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The Dragon and the George (Dragon Knight #1)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  4,190 ratings  ·  108 reviews
Through no fault of his own, the once human Jim Eckert had become a dragon. Unfortunately, his beloved Angie had remained human. But in this magical land anything could happen. To make matter worse, Angie had been taken prisoner by an evil dragon and was held captive in the impenetrable Loathly Tower. So in this land where humans were edible and beasts were magical--where ...more
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Published July 12th 1981 by Del Rey (first published 1976)
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For a moment he felt a sort of desperate hunger for the kind of life that had existed in the European Middle Ages of his medievalist studies. A time in which problems took the shapes of flesh-and-blood opponents, instead of impalpable situations arising out of academic cloak-and-dagger politics.

Jim is young and bright university graduate, planning to get married to his girlfriend Angie, but they struggle with poor paid jobs and backstabbing from the entrenched older teachers. He gets his wish
Mike (the Paladin)
Pure fun...rather unorthodox and original when it showed up. I read this and several of the sequels. Not the regular hero slays dragon story as the hero IS the dragon. Humorous/adventure.

Jim Eckert finds himself in one of the most spectacularly frustrating and weird situations that has been imagined in the worlds of fantasy. In a quest to rescue his girl friend who's been "aported" to another world (apparently "aported" there by a crazy professor who can't get her back, but offers to send Jim af
Antonio Simon Jr.
In most fantasy novels, the hero (typically a knight) slays the villian (typically a dragon) and saves someone (again, typically, a princess). This novel turns those conventions on their ear. When a science experiment runs afoul of the laws of physics, the main character, Jim, and his love interest, Angie, are sucked into a fantasy realm. Angie is quickly taken hostage by the realm's inhabitants. Jim's fate isn't much better -- it comes as no mild shock to him that he inexplicably finds himself ...more
One of my favourite movies when I was growing up was "The Flight of Dragons". Many years later, I was in a thrift store and saw this book and on discovering that the movie was loosely based on it I decided to buy it.

For those who have watched the movie you should be aware that it is VERY loosely based on the book. The basic concept of a 20th century man being sent back to a historic fantasy world and trapped in a dragons body is there and the characters from the movie are in the book too, but th
I first read perhaps all of these books back in high school, and from that era, they're the only genre series I've actually come back to and still liked.

Not that there aren't issues: there are plenty.

But that's why I've just added a guilty-pleasures shelf, because it's far too late for me to actually come up with reasons why I like them so much. I'll have to come back to it later (maybe after I check out the second book, tomorrow).
I first read this book years and years ago. When a friend wanted to read some high fantasy, this was the first book which occurred to me. After all, it's a different kind of story about "a reluctant dragon."

I enjoyed the story, especially the great uncle dragon, the mere dragon, and the wolf. But, as usual for these older works of science fiction and fantasy, I wasn't all that enthralled with the female characters. Nor did I really like the main character who is nowhere near as heroic as his com
While the writing is, I suppose, a little dated, I am absolutely in love with the story and these characters. I had picked up one of the later books in the series without realizing it was a series, and while it probably could have stood alone, I wanted to know what exactly was going on, so I went and found the first one. I guess I can't give this an impartial review because I've read the whole series and know so much more about the world and how magic works there (which is one of the reasons why ...more
Feb 03, 2012 Lindsey rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy fans
Recommended to Lindsey by: Melissa
Shelves: series, fantasy

I had severe issues with the blandness of many characters, the short-changing of the action scenes and the relatively inconsequential plot. I also admit my bias to having adored "Flight of Dragons" as a child, and this book pretty much only shares character names and the idea of a man transported into a dragon's body. I prefer the movie characters, though some of them are more fleshed out in this version. I just don't like how they are fleshed out. I don't find any particularly interesting, w
I read this book almost 40 years ago. It was one of my first fantasy reads, and I loved it! I recently ran across it and 5 or 6 more that Dickson had written in the series. I had not read any but the first and decided to refresh my memory and re-read it. Like many memories from our youth, it wasn't quite as good as I remembered, however, I did enjoy it enough to want to read more in the series and see what happened to the characters. The writing is a bit dated and the story is simpler than most ...more
I enjoyed this book, as, even though it was written almost 40 years ago, many of the issues are still relevant. We have rampant unemployment, price gouging by landlords, employers who take advantage of desparate workers, and an economy which enables all those injustices to thrive.

I enjoyed watching as the character "Jim" grew and learned something about himself, and finding that he did not like all that he saw. He used that knowledge to begin changing his actions, and even though the effect was
Our Hero gets whisked away to another world, a world with knight, trolls and wizards, where he needs to fight the forces of darkness to rescue his true love. Sound familiar? But there's a twist, in this new world he is a dragon. Dickson (born in my home town of Edmonton -according to Wikipedia) has taken a familiar set up added the dragon element and created an enjoyable if familiar tale. I would like to have seen more about dragons though- I don't believe this was explored as much as it could h ...more
John Loyd
The Dragon and the George (1976) 279 pages by Gordon R. Dickson

I almost never reread a book. Not because there is nothing worth rereading, but because I have so many books that I haven't read yet. Way back when, I could remember the plot of every book and short story that I had read, so it really came as a shock to me how little of the story I remembered from having read it. I've read four more of the Dragon books in the last year, and there was a lot of "remember that Loathy tower business."

