Dealing with Dragons
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"He doesn't seem very impressed," Cimorene commented in some amusement.Before Harry Potter, there was Princess Cimorene, a dragon named Kazul, and the Enchanted Forest. I am no longer a 11-year old girl. I am a grown-ass woman, and I still love this book as much as I did the first time I read it.
"Why should he be?" Kazul said.
"Well, you're a dragon," Cimorene answered, a little taken aback.
"What difference does that make to a cat?"
Share this book with your sisters, your daughters, your niece ...more
There was a great deal of etiquette, from the proper way to curtsy before a visiting prince to how loudly it was permissible to scream when being carried off by a giant...
When she couldn't stand it any longer, she would go down to the castle armory and bully the armsmaster into giving her a fencing lesson.
"Well, I fence… So it is too done by a princess."
Nothing interesting seems to be ...more
This is my 4th time reading this. Still good. I did dock half a star down because second book is better than the first - still, the whole series are amazing, even if I am well out of reading age for these books I enjoy them immensely.
After I got finished with the book, my first thought was:
-why haven't they made a movie out of this yet?
And then I thought
-what if the casting is wrong, what if they don't follow the book, what if cgi is cheap?
Oh, the horrors! So now I am actually hap ...more
There's a magic to this series I haven't experienced since reading Harry Potter. It's one of the most playful books I've ever read, constantly making jokes out of well-known tropes and famous fairy tales. Plus it's a mystery in which the prime suspects are a dragon with bad wizard allergies and a prince made of stone. The entire universe is as quirky as the suspects and although there's some plot holes and a lot of things that seem to h ...more
5 stars. A formative book from my own childhood which deserves everybody's attention not only for featuring a strong young female lead but doing so in a wonderfully detailed reinvention of the typical fantasy setting. ...more
The story is told from the point of view of Princess Cimorene. She's a curious, intelligent girl who hates the ...more
Instead she works for a dragon and tells the would be rescuing princes to go away.
All the etiquette a young princess needs to know.
The King and Queen did the best they could. They hired the most superior tutors and governesses to teach Cimorene all the things a princess ought to know — dancing, embroidery, drawing, and etiquette. There was a great deal of etiquette, from the proper way to curtsy before a visiting princ ...more
Of course I had to read it first, the way you have to taste the cookie dough, to make sure it's just right. And of course, Little Sister caught me at it.
"A book I'm reading."
She executes a perfect pre-teen exasperated sigh-and-eye-roll. "I KNOW it's a book. What's it about?"
I decide to test ...more
Sick and ...more
So What's It About?
Cimorene is an exceedingly improper princess, always asking inconvenient questions and sneaking off to learn new skills. When she realizes that her parents will be forcing her to marry a boring prince, she takes matters into her own hands and runs away. She volunteers to be a dragon's ...more
This was charming, but light on substance. It may have been more original when it was written, but it feels derivative now. Also, I was annoyed that the only way that Cimorene could do anythi ...more
Cimorene is a rebellious princess, which I sometimes have misgivings, but given that she was an early-comer to the genre and that she doesn't reject her feminity and is rebelling more against boredom than against anything else, I really can't fault her.
The world is amazing, and as a fairy tale enthusiast, I loved all of the references. I have accepted it wholeheartedly as a Bookania story. (Which, for the record, just means that it's a lovely fairy-tale world.) ...more
Well, this will be my first review about that kind of book.
MY FEELINGS FOR THIS BOOK
Before Reading This Book:
I was unaware of dragons, wizards, witches, giants and jinns (I think I am still unaware of giants and jinns but not anymore after reading the whole series) So, it's obvious I didn't know how they look like Or what are their abilities?
After Reading This Book:
I thought "I chose to read books and I didn't even know any ...more
“The rest of my classmates are already making names for themselves. George started killing dragons right away, and Art went straight home and pulled some sort of magic sword out of a rock. Even the ones nobody expected to amount to much have done something. All Jack wanted to do was go back to his...more
A princess who refuses to be proper and runs away to live with dragons? Sign me up! Combine this with turning fairy tale tropes on their head and a dash of humor and you have Dealing with Dragons, the first book in the Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede. I wish I'd discovered this series a ...more
This was just splendid! I was enchanted from the very first paragraph, I ain’t even kidding. I found myself loving it more and more with every page. It was as lovely as Diana Wynne Jones’ Howl’s Moving Castle series which I’m very fond of. I’ll devour anything that has the word “Dragon” in it which is why I read it. This time I read the blurb but it doesn’t so much as give a hint as to how wonderful this book really is.
It’s set in a world filled with all sorts of fairytale ele ...more
This book has a great female protagonist, lots of humor, and puts a ...more
It has lots of adventure, lots of dragons and a sassy princess who takes her fate into her own hands.
Cimorene is a princess who doesn't meet the standard princess personality quota. She's intelligent, headstrong, and much to her parents dismay she wants more to ...more
The story itself would hold up well for current-day readers - it's a fairytale world where the inhabitants (non-ironically) know their own tropes, and so are aware that the third son is likely to succeed in the quest, and that wa ...more
As a fairytale lover this book is perfect for me. With all it's well known and obscure references to different fairytales, each new page is a delight. I even found fairytales that I had never heard of before. That was a shock to me.
I find this book to be very funn ...more
October 6, 2007
Currently reading aloud to the Possum - She's decided to carry on on her own in favor of me reading The Mysterious Howling. Well, I can't blame her. That's also a good one.
July 20, 2014
I originally read this series out loud to the girls when they were wee. Going back, I didn't recall much except that we had all enjoyed them. Some of the things I had forgotten: that Cimorene had studied fencing and Latin and that she was unusually tall, all now true of the eldest daught ...more
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