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Dragonology by Dugald A. Steer
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Mar 04, 2008

it was amazing
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Recommended for: Anyone interested in a cute read about dragons; children under 12 may need adult assistance
Read in March, 2008

I read the whole thing to my youngest daughter, some of the words were beyond her comprehension level--not to mention pronunciation. We had fun with it. Funny! The author tries to be serious in a pretend kind of way.

From page Chap IV,
"While the dangers of suffering from bites, burns, slashes from claws, death-by-constriction, tail lashings, venom attacks, and so forth should never be underestimated, the lesser danger of hypnosis is often ignored. The mechanism for this is little understood, but it seems to occur in a similar way to that seen when a snake hypnotises a frog. Dragons can hypnotise large groups of individuals at one time, and the effects may last for some months, with the hypnotised person often found apparently carrying on their everyday life. The signs are easy to read: an obsession with dragons, wizards, fairies, or tales of other words, a mad delight in fantastic illustrations and ideas; a dislike of human rules or authorities. Luckily, there is a tried and trusted method that may be used as a sure remedy:

* A person who has been hypnotised by a dragon should be made to do a large number of complicated mathematical sums.

* All books on dragons, wizards, or suchlike should be confiscated, and books on stimulating topics---politics, economic theory, the history of benzene in the manufacturing industries, etc---should be substituted.

* Exhortations to the person to "snap out of it" or to "stop living in cloud-cucko land" are rarely successful."
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