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Dragons Can Only Rust: Gonard's Journey Book One

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'You are no more than a dragon, created by me.' The Master swept an arm at the many things of power that filled the cavern. 'It is impossible for you to feel anything. Dragons can't feel. Dragons can only rust.'

In a fantastic and frightening future world, a dragon of any kind would naturally feel more than a little out of place. Unsure if his existence is a blessing or a
Kindle Edition, 338 pages
Published September 9th 2015 (first published October 1995)
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David Wilson
Feb 25, 2016 David Wilson rated it really liked it
A story about a dragon? Hmmmmm. Along with vampires, werewolves, zombies, elves, dwarves, orcs, and goblins, I don’t normally do dragons. Too much like fantasy for my liking. Then I found out the dragon was a robot as well! A robot? Who’d build a robot dragon? What would be the point? By the end of the second chapter I was ready to put the book down as a DNF (that’s “did not finish” for anyone who didn’t know).

Then I started to get into the story and found that I rather liked Gonard the dragon.
L.N. Denison
I found this book really difficult to read, it seemed to take an age for me to get into it. The beginning was slow and plodding, not a real page turner for me, but I did have my favourite parts, which mainly involved a female protagonist.

There were aspects of the story that I did enjoy. Itsa was, by far, my favourite character...the ‘outler’ from the mines, who had come to claim citizenry from the Citadel. She happens upon Gonard, a mechanical Dragon, who had left his home after killing his mast
Joe Turk
Apr 05, 2016 Joe Turk rated it liked it
At the start, the premise looked to be a familiar sci-fi theme: self-aware, robotic entity puzzles at the existence of its own soul and with it, the appropriateness of its own volition. But, our robotic dragon protagonist isn’t really all that robotic or dragon-like. He stands but a couple feet taller than a normal human, gets drunk off beer, experiences lust, refuses to breathe fire, refuses to kill, never learns how to fly, and spends the entire book refusing to help or harm others because he ...more
Damian Knight
Jun 09, 2016 Damian Knight rated it really liked it
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‘Dragons Can Only Rust’ follows the adventures of Gonard, a robotic dragon who has become self-aware. After his creator attempts to recycle him for parts, Gonard kills him in an act self-defence and subsequently flees the cavern in which he has spent his entire life. Shortly after, he meets Itsa, a native of an asteroid belt mining settlement who has travelled to Earth in the hope of gaining citizenship. Desperate to find a new master, Gonard follows her, however the pair are soon apprehended ...more
Emma Jaye
Gonard is a robot dragon, an 'awakened' robot dragon which means he is sentient. In order to save his own life, he ends that of his creator, his father, then falls into a pit of self loathing, bewilderment and melancholy that he doesn't ever seem to pull out of. It doesn't make for an appealing character.
The other two main character are a human looking robot who was also made by Gonard's Master, who is more of a traditional robort, with the same complete lack of humour as Data of StarTrek fame.
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