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3.69  ·  Rating details ·  210 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Centuries ago, St. George fought and killed a dragon or so the legend goes. The truth is somewhat different. George failed in his mission, and the Dragon still walks the Earth, protected by an undead army, hiding in the shadows and slaughtering men, women, and children for its prey. Each of George's descendants through time has been tasked with killing the Dragon, and each ...more
Paperback, 133 pages
Published March 15th 2010 by ChiZine Publications (first published January 1st 2009)
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Not being sure what the acceptable macho equivalent is, please pardon me while I unleash a high-pitched squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee and before I proceed to heap praise on this outstanding, very impressive novella by Nicholas Kaufmann. 5 big, enthusiastic and gush-filled stars.

Here are the details (aka the deets according to my daughters):

1. A modern retelling, reimagining continuation and expansion of the legend of St. George and the Dragon, complete with a secret history exposing that events did not t
Liz* Fashionably Late
Simply brilliant.

The coolest dragon, the creepiest zombies ever, abussive drug dealers and a flawed heroine whose story is told in such a clever way is what you've got in this too-short novella and you won’t get enough of it.

Chasing the -metaphorical and actual- Dragon is a creepy, action-packed and guts-and-blood-on-the-floor story worth reading.
Nov 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
I read a couple of friends' reviews of this, and downloaded a sample chapter, and it just sort of got under my skin -- the whole idea of it. It does something pretty original with the mythology it uses, with dragons and with zombies -- something I've certainly never seen before, anyway. It's a novella, but it got me as involved as if it were a full-length novel: I held my breath for much of the last two chapters.

It's full of guts 'n' gore, so descriptions of that kind of thing gross you out, the
Nov 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of mythology, urban fantasy
Recommended to Eric by: Stephen
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Due to this book's length, it is hard to properly review it without revealing any spoilers. It's either a novelette or a novella (it's hard to tell which, as I can't hold my Kindle copy sideways and analyze the thickness properly), but I don't say this as a detraction, rather as an accolade. After reading so many fantasy authors who are wordy and/or endlessly serialize their books, reading a stand-alone work of this length with so much depth and detail is an incredible breath of fresh air. Also, ...more
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chizine_own
The book deserves to be much longer than it is. The writing is quite good and the book contains gangs, exploding cars, shotguns, the undead, dragons, drug addicts and more.

This is copy 3 of 65 signed numbered copies.
Jun 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"Chasing the Dragon" is a fabulous and fantastic novella. Nicholas Kaufmann brings dragons and the modern world together with superb plotting and surprising brevity, answering all of the questions that arise from his premise--such as: how does a dragon rampage across modern America and escape notice? What connects the slayer to the dragon? How can the slayer hope to fulfill her quest? He conflates the traditional phrase "chasing the dragon" with modern metaphor, and steers this linguistic feat p ...more
Oct 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Chasing the Dragon is yet another fine bit of fiction released by the folks at Chizine Publications. This short novella features a modern twist on the heroic legend of St. George and the Dragon. The title character of Chasing the Dragon is Georgia Quincy, the latest and potentially last, in a long line of ancient dragon slayers stretching as far back as the Summerian Marduk (slayer of Tiamat) and including other such luminaries as Sigfried (slayer of Fafnir) and Thor (slayer of Jörmungandr), amo ...more
MB Taylor
Feb 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Finished reading Chasing the Dragon (2009) by Nicholas Kaufmann a couple of nights ago. It’s a novella packaged up as a short novel & it’s a pretty decent read. It’s the story of the current, of a long line, of George’s who fight Dragons. It seems a thousand years ago St. George didn’t really kill the dragon & it’s been wreaking havoc ever since.

Georgia, the current George and the first female dragonslayer, has some serious problems. Not only is the dragon destroying road side diners and creatin
Nov 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Normally I groan at the trend to characterize books as "a cross between X and Y" but Chasing the Dragon is dragging this comparison out of me: a cross between Supernatural and the metaphorical drug-addict journey. With a dash of the Walking Dead. I liked the take on zombies as the "meat puppets" of the Dragon. And the mythology. The interesting take on addiction works for me as metaphor. Pleased by the conclusion, especially how a very ordinary and unassuming minor character becomes important be ...more
Mar 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tight and lean, this book is a good quick read. Because I was so invested in the main character, Georgia, I would have liked to have seen a couple of the themes involving her expanded upon (the dual meaning of the title and how dragon-chasing impacts Georgia, for example), but it works wonderfully as a novella. There's no filler or bogging down in ponderous garden paths here. This book is as direct and fast as a crash-test. ...more
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a fun, fast paced quick read. Georgia Quincey is the last of her bloodline who can slay the dragon that has wandered the Earth for centuries, leaving destruction in its wake. Georgia's quest to chase the dragon (which has dual meaning here) brings her to New Mexico for the final showdown.

I've been a fan of Kaufmann since I read his short story collection WALK IN SHADOWS, and he certainly didn't let me down here.

Highly recommended.
Nov 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: dragonslaying heroin addicts
Recommended to David by: Stephen
This was a high-octane thriller well worth the quick read. A kick-ass heroine in the urban fantasy mold is the Chosen One destined to hunt dragons, or more precisely, one dragon, as she is the latest in a long line of dragonslayers. But our heroine has a few problems. PTSD. Heroin addiction. Homelessness. Basically, she's a mess.

