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Different Dragons Paperback – April 29, 2013
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About the Author
Dana Bell is a leading expert on the history of aviation. Now retired after thirty years with the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, he was formerly Technical Information Specialist at the NASM Archives and also worked at the U.S. Air Force Still Photo Depository. He is the author of more than twenty books on aviation subjects, including "At the Controls"; "Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Directory of Airplanes"; and "One Hundred Years of World Military Aircraft".
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- A story about a dragon in a zoo who befriends a kitsune.
- A story about a dragon and a thief working together to rob rich passerby (while putting on quite a show.)
- A story about Merlin finding and raising a nearly orphaned dragon.
I found while reading that the shorter stories work better than the longer ones. The shorter ones typically tell a tale that is amusing (sometimes in a dark way, sometimes in a lighter way) and have an interesting twist that throws the reader for a loop. However, most of the longer ones look more like abstracts for larger books, which leaves the reader wanting more and not getting it.
Overall, these dragons are DEFINITELY different, which makes the book worth a read. Check it out!
And in my opinion, they've succeeded. Within this book are dragons in modern London, dragons in zoos, dragons in space, and dragons in the west. The stories also cross-over to various genres. Along with the traditional fantasy, there's steampunk (or clockpunk?), westerns, science-fiction, and paranormal. There are dragons and kitsunes, dragons and dogs, magical dragons, dragons that are gangsters, dragons and werewolves, dragons and ghosts, as well as dragons involved in medical experiments.
Now the real issue is whether the stories were enjoyable. Yeah, they were! Now, since this is an anthology, there are some stories I liked better than others. But none of them were bad enough to make me stop reading. As a matter of fact, even those stories that are outside of my preferred genre (I don't particularly care for paranormal fiction, for instance), caught my attention and drew me in.
So in conclusion, the editor of this anthology delivered on her promise. Within the pages of this book are, indeed, different dragons.
Disclaimer: I received an ARC in return for a review but was under no compulsion to give a good one.
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