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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 142 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (September 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060110740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060110741
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I highly recommend this fabulous book.
Sonja Tierney
From small inserts to full page spreads, this talented artist has given us our monies worth in pictures alone.
D. Blankenship
I grew up watching the movie and as an adult found out there really was a book that the movie was based on.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 20, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Peter Dickinson's classic book on such imponderables as how (and why) dragons fly is one of my favorite books on the care and feeding of our scaled neighbors. He goes into great detail about what it takes to get a 20,000-pound appetite up into the air and speeding to its next meal. Sometimes slightly tongue-in-cheek, Dickinson draws on legend and story to create a delightful theory that takes the imaginary and makes it real.
Not satisfied with explaining away the impossible, Dickinson goes on to explore the dragon life cycle, habitat and sociology. I took particular delight in the section that explains that most horrific of monsters, the george, otherwise known as 'the mean man in the tin can.' He is quite outspoken about the monstrous atrocities committed in the name of 'dragon-slaying.' And for doubters, there is even a section citing the evidences for the existence of dragons. Of course, those of us who drive from peak to peak dragon-watching in our ancient Volkswagen busses need no further evidence.
The other delight in this book is the rich illustration by Wayne Anderson. We find dragons cute and fearsome, old and new. The work is both beautiful and whimsical, and you will find yourself returning to the images countless times, whenever the dream starts to fade. The book is both beautiful and fun - a worthwhile addition to the mythophile's library.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 1997
Format: Hardcover
The book answers the right question - Not "How could something as big as a dragon fly?", but "Why did dragons need to be that big in order to fly?". The approach is a straight faced, imaginative explanation of dragon phsyiology, psychology, life cycle, and more. The author manages to engage in a ciritcal scientific examination of all the evidece without losing the sense of awful wonder for the dragons he is studying.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 26, 1997
Format: Hardcover
I totally agree!!! This is the best book! Basically, he starts out on the premise that dragons actually existed (at about the time cavemen were around), and goes on to explain how something that large could fly, why this lead to them liking maidens, jewels, and gold, why they lived in caves, and why they can no longer be found! Read it (if you can find it)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chadwick H. Saxelid on November 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
How would they fly, why would they hoard gold, and how did they breed? Author Peter Dickinson attempts to answer these question from the standpoint that Dragons were very much real and, step-by-step, he explains how these meat-eating Hindenburgs would have lived. His viewpoint is that they were animals, and not 'intelligent beings', but, real or not, fire breathing dragons have left a mark in our minds and memories that remains to this modern day. Another plus are the nice dragon illustrations peppering the slim, 132 page coffee table styled book, so fantasy fans will find something to enjoy in it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on August 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Digging through my hoard of dragon lore books, something I have a great interest in, I came across this; one of my old favorites...a friend if you will. I received this work as a present from my wife when it was first published. She indulges my hobbies and as a matter of fact encourages them, although unlike myself, she does not believe in dragons, per se. And this brings us to a good point and an observation I have made. There are, in general, three sorts of people in this world; those that believe in dragons, those that do not, and of course those that really have not given it much thought and could sort of careless either way. I have also noted that, again in general, that humans have the capability of believing in just about anything at any given time, even the absolute absurd. Therefore, knowing this, I don't feel at all foolish in my beliefs.

Peter Dickinson has given us a wonderful work here devoted to dragon lore, history, care, keeping, life cycle, evolution, speech, evidence of dragons, the ability of dragons to fly and so much more. As one reviewer has pointed out, this is a very scientific friendly work and the author does not place his tongue in his cheek too often...a fact for which I am grateful.

Please do not that this IS NOT the same as the movie of the same title. Yes, the movie was indeed based on this work but all resemblance ends there. Do not expect to purchase this work and get a film version on paper of the theater work. This is something quite different. There are those that will appreciate this and there are those that will be disappointed. Just remember that I and other reviewers have warned you!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Why is this thing out of print? It's the best!! Anyone who agrees with me should watch the movie
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kenya Starflight on November 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
As a child I grew up with the movie "The Flight of Dragons," a cheesy but delightfully enjoyable animated film that has since faded into obscurity. I watched the VHS copy of it so many times the tape wore out, and to this day I can still quote huge chunks of the movie by heart. So when I heard that the movie itself was based on a book -- a book written by the "hero" of the film, Peter Dickinson, no less -- I knew I had to track it down. Something that had inspired one of my favorite films growing up had to be a wonderful read, right?

"The Flight of Dragons," to my surprise, was not a fiction book. Instead, it was Peter Dickinson's attempt at a "fantastic bestiary," a means of deducing how a creature such as a dragon could have evolved, existed, reproduced, and hunted. While I was a bit disappointed to find it wasn't a storybook after all, it's still a fascinating read.

Dickinson has done his homework, and come up with logical means by which dragons can fly and breathe fire, explaining things through biological and chemical processes. The dragons' breeding habits, battles for territory, and the reason they hoard gold and gemstones are also explained, as are their hypnotic stares and how legends of sentient talking dragons might have come about. Even stories of water hags and spirits are explained as "female dragons" -- apparently only male dragons fly, breathe fire, and abduct maidens -- and some of the more popular myths and stories are picked apart and explained. The book contains plenty of illustrations as well, as well as a diagram that's nearly identical to a similar diagram in the movie.

The illustrations of this book have their own charm, reminding me of a medieval painting or tapestry.
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