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Le Dragon Griaule - l'Intégrale

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  246 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
En 1853, dans un lointain pays du Sud, en un monde séparé du nôtre par la plus infime marge de possibilité, la vallée de Carbonales, une région fertile entourant la cité de Teocinte et réputée pour sa production d’argent, d’acajou et d’indigo, était placé sous la domination d’un dragon nommé Griaule. Il y avait d’autres dragons en ce temps-là, vivant pour la plupart sur de ...more
Paperback, 470 pages
Published September 22nd 2011 by Le Belial (first published 1993)
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Nov 09, 2015 Algernon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Not long after the Christlight of the world’s first morning faded, when birds still flew to heaven and back, and even the wickedest things shone like saints, so pure was their portion of evil, there was a village by the name of Hangtown that clung to the back of the dragon Griaule, a vast mile-long beast who had been struck immobile yet not lifeless by a wizard’s spell, and who ruled over the Carbonales Valley, controlling in every detail the lives of the inhabitants, making known his will by t
Kat  Hooper
Jun 05, 2012 Kat Hooper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature.

"His flesh has become one with the earth. He knows its every tremor and convulsion. His thoughts roam the plenum, his mind is a cloud that encompasses our world. His blood is the marrow of time. Centuries flow through him, leaving behind a residue that he incorporates into his being. Is it any wonder he controls our lives and knows our fates?"

The Dragon Griaule collects Lucius Shepard’s six stories and novellas about Griaule, the mile-long 750-foot-high dr
I wasn't sure what to hope for from The Dragon Griaule. I mean, obviously it's received some critical acclaim to be considered a "Fantasy Masterwork" by Gollancz, but it purports to treat dragons in a very different way to traditional fantasy, and Lucius Shepard professes to hating the usual run of fantasy with elves, dwarves and halflings. I rather like my elves, dwarves and halflings, so I wasn't sure if I would get on with Shepard -- particularly as I like my dragons to be real and active, no ...more
Apr 02, 2013 Fred rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very good book. I would go 5 stars but I suspect as good as this is it may not be his best. The first story for me was my favorite. It used a multiple viewpoint narrative that I found effective.
Another positive is the size and quality of the publication. Subterranean's paper and binding quality are top notch. I got the limited edition but the trade would have been just as good.
Jul 28, 2014 Karl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You can now get all the Dragon Griaule stories in one place.

Limited: 300 signed numbered copies, bound in leather
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition

Table of Contents:

The Man Who Painted the Dragon Griaule
The Scalehunter’s Beautiful Daughter
The Father of Stones
Liar’s House
The Taborin Scale
The Skull
Story Notes

An Excellent collection.
Andrew Wallace
Nov 27, 2016 Andrew Wallace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The British Science Fiction Association listed the first of these stories, ‘The Man Who Painted the Dragon Griaule’ as one of the top ten genre novellas. It’s certainly worthy of the accolade, as the story redefines the fantasy genre with an extraordinary milieu and a dark, wholly human twist.
This dragon is not the usual fire breathing menace; he has been paralysed in an ancient duel with a wizard and is now partially buried, his mile-long body forming part of the landscape as his unknowable wil
Rafal Jasinski
May 05, 2012 Rafal Jasinski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Znakomity zbiór opowiadań, bazujących na pomyśle wykorzystania nietypowego demiurga - przy czym autor w żadnej z zamieszczonych tu opowieści nie daje jednoznacznej odpowiedzi na pytanie, czy za poczynaniami bohaterów i ich losami zaiste stoi owa siła sprawcza w, symbolicznej wręcz, postaci przebiegłego i okrutnego smoga Griaule.

Każda z historii utrzymana jest w nieco odmiennej konwencji, i każde w pewnym stopniu nawiązuje do nieco innego gatunku literackiego - mamy tu i typową baśń, i "thriller
Lee Battersby
Jun 16, 2014 Lee Battersby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolute masterpiece. The stories within this volume constitute an epoch-spanning alternative history of several hundred years, centred round the ominous and possibly-sentient presence of a mile-long ancient dragon, turned to stone and built upon by generations of settlers, and the way they interact with it as landscape, obsession, and possibly, malign active influence in their lives. Shepard paints an epic historical landscape while never letting go of the small stories and personal interact ...more
Mar 01, 2012 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow!!! Już dawno, naprawdę bardzo bardzo dawno, nie czytałem czegoś co byłoby tak dobre i wciągające.
Jest to zbiór opowiadań mało znanego w Polsce autora - Luciusa Sheparda. Wszystkie historie w zbiorze łączy jeden motyw, tytułowego smoka Griaule'a. Jest to bestia długa i wielka jak łańcuch górski. Smok żyje, ale jest uśpiony. Na jego grzbiecie ludzie budują wioski, w jego wnętrzu mieszkają różne istoty. Z pozoru mogłoby się wydawać, że bestia, której serce uderza raz na setki lat, która się nie
Oct 30, 2012 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lucius is a favorite author of mine for many reasons and Dragon Griaule is one of those reasons. The last story is the only new addition to the saga, and I found it to be the strongest story of the collection. I have enjoyed Griaule from the beginning, and I hope Lucius hasn't reached the end of this story. The last story "The Skull" gave me a real feel of place, much like "Jaguar Hunter."
I give this a high recommendation as it makes re-reading the stories fun knowing there is a new story at the
Brilliant collection of short stories and novellas set in the same world as the author's famous "The Man Who Painted the Dragon Griaule." Full review soon on and on
Dec 03, 2014 Skardas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Masterpiece of magic realism and fantasy fusion.
Fil Garrison
May 06, 2016 Fil Garrison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy Fans, Language Lovers
The Man Who Painted the Dragon Griaule

