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Dragons: The Modern Infestation
Pre-medieval dragons are a staple of Western culture, familiar through bestiaries, folklore and the framework of meaning provided by the church. Dragons of the Modern Infestation, however, must be known through a scientific term: verminology. The purpose of this monograph is to make available to the general public the fruits of verminological research which began shortly a ...more
Published March 16th 1997 by Boydell Press
(first published January 1st 1980)
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This was one of the strangest fantasies I've ever read. I've seen it with fantasy documentaries, but I've never seen a fantasy book written like a scientific study. While vaguely interesting and mildly humorous in spots, it doesn't appeal to those who just like a good story. There are a few case studies and journaled observations that read a little like a story, but having several pages on average size, colors, and possible digestive processes gets rather dry. I do not know that this book actual ...more
An oddity this as it is a spoof non fiction introduction to the topic of the dragon 'infestation' which had affected various parts of the world, including the history of how dragons came to manifest themselves in modern times (as of the early 80s when the book was written), together with observations on their biology, intelligence and so on. A bit dry in places but I liked the parts where extracts from researchers' biographies and field notes etc were included, especially part 3. Funny in a very ...more
Undoubtedly this would be dry reading for most people, but I found it delightful. The structure of an academic presentation, and the refusal to break from the in-world perspective were impressive. The actual science, including the graphs and pictures, was consistent and engaging. Of course, I've always loved scientific what-if presentations of how dragons might could work in our rational universe, so I'm exactly the right audience for a book like this. Highly recommended for academics and dragon ...more
Although not widely supported by the other biological sciences, the modern field of verminology (the study of "dragons" in the vernacular) is vital to our understanding of sharing the planet with these creatures. This monograph explains the current state of knowledge of this young field. It includes rare excerpts from the field notes of some of the major verminologists of our day. And although dragons are often camouflaged, this monograph contains several pictures of dragons that include helpful ...more
This was a very interesting book, treating dragons as though they were just another creature, albeit a very strange one, living with us on Earth. It takes the form of a scientific monograph, with a bibliography and index, and ends with excerpts from the journals of two researchers who became very close to the "worms." They learned the dragon language, and dragons more easily learned ours, but they also caused a lot of destruction and death. This book might make you believe they could exist.