- 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: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Flight of Dragons Hardcover – September, 1981
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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.
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!Read more ›
I personally view THE FLIGHT OF DRAGONS as a reference source for Gordon's novels....
"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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The animated film of the same name was based on this book. I think it is a great way to try to scientifically explain dragons.Published 10 days ago by Robert Ball
I bought this because I enjoy the movie, but it's a very interesting book if you're the kind of person who likes the dragonology books or something similar to that.Published 15 days ago by Josh Kerns
If you are getting this because, of the animation, you will be sad to know this has nothing to do with the movie at all, for the most part. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Kayako
Love it! I've been wanting this book since I was a kid! Good condition. So happyPublished 4 months ago by Sarah Turner
THE definitive source on dragons. Dickinson approaches the subject from the perspective of a scholar, and tackles every minim of the myth as another clue based on the once... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Michael
This Book was a very fun little read. I should warn those who think this is like the movie it's NOT! This is a hypothetical take on biology, physiology and evolution of dragons. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Lawrence Gonzalez