An excellent beginning to this collection of stories and novellas about a giant nearly-dead dragon and his influence on the inhabitants of the valley he is interred in. Poetic and moving, this story explores the issues of free will and powerlessness in the face of an all consuming malevolent force. The prose is wonderful, the setting beautiful, and the characters realistic. 4 stars. Honestly, this is quite unlike anything I've ever read, and I can't wait t
Lucius Shepard należy do autorów o pokaźnym i wielokrotnie nagradzanym dorobku. Amerykański pisarz odnajduje się bez trudu zarówno w konwencji fantasy, science fiction, jak i w realizmie magicznym. W Polsce ukazały się zaledwie dwa zbiory jego opowiadań – „Zielony kocur diabła” z 2000 roku, dziś dość zapomniany, oraz „Smok Griaule”, dzięki któremu proza Sheparda ma szansę na nieco szerszą niż dotychczas skalę trafić pod strzechy. Warto, by tak się stało.

Średniej grubości tom mieści sześć opowiad
Jan 13, 2014 Iluze rated it liked it
Le Dragon Griaule est un recueil de nouvelles ayant pour dénominateur commun un dragon nommé Griaule, ensorcelé et donc en repos depuis plusieurs siècles. La vie s’est installée sur lui que ce soit la végétation ou même la population humaine.

Parlons d’abord du style de Lucius Shepard. Il a une plume très riche et sait décrire les lieux et le dragon avec brio même si parfois, je me demandais pourquoi il insister autant sur ces détails. Mais cela permet vraiment de découvrir Griaule et tous ceux q
Magdalena Stawniak
Smok, jaki jest, każdy widzi?

Parafrazując słowa z pierwszej polskiej encyklopedii, chcę zwrócić uwagę na sposób przedstawiania jednego z najbardziej rozpoznawalnych motywów literatury fantasy – smoka. Groźny, pokryty łuskami (a czasem futrem) stwór pojawia się niemal w każdej powieści gatunku, stając się przyjacielem człowieka (Pożeracz Chmur z Naznaczonych błękitem E. Białołęckiej), złą, przebiegłą i zachłanną istotą (Smaug z Hobbita J.R.R. Tolkiena) czy zwykłym z pozoru zwierzęciem (smoki z Ha
Man, I can't believe that I just discovered Lucius Shepard. This guy is so good it's scary. And this collection is amazing.

The Dragon Griaule is an ancient creature from another universe that lies sleeping, half-buried, defining the landscape of the Carbonates Valley. Like Cthulu, he lies near dead but dreaming after his defeat in a duel of unspeakably powerful sorcery. Through the looming force of his unfathomable will, manifested through dreams and the actions of the creatures he controls, he
Pedro L. Fragoso
Christopher Hitchens writes in Arguably that Anthony Burgess' Earthly Powers, which was the second novel I read in English (the first one was Faust, by Robert Nye), is one of the most underrated British novels of last century. Even without the W. Somerset Maugham context Hitchens provides, I thought Earthly Powers absolutely brilliant and lots of stuff from the book stayed with me.

I never forgot this paragraph in the first page: "I retired twelve years ago from the profession of novelist. Nevert
Apr 25, 2012 Laurent rated it it was amazing
J'ai découvert Lucius Shepard avec Aztechs, collection de récits publié voici quelques années par le Bélial. L'auteur m'avait enthousiasmé par sa capacité à présenter une vision fantastique du monde. Shepard ne fait pas partie de ses auteurs d'imaginaires ayant passé leur vie dans leur chambre (ou dans leur bureau). Ses récits parviennent à créer une vision brûlante, amère et dangereuse de la vie que nous connaissons.

