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The Dragon Book

(Lord Ermenwyr)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,584 ratings  ·  135 reviews
Never before published stories by New York Times bestselling authors Jonathan Stroud, Gregory Maguire, Garth Nix, Diana Gabaldon, and others.
Whether portrayed as fire-breathing reptilian beasts at war with humanity or as noble creatures capable of speech and mystically bonded to the warriors who ride them, dragons have been found in nearly every culture's mythology. In m
Hardcover, Berkley, 433 pages
Published November 2009 by Penguin (first published 2009)
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Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is an anthology. I will forewarn all readers now so that my review and rating is better understood.
I think Jack Dann did a fair enough job picking out stories to put together for this book Some I liked better than others so I will be rating and reviewing (briefly) each story individually.

1) Dragon's Keep- by Cecilia Holland
This story is about a young woman named Perla who grew up in a fishing village. One day a fishing expedition goes wrong when a dragon attacks. When Perla tries to escape,
Dragon's deep, Cecelia Holland: 2.5*
Vici, Naomi Novik: 3.75*
Bob Choi's last job, Jonathan Stroud: 1*
Are you afflicted with dragons?, Kage Baker: 5*
The Tsar's dragons, Jane Yolen & Adam Stemple: 3* (Sometimes it was boring, but overall a good plot for an enjoyable short story.)
The dragon of Direfell, Liz Williams: 3.875*
Oakland dragon blues, Peter S. Beagle: 5*
Humane killer, Diana Gabaldon & Samuel Sykes: 3.375* (Too long for an anthology! I gradually lost interest in reading this, but it was goo
Stefan Yates
Feb 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Overall, this was a decent collection of fantasy stories all centered around that favorite of fantasy beasts, the Dragon. As usual, with a collection of this sort, there are some really good tales and some really not-so-good ones. But overall I was impressed with the diversity and range amongst the stories and enjoyed reading stories by some fairly big name fantasy authors who to this point I had not yet read any of their other more well known fare.

If you enjoy short story collections in general
Mar 23, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010
This book took me FOREVER to get through. It's a collection of short stories about dragons (and what people have perceived them to be across time) and some of the stories are quite good, while other ones are a waste of paper. Since each story varies in quality, I figured I'd do a quick review of each story individually.

Dragon's Deep - This was a good classic Dragon Story for the most part. a little strange in places, but overall, what one would expect from a good dragon story. Good thing they st
Kayt O'Bibliophile
As with all anthologies, there are some gems, some trash, and some middling stories. I feel the middling and gems outweigh the trash, but the middling stories are prevalent. It's a good book and I'd recommend it to any fantasy lover, but whether it's bookshelf-worthy you'll have to judge for yourself. Personally, I'd go the library route with this one.

It didn't start off well. Dragon's Deep is the first story, a bore about an uninteresting girl, an uninteresting dragon, and a bunch of jerks who
Nicola Mansfield
Feb 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Comments: This collection of 19 never previously published short stories by mostly well-known authors is written for an "all ages" audience, meaning for adults but an acceptable cross-over for older teens. The book is entirely language and s*x free, though the themes keep the book form being suitable for anyone younger. There were a couple of stories I didn't appreciate but for the most part I rated the others 4s or 5s. I really enjoyed that this book of short stories contained one longer almost ...more
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I didn't like all of the stories, but some of them were truly excellent. ...more
Did not finish, I tried the first 2 stories and couldn't finish either of them, so I have given up entirely on this; while I understand that each story is written by a different author, they were all chosen by the same person to be part of the book, thus I find I can't trust the other stories to be appropriate.

Dragon's Deep by Cecelia Holland: Mention of rape. Dragon violates the main character by licking under her dress. Um, gross. I was gagging so bad. Disgusting. I bailed so hard.

