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ROGUE DRAGON Hardcover – 1965

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: see notes for publisher info (1965)
  • ASIN: B000L6FFZ8
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Brooks VINE VOICE on February 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
In the July 1965 issue of "The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction" a short novel or novella appeared title" Rogue Dragon" by Avram Davidson (1923-93). I still have my copy of that magazine and recall that it was a very entertaining story. It was even nominated that year for a Hugo Award. Alas it did not win, but a nomination suggests many readers admired the story. Later in 1965 Ace published a paperback edition of a greatly expanded version of Rogue Dragon. Until 2009 that was the only stand-alone copy of the expanded title.

The transmutation of the 58-page novella to the 140-page novel was, in this reader's opinion, a failed experiment. A sharp, witty and entertaining story was infused with meaningless subplots and plot tangles that add nothing but page count to the story.

Davidson was a highly regarded writer and his plot idea for this story was intriguing. In the far future Earth had been invaded by the Kar-Chee (not to be mistaken for the Kar-Chings, a mercantile race know for their avarice and lust for precious metals). The invaders eventually departed or died off - the book is not clear on this point. As a result of the invasion and its aftermath Earth became a destitute backwater of the galaxy EXCEPT for the dragon hunts. The Kar-Chee imported the beasts and they thrived on Earth. Wealthy inhabitants of the Galaxy travel to Earth to hunt the elusive and desirable dragons. Our protagonist is arranging a hunt for some potentates and is sidetracked in the expanded version into some meaningless and page filling machinations.
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