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From the Author

Big Dragons Don't Cry highlights the separation between humans and the rest of life that allows ecological disasters to unfold.

Instead of writing an angry treatise that condemned my species, I chose to use fantasy and humor to ask these questions:

What would the world be like if humans and animals understood and respected each other?

What could humans learn if we no longer saw ourselves as apart from nature but entered wholeheartedly into the dance of life?

The question "What if" is necessary for all fiction writers to ask, and my perspective helps me to helps me to imagine new possibilities. I think every author expresses her/his way of seeing the world. My viewpoint has helped to take me off the well-worn track of accepted truths and taught me to question just about everything.

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Product Details

  • Series: A Dragon's Guide to Destiny
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Booklocker.com, Inc. (February 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609107241
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609107246
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,133,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Despite the evidence of the photo above, C. M. Barrett is not a cat. Because she had to spend so much time thinking like one in order to write her series, A Dragon's Guide to Destiny, she sometimes forgot that she was human.

The four volumes of A Dragon's Guide to Destiny are: Big Dragons Don't Cry, Dance with Clouds,House of the Moon, and Book of Sorrows.

She is currently writing a dystopian series. Beginning in the year 2084, it features clashes between an evangelical megachurch, Big Business, nonhuman superstars called Sidhe, and drag queens. A terminally inept Congress has been replaced by a powerless monarchy.

The Sidhe are looking for a few good humans. They find them in the drag queens, warriors equipped with stiletto heels, long nails, and unsurpassed bitchiness. The battle begins.

She also writes nonfiction, including Animals Have Feelings, Too: Bach Flower Remedies for Cats and Dogs; crystal book, and the forthcoming Bach Flower Remedies: A User-Friendly Guide. The latter, for years a popular course, will now be available for a fraction of the course's price.

For a free look at her writing, get the ebook, Cats in Command.

You can visit C. M. Barrett's website at http://www.adragonsguide.com for updated information and cat pictures.



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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Aman S. Anand on May 7, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Big Dragons Don't Cry is a deeply moving portrayal of man's destructive attitude towards animals and nature which challenges our established notions of dealing with such issues. The author's greatest feat is to deliver this hard-hitting message without ever `preaching' to her reader. Instead, the author creates wonderful characters such as the water dragon Druid and the cat Tara, who form bonds of companionship that override prejudices and illuminate this story.

The author succeeds in interweaving several threads of plot; her deft handling of these different plots allows the story to conclude with a terrific climax. The combination of an important moral message with a swashbuckling sense of adventure reminds me of Avatar.

One of the book's greatest strengths is that it constantly grounds its humour and adventure with an important overriding message - which is one heck of a feat for any author to pull off. This allows the book to pull off its key emotional moments with dexterity and depth.

Read this book - you won't regret doing so.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn L. Heffernan on July 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
Big Dragons Don't Cry is a delightful fantasy that offers imaginative characters--both human and animal--spectacular imagery, laugh-out-loud dialog, and a killer plot. It is also one fable where the lesson never overwhelms the story.

A few of my favorite characters include Druid, the water dragon, who has issues with his absentee parents; savvy cats that are reminiscent of all the cats that owned me; Phileas, the male lead, who is too smart for his own good; Serazina, the female lead, whose emotions touched my heart; and Malvern Snow, the malicious antagonist, who can best be described in the author's own words: "...Malvern moved closer, the smile of nightmares on his face."

The author's writing made me yearn for the possibilities that became a reality in this book, and I look forward to the sequel. In fact, her cinematic writing is perfect for the big screen, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Big Dragons Don't Cry will soon appear at a nearby theater.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Patrick D. on April 17, 2011
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The author spins an interwoven story line with some of the best descriptive elements found.

There is a serious undertone to the moralistic message. But, this message is delivered in such a way that it just becomes the fundamental principle on which the story is based.

The characterization and personifications were well done and the characters come alive with intensity.

If you like to have your thoughts provoked then this is a great read for you.

This is a strong 4 star book and the author has delivered a work worthy of reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Moles on November 23, 2011
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This is a very well written story, and I've read it twice, loving it both times. When I read a book twice, that means it's exceptionally good! Honestly, not many stories get that much attention from me, BUT this one is like a true friend, ranking right up there with many other books so deserving of a special niche on my bookshelf.

The characters, whether human or animal, have grown into well known friends of mine. They are well developed, each with special attributes and personalities that truly set them apart. The heroes are regular people (or animals), each with their own set of inner conflicts which need resolution. All this takes place in a fantasy world, threatened to be torn apart by mistaken assumptions and prejudices. The characters learn valuable lessons about their world, and one another, as they go on a first rate adventure, sorting out mysteries, seeking the correct answers to an assortment of problems, and finding the villain (a man anyone would love to hate).

I especially love the cats in this story. They talk like humans, but retain their cat-like characteristics and perspective. Try approaching a situation from a cat's viewpoint--it's fun and entertaining! The humor surrounding those cats brought me many chuckles.

Druid, the depressed water dragon, also holds a warm spot in my heart. He's so misunderstood, but very friendly, and a true hero. He will rise to the occasion in this delightful story, gaining the trust of the other characters, as they join together to save the wonderful world in which they live.

Be ready for a satisfying read. The beautiful surprise in the story is this: to learn moral truth and wisdom--as well as being wonderfully entertained. I highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elanor on January 5, 2012
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"Big Dragons Don't Cry," by C.M. Barrett, is a cautionary tale concerning the destructive attitude of humans towards nature and animals; our arrogant assumption
that we are superior to every other living thing.
The story presents a moral, which the author deftly conveys without moralizing.
Instead, we readers are taken into a world of delightful fantasy and beautiful imagery. And the book is not without considerable humor.

Using a cast of charismatic characters, including humans, a charming water dragon (not to be confused with a fire dragon), named Druid, his parents, his swamp companions, and an array of wonderful and savvy cats, the book is about the unfortunate human limitation of viewing, understanding and interacting with the natural world and it's non human inhabitants. As we read on it becomes clear that these animal characters have something to teach those humans who are willing to listen and learn.

Clearly the author has an affinity with cats. If you love cats, this is the book for you. The antics of Orion, Emerald and Tara, to name but three, are perfectly described. It includes the delightful (and sometimes not so delightful), behavior of cats and the infinite possibilities of feline personalities.
It is also obvious the author speaks "cat." The language translation is impeccable.

I recommend this book for the young of mind and heart; for those who respect nature and animals, and for those who would enjoy a romp with a water dragon and an intelligent conversation with a cat.

This book begs for a sequel. This reader, for one, wants to meet these characters again.

J. Borrero
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