Vici by Naom
Feb 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Only serious draco-philes.
This was an almost uniformly bland collection, which disappointed me, because I quite enjoyed the previous anthology in this series, Wizards. There weren't any stories that I hated, or even particularly disliked, but there were also precious few that had any spark whatsoever; I finished the anthology yesterday, but can't recall more than four of the nineteen stories without consulting the table of contents. And even the best stories were still significantly flawed. Part of the problem, I suspect ...more
An Odd1
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, action, fan, fun
"The Dragon Book" editors Jack Dann, Gardner Dozois varies whether dragons good, bad, both, settings, styles, tremendously, so something for many tastes. My faves are funny: 4 Afflicted 7 Oakland 14 Puz_le and read before 17 Tamora Pierce's Kitten.

1 Dragon's Deep by Cecelia Holland is the rarely-fished area dared by Perla and villagers impoverished by a greedy Duke, but only she survives when a gentle-tongued male dragon attacks. Creepy, makes human males all horrid abusive turncoats. Sexuality
Jessica Strider
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
The author line-up in The Dragon Book is a bit unusual for a collection by "the masters of modern fantasy", especially considering that some of the authors in the book would likely not appreciate their works being classified as fantasy. The stories themselves are diverse and entertaining, with some completely unexpected takes on the mythos of dragons. Most of the stories are alternate histories, where dragons exist in the real world. A few at the end of the book have fantasy world settings. (My ...more
Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
“Dragon’s Deep” by Cecelia Holland ★★★☆☆
This one was kind of strange…(view spoiler) Anyway... I liked the ending.

“Vici” by Naomi Novik
This one was very strange. It reminded me continually of “Fear and Loathing in Lalanna" by Nick O Donohoe from Firebirds Soaring. I don’t even know if I liked it or not.

“Bob Choi’s Last Job” by Jonathan Stroud ★★☆☆☆
A modern-day (or maybe futuristic?) city much like any other. O
Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
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Dec 03, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The first story was quite possibly the dumbest thing I have ever read. But I forged on, picked a story from the middle, and that was much more rewarding.

1 star: "Dragon's Deep," Cecelia Holland just horrible!
5 stars: "Vici," Naomi Novik I was not interested in the Temeraire books based on the story, but Novik's voice was so delightful, I'll have to check those books out.
didn't read: "Bob Choi's Last Job," Jonathan Stroud Started it; too dark.
4 stars: "Are You Afflicted with DRAGONS?" Kage Baker
Nov 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-reading
A wonderful compendium of 19 short stories, written by some of the biggest names in fantasy writing, including Peter S. Beagle, Tad Williams, Gregory Maguire, and Tanith Lee, some of my personal favorites- and all centering around dragons of all types. From lands of fantasy to present day, from evil dragons slain by the classic hero archetype to the noble, magical beings of lore, there are stories to satisfy all lovers of the draconic and fans of the fantasy genre.

Not all of the stories were wor
Sep 07, 2012 rated it liked it
This is the first collection I've read in a long while that is all good or better. There isn't a stinker in the bunch! My favorites were:
Jonathan Stroud's "Bob Choi's Last Job": Bob Choi goes after a dragon who is hiding in human form, eating humans, and stacking their bones neatly in the alley. Dark and really fascinating.

Naomi Novik's "Vici": debauched Roman Antony is charged with murder. His sentence: to slay a full grown dragon by himself (which means certain death). But Antony is sly and c
An anthology of dragon short stories, the first I really liked was “Vici” by Naomi Novik is about how Marc Anthony came to control a war dragon in Gaul. “The Tsar’s Dragon’s” by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple is about Jews, Rasputin and Revolutionaries fighting the Tsar and his army of dragons with their own dragons. “Oakland Dragon Blues” by Peter S. Beagle begins on Telegraph Ave and 51st Street, where a dragon appears and snarls traffic. It seems a writer conjured him up and never unconjured him ...more
Charlotte English
Mar 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
These stories all centrally feature dragons, and yet they could hardly be more different. There's space here for the serious and the comic, sad endings and uplifting endings, and a host of fascinating portrayals of draconic nature and what happens when dragons and humans collide.

