Dreamtime Dragons Paperback – October 25, 2017
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The anthology kicks things off with a rambunctious adventure in 101 USES FOR A DRAGON by Nav Logan. It was one of the works I read for editing, and I was giggling then and I giggled again! It reads like a Terry Pratchett story, full of heart, charm, intrigue, and a heavy dose of satire. Also included is FREE WILL, a sample chapter from one of his novels—and it drew me in very quickly, I enjoyed the characters and the premise it introduced! This one is definitely going on my Author Watchlist!
The ones I found really fascinating were the stories that actually told things from the dragon’s perspective, as was the case with Guy Donovan’s submissions, two sample chapters from two different novels. SHANDIKHAAR brought us into the mind of a female dragon intent on protecting her nest from the two-legged “vermin” after the death of her mate, while BITERS gives readers a glimpse into the relationship between air creatures and water creatures, centering on a dragon who spent some time living among a pod of whales, swimming in the water. Very enchanting!
HAULING FIRE by A. J. Noon was a quaint, funny little story about two bumbling cargo-movers tasked with delivering a crate with mysterious contents to a wizard—but the trip is far from smooth. I enjoyed the two humorous short stories from Assaph Mehr, an author I’ve enjoyed before: MODERN DRAGON puts a keenly “hipster” twist on the traditional legends, while THE VIEW FROM THE OTHER SIDE reveals a peculiar disparity between how we have been taught to fear dragons, and how dragons actually feel about “vermin” invading his home and “stealing his bedding.”
The short story I particularly enjoyed was A SOFT SPOT FOR DRAGONS by Marc vun Kannon. Anybody who loves those tales relayed as if from parent to child, anyone who carries nostalgia for a good, imagination-rousing bedtime story—needs to read this story! I loved it all the way through.
(I also need to put in a quick word for ARTHUR AND THE EGG by Yours Truly! A fun twist on the tale of "Jack and the Beanstalk," Arthur is frustrated with the hardships of poverty, the idea of selling his father's truck--but nothing prepares him for what happens next when he meets the answer to his problems in a dragon named Truck!)
Last but certainly not least, (since this review has to end somewhere or I would just keep writing and raving about all the great stories that this book contains!) the works of Nils Visser. The sample scene from Escape From Neverland, I had already read (THE WYRM ON THE TARN), but the short story was new: FREÓSAN DRAKA TREÓW, an in-depth look at one of the legends hinted at in a conversation between characters. Oh man! His use of Old English really sets an ancient tone over the whole thing, and the way he describes the fantastical events and enthralling scenes will haunt your daydreams once you read them!
If you like dragons and you want something new, fresh, and enchanting to read—DREAMTIME DRAGONS is here for you!