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This colorful series opener from comic fantasist Asprin (Myth-Chief) introduces lazy con artist Griffen McCandles, who got through business school on his charm and quick wits and now expects to be given a job working for his uncle Malcolm's company. Then Malcolm reveals that Griffen and his sister, Valerie, are near pureblood dragons, expected to chose sides in an international battlefield of magic and ancient rivalries. With assassins and a professional dragon-slayer on their trail, Griff and Val head for New Orleans (with no mention of Hurricane Katrina) to ally with Mose, an unlicensed casino operator and leader of a band of renegade dragons who hope Griff can bring them some respect as well as power. Asprin promises much but delivers little, apparently saving his plots for later books, but with all the characters and factions now in place, the series may eventually develop into something more engaging. (Apr.)
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As one of sf’s preeminent anthologists, Dann has sifted through tales about unicorns, computer intelligence, and far-distant futures. In his latest gathering of original short stories, he revisits the gold mine of Australian speculative fiction that enriched his and Janeen Webb’s award-winning compilation Dreaming Down-Under (1998). As with that volume, Dann’s aim is to chafe at the boundaries of Australian sf, horror, and fantasy as well as cover the full spectrum of new and established Australian authors. A colorfully diverse mixture of themes and narrative techniques enlivens tales about alien first contact, dystopian future civilizations, and outback ghosts. An Aussie archeologist discovers a literal Kingdom of the Dead concealed behind an Egyptian cave wall. In a fable about the country’s early colonization, a sheepherder meets his future wife in a woman born from a jacaranda tree. Once again, Dann channels the exuberant, literary lifeblood of the continent down under into a superior assortment of well-crafted fiction that constitutes an indispensable resource for the fiction shelves. --Carl Hays

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441014704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441014705
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,412,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W Jordin on June 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
Dragon's Wild (2008) is the first fantasy novel in a new series. Dragons have been around for a long, long time. They tended to ignore humans when they first appeared, but the humans had intelligence and bred like rabbits. After humans became thick on the ground, the dragons tried fighting them. Unfortunately, the humans had invented armies.

Western male dragons have a problem with social activities. As predators, they tend be territorial and run off any trespassing males. Thus, male dragons usually fight individually and were often swarmed by massive numbers of humans.

The Eastern dragons got along better with humans. Also, these Eastern dragons knew how to shapeshift and could blend with the humans without causing a mob to form. Finally, the Western dragons learned this trick from their Eastern kin and found their own niches in human society.

In this novel, Griffen McCandles is a young dragon, but doesn't know it until his uncle breaks the news. Uncle Malcolm wants Grifter to become an associate in his company, but Grif demurs and asks for time to think about it. After leaving his uncle, Grifter is picked up by an U.S. Senator who happens to be in the vicinity and to know that he is a dragon.

Dropped off by the Senator at his hotel, Grifter goes to his room and finds his girlfriend Mai waiting inside. She also knows that he is a dragon and has a proposition for him. When Grifter questions her knowledge of his heritage, she immediately leaves him and is not seen again for weeks.

Grifter is thoroughly confused and tends to disbelieve in dragons. So he drives his Sunbeam Tiger several hundred miles to consult his sister Valerie. After telling her almost everything, they decide to find a safe place to hide.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ron Macquarrie on April 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a straight up urban fantasy from the creator of the Mything series. It is nothing like the Mything series or in fact anything I've seen from him before. It is also in my humble opinion the best thing he's ever done including Thieves World. No mything goofiness here. Weell, it's Asprin there has to be some. He does keep the punning at a minimum. . .whew.
Here there be dragons: powerful characters that he has developed very well indeed. Lot's of humour but a very strong storyline as well.
Dragons. Existent and powerful since long before man showed up and snuck up on them are still with us. Only they have assimilated and learned to adopt human shape and mannerisms while retaining dragon power, and dragon character: jealous, grasping, greedy and powermad, and that's thier nicer side. They tend to be political to the bone. Now that's scary.
As far as Griffen (like that name?) is concerned when his uncle tells him he is a dragon he wonders what uncle has been smoking. Except that now the cat's out of the bag, so to speak, dragons start coming at him from everywhere. Half his friends and a lot of enemies he didn't know he had. Uh oh. Griffen and his sister are almost "pureblood" which scares hell out the current dragon establishment, and there is a prophecy. Double uh oh.
Off he and his sister Valerie run to pre-katrina New Orleans assasins and govie agents on their tails.
It's really interesting how he develops the story and the characters as a kind of a series of almost disconnected vignettes. Little stories in the flow of the story. Very nice.
It's Nawlins at it's best where he is offered an established gambling syndicate, in the Quarter of course, by lesser dragons who want him to lead them. All he has to do is learn how to be a dragon. .
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ed Nemo on May 23, 2008
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I got online this morning and checked my e-mail to discover the dreaded news...Robert Asprin had died. Now, I love a bunch of his books, specifically, The Cold Cash War, The Bug Wars, and Phule's Company. As I was taking my car to get new tires put on, I knew I would be doing nothing so I bought a book...this one. And, wow! It was absolutely great! I love the concept of something so fantastical as dragons (which normally I have no love for) being used in a modern way. And best of all, you like the characters. They are well flashed out and you find yourself rooting for them...all the while trying to figure out who the enemy is and what is coming. Great stuff. And now, there is no chance for a sequel. With that in mind...pick this book up. And enjoy one final story by Asprin.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Invidiata on April 14, 2008
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It's great to see Asprin get his chops back as a writer. For years he was a favorite of mine, but when he went through some personal issues a few years ago his writing, sad to say, suffered for it. Dragons Wild though is honestly up there with the better stuff I've seen him do, and certainly better than all or most of what he's put out recently. It still has a few minor flaws, a few awkward and over-descriptive passages early on, but overall this is honestly a great and dun book, well written and well thought out, with solid and fun characters who react in logical and believable ways to being confronted with evidence of magic and the supernatural, and similar bizarre situations.

A warning to some however. This book reads like exactly what its advertised to be: the first book in a series. There is not much of a story here, its really an introduction to the characters, to the setting, and to the basic conflicts. You meet Griffen and Valerie McCandles, and gt a few slices of the first two or three months of their new lives as they learn what they really are, and what that implies, and you get introduced to the antagonists likely to cause them trouble in the future. As an introductory chapter, this really is a great book and did exactly what it was supposed to do, left me in the end waiting impatiently for the next book. I would have liked to see a bit more, but as an introduction it was genuinely great.
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