Highlights for me included Kage Baker's delightfully funny tale of the problems caused by dragon-pests - fans of her novel 'The Anvil of the World' will appreciate the chance to spend another half-hour with Smith at his
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
This caught my eye mostly because of the Kage Baker and Naomi Novik short stories. Well, the Novik story was okay. The Baker story was all right for what happened, but it made me sad because Smith and Mrs. Smith (characters from her novel The Anvil of the World) had none of their interesting nuances here.

Probably the best story here was the one by Peter Beagle. I know, I'm going out on a limb there. While there were certain elements of cliché about it, and while writing about a writer is easy to
Jul 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
I picked this up in my hunt for more Tamora Pierce. Her "The Dragon's Tale" turned out to be one of my favourites in the book, along with Tad Williams' "A Stark and Wormy Knight," both of which are told from the POV of the dragons themselves.

As with any anthology, some stories are a hit while others are a miss and some just get by. Not that any were bad. Some just weren't to my taste, but as a whole, I got a glimpse of the styles of many different fantasy authors, many of whom I had not read bef
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Readers don't have to be avid fans of fantasy to enjoy the diverse stories in this anthology wherein the idea of writing about dragons is stretched far beyond the stereotype. Especially wonderful tales are Tad William's "A Stark and Wormy Night" where a dragon tells her son a bedtime story about those awful knights who the dragons outsmarted--superb creative writing both in form and content; Mary Rosenblaum's "Dragon Storm" with a female protagonist who could rival Katniss; and the wonderfully c ...more
Raine Rucker
Aug 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this book. It is a must read for all dragon lovers.

It contains nineteen short stories, each by different authors. They're all fantasy, and they all contain at least one dragon. But of course each author has their own voice and a different story to tell, so there is a story for everyone in this book.

You'll find everything in these pages -- from a dragon appearing in our every day world who would like to have it out with a writer who cut him from a short story ("Oakland Dragon Bl
Jan 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This book was just fun. Being short stories, I read some familiar authors and some authors that deserver further reading. I don't honestly think there was a bad story in the bunch, which is unusual for a short story collection. Some were classic fantasy, some "laugh out loud" funny, but the ones I enjoyed the most were the historical fantasies, where real life events were attributed to these other worldly creatures. It's interesting to see all the different directions the many authors took with ...more
Mar 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
New Naomi Novik! New Kage Baker! This is a must-read just for those two stories.

Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple, Garth Nix, and Adam Duncan all wrote great stories too. I think it's kind of interesting and odd that I liked the stories set in real-ish worlds better than I liked the ones that were more traditional fantasy. What is more traditionally fantastic than a dragon and yet I like them better when they're unexpected or strange.
Apr 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, anthologies
While I'm still technically "currently reading" this one... i tend to read anthologies sporadically to break up my normal reading... i thought i'd chuck in a review anyway. Of the five-or-so stories I've read so far I'd have to give them all 5 stars. Absolute gems. So different and so exciting, well constructed and captivating. The rest of the stories would have to be quite bad for me to take away a star so if you like dragons this a a book to buy. ...more
There is something wrong with Cecelia Holland. In 24 pages, first the heroine's sister is gang-raped, then the heroine is raped by a dragon, then she runs away from the dragon only to be repeatedly raped by a local thug(who has her brother's permission), and then dreams about running away back to the dragon. WTF?!!?

The short stories by Naomi Novik and Kage Baker are delights. Returned to the library.
Pilars Scott
Nov 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Some great stories. I loved how different all of them were from each other. I'll definitely be checking out some of the authors I hadn't read before and I was happy to read some new stories from old favorites like Naomi Novik and Peter S Beagle. ...more
Jul 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice cross-section of stories from a variety of authors, including some that I have passed up in the past. My absolute favorites: the heartbreaking "After the third kiss" by Bruce Coville and the captivating "The Dragaman's bride" by Andy Duncan ...more
May 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Some of my favorite fantasy authors, Dianna Wynn Jones, Garth Nix, Peter S. Beagle, are in this book containing never before published short stories about dragons. I also found some new authors with great writing style.
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Like all books with multiple stories by different authors I found myself liking some stories, and then disliking others. However with this book I was disappointed to find I disliked more stories than I enjoyed, which sucked because I really do love stories that involve dragons.
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