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Bob the Dragon Slayer by [Gilleland, Harry]
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Length: 112 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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About the Author

Harry Edward Gilleland, Jr. is passionate about writing. His work has appeared on numerous internet poetry forums, in several poetry e-zines, in three multi-author print anthologies of poems and short stories, and now in three of his own published books. Harry is retired from a career as Professor of Microbiology at LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, Louisiana; he now devotes himself full time to writing. Harry is a southerner by birth and by inclination. Born and raised in Macon, Georgia, he now resides in Shreveport with his wife, Linda, and their two dogs, Rusty and Pepper.

Product Details

  • File Size: 200 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publication Date: February 18, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003WEA17I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,360,158 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Milton Stern on July 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
In the short Prologue to his tale, Harry Gilleland, Jr., has the patriarch of the McClair family being arm-twisted into telling one of his legendary stories during a Thanksgiving gathering. "Granddad" then spins a tale of Bob, a "mere peasant lad" who kills dragons, aligns himself with a wizard named Stephen; falls in love with his best friend's fiancée; learns that in reality he is not a peasant, but to the throne born; and, oh yes, rides a gallant steed named Spot and wields a magical sword named Bruce.

Bob the Dragon Slayer brings to mind the now-classic book penned by William Goldman, The Princess Bride (1973), and the 1987 film based on the book. In the film a grumpy grandfather visits his grandson, who is recuperating from an illness. The grandfather reads aloud the "good parts" of a tale of love, romance, sword fighting and such. And the characters have some pretty funny lines. Who can forget: "Have fun storming the castle!"?

In Bob, the hero doesn't storm any castles, but he does overtake the campsites of the bad guys. Gilleland also pares down his story to give us the "good parts" of Bob's adventures - interspersed with some humorous scenarios and quips.

We first meet Bob as a young man, orphaned and seemingly of peasant stock, who comes upon a village that is terrorized by a dragon. Bob seeks to bring a bit of excitement into his life by venturing toward the dragon's lair to see if he can get a glimpse of the creature. Whereupon Bob encounters Stephen, a twenty-something wizard, fresh out of Wizard's School and in search of his first successful wizardry.

Stephen claims to be the cousin of no less than the famous Merlin, and Stephen declares he is in desperate need of finding his own King Arthur to mentor.
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I read this book, after reading the message boards for the ALAN Review and hearing about it. And let me tell you, this book was VERY amusing and a fun read!

Bob, a poor peasant meets a wizard-in-training and is given a magic sword. He also gets advice on how to kill dragons. Interspersed with humorous dialogue and other zany characters (my favorites being the ladies in distress who refuse his help because he isn't an official knight), the plot takes off and Bob becomes famous throughout the lands.

If you're looking for something light and entertaining, this is the book for you. It was definitely worth the read!
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Rebeccasreads highly recommends BOB THE DRAGON SLAYER as a tale filled with all the usual suspects in the telling of a legend -- orphan boy on a quest, fiery dragons, apprentice wizards, magical swords, reneged rewards, lofty knights, fair ladies, evil kings, civil strife, true love &... wow.... true friendship -- all to be found in any classic legend -- except those lawyers, who do, actually, save the day.

Talk about a cracked & garbled modern faux tale -- & like those psychedelic Rock&Roll album covers of yore, BOB THE DRAGON SLAYER may just have a slew of "deeper" meanings -- as in parables & fables. Hey, many a true word's spoken in jest, right?

Whatever your age, this is a gently told tale of courage, honor, deceit, & talking Ravens. If you want to see wrongs being righted, peasants being knighted, & destinies coming true, as well as a story that ends well, BOB THE DRAGON SLAYER's just the ticket!
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It's time to let out your inner child and delight it with a fairy tale. Fairy tales were something that as a child I couldn't get enough of. A trip into the land of fantasy where there were kings and queens, witches and wizards, beautiful damsels and handsome knights, and where trouble lurked around every corner. Fairy tales were wonderful because good prevailed and evil always lost in the end, so you could be deliciously scared about what was happening, secure in the knowledge that the hero would prevail in the end. Bob the Dragon Slayer brings this storybook format back to us, and this time, the fairy tale is for the adult. Harry E. Gilleland, Jr. brings his unique sense of humor to us in this fairy tale, and it is a tale that will have you chuckling, chortling, and laughing out loud. Mr. Gilleland begins the tale in classic style.

Long, long ago, in a place far, far away there was an age of chivalry, a time of royalty, of gallant knights and fair ladies who were always getting themselves into distress and needing to be saved (seems like a clever dating technique to me, but whatever), of wizards and magic, and of course, of dragons needing to be slain. It was a land of castles, fine clothing and jewels, great feasts, and live dinner entertainment with much dancing and music making. . .but not for Bob.

Bob, a peasant lad, is traveling the land just trying to keep himself fed through odd jobs and handouts. He had no hope of glory, and luxury is something he can not even imagine. Until he arrives in a valley where a dragon is terrorizing the people, and the king has declared that whichever knight slays the dragon will have his daughters hand in marriage. Bob, being curious, decides to scope out the problem of the dragon, never dreaming of fighting the dragon himself.
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