fun. It's a fairly quick read, it's a self contained story (although I see here that it's a #1 of some number of books) and it has dragons and magic and that kind of stuff. Not bad at all.
Linda Belote
The Dragon and the George is quite cleverly written, but it's awfully 'fluffy'. I have no plans to read any more books in this series. Please do not post this review on my facebook page.
John Loyd
Apr 08, 2015 John Loyd rated it it was amazing
The Dragon and the George (1976) 279 pages by Gordon R. Dickson

I almost never reread a book. Not because there is nothing worth rereading, but because I have so many books that I haven't read yet. Way back when, I could remember the plot of every book and short story that I had read, so it really came as a shock to me how little of the story I remembered from having read it. I've read four more of the Dragon books in the last year, and there was a lot of "remember that Loathy tower business."

Ji
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Angie
Jun 10, 2013 Angie rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I am re-reading this series since I recently bought most of it at a book sale. I remember reading these books during the 6th grade as I read through almost every dragon book at my local library. Anyone remember the animated movie "Flight of Dragons" from the early 80s? The main story is based off this book (with the science-y parts about how dragons fly/breathe fire from the book "Flight of Dragons" by Peter Dickinson). I honestly love the book much more, and I'm really happy to be reading the s ...more
Elen Sentier
Jan 31, 2012 Elen Sentier rated it it was amazing
I read this when it came out in 1976 and loved it, loved the upside-down take, the looking at things from an other-than-human perspective - although of course Jim wants to get back to "normal". His whole experience of normal is changed through his experience of being a dragon and this is the sort of exploration that I love in books. there was a lot of it at the time, up to about 1990 in fact when something happened and the whole style of sci-fi/fantasy narrowed massively.

In most of the old stor
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 21, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fantasy Fans
I enjoyed this greatly. The basic premise is one you see a lot in fantasy fiction--Jim Eckert, a present-day man of our world, is transported into a magical medieval world of talking beasts and monsters. That's similar in premise to a book of Poul Anderson's I recently reread, Three Hearts and Three Dragons, and indeed Dickson tips his hat to that in his dedication to "Bela of Eastmarch"--which was Anderson's moniker in the Society for Creative Anachronism. The twist here though is that Jim find ...more
Douglas Milewski
Jul 24, 2014 Douglas Milewski rated it liked it
1976 brought us The Dragon and the George by Gordon R. Dickson. Light hearted in tone and theme, the story centers around Jim, whose girlfriend is pulled into anther world, so he chases after to rescue her, only to find himself in the body of a dragon.

While the book showed initial promise, especially in the light tone, and the writing usually felt crisp and refreshing, I found the story rather wayward in execution. The middle, especially, felt lost, at times jerking itself about, its course corr
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Denae Christine
3.5
I started to lose interest when all the companions were together and kept facing 2-page obstacles (fog and darkness and sandmirks) toward the end because they knew where they were going, but it got better. Jim made some stupid mistakes, but he had a couple moments. Also, I liked the end better than I expected. The people of this world were rough, but Jim came to recognize the necessity of that.
The Auditing Department could seem like it was just there to grant Deus Ex Machina moments, but I th
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Terri
Jul 09, 2016 Terri rated it really liked it
This is a grand book. It was published in 1976 and I enjoyed the feel about it in contrast to today. My husband suggested this book to me. He had read it in high school and loved it. It stands up now as it did for him as a teenager. The characters are well-defined and once you get beyond the 2 chapters at the beginning, which set up the story, it's hard to put down.

If you read a copy that has the 1976 cover with a buxon woman standing on a dragon and a buff man next to them, this is the interes
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Allie
Mar 09, 2015 Allie rated it it was ok
The Dragon and the George felt to me like it wanted to be a parody of a generic fantasy novel while still being a generic fantasy novel. It was pretty cute and funny, but it never strayed very far from the expected. I think it may have been more unconventional when it was first published, but now it feels rather predictable and dated. It’s still an entertaining, undemanding, comedic novel, though, and I think it would be a pretty fun beach read for fans of light medieval-Europe style fantasy sto ...more
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Gordon Rupert Dickson was an American science fiction author. He was born in Canada, then moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota as a teenager. He is probably most famous for his Childe Cycle and the Dragon Knight series. He won three Hugo awards and one Nebula award.

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