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The Flight of Dragons Hardcover – September, 1981

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 142 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (September 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060110740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060110741
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #650,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 20, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Peter Dickinson's classic book on such imponderables as how (and why) dragons fly is one of my favorite books on the care and feeding of our scaled neighbors. He goes into great detail about what it takes to get a 20,000-pound appetite up into the air and speeding to its next meal. Sometimes slightly tongue-in-cheek, Dickinson draws on legend and story to create a delightful theory that takes the imaginary and makes it real.
Not satisfied with explaining away the impossible, Dickinson goes on to explore the dragon life cycle, habitat and sociology. I took particular delight in the section that explains that most horrific of monsters, the george, otherwise known as 'the mean man in the tin can.' He is quite outspoken about the monstrous atrocities committed in the name of 'dragon-slaying.' And for doubters, there is even a section citing the evidences for the existence of dragons. Of course, those of us who drive from peak to peak dragon-watching in our ancient Volkswagen busses need no further evidence.
The other delight in this book is the rich illustration by Wayne Anderson. We find dragons cute and fearsome, old and new. The work is both beautiful and whimsical, and you will find yourself returning to the images countless times, whenever the dream starts to fade. The book is both beautiful and fun - a worthwhile addition to the mythophile's library.
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By A Customer on October 23, 1997
Format: Hardcover
The book answers the right question - Not "How could something as big as a dragon fly?", but "Why did dragons need to be that big in order to fly?". The approach is a straight faced, imaginative explanation of dragon phsyiology, psychology, life cycle, and more. The author manages to engage in a ciritcal scientific examination of all the evidece without losing the sense of awful wonder for the dragons he is studying.
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Digging through my hoard of dragon lore books, something I have a great interest in, I came across this; one of my old favorites...a friend if you will. I received this work as a present from my wife when it was first published. She indulges my hobbies and as a matter of fact encourages them, although unlike myself, she does not believe in dragons, per se. And this brings us to a good point and an observation I have made. There are, in general, three sorts of people in this world; those that believe in dragons, those that do not, and of course those that really have not given it much thought and could sort of careless either way. I have also noted that, again in general, that humans have the capability of believing in just about anything at any given time, even the absolute absurd. Therefore, knowing this, I don't feel at all foolish in my beliefs.

Peter Dickinson has given us a wonderful work here devoted to dragon lore, history, care, keeping, life cycle, evolution, speech, evidence of dragons, the ability of dragons to fly and so much more. As one reviewer has pointed out, this is a very scientific friendly work and the author does not place his tongue in his cheek too often...a fact for which I am grateful.

Please do not that this IS NOT the same as the movie of the same title. Yes, the movie was indeed based on this work but all resemblance ends there. Do not expect to purchase this work and get a film version on paper of the theater work. This is something quite different. There are those that will appreciate this and there are those that will be disappointed. Just remember that I and other reviewers have warned you!
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By A Customer on July 26, 1997
Format: Hardcover
I totally agree!!! This is the best book! Basically, he starts out on the premise that dragons actually existed (at about the time cavemen were around), and goes on to explain how something that large could fly, why this lead to them liking maidens, jewels, and gold, why they lived in caves, and why they can no longer be found! Read it (if you can find it)
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How would they fly, why would they hoard gold, and how did they breed? Author Peter Dickinson attempts to answer these question from the standpoint that Dragons were very much real and, step-by-step, he explains how these meat-eating Hindenburgs would have lived. His viewpoint is that they were animals, and not 'intelligent beings', but, real or not, fire breathing dragons have left a mark in our minds and memories that remains to this modern day. Another plus are the nice dragon illustrations peppering the slim, 132 page coffee table styled book, so fantasy fans will find something to enjoy in it.
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This Book was a very fun little read. I should warn those who think this is like the movie it's NOT! This is a hypothetical take on biology, physiology and evolution of dragons. Now reality wise the Science isn't AMAZING but this was the 70's so a lot this books take on Dinosauria reflect the time the book was made but as an aspirant paleontologist I found this an overall enjoyable read brought forth in an entertaining and highly creative manner. So I won't complain about this book in anyway. It was just too much fun.
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If you are getting this because, of the animation, you will be sad to know this has nothing to do with the movie at all, for the most part. It is still a very good read, for any die hard dragon fans. It is more of his way of bring logic to the realm of dragons. Making something that is looked at more fantasy and making it as if they could have easily been a real creature. I think you find a lot of dragons, in today's movie are based off the logic, you will find in this book. For that reason I recommend it.
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