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The Dragon And The George (Dragon Knight #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  5,168 Ratings  ·  140 Reviews
Through no fault of his own, the once human Jim Eckert had become a dragon. Unfortunately, his beloved Angie had remained human. But in this magical land anything could happen. To make matter worse, Angie had been taken prisoner by an evil dragon and was held captive in the impenetrable Loathly Tower. So in this land where humans were edible and beasts were magical--where ...more
Paperback, 279 pages
Published 1976 by Ballantine Books, NY
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May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014

For a moment he felt a sort of desperate hunger for the kind of life that had existed in the European Middle Ages of his medievalist studies. A time in which problems took the shapes of flesh-and-blood opponents, instead of impalpable situations arising out of academic cloak-and-dagger politics.

Jim is young and bright university graduate, planning to get married to his girlfriend Angie, but they struggle with poor paid jobs and backstabbing from the entrenched older teachers. He gets his wish
Mike (the Paladin)
Oct 11, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Pure fun...rather unorthodox and original when it showed up. I read this and several of the sequels. Not the regular hero slays dragon story as the hero IS the dragon. Humorous/adventure.

Jim Eckert finds himself in one of the most spectacularly frustrating and weird situations that has been imagined in the worlds of fantasy. In a quest to rescue his girl friend who's been "aported" to another world (apparently "aported" there by a crazy professor who can't get her back, but offers to send Jim af
Antonio Simon Jr.
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In most fantasy novels, the hero (typically a knight) slays the villian (typically a dragon) and saves someone (again, typically, a princess). This novel turns those conventions on their ear. When a science experiment runs afoul of the laws of physics, the main character, Jim, and his love interest, Angie, are sucked into a fantasy realm. Angie is quickly taken hostage by the realm's inhabitants. Jim's fate isn't much better -- it comes as no mild shock to him that he inexplicably finds himself ...more
Jan 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book almost 40 years ago. It was one of my first fantasy reads, and I loved it! I recently ran across it and 5 or 6 more that Dickson had written in the series. I had not read any but the first and decided to refresh my memory and re-read it. Like many memories from our youth, it wasn't quite as good as I remembered, however, I did enjoy it enough to want to read more in the series and see what happened to the characters. The writing is a bit dated and the story is simpler than most ...more
One of my favourite movies when I was growing up was "The Flight of Dragons". Many years later, I was in a thrift store and saw this book and on discovering that the movie was loosely based on it I decided to buy it.

For those who have watched the movie you should be aware that it is VERY loosely based on the book. The basic concept of a 20th century man being sent back to a historic fantasy world and trapped in a dragons body is there and the characters from the movie are in the book too, but th
I first read perhaps all of these books back in high school, and from that era, they're the only genre series I've actually come back to and still liked.

Not that there aren't issues: there are plenty.

But that's why I've just added a guilty-pleasures shelf, because it's far too late for me to actually come up with reasons why I like them so much. I'll have to come back to it later (maybe after I check out the second book, tomorrow).
Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 17, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy fans
Recommended to Lindsey by: Melissa
Shelves: series, fantasy

I had severe issues with the blandness of many characters, the short-changing of the action scenes and the relatively inconsequential plot. I also admit my bias to having adored "Flight of Dragons" as a child, and this book pretty much only shares character names and the idea of a man transported into a dragon's body. I prefer the movie characters, though some of them are more fleshed out in this version. I just don't like how they are fleshed out. I don't find any particularly interesting, w
Jun 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While the writing is, I suppose, a little dated, I am absolutely in love with the story and these characters. I had picked up one of the later books in the series without realizing it was a series, and while it probably could have stood alone, I wanted to know what exactly was going on, so I went and found the first one. I guess I can't give this an impartial review because I've read the whole series and know so much more about the world and how magic works there (which is one of the reasons why ...more
Jul 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, dragons
I enjoyed this book, as, even though it was written almost 40 years ago, many of the issues are still relevant. We have rampant unemployment, price gouging by landlords, employers who take advantage of desparate workers, and an economy which enables all those injustices to thrive.

I enjoyed watching as the character "Jim" grew and learned something about himself, and finding that he did not like all that he saw. He used that knowledge to begin changing his actions, and even though the effect was
Denae Christine
I started to lose interest when all the companions were together and kept facing 2-page obstacles (fog and darkness and sandmirks) toward the end because they knew where they were going, but it got better. Jim made some stupid mistakes, but he had a couple moments. Also, I liked the end better than I expected. The people of this world were rough, but Jim came to recognize the necessity of that.
The Auditing Department could seem like it was just there to grant Deus Ex Machina moments, but I th
Our Hero gets whisked away to another world, a world with knight, trolls and wizards, where he needs to fight the forces of darkness to rescue his true love. Sound familiar? But there's a twist, in this new world he is a dragon. Dickson (born in my home town of Edmonton -according to Wikipedia) has taken a familiar set up added the dragon element and created an enjoyable if familiar tale. I would like to have seen more about dragons though- I don't believe this was explored as much as it could h ...more
Jun 20, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I first read this book years and years ago. When a friend wanted to read some high fantasy, this was the first book which occurred to me. After all, it's a different kind of story about "a reluctant dragon."

