Book Review: The Dragon and the George

The Dragon and the GeorgeThe Dragon and the George by Gordon R. Dickson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the first book by Gordon R. Dickson that I’ve read. I’m pretty sure I got it from a cousin when he was getting rid of some of his books a few years ago, and it’s been sitting on my shelves ever since.

The story begins when Jim Eckert’s girlfriend Angela gets sucked into another world—one where dragons and magic are real. (The dragons refer to all humans as ‘georges.’) Jim follows her, but somehow winds up in the body of a dragon. Angela gets kidnapped by a dragon working for the dark powers, and Jim has to go rescue her—and has to find some companions along the way.

I wasn’t too crazy about the beginning. Jim Eckert, the main character, struck me as being a bit too hot headed. Once Jim gets transported into the dragon, the story picks up. The book pokes fun at several of the conventions of fantasy: the need to go all over the map, the need for companions on the adventure, the wizard who has arcane knowledge of magic that no one else understands. Actually, I particularly liked the wizard, Carolinus, who is amusingly crotchety.

I would have liked to see more of the female characters. Angela is barely present in the book. There is Danielle, the daughter of a Robin Hood like figure, who is an excellent archer. Unfortunately she reminds me of the annoying spoiled princesses of David Eddings and Lloyd Alexander.

Overall, I’d say this was a good, light read, and I will probably pick up the sequel. (It’s a fantasy novel. Of course there’s a sequel.)

Book Source: I think I inherited my copy from a cousin, although I’m not sure.

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