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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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!
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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very humorous story. I enjoyed it very much. Not what I originally expected. I felt sorry for the wizard.Published on May 22, 2014 by Amazon Customer
What it promised to be - an easy, light, fun read that doesn't take itself too seriously. But don't expect a literary masterpiece.Published on February 2, 2013 by Lindabeau
I have just finished reading Bob the Dragonslayer by Harry E. Gilleland, Jr. I laughed from the beginning to the end and am still laughing at the memories. Read morePublished on July 16, 2011 by Katherine Boyer
Previous to "Bob the Dragon Slayer" I read Dr. Gilleland's two poetry books, "Poetry For The Common Man," and "Gilleland Poetry," so I knew of his immense talent. Read morePublished on December 2, 2007 by L. Marin
Either he tells the story in verse or in prose, Harry E. Gilleland Jr. is a master of storytelling. The author who entertains and enlightens us with his poems and storoems in... Read morePublished on July 13, 2005 by A. Oswald