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The Drastic Dragon of Draco, Texas (Valentine Lovelace #1)

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Determined to become an author of western penny dreadful novels like her idol, Ned Buntline, a young San Francisco newspaper editor christens herself Valentine Lovelace (after a floozie acquaintance of her father’s) and heads east for the Wild West.
She finds it in spades in the Texas Big Bend when she is kidnapped from a mule train by Comanches and ends up the guest of a r
Mass Market Paperback, 247 pages
Published June 27th 1986 by Bantam Books (first published June 1986)
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Jul 15, 2011 Karen rated it liked it
Writing was good. Characters fleshed out relatively well. But it didn't have whatever element it Is that makes you care about the characters and their part in the story. It never grabbed me and held me. I just didn't care. This was one of those books I finished just so I could be sure I didn't miss anything. I didn't ~
Dec 11, 2011 Margaret added it
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I vacillated between being repelled and being intrigued by the campy looking cover art before I actually picked it up and read it. (By the way, those are red chili peppers in the girl's hand, not worms like I first thought! lol). And guess what? you really can't judge a book by its cover - this one is definitely better than it looks. I'm not saying it's great - it is a western fantasy, a genre I never knew existed, have never read and well honestly, does not generally appeal to me. However, it ...more
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Nov 21, 2014 Jenny Schwartz rated it liked it
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The book is dated. I'm quite sad about that. I read a number of Elizabeth Ann Scarborough's books about twenty years ago and I have really positive memories of them. "The Healer's War" dealt with the Vietnam War, and her godmother series was interesting in the weaving of fantasy and social commentary.

I should have read "The Drastic Dragon" back then -- only it wasn't in any of the shops here or the library.

Reading it now, it just didn't work for me. I guess my sense of how you portray history, t
Feb 20, 2015 Alycia rated it it was ok
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OK, so we have a character named "Drake" living in Fort Draco. With the book being about a dragon, I kept expecting to find a connection ... but there wasn't one. The author couldn't seem to decide if this was a fantasy tale, or a satire of the penny dreadfuls that the main character aspires to write. I don't think I will bother with the second in the series.
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Elizabeth Ann Scarborough was born March 23, 1947, and lives in the Puget Sound area of Washington. Elizabeth won a Nebula Award in 1989 for her novel The Healer's War, and has written more than a dozen other novels. She has collaborated with Anne McCaffrey, best-known for creating the Dragonriders of Pern, to produce the Petaybee Series and the Acorna Series.
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