I enjoyed the story, especially the great uncle dragon, the mere dragon, and the wolf. But, as usual for these older works of science fiction and fantasy, I wasn't all that enthralled with the female characters. Nor did I really like the main character who is nowhere near as heroic as his com
Jeremy Thomas
Sep 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Dragon Knight series starts with this novel and is and will be one of my most favorite series until the day I die. It's about a young man who is transported into the body of a dragon in a medieval fantasy world in search of the woman he loves. Check it out, read this book and the second in the series, if you aren't hooked by then you have permission to punch me square in the face.
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, humor
Приятно и забавно фентъзи.
Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2,5 parce que le côté un peu kitsch a séduit mon âme nostalgique lol
(I only had about 20 pages to finish up for the new year, and it would feel like cheating to have twenty pages count towards a whole new book in 2017)

   First off, big shout out to my dad and sister Lisa for taking pictures of pages 252-279/the end, so that I could finish this borrowed library book despite flying back to France! Not to mention my mom for requesting the book from the local library in the first place. You three are awesome!

   Now, on to the review portion – this book caught my eye
Nancy Cousintine
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm just finishing the 9th book in this series. I've really enjoyed the series. I'd read "The Dragon and the George" years and years ago, lol back when I was young and carefree lol. I did not know then , and in fact not until about a month ago that there were now so many in the series. Of course back in the day, there was just the first book! My advice..If you like dragons, knights in armour, magick , crusty mages, unusual companions, people misplaced in time, and making the best of a situation; ...more
Patrick Scheele
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't really point at anything that was particularly good in this book. It's just been too long since I read a book with actual heroes who go out to defeat evil and rescue their loved ones without angsting about it for half a book first. There's also no backstabbing or ulterior motives. Such a breath of fresh air. Although I prefer science fiction stories, I like my heroes fantasy-style.

The story itself is pretty cookie-cutter. Like a lot of fantasy, the hero is from our reality and somehow g
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a curiosity I decided to read this tome in preparation for my summer family's reunion during which we decided to re-watch a favorite movie from our youth--Flight of Dragons. This book is one of two source books upon which the movie is based.

Some brief thoughts: I absolutely loved the idea behind a magic auditing department. Loved reading the passages that made it into the movie in some form or another. Didn't quite get who the main villain was in the book. In the movie it was an evil wizard b
Christian Contreras
In the story the dragon and the George a guy who became a dragon was to rescue her promised wife from an evil dragon who slaved her but he can't rescue her on his own he goes to a magic land were there is brave Georges and he needs the help of one of them only the strongest and the bravest then after all that of picking one George he found him then they both went to the mountain were the evil dragon was and rescued the dragons promised wife. The conflict was between the good dragon and the evil ...more
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gordon R. Dickson's "The Dragon and the George" is a fine start to his "Dragon Knight" series. The universe Dickson describes is interesting and the plot well-done. The characters' behavior might be a bit simple at times, but that gives the book it's charm. Well, maybe "charm" is the wrong word. There's a lot of dark stuff happening here, so it's not a light, fluffy book. But, it is refreshing. My only significant issue with it is that as he approaches "way-points" in the story, he tends to keep ...more
Douglas Debner
This book was a 2.5- on the border between being worth the read and not. The set up was silly and contrived at best. The story was uninspired, basically the main character wanders around meeting other characters who pretty much immediately volunteer to risk their lives for him. They then go fight he the big bad. The audio book contained something like the first chapter of book 2 in the series and it seemed just as dumb. Unfortunately I spent money on this book because of how much I enjoyed Dicks ...more
Erik Garrett
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oldie but goodie

I think the dragon knight was the first in a long series of "transformative" protagonists and the authors mastery of description shall keep our knight ad one of the best.
Hector Luna
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Astounding book, simplish and loads of fun. I remember reading it my sophomore or junior year of high school, '84 or '84, and just loving it. I've re-read a few times, like 3 or 4. It never gets old. The rest of the books in the series are good, OK, but not nearly as good as this one...
Silly, silly! This was a fun book to read! I did lose interest in it half way through, but it's still a pretty cool story. :)
David King
When I was looking for books to read as part of a Year of Fantasy Classic Challenge I discovered the "The Dragon & The George". At first I wasn't sure about reading but as I was looking over the synopsis on Wikipedia I noticed that "The Flight of Dragons" which is one of my all time favourite movies as a child was actually based on the book. At that point there was no stopping me and I was off the mark to track down a copy.

The story is based around Jim Eckert, a regular guy living in the mo
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a kid, I loved the animated movie "Flight of Dragons." This book is part of the inspiration of the film, so I thought I'd give it a try. It's not all that bad, but I'm not keen to continued reading other books in the series or anything either. Enjoyable enough, but there are better fantasy novels out there.
John Loyd
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Dragon and the George (1976) 279 pages by Gordon R. Dickson

I almost never reread a book. Not because there is nothing worth rereading, but because I have so many books that I haven't read yet. Way back when, I could remember the plot of every book and short story that I had read, so it really came as a shock to me how little of the story I remembered from having read it. I've read four more of the Dragon books in the last year, and there was a lot of "remember that Loathy tower business."

Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I am re-reading this series since I recently bought most of it at a book sale. I remember reading these books during the 6th grade as I read through almost every dragon book at my local library. Anyone remember the animated movie "Flight of Dragons" from the early 80s? The main story is based off this book (with the science-y parts about how dragons fly/breathe fire from the book "Flight of Dragons" by Peter Dickinson). I honestly love the book much more, and I'm really happy to be reading the s ...more
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Gordon Rupert Dickson was an American science fiction author. He was born in Canada, then moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota as a teenager. He is probably most famous for his Childe Cycle and the Dragon Knight series. He won three Hugo awards and one Nebula award.

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