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Dragons Deal (Dragons Wild) [Paperback]

Robert Asprin , Jody Lynn Nye
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  • Paperback: 385 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books (7 Dec 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441019269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441019267
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still going strong 24 Feb 2011
By humanitysdarkerside VINE VOICE
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In this, the third book of the Dragons Wild series, Griffin finds himself fighting for his business and being king of Fafnir's krewe. Mardi Gras is right around the corner and all of New Orleans is having fun. Being king is a great honor, but also expensive. The attack on Griffin's business isn't exactly helping matters, and finding out exactly who is attacking them is difficult.

Val's pregnancy is progressing, and the baby's grandmother (Melinda) is in town making life more interesting. Mai helps Val along, and she and Fox Lisa are still Griffin's sometime lovers.

I like the tight writing of the book. While taking their writing seriously, the authors don't seem to take themselves too seriously. That makes for a nice read. The whole thing is just plain old fun to read. Griffin and Val have some development as characters.

The ending of the book makes it obvious that there will be a next installment, and I will certainly be reading that as well.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunate 16 May 2011
By Shazam - Published on
The third book in Robert Aspirin's Dragon series. It was completed by regular collaborator Jody Lynn Nye. Ms Nye worked with Mr. Aspirin on a number of his MYTH series books so is familiar with the author's style.

The Dragon series was a wonderful return to Mr. Aspirin's writing style. There were many elements it shared with the early Myth books in fact. The inexperienced and often in over his head protagonist who attracts a bevy of highly capable compatriots while somehow ending up in a position of leadership. In this case, he has more talent of his own but its still a familiar theme for fans of Mr. Aspirin's early works.

In recent decades, most of Mr. Aspirin's works had been co-written with, many people would say primarily written by, other authors. This was due possibly to financial issues, but also to a very long and noted writers block. What made the first two books so wonderful is they were written by Mr. Aspirin alone, the first such books in many years.

The third book was released after his death. Its unclear how much of the book was completed prior to his death, but there are numerous ways the third book fails to follow the first two. First, the characterizations of some of the characters of the book aren't consistent with the earlier two books. In one case, his assistant Jerome, is said to only now be forgiving having been passed over for leadership by the protagonist. In the first two books there was never such tension, in fact Jerome was core to recruiting the protagonist and was clear he was excited to throw in his lot and ride his coat tails given perceived future opportunities. Similarly, the asian girlfriend who returns to the protagonist did so in part bringing a secret offer of allegiance from the younger generation of Asian dragons, while pretending to still serve the elder Asian dragons. In the third book, this subplot is apparently completely forgotten and she's serving the elders only.

There are other examples, but generally it feels like the book perhaps had a general storyline, and Ms Nye scanned over the earlier two books without paying that much attention to them and tried to write a book around that storyline. It no longer feels like Mr. Aspirin's prose and the characters don't really feel quite like his characters. As a book in its own right its a fun read and I would have scored it higher, but as the final book in Mr. Aspirin's last hurrah as a solo author before his untimely demise, it probably shouldn't have been written.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The last of the series? 21 July 2011
By Kelly - Published on
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The third Dragon book is in my opinion the weakest of the three. The first two Asprin wrote alone, but his death 2 1/2 years before publication of this installment led to a co-writer in Ms. Nye, who he has worked with before on his MYTH series. Perhaps she was brought in on an unfinished manuscript. If so, she had a tough assignment.

Griffin Mc Candles is still running a small gambling operation in New Orleans, predominantly Texas Hold 'em, though in an instance or two it seemed the game ran slightly different from standard, especially with "turn and burn" cards. Knowing the game at least somewhat would help, as this book places the players at the tables far more often than the first books, especially Griffin.

Most of the book, especially the early part, runs well enough, though it does not seem to be coming to a point very fast, then it almost all collapses in - except in one major point, leading to hints there will have to be at least one more volume. It lost the flow, leading to the loss of a star and a half from a 4 star. Also, some inconsistency (Gris-Gris' uncle either changed names, or he has 2 uncles waiting tables at the same restaurant, the one we always saw, and this one) and some remarks about Homeland Security and their fictional agents in this book seem to be a writer's personal opinions thrust needlessly into the novel, lessening it.

My advice would be to see if a fourth volume emerges. If it does, and it is well reviewed, I would say buy both books, as plotlines DO continue and evolve in this book, but if not, I would skip this one. None of the major lines conclude here.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good series 12 Feb 2011
By Bert - Published on
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It is hard to go wrong with this series. The characters are constantly evolving, story is well written, and the plot is somewhat lighthearted.

This book takes place right after the last one. Mardi Gras is coming and Griffon gets pulled into it with the resurrection of a dragon only float. Easter Dragons play a bit more of a part this this one as well as some Dragons from the first couple books. Not really a complex plot but its well rounded. Really interested in seeing just where this series is going.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fun fantasy frolic 19 Dec 2010
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Obtaining his business degree, Griffen McCandles accompanied by his sister Val preferred to not choose sides in the magical war. Instead the near purebreds fled from his Uncle Mal for New Orleans (see Dragons Wild) where he felt his Dragons Luck should prove lucrative. He quickly became owner of a gambling operation and a leader of the local dragon society.

In fact he has moved up so fast that the Krewe of Fafnir-dragon society selects him to serve as the king of the Mardi Gras parade. He has mixed feelings about leading the parade, but the honor is too big of a thrill for him to ignore as his ego is ready to explode with pride. However, he may have crapped out as fuming dragons loathe the newcomer's rise, which means he clawed them out of the way. They form a cartel to bankrupt his casino and other businesses. His superego blinds him to the internal threat until an employee is killed leading to NOPD Detective Harrison investigating and Griff realizing the raging dragon fire could destroy him, his sister, their friends and their adopted city as all hail the king but some want to hail a new ruler.

This is an enjoyable lighthearted entry in the Griffen McCandles urban fantasy as the lead character's ego gets out of control with the honors bestowed on him so he fails to see the danger from jokers within. Not as humorous as Robert Asprin, who died in 2008, was known for in his tales, Jody Lynn Nye has taken control of the series. Griffen continues his coming of age growth; finally he understanding that with great power comes great responsibility and as his business degree reminds him also great accountability. With a wild family affair final twist setting up the next thriller, Dragons Deal is a fun fantasy frolic.

Harriet Klausner
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Barely readable 23 Feb 2013
By Michael Mueller - Published on
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Jody Lynn Nye is a fine author in her own right, and I wish she would stick to her own work. In this case, I suspect she had 2 chapters and some general notes with which to build the rest of the book after Asprin's death.
This volume has none of the charm and presence of the previous two. Huge plot holes can only be answered by the main characters being utter idiots. (You just hosted a convention of shape shifters. Someone seems intent on taking down your operation, but you can't tie it to just one player? Think maybe that should be a clue? A dragon is giving you problems, but you don't want to fight them? Maybe set up a retainer to have The George on contingency?) And the ending was just awful.
The first two books were fun. STOP THERE.
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