Le dragon Griaule est une série de novellas tournant autour d'une région imagin
Kyle Muntz
Aug 15, 2012 Kyle Muntz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could see Lucius Shepard becoming a favorite of mine. This is technically a collection, but it reads more like a novel--sort of like Bolano's 2666 if its subject were an immense dragon, miles long, 750 feet tall, and almost as old as the universe. Griaule manifests as a myth, a distant presence, a force of nature, a character, and even (pretty frequently) a setting. The novellas are uniformly great, with the possible exception of The Skull. There are echoes of Borges in Shepard's plotting, fal ...more
Ben Peek
Apr 30, 2015 Ben Peek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I consider The Dragon Griaule to be one of Shepard's strongest collections, one that sits alongside his strongest (the Jaguar Hunter, Dagger Key, Trujillo, etc) but one that is also very different to those. In its whole, it is not truly a collection, but rather a fractured, mosaic novel, brought together by the final piece, the Skull.

The book is, I think, a very strong work within the body of fantasy fiction. It wouldn't surprise me to see it emerge as an important work over the next few decades
Nicolas Ronvel
Dec 26, 2012 Nicolas Ronvel rated it really liked it
Lecture très intrigante que ce recueil de nouvelles tournant autour d'un dragon "mort", Griaule. Chaque nouvelle possède son style particulier, et certaines sont un peu plus poussives à lire. Ma préférée étant celle de l'avocat, puis "Le Crâne de Griaule", la dernière, la plus récente, et qui se déroule à notre époque.

Les autres sont d'un bon niveau également, mais moindre. La légère déception concernent les notes de l'auteur, relativement maigres, et qui ne décrivent que sa situation quand il a
Pedro Marroquín
Había leído una historia de esta colección y me había gustado lo suficiente como para comprar el libro. Pero vaya usted a saber por qué, no me ha interesado ninguna de las historias del libro. Ni siquiera la que ya había leído antes! La verdad es que todas y cada una de ellas están maravillosamente escritas, muy literarias, muy pensadas y trabajadas, pero nada, no me ha llegado ninguna. Lo mejor de todo son los comentarios finales del autor sobre cada uno de los relatos, en lis que te cuenta dón ...more
Apr 04, 2014 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lucius Shepard passed away recently, and at the time I hadn't raed any of his work so wasn't in a position to pay any kind of tribute. Having now read this, I can say that LS was a writer with a brilliant insight into humanity and what makes us tick. All six stories in this book revolve around the dragon of the title but are more about the people who are affected and influenced by it. Along the way LS takes in religion, politics, free will, secrets and lies, commitment, fear - in fact, everythin ...more
May 06, 2016 nutri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It's a magnificent compilation of stories set around the Dragon Griaule who though frozen in time and space, ignored by most and regarded as a tourist attraction, remains in control of his surroundings and all who he happens to be in need of merely through power of will. One of the best fantasy books I've read and one of the few cases when I felt really sad I have finished it. I feel sorry for Griaule and I truly wish his story continued.
What an amazing idea - to place a dragon (sic!) in our wo
Feb 18, 2013 Rafał rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mój jedyny problem z tą książką to sposób, w jaki autor przechodzi pomiędzy scenami. W szczególności chodzi mi o: "Tak minęło dziesięć lat, w tym czasie robił to co zawsze, spotykał ludzi i tym podobne. Jednym z tych ludzi był..." I wskakujemy tak znów w ciąg bieżącej narracji. W książce napisanej na naprawdę dobrym poziomie, to strasznie rażąco amatorski wybieg. Poza tym ma wszystko czego wymagam od lektury: pomysł, wyraźnych bohaterów i ciekawe przygody.
Aug 03, 2014 Farth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Que dire d'un dragon de plus d'un kilomètre de long et endormi depuis des centaines d'années mais continuant à influencer ceux qui vivent autour de lui. Lucius Shepard nous narre ici en plusieurs nouvelles le destin de cette créature fabuleuse, de son influence sur le monde bien au delà de son abord immédiat.
Des récits d'une immense richesse et une vision radicalement différente des dragons à laquelle la fantasy nous a habitué.
The Great Dan Marino
Rare facility w/language, though very occasionally imprecise and a sharp editor would make him even closer to perfect. First story one of the greatest I've ever read; concept as a whole brilliant and he continually finds interesting angles to it; plotting = sometimes good, sometimes bad, but he's always invested in it despite enormous philosophical & political depth, complexity of image & character, top-shelf language. This book--and this writer--is a thick vein of the good stuff.
Furiae P. Colwen
Aug 05, 2015 Furiae P. Colwen rated it it was amazing
Un recueil de nouvelles de genre Fantasy que je recommande fortement, mais davantage à ceux qui apprécient les transpositions sociales à des fins critiques qu'à ceux qui préfèrent les combats épiques. Cette édition est la seule proposant ces nouvelles en Français.

Ma chronique complète >
May 31, 2015 Jean rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A series of short stories written on a similar theme over a long period. Each story stands alone, but the combined set work well, with the exception of the last story. The final story ' The Skull' is much darker and written in a very different style to the others and finishes ambiguously. Almost wish I'd read the rest but skipped the last one, it sort of spoiled the collective story.
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