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The Book of Dragons: An Anthology

by Jonathan Strahan (Editor)

Other authors: Daniel Abraham (Contributor), Kelly Barnhill (Contributor), Peter S. Beagle (Contributor), Brooke Bolander (Contributor), Beth Cato (Contributor)22 more, Zen Cho (Contributor), C.S.E. Cooney (Contributor), Aliette de Bodard (Contributor), Kate Elliott (Contributor), Sarah Gailey (Contributor), Theodora Goss (Contributor), Ellen Klages (Contributor), R.F. Kuang (Contributor), Ann Leckie (Contributor), Ken Liu (Contributor), Scott Lynch (Contributor), Todd McCaffrey (Contributor), Patricia A. McKillip (Contributor), Garth Nix (Contributor), KJ Parker (Contributor), Kelly Robson (Contributor), Michael Swanwick (Contributor), Rachel Swirsky (Contributor), Jo Walton (Contributor), Elle Katharine White (Contributor), JY Yang (Contributor), Jane Yolen (Contributor)

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The Book of Dragons is an anthology containing diverse short stories and poems about dragons, depicting them in a wide variety of fearsome and remarkable mythical creatures. My favorite stories were Matriculation by Elle Katharine White, picturing dragons as some sort of magical technical invention and the poem The Wyrm of Lirr by C. S. E. Cooney about the release of a captive dragon. I especially liked the diversity of the included stories and their different views on dragons.

These are my ratings for every short story (on a scale of one to five stars):
What Heroism Tells Us by Jane Yolen (3/5)
Matriculation by Elle Katharine White (5/5)
Hikayat Sri Bujang, or, The Tale of the Naga Sage by Zen Cho (4/5)
Yuli by Daniel Abraham (3.5/5)
A Whisper of Blue by Ken Liu (4.5/5)
Nidhog by Jo Walton (2.5/5)
Where the River Turns to Concrete by Brooke Bolander (4/5)
Habitat by K. J. Parker (3/5)
Pox by Ellen Klages (4/5)
The Nine Curves River by R. F. Kuang (4.5/5)
Lucky’s Dragon by Kelly Barnhill (4.5/5)
I Make Myself a Dragon by Beth Cato (2.5/5)
The Exile by JY Yang (3.5)
Except on Saturdays by Peter S. Beagle (3.5)
La Vitesse by Kelly Robson (3)
A Final Knight to Her Love and Foe by Amal El-Mohtar (3.5)
The Long Walk by Kate Elliott (3.5/5)
Cut Me Another Quill, Mister Fitz by Garth Nix (3.5/5)
Hoard by Seanan McGuire (4/5)
The Wyrm of Lirr by C. S. E. Cooney (5/5)
The Last Hunt by Aliette de Bodard (2.5/5)
We Continue by Ann Leckie and Rachel Swirsky (3/5)
Small Bird’s Plea by Todd McCaffrey (2.5/5)
The Dragons by Theodora Goss (3.5/5)
Dragon Slayer by Michael Swanwick (3/5)
Camouflage by Patricia A. McKillip (4.5/5)
We Don’t Talk About the Dragon by Sarah Gailey (4.5/5)
Maybe Just Go Up There and Talk to It by Scott Lynch (3/5)
A Nice Cuppa by Jane Yolen (3/5) ( )
  Dariah | Jan 25, 2021 |
A large number of interesting well told stories, full of imagination, many very good and no bad ones. The poetry could be worse. Unless you met variants I missed during the deluge of dragon books of first decade of the 21st century, you may find some unique and delightful depictions in these stories, and where the dragons are closer to tradition, well the dragon hunters show variations as well as the circumstances of the encounters. A dragon poses two riddles in the last story and I'm only satisfied with my answer to one of them - afaik no answers are given. ( )
  quondame | Jan 17, 2021 |
Anthologies are just not something that I seem to enjoy. I nabbed this as an audiobook.

While I appreciate the diversity of stories and types of dragons, overall I was just really bored. Each story is about an hour or shorter and if you can’t pull me into your story within 5-15 minutes, then I’m not gonna finish it. I skipped over quite a few stories and out of the ones I did listen to fully I only really enjoyed “Where the River Turns to Concrete” by Brooke Bolander, as well as most of the poems.

Pretty lack luster overall for me though, which is rough for me to admit as I love dragons, these just didn’t do it for me. ( )
  SweetKokoro | Jul 31, 2020 |
There were only four or five stories I found just okay or worse--most of those were in the last 150 pages or so, weirdly--and the rest were more than good enough to make up for the occasional dip in quality. Wow! I don't read many anthologies, but I sure do love dragons, and this book does them justice. I had a great few days reading it. I'm so glad I gave it a chance. ( )
  livmae | Jul 17, 2020 |
Not a review. Includes my poem "I Make Myself a Dragon."
  ladycato | Feb 28, 2020 |
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Strahan, JonathanEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Abraham, DanielContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barnhill, KellyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Beagle, Peter S.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bolander, BrookeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cato, BethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cho, ZenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cooney, C.S.E.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
de Bodard, AlietteContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Elliott, KateContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gailey, SarahContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Goss, TheodoraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Klages, EllenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kuang, R.F.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Leckie, AnnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Liu, KenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lynch, ScottContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McCaffrey, ToddContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McKillip, Patricia A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nix, GarthContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Parker, KJContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Robson, KellyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Swanwick, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Swirsky, RachelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Walton, JoContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
White, Elle KatharineContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Yang, JYContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Yolen, JaneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cai, RovinaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cai, RovinaCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Scott Lynch, R.F. Kuang, Kate Elliott, Ken Liu, Todd McCaffrey, Garth Nix, Peter S. Beagle, and other modern masters of fantasy and science fiction put their unique spin on the greatest of mythical beasts—the dragon—in never-before-seen works written exclusively for this fantasy anthology compiled by award-winning editor Jonathan Strahan and with art by Rovina Cai!Here there be dragons . . . From China to Europe, Africa to North America, dragons have long captured our imagination in myth and legend. Whether they are rampaging beasts awaiting a brave hero to slay or benevolent sages who have much to teach humanity, dragons are intrinsically connected to stories of creation, adventure, and struggle beloved for generations. Bringing together nearly thirty stories and poems from some of the greatest science fiction and fantasy writers working today— Garth Nix, Scott Lynch, R.F. Kuang, Ann Leckie & Rachel Swirsky, Daniel Abraham, Peter S. Beagle, Beth Cato, Zen Cho, C. S. E Cooney, Aliette de Bodard, Kate Elliott, Theodora Goss, Ellen Klages, Ken Liu, Patricia A McKillip, K. J. Parker, Kelly Robson, Michael Swanwick, Jo Walton, Elle Katharine White, Jane Yolen, Kelly Barnhill, Brooke Bolander, Sarah Gailey, and J. Y. Yang—and illustrated by award-nominated artist Rovina Cai with black-and-white line drawings specific to each entry throughout, this extraordinary collection vividly breathes fire and life into one of our most captivating and feared magical creatures as never before and is sure to become a treasured keepsake for fans of fantasy, science fiction, and fairy tales.
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