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Dragontales: Short Stories of Flame, Tooth, and Scale [Paperback]

Holly Stacey , Linda Gunn
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Book Description

1 Nov 2009
Dragontales is an anthology of short stories for teenagers. All stories have an element of the dragon in them. Some are historical, others are fantasy, but most are urban fiction.

Product details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Wyvern Publishing (1 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956036317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956036315
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 12.6 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,755,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Having trained as an archaeologist (first at UCSB for undergraduate, then at University of York), Holly began spending most of her free time writing between excavations. It soon transpired that her passion was the written word, although much of her past experiences in archaeology and museums do make an appearance in her writing, as does folklore from across the globe.

Her first novel was self-published under the imprint of Wyvern Publishing and won runner up for the children's section of the 2009 Self Published Book Awards (jointly run by the David St John Thomas Trust and Writers News). Since then, She has had her writing featured in several anthologies and websites (for a full list, please visit her blog: http://inkydoom.blogspot.co.uk/ and look at the links for books on the right.

She is now a staff writer for the read along fiction website knowonder.com. Her current projects are a children's book called Lillia and Rose and a non-fiction based on Victorian women in asylum.

Please 'like' her facebook page to read updates on all her new projects: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Holly-Stacey/338509066242606

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4.0 out of 5 stars Dragon Variations 1 Feb 2010
Dragontales is a fascinating mix of styles and stories that cannot fail to please everyone for the simple reason that there is such variey in this little volume that you're sure to find something you like. And who ever thought that the simple theme of dragons could be interpreted in so many different ways? There are dragons that have fallen straight out of ancient myths, two legged-dragons and four-legged dragons, fantastical dragons that maybe just exist in the imagination, dragons that are trinkets and jewelry, even triangular stones that might look like dragons' teeth. But then I guess that's what happens when you open up an anthology to the best of new writing talent.

This anthology is aimed at teens, but plenty of adults will love it too. There's plenty of intriguing historical references in some of the stories that would prompt anyone with an interest to delve deeper. Other stories treat of massive themes that could kick off quite a few intense discussions amongst adults and teens alike.

So make sure you take a copy on the ski trip! It's sure to be at the centre of plenty of evenings snuggling up after a long day on the slopes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars These tales are Drangon-tastic 13 Nov 2009
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I love anthologies of short stories, because you really never know what's coming next, and this little gem is no exception. The stories all share a link (Dragons, in case you hadn't guessed,) but are by turns literary, high-adventure, frightening and gentle. The way they've been put together works really well, though I presonally prefer to dip-in, rather than read in order. The other great thing about this is that these are mostly un-known writers, so you get a real sense of freshness and raw talent coming through. The writing isn't perfect, but it's got great energy, and I definitely won't be surprised to see some of these authors cropping up with books of their own soon. An instant favourite for me was Justin Carroll's 'Careful What You Wish For,' partly thanks to the subject matter (excellent for anyone who's ever been bullied) and mostly thanks to the sheer unexpected originality of the story, and the very classy writing. I also really enjoyed 'Dragons Soar' by Victoria Pointek, which was very moving, and 'Calcifired,' by Joyce Taylor. Definite talent on show in all these stories. All in all, a great little find, and one that adults as well as teens will enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Lovely Collection of Little Bites 10 Oct 2009
Dragontales is a lovely collection of short stories which jettison you into not just one but many different worlds and times. From historical stories to fantasy to 'real life' there is a story for everyone.

A great read for anyone who fancies a slip away from reality on the bus, tube or bath!

Whether you devour the whole book in one sitting like a greedy dragon munching down damsels or pick and choose your favourite scaly tales this is a book for everyone not just for teens!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, varied book! 20 Jan 2010
By Jonty
This book contains an amazing variety of stories by a whole host of different authors. All of them are aimed at the teenage / older-children market. All have dragons as a theme. Beyond that there is little connection between them: one minute you're dealing with racism in the 1940s; the next you're in a modern school; the next you're in a fantasy Mediaeval-style land.

Heartily to be recommended to everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical stuff 13 Nov 2009
What a wonderful collection of tales. Some whip you off on adventure to another world, others make you look at the world around you a little differently (I will never look at old ladies the same way now, thanks to Justin Carroll's Careful what you wish for), and all are a delight. I'm looking forward to the next collection of tales.
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