Jeremy Thomas
The Dragon Knight series starts with this novel and is and will be one of my most favorite series until the day I die. It's about a young man who is transported into the body of a dragon in a medieval fantasy world in search of the woman he loves. Check it out, read this book and the second in the series, if you aren't hooked by then you have permission to punch me square in the face.
Denae Christine
I started to lose interest when all the companions were together and kept facing 2-page obstacles (fog and darkness and sandmirks) toward the end because they knew where they were going, but it got better. Jim made some stupid mistakes, but he had a couple moments. Also, I liked the end better than I expected. The people of this world were rough, but Jim came to recognize the necessity of that.
The Auditing Department could seem like it was just there to grant Deus Ex Machina moments, but I th
From The Odyssey through Beowulf, The Lord of the Rings, and The Princess Bride, every quest story is the same story, in the same way that every romance novel is the same as every other, though the execution varies, of course. That doesn't stop publishers from printing dozens of romance novels every month, or millions of people from playing World of Warcraft. Some things just resonate.

This one dates back to the 40s, so it precedes most of the modern quests, but it has all the tropes: the compani
The Dragon and the George felt to me like it wanted to be a parody of a generic fantasy novel while still being a generic fantasy novel. It was pretty cute and funny, but it never strayed very far from the expected. I think it may have been more unconventional when it was first published, but now it feels rather predictable and dated. It’s still an entertaining, undemanding, comedic novel, though, and I think it would be a pretty fun beach read for fans of light medieval-Europe style fantasy sto ...more
2,5 parce que le côté un peu kitsch a séduit mon âme nostalgique lol
Elen Sentier
I read this when it came out in 1976 and loved it, loved the upside-down take, the looking at things from an other-than-human perspective - although of course Jim wants to get back to "normal". His whole experience of normal is changed through his experience of being a dragon and this is the sort of exploration that I love in books. there was a lot of it at the time, up to about 1990 in fact when something happened and the whole style of sci-fi/fantasy narrowed massively.

In most of the old stor
I am re-reading this series since I recently bought most of it at a book sale. I remember reading these books during the 6th grade as I read through almost every dragon book at my local library. Anyone remember the animated movie "Flight of Dragons" from the early 80s? The main story is based off this book (with the science-y parts about how dragons fly/breathe fire from the book "Flight of Dragons" by Peter Dickinson). I honestly love the book much more, and I'm really happy to be reading the s ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 21, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy Fans
I enjoyed this greatly. The basic premise is one you see a lot in fantasy fiction--Jim Eckert, a present-day man of our world, is transported into a magical medieval world of talking beasts and monsters. That's similar in premise to a book of Poul Anderson's I recently reread, Three Hearts and Three Dragons, and indeed Dickson tips his hat to that in his dedication to "Bela of Eastmarch"--which was Anderson's moniker in the Society for Creative Anachronism. The twist here though is that Jim find ...more
David King
When I was looking for books to read as part of a Year of Fantasy Classic Challenge I discovered the "The Dragon & The George". At first I wasn't sure about reading but as I was looking over the synopsis on Wikipedia I noticed that "The Flight of Dragons" which is one of my all time favourite movies as a child was actually based on the book. At that point there was no stopping me and I was off the mark to track down a copy.

The story is based around Jim Eckert, a regular guy living in the mo
A classic, must read. I love the characters, and the concept of the accounting office. Dickson has a very SCAdian view of the middle Ages, or at least HIS Middle Ages. I went back and watched flight of Dragons and was so disappointed. But I can re-read this one over and over. Would we choose to give up our world of soft toilet tissue, good dentistry and hot water for magic and romance? I suppose it depends on how strong your teeth and bowels are...
Tory White
This book is a quick, fun read. I would recommend it for anyone who wants to be introduced into fantasy or for anyone who wants something fun. Dickson does a great job of developing the characters and making the story exciting. I would say this book is one of my favorite quick reads.
This is the book I go to when I want to read, but don't want to work too hard. I've read it so many times, and had it so long that the pages are soft and yellow. I'd really like to get this book as an ebook so I can put my paperback copy away somewhere safe.
Karel Škamrada
This was actually my first book which I have ever read (by myself = not mandatory book in school) and brought me to world of fantasy which I love. Looking backwards I know that I couldn't pick better. Highly recommended!
I don't even know how many times I've read this book. I picked it up again after several years and love it still! I haven't read any of the rest of the series but plan to now that I've learned there are more. It is a really fun fantasy novel.
Definitely an interesting take on the visitation fantasy genre. The plot, aside from the traveler-in-dragon’s-body, was fairly standard, but well-told, with bits of humor, darkness, bravery, and light.
Kyle Brachman
Looking through everybody's review of this book generally comes with the statement that the movie was an inspiration for their love of this novel. I have not seen the movie, and simply read the book because it was recommended to me as something worth trying. The story, however, is very basic fantasy fare. Little time is given to description: the world, the characters, the quest are all taken at face value; there is no deeper meaning present in this story. Hard core lovers of fantasy may find som ...more
Nenia Campbell
when i was a kid, my all-time favorite fantasy movie was "flight of dragons." it's an awesome 96 minute epic that came out in 1982 about a young writer who gets magicked into the very lands that he's been writing about! pretty hot stuff. even now, i watch the movie every once in a while to get that warm, fuzzy nostalgic rush i still get from it. now an adult, i actually have the patience to sit through the end credits. and as i was listening to the pleasant little orchestral tune, i couldn't hel ...more
Oct 28, 2013 Michael rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who watched Flight of Dragons as a kid
I read this because it (and another book -- The Flight of Dragons) was the basis for a cartoon I used to watch growing up, Flight of Dragons. The book has a few major differences. I still quite liked it, though it's hard to tell how much of that is based on nostalgia for the movie. We'll see if I like the sequel The Dragon Knight as much.
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