The Dragon and the George (Dragon Knight, #1)
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The Dragon and the George (Dragon Knight #1)

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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...more
Paperback, 282 pages
Published by Del Rey (first published 1976)
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Algernon

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...more
Mike (the Paladin)
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...more
Antonio Jr.
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
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...more
Marie
I first read perhaps all of these books back in high school, and from that era, they're the only genre series I've actually come back to and still liked.

Not that there aren't issues: there are plenty.

But that's why I've just added a guilty-pleasures shelf, because it's far too late for me to actually come up with reasons why I like them so much. I'll have to come back to it later (maybe after I check out the second book, tomorrow).
Josephine
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
Lindsey
Feb 03, 2012 Lindsey rated it 2 of 5 stars
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...more
Randy
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
Doris
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...more
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
Jeremy Thomas
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.
Chani
2,5 parce que le côté un peu kitsch a séduit mon âme nostalgique lol
Angie
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
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 21, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
David King
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...more
Wicked
This is the book I go to when I want to read, but don't want to work too hard. I've read it so many times, and had it so long that the pages are soft and yellow. I'd really like to get this book as an ebook so I can put my paperback copy away somewhere safe.
Kevin Driskill
Read this book ages ago and loved it so much I loaned it until finally I didn't get it back. If you ever wondered what it would be like to see the world through the eyes of a dragon this is your chance.
Kyle Brachman
Looking through everybody's review of this book generally comes with the statement that the movie was an inspiration for their love of this novel. I have not seen the movie, and simply read the book because it was recommended to me as something worth trying. The story, however, is very basic fantasy fare. Little time is given to description: the world, the characters, the quest are all taken at face value; there is no deeper meaning present in this story. Hard core lovers of fantasy may find som...more
Michael
Oct 28, 2013 Michael rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who watched Flight of Dragons as a kid
I read this because it (and another book -- The Flight of Dragons) was the basis for a cartoon I used to watch growing up, Flight of Dragons. The book has a few major differences. I still quite liked it, though it's hard to tell how much of that is based on nostalgia for the movie. We'll see if I like the sequel The Dragon Knight as much.
Sofia
Keep in mind that this review is probably biased because Flight of Dragons is one of my all-time favorite movies. I watched it again about two-thirds of the way through the book. The similarities are abundant, but the story is different enough to still be interesting. The Jim character from the book isn't as sympathetic as Peter from the movie, but I still enjoyed reading what ultimately proved to be abundant source material for the film. The weak link, if anything, was probably Angie, though pe...more
Gary
After his girlfriend Angie has been "aported" by Grottwold, Angie's boss, Jim Eckert finds himself following Angie into a fantasy world to rescue her. The world in which he finds himself has talking dragons and talking wolves and a wizard. Jim, however, finds himself firmly ensconced in the body of a dragon named Gorbash. The story is largely Jim's quest to rescue Angie from the Dark Powers who hold her captive in the Loathly Tower.

I'd call it a lighthearted and fun tale, and if you're willing t...more
Elizabeth
Fun to read. Especially if you want a dose of light fantasy. Lots of humor.
Sue
Technically I did not even finish this book. Usually I love books with Dragons and mystical creatures but I really struggled with the way this book was written. It lacked detail and substance. My friend told me once that life is to short and there are way to many good books to read so why waste your time on the ones that you don't like. I usually bust through them anyway but this time I listened and moved on, and I'm not feeling like I missed out on much. When you can read the last chapter and c...more
Anna
Oct 01, 2008 Anna rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
This book was a collection of cliches and poorly drawn characters. I want to believe that the book was bad because the author was writing for a genre that was not particularly well defined at the time, but it's very difficult to believe that in light of his contemporaries. In addition, the ending just falls apart with "final bosses" that have absolutely no significance. This book is a fantasy genre equivalent of the anime "Record of the Lodoss War", thankfully without the added torture of poor v...more
Amanda
This was a re-read for me, as I remember reading this years ago and enjoying it. Upon re-reading, I found it enjoyable, but a bit simplistic. The plot is straightforward, a quest with few detours. There is only one female character of note in the book and the description of her every feature as "perfect" was eye roll inducing. The author's idea of "strong female" appears to be "bossy". The men (ie: everyone else) are, not surprisingly, more fully fleshed out and clearly motivated.
Greymalkin
Should be required reading for any d&d rpg-er. I saw the movie and then happily devoured the book (which is much better).

side note: The movie is an animated 1986 Rankin-Bass movie with the voice of main character by John Ritter. The plot is mangled almost beyond recognition, and the pat "love is greater than everything" message is a little wincingly simplistic. But I still hold a lot of affection for the movie. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083951/
Sicofonia
Jan 27, 2012 Sicofonia rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: NOBODY
Ok, I fall into the 99% of people who knew this book because they have fond memories of "The flight of dragons" movie. That tells you quite a lot, because the book is known by the movie rather than by its own merits. The book is quite boring a predictable, and the reason I read it fully was to be kind of morally entitled to type these lines to tell everyone to AVOID READING THIS BOOK. Seriously, unless you are a hardcore fantasy fan... don't read this.
Kat
I remembered seeing this animated version (apparently called "Flight of the Dragons") when I was younger and enjoying it so I ordered the book with excitement. Unfortunately I found myself trying to read it for months and just couldn't get into it. I didn't actually finish it because it was that bad. I had about 80 pages left and couldn't take anymore. I think the author rambles way too much in descriptions. I really wanted to like this book :[
Nenia Campbell
when i was a kid, my all-time favorite fantasy movie was "flight of dragons." it's an awesome 96 minute epic that came out in 1982 about a young writer who gets magicked into the very lands that he's been writing about! pretty hot stuff. even now, i watch the movie every once in a while to get that warm, fuzzy nostalgic rush i still get from it. now an adult, i actually have the patience to sit through the end credits. and as i was listening to the pleasant little orchestral tune, i couldn't hel...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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