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The Taborin Scale: A Novella of the Dragon Griaule

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  25 ratings  ·  6 reviews
In the Carbonales Valley, a remote region separated from this world by the thinnest margin of possibility, there is an ancient, incredibly large creature known as the Dragon Griaule. For twenty-five years, in stories ranging from The Man Who Painted the Dragon Griaule through Liar's House, Lucius Shepard has brought us extraordinary accounts of lives shaped by the dragon's ...more
Hardcover, 103 pages
Published February 28th 2010 by Subterranean Press (first published 2010)
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Tony Daniel
The culmination of the “Dragon Griaule” series of American magic realism tales for which Shepard is probably best-known that include “The Scalehunter’s Beautiful Daughter,” “The Father of Stones,” and the original story in the series (though, chronologically within the tales' timeline, the one that immediately precedes this one), “The Man Who Painted the Dragon Griaule.” All are marked by their Latin American magic realism influence and their milieu, featuring a 19th century culture ensconced in ...more
Peterh
Unfortunately, the cover of this novella might keep some people from reading Shepard's weird, fascinating prose. The story takes place within Shepard's Dragon Griaule mythos, in which a 6000 foot long dragon lies paralyzed in the Carbonales Valley, with thriving cities on its back and in its shadow. The story lacks most of the tropes of a fantasy novel, instead growing into something much stranger.

The novella centers around George Taborin, a vacationer in Carbonales Valley, and Sylvia, the pros
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Kat  Hooper
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 dragon that has been in a spellbound sleep f
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Colleen
Interesting concept but the shortness of the tale didn't allow for much character development. An antiquities collector finds a dragon scale in a set of coins he's bought. He buys a prostitute's 2 week services with it, but they discover that during polishing they are transported to a past when the dragon was young and the city they lived in isn't even built. The other people in the region have been similarly transported and are mostly creepy damaged criminals. They're all trying to survive and ...more
Andreas
The protagonist is teleported together with a prostitute far back into the past. They have to get along to survive a hot and unpleasant place that is ruled by a Dragon.

I loved this dark story. It explores feelings that dwell deep within the heart of a man who tries to support a small group of two women and himself that one could almost call a family. The place demands a lot and the emotional strain is high. As so often men and women have different desires and goals and it's fascinating to see t
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John
I luurrrve Shepard, and the Griaule stories are some of my favorites, but there isn’t nearly as much heart in this one as there is in his earlier stories. It was a bit of a bummer, frankly.
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Brief biographies are, like history texts, too organized to be other than orderly misrepresentations of the truth. So when it's written that Lucius Shepard was born in August of 1947 to Lucy and William Shepard in Lynchburg, Virginia, and raised thereafter in Daytona Beach, Florida, it provides a statistical hit and gives you nothing of the difficult childhood from which he frequently attempted to ...more
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