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Firestorm of Dragons Paperback – May 15, 2008
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From the Back Cover
"Dragonscaling!" is a tongue-in-cheek look at a future where the world's most extreme sport involves the use of genetically engineered creatures. Subsequent stories deal with, among other things: dragons and high school reunions; a dragon who is a pesky door-to-door salesman; the power of devotion when lovers encounter a dragon; and a trilogy of stories depicting some possible ends of dragonkind.
About the Author
Michele Acker is a contributing author for The Complete Guide to Writing Fantasy Volume One: Alchemy with Words. Her articles and short stories have appeared in anthologies, online zines and newsletters.
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My personal favorite is an episode in the life of dragon private eye Vern (short for Vern D'Wyvern) by Karina Fabian. I just love Karina's Vern stories anyway, and he's come to seem almost like a personal friend. The story is not too dark, but certainly not silly, with many thought-provoking ideas.
You may prefer one of the sad, darker stories, in which dragons are almost always the victims, not the persecutors, of man. Whatever you prefer, if you like to read about dragons, this is the book to choose.
Welcome to the new extreme sport of dragonscaling. The object is to climb a sleeping dragon, using ropes and pitons hammered right into the dragon's hide, and gather as many fresh scales as possible (they are a pharmacological treasure house). Naturally, the climber has to finish and get off the dragon before it wakes up, and turns the climber into lunch. Have you ever thought of a dragon as a hard-boiled 1940s detective?
A woman from a world of magic is on Earth working for a veterinarian taking care of dragons. A pair of humans are captured by a dragon, but manage to escape. The young dragon wanted to keep them as pets, but, after their escape, he gets frustrated, and complains to his mother. Think of Little Red Riding Hood facing a dragon instead of a wolf. A pair of young lovers enter a cave where a great treasure is kept. They plan to take enough of the treasure to convince her father that he really isn't after the family money. The dragon in the cave demands a high price for not eating them. The book ends with a couple of very poignant stories about the Last Days of Dragons.
This is a very good bunch of stories, but the reader has to really like dragons. At least they are not the usual type of dragon tales. Fantasy readers will enjoy this one.
I think most of the stories in this anthology could be read to children who enjoy dragon stories. All of the stories are suitable for YA readers and adult readers who enjoy fantasy and short stories.