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Dragon America

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Twelve brand new and exciting science fiction short stories by the winners of the 2002 Phobos Fiction Contest.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Phobos Books
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An interesting premise - that the settlers of the New World found dragons here and eventually made use of them in various ways, including in fighting the Revolutionary War - but not very well handled in my opinion. The writing wasn't up to the bar I set (I openly admit to being a book snob!) and it was too short. There just wasn't enough time to give the story enough details to make it believable or to give the dragons any personality whatsoever. They were no more interesting than horses or othe ...more
Mike is very good people. And I have enjoyed his anthologies of alternative history over the years. So it was fun to see him writing an alternative history novel of his own. Complete with George Washington, Daniel Boone, and assorted First Nation people..and dragons.
This is a rather obscure title compared to many of Resnick's novels from more mainstream publishers but it's well worth searching out. It's an alternate history of General George Washington leading the rebellious American colonists against Cornwallis's overwhelming British forces in a struggle for independence... fortunately, Daniel Boone has provided a secret weapon... yeah, the title gives it away. Very cooly executed story; convincing historical accuracy (well, you know... within the rules), ...more
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I don’t usually post reviews that are about what didn’t work, mainly because reading has so much opinion to it already. However, I chose to post the below quick review of Dragon America several years ago, and then decided it was one of the books that deserved a fleshed out commentary because it has lingered in my memory.

From these notes, I get the impression I didn’t get much from reading Dragon America, certainly not enough to recommend it to someone else:

This is an interesting, enjoyable story
I think I expected more out of the author of Santiago. As intriguing as the original idea was, this was actually a very poorly done novel. While the change in point of view was a challenge, there just wasn't enough story to go around. Way too many things skipped over or just plain left out - many of the answers to the various challenges were accomplished off-scene. With a bit more work this could have turned out to be a pretty decent story. The ending implies the possibility of a sequel ... let ...more
A Zane Gray-style Western, set in the Revolutionary War, with dinosaur-like dragons. I liked it better than it deserves, I think, just for the novelty of reading hackneyed, cowboy-style dialogue in a novel with dragons and George Washington.
A bit too dialogue heavy but an interesting alternate history with Daniel Boone charged with finding reinforcements for Gen. Washington's army. What he winds up with **SPOILER ALERT** are dragons!
Fairly good historical accuracy and a very engaging twist on the Revolutionary War...hey, dragons make everything better!
Disappointing. Interesting concept - but boring execution.
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Michael "Mike" Diamond Resnick (born Chicago, March 5, 1942), better known by his published name Mike Resnick, is a popular and prolific American science fiction author. He is, according to Locus, the all-time leading award winner, living or dead, for short science fiction. He is the winner of five Hugos, a Nebula, and other major awards in the United States, France, Spain, Japan, Croatia and Pola ...more
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