- Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey (June 12, 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345350502
- ISBN-13: 978-0345350503
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 107 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,020,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Dragon and the George Mass Market Paperback – June 12, 1987
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Through no fault of his own, the once human Jim Eckert had become a dragon. Unfortunately, his beloved Angie had remained human. But in this magical land anything could happen. To make matter worse, Angie had been taken prisoner by an evil dragon and was held captive in the impenetrable Loathly Tower. So in this land where humans were edible and beasts were magical--where spells worked and logic didn't--Jim Eckert had a big, strange problem.
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Jackson's knowledge of medieval history, combined with his great expertise in science fiction and fantasy, make for a great read. His skill in putting sentences together in a sensible combination meant that the hours I spent reading about Jim Eckert's adventures as a dragon seeking to rescue his human sweetheart from the forces of evil entertaining and amusing.
I recommend any and all of this gentleman's books to any lover of good writing and or great storytelling.
This was one of the first fantasy series I ever read, and it opened a whole new world to me. It has the benefit of pronounceable/readable names and places, a semi-familiar setting and time period that's easy to relate to, and likeable, yet still fallible characters, in addition to the standard elements of fantasy. And while there are many many wonderful authors who create fantastic worlds and stories without adhering to those qualities, as a new reader to the genre, Dickson creates a welcome sense of familiarity to both his settings and his characters while still liberally applying that ever crucial dose of fantasy.
And to my mind, the books improve with the series. This one sets the groundwork for everything else, so it's a necessary read, and while I greatly enjoy this book, I encourage reading further into the series to get the good stuff.