This novella works fine at the length it is at; a full-length novel would have dragged on too long (though I was a little disappointed at the full-length-novel price for
Benjamin Ethridge
Aug 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Interesting take on a medieval tale that manages to include zombies, heroin and a dragon, which comes in many wicked forms. Not to put down the story or concept, because I really liked both, but Kaufmann seems too good of a writer for this action-driven material. I like the fantasy and action he incorporates in his work (General Slocum's Gold), although it would be interesting to see his handling of deeper emotional complications in the story, something he only touches here. It is a shorter writ ...more
Brian Taylor
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
A rather enjoyable read, although only 133 pages. The narrative felt effortless which really pulls the reader along and before you know it, you've finished the book. I also enjoyed the flawed heroine. Well done on pretty much every front. I'll be looking for more by this author. ...more
This was a fun and quick read. I also enjoyed the spin on the strong female lead who chases, and is chased by both her personal demons and dragons.
Laura Dragon
Oct 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Georgia Quincey is the last of her line, a direct descendent of the medieval St. George who, according to Chasing the Dragon's author Nicholas Kaufmann, failed in his mission to slay the Dragon. As a result, the mantle of dragonslayer was passed onto George's son, and his son after him, all the way down the line. When Georgia's father too is slain by the Dragon, it falls to Georgia to take up her father's gun and go after the Dragon herself.

But defeating the Dragon is no easy task. The Dragon i
William M.
Jul 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, thriller

This book was truly a pleasant surprise. I've read Kaufmann's "General Slocum's Gold", but "Chasing The Dragon" is even better. Author Nicholas Kaufmann melds various themes and genres together into a seamless and very suspenseful action/horror tale set in an urban landscape. Kaufmann strategically drops clues - little crumbs -- along the way, feeding the reader's hunger like the drug addicted heroine. And like all great storytellers, Kaufmann weaves those pieces of the puzzle in
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Chasing the Dragon takes on double meanings, but the one you know at the start is Georgia Quincey, who is a female Dragon slayer. The story starts out at a diner where the dragon just slaughtered everyone inside the diner. Georgia arrives after she sees this slaughter in a vision, it's how she tracks the dragon. And, the dragon has left behind some zombie like dead bodies, to take care of Georgia, who they are controlled by the dragon. This is a typical day in Georgia's life.

Georgia's life is tr
Andrea Blythe
Feb 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fiction
The legend goes that Saint George fought and killed the dragon, but the legend is wrong. Saint George failed and the dragon still walks the earth, feeding and killing and raising the dead for her own personal army. The charge of battling the dragon has passed down through the family line all the way to Georgia, who is torn up by her own internal demons, dealing with her addiction to heroine. While she hunts the dragon, the dragon also hunts her.

This is a good old fashioned horror story, the kind
Maggie Gordon
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, horror, novella
Kaufmann takes the story of St George and the dragons and decides that zombies and heroin would be good additions. Surprisingly, he is correct. Set in the modern day, St George's line continued and has been fighting dragons for centuries, though the dragon proves to be frustratingly immortal. Cue Georgia, the last of the dragon slayers, a heroin addict, and a woman ready to give up. But somehow she survives her encounter with the dragon, kills its current body, and ensures that future dragon sla ...more
Nov 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, fantasy
An okay novella, but this kind of thing really isn't my bag. It has great action and an interesting concept, but it came up short as far as investing me emotionally, and having that can't-wait-to-pick-it-up-again quality.
I'm just not that big on action first when it comes to reading.

But that's okay, this novella will appeal to a lot of people who would
enjoy this action filled story. And it has a pretty good ending as well.
So a strong three stars for integrating generations of dragonslayers and
Aug 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
The second book I've finished by this author, and it--too--was an excellent read. The hero of the story was an antihero that, for nostalgic reasons, reminded me of Stephen King's earliest (and best) work. This may not be a novel-length story, but that doesn't mean that the story skimps out. It felt like it was exactly as long as it needed to be. ...more
Andrew Little
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I've ever read. It is a very short book, which doesn't allow for a good review because it would contain a lot of spoilers. One thing I can say is that there is such a clear relationship between the dragon that Georgia is chasing (and is chasing her) and the drug she is pursuing (and seemingly pursues her). Such a good book. ...more
Kimberly Kei
Aug 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Even though this book was a short read, I still found it very entertaining. I felt the rush of adrenaline as Georgia, our protagonist, was up against her worst nightmares and it was beautiful. At points I wish the author was more clear with their writing, often doing flashbacks without properly transitioning it, but I still found the book throughly enjoyable and an easy read.
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a great quick read. Very interesting plot dragons, walking dead and drugs. As I read through this book I could picture everything like I was watching a movie, had me hooked, great read in a small package.
Mar 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: zombies, horror, fiction
Damn! This short story was great!
What a different take to a horror story mixed with addiction. It is so well written I have nothing bad to say about it. This book will reside with me for a long time.
harlequin {Stephanie}
First read: 2013
second read: may 16, 2014
third read: JANUARY 23, 2015
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
short but interesting.
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Entertaining and gritty. The story has a lot of predictable aspects, but it's a very original manipulation of history/mythology. ...more
May 18, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
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Nicholas Kaufmann is the Bram Stoker Award-, Thriller Award-, Shirley Jackson Award-, and Dragon Award-nominated author of numerous books and stories. In addition to his own work, he has written for such properties as Zombies vs. Robots, The Rocketeer, and Warhammer. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife.

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