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Dragons and Dwarves: Stories of the Cleveland Portal (Cleveland Portal omnibus)

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Two novels . one volume.

An omnibus edition of Dragons of the Cuyahoga and The Dwarves of Whiskey Island
ebook, 448 pages
Published August 4th 2009 by Penguin Group US (first published 2009)
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Joshua Palmatier
Jan 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an omnibus version that includes the two novels The Dragons of the Cuyahuga and The Dwarves of Whiskey Island. I'm currently reading The Dwarves of Whiskey Island and will update this with that review once that book is finished. But here's the review of The Dragons of the Cuyahoga:

The Dragons of the Cuyahoga is the first book by S. Andrew Swann featuring newspaper reporter Kline Maxwell, who usually covers the political beat in Cleveland, OH, never the "fuzzy gnome" stories. What are the
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Lauren
Aug 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Extremely intricate plots. Sometimes a bit way too much.

And too many titles.

Good story, just waaaay intricate
Kim
Sep 24, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a native Clevelander, suburbanite for the last 20 years, but do know my area well. This book covers Cleveland well, from polotics to geography, it's all here. This is 2 novels in one volume,and they deal with the idea that a portal to an other realm, the realm of dragons, elves, dwarves, etc. appears in Cleveland during a football game at the Browns Stadium. 10 years later, the fall out is still happening, and it falls to a political reporter who gets asigned the story of a dragon crash lan ...more
Ari
The first book was better than the second but both were pretty entertaining fluff, with some interesting world building. Especially thought the drawbacks of suddenlymagic!Cleveland were well thought out, as well as the drawbacks of life on the magical side of the portal.

*mild spoilers below*

I originally picked this one up because I enjoyed how Swann completely dodged all the potential tropes for the female characters in Dragon*Princess. Despite the middle aged divorced white guy protagonist, Dra
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David Harriss
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Clever Setting and Nosy Reporter

In a familiar world, a portal to a magical realm opens over Cleveland, and leaks magic into the region. Kline Maxwell is a newspaper journalist in the resulting mess.

This is two novels following that premise. They are slightly weakened by being a series, but are still good. Dystopian mystery with a non-combat protagonist.
They tone is similar to his moreau series, but not as bleak.

Recommended for fans of mystery or urban fantasy.
Joel Tone
I only read the first book. It's an interesting take on the politics of an urban fantasy setting. The mystery part seemed pretty honest (though I'm not the most clueful so it may be blatantly obvious to others).
Brenda
Oct 14, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
10/19/09: This book has two stories in it. I read the first one and liked it. I wanted to read something else before reading the second story.
11/17/09: I finished the second story and thought it was okay too. It started out kind of slow but then seemed to pick up steam.
Greymalkin
Jan 30, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Greymalkin by: Teresa
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
It's okay. Not really my taste. No romance and almost no female characters. Very dry. The style is very journalistic (fact finding after fact finding) which makes sense since the main character is a journalist.
Gem
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun and interesting plot. Funny characters
Katie
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More fantasy novels should be set in Cleveland. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and the way the Portal affected Cleveland. Hopefully this author will delve more into this world!
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S. Andrew Swann is the primary pseudonym of Steven Swiniarski, who also writes as S.A. Swiniarski, Steven Krane, and S.A. Swann.
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Other Books in the Series

Cleveland Portal (2 books)
  • The Dragons of the Cuyahoga (Cleveland Portal #1)
  • The Dwarves of Whiskey Island (Cleveland Portal #2)