- File Size: 1965 KB
- Print Length: 51 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1925645010
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Superversive Press; 1 edition (April 24, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 24, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0713QBG3C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #530,250 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My old complain was I thought it should be longer, particularly for the price. But that's a quibble on a good read.
This is the kind of ridiculous but coherent writing I love. Each little tale made was both veterinary doctor to the most loathsome of stars and purest fantasy.
It's really two short stories and not one novel or novella. Emphasis on short.
I would love a return to the Dread Lord's lands.
The cover is designed by one Rebekah Hale. I am not familiar with her work, but I applaud her use of an actual scene from the book as her subject for the cover. Unfortunately, the scene appears to one which takes place, literally, inside a dragon's gut. It is remarkably dark inside a dragon's gut, and consequently, the figures of the doctor and his assistant (Harriet) appear as bright speck on a black background. In order to make out the detail painstakingly inserted into the artwork, you have to closely scrutinize the cover. It's a shame, really; such good work deserves to be seen.
I had the great good fortune to read James Herriot's work "All Creatures Great And Small" shortly after it was published in 1972, and I loved it; and I really, really loved this delightful homage to his work. Although I can't now recall all of the details of the original work, I DO recall the scene with the wealthy lady who persists in feeding her small dog on cake (or something else rich and delicious) with the consequence that the animal has to undergo the painful procedure of having an impaction removed. Huggins transforms the dog ( a Pekinese, if I recall correctly) into a basilisk. This poor animal's owner insists on feeding it a diet of blood, and as everyone knows, that is NOT what keeps basilisks healthy. They need minerals, or they get osteoporosis.
Of course, the owner refuses to keep her precious in its' container, so everyone in the office gets turned into stone.
Even if you haven't read Herriot, the scene is great fun.
And I just realized that the name of Dr. DeGrande's assistant is another tribute to the British veterinarian. Well done, sir!
In addition to the two primary stories included, there are numerous other yocks strewn throughout the book. The Dark Lord finds his lack of faith in in a subordinate disturbingly justified; that's one of my favorites. I also like the opiate and hydrofluoric acid combination given to one of the bad guys. Surely, this is standard equipment for the cryptoveterinarian; if not, it should be.
Doctor James DeGrande, for example, in spite of the grand in his name, is a slave to the Dark Lord. But he's a necessary slave, as he's the vet to the Dark Lord's dragon. And he's allowed to make money on his own with his vet practice.
In this tale, he tells how he gained a veterinary assistant (hazard pay required), saves the dragon Baugrath from an impacted intestine (caused by ingesting a knight in full armor), and rids his clientele of a baroness with an attitude.
It's all told with great humor and attention to veterinary detail. G. Scott Huggins is married to a vet, so he has the realistic scoop, like on this poor basilisk: "His body is absorbing his own bones because you're not feeding him any bone meal. He's got metabolic bone disease, so his legs are snapping like twigs!"
Huggins' writing is snappy, energetic and clever. It isn't elegant literature-ish-like, but it is fun to read: "The Dark Lord arrived soon after dawn. His presence coalesced like a miasma, covering the field in eerie gray fog. I imagine it was intimidating ... a century ago, when He was still conquering. Now it was just annoying."
We only get three chapters, here, just 39 pages. This means I was annoyed when it ended because I was enjoying how the clever vet got himself out of pickles. Hopefully, Huggins can expand on the story and keep the same pace and humor as he does.
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