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Smallville: Dragon (Smallville (Warner)) Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Series: Smallville (Warner) (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Aspect (November 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446612146
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446612142
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,119,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The second Smallville novel opens with convicted murderer Ray Dansk's release from prison. Dansk heads to Smallville, his hometown, and with nowhere else to go, winds up in a Kryptonite-filled cave outside of town. The Kryptonite changes him, and soon he is obsessed with killing the witnesses to the killing that landed him in jail. He has the power to do it, too. The Kryptonite has given him dragon-like strength--and appearance. His first victim is a teacher, whom he tears to shreds. Clark Kent and his friends are dismayed by the murder and puzzled by the absence of the victim's head. But Clark is distracted by Lana Lang, who, much to everyone's surprise, breaks up with her boyfriend and makes her interest in Clark known. Clark's parents are pleased to see him so happy but quickly become concerned when Clark loses his powers and doesn't even remember that he ever had them. Grant has the tone down just right, making this as exciting as an episode of the young-Superman TV show. Kristine Huntley
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tara OShea on October 29, 2002
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Having adored the first adult novel in this series, "Strange Visitor" by Roger Stern, I was really looking forward to Grant's "Dragon." I was, unfortunately, very disappointed.
"Dragon" is rife with continuity errors that should have been caught during the editorial process, such as Whitney "Ellsworth" showing up a few times (though he was correctly referred to as Fordman for most of the novel), and a number of British-isms that should have been excised long before the book hit shelves (At one point Nell tells everyone to go to the "lounge" rather than "living room", Chloe says "Blast!", etc.). Plot-wise, the A-plot of the novel is a redux of the first season episode "Hourglass". Lana's aunt Nell and two others were in the hit list this time, as they had testified against the Freak of the Week years earlier.
There is a Lex B-plot, as Mary Sue Ex-Girlfriend shows up on Lionel's payroll, just because Lionel wants to mess with Lex's head--literally, the explanation of why Lionel is paying this sleazy girl to try and trick Lex into giving her [one] million dollars? "Why not?" Unfortunately, the Lex subplot is just... boring. Renata is a lackluster original character, and her relationship with Lex is a sad rehash of Victoria Hardwick, with none of the spark of Carrie Castle.
The Clark/Lana subplot fares even worse, as a sweet little old lady (shades of Cassandra) is using kryptonite-laced mint tea to hypnotise Lana into dumping Whitney and going for Clark, and Clark into believing he's a normal, non-superpowered teen which leads to a pointless re-hash of Clark's anger and confusion regarding his alien heritage which was much better handled in the "Smallville" pilot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Megan Kerrigan on December 21, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Smallville fans will buy this book because there isn't enough books on Smallville. However, you will be disappointed because there are tons of errors, misspellings, flawed characterizations. Lana screaming pathetically? For example, Lana's no superhero like Clark, but she has never been a wimp. The scenes of the freak Dragon killing off his victims are beyond family fare unlike the television series. Who is this author writing for? Not anyone who watches Smallville.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 21, 2004
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After reading the Strange Visitors this was an up-lifting experience. This book moved much more quickly than the first and would have made an excellent episode. Another excellent job by the author in keeping the Lex Luthor character true to form. My only complaints would be the ages of the characters did not seem to match the television series nor the content of the book. I would have also liked to see a much more mature Clark Kent. Once again, probably too much history but if you are not familiar with the show then you might need it.
I envisioned the characters to be more like the TV show when reading and it created a great reading experience. A very good read for the Smallville fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Wolfstar on April 26, 2004
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This book is nothing like the series. My main complaint was the fact that for a book supposedly set in the first season, Clark already had his super hearing, something he doesn't discover till Season three!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany Wells on November 25, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the first Smallville book that I've read, and I liked it. It did have inconsistancies and reminded me more of well done fan fiction than a published book. Yes, it's true, the book has Lex saying "Dude" a few times, which is totally uncharacteristic and Clark's reactions aren't the same as they are in the book. If you overlook those it's a great book, just what you need to hold you over from one Tuesday to the next!
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By Myadonai on April 23, 2003
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Author has a good mix of his perspective on the TV series and his own imagination. Another captivating read with some comedy... Glad for the differences between it and the TV series. Hope you enjoy it too!
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