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The Dragon, Fly, and other flights of fancy [Kindle Edition]

Jilly Paddock , Morgan Fitzsimons
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Product Description

Product Description

A collection of SF and fantasy stories, with a touch of magic and horror.

The Dragon, Fly
She sits on a pillar of stone, a hermit in the desert, on a world called Teusza. Dragons live there too, beautiful, mystical creatures who cannot be harmed or killed by any weapons, and they feed and care for her. Who is she? Tyagi must climb that pinnacle if he wants an answer, risking falling or attack by the dragons.

Playing Possum
Melloney was a dancer, until she fell from a cliff and broke her back. Now paralysed and confined to a wheelchair, she has technology to be her hands and work all the house’s equipment. Alone, in a storm, is it enough to save her from the secret buried in her past?

The Omnidirectional Woman
Dr Lawrence Valentine has a new patient, Judith von Thal, who’s sent to him for psychological help after the death of her husband. He becomes obsessed with her, and when she tells him there are holes in space and she can walk through them, he thinks it’s just a symptom of her madness.

Death and Cai-Lee McGeoghan
Lost in a blizzard, Cai-Lee and her companions stumble into a system of caves. In a locked and forbidden room, Cai-Lee meets Death and makes a bargain with Her. Such things never end well!

The Serpent's Claw
Rebekkah is rescued from slavery and becomes a novice in the Sisterhood of Grace, a feared religious order of assassins, but she has visions and has seen the order's destruction. This is the story of Rebekkah's life, her journey to the rank of Grand-Mother, leader of the Sisterhood.

That Cold, Terrible Place Filled with Stars
Dory is a Pilot, her body and mind Altered to link with her ship. She takes a passenger on what starts as a simple interplanetary trip and ends in an attack that almost kills her.

The Bride carried Tigers
Anji and Venn live on Earth, in a city that covers the whole world. They have food, shelter, freedom from disease and a simple, untroubled life - but is the cost of their utopia too high?

La Belle Epoque and Twisting the Dragon's Tail
Two excerpts from novels about Anna-Marie Delany, an ex-actress turned spy, and her computer partner, Zenith Alpha 4013.

With a beautiful cover illustration by Morgan Fitzsimons.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 232 KB
  • Print Length: 114 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cathaven Press (30 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087ORKI6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #525,964 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have been writing for a long time, mostly in the science-fiction and fantasy genres. After a career spent working in medical research and then in an NHS microbiology lab, I've now taken early retirement and have time to spare for writing and publishing my work.
I like poetry, particularly Yeats and Walter de la Mare, the art of Alphonse Mucha and the Pre-Raphaelites, and folk music. I dabble in many kinds of crafts, including cross stitch and beading, and collect press-moulded and British studio glass, especially Okra perfume bottles, and tarot cards. All of the above may flavour and influence my work.
I live in the UK with an avid collector of books and CDs.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Annie W
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Some of the stories in this collection appealed to me more than others, but it's impossible to deny that they are all extremely well-written, and several of them deserve to be continued, either as a series about the characters or about the place and its role. 'La Belle Epoque' and 'Twisting the Dragon's Tail', as well as 'That Cold, Terrible Place filled with Stars' have unforgettable characters, each of whom has a distinct personality, and deserves to be kept alive: the one with her computer other-half, the other with her mind- and body-Alteration and her cat. 'Death and Cai-Lee McGeoghan' and 'The Serpent's Claw' could equally well be developed further as the 'Sisterhood of Grace'.

All of Jilly Paddock's work which I've read so far has impressed me with the power of her imagination, and her ability to create believable characters with a very few words, and well enough that the end of the tale and therefore the loss of the characters seems such a waste.

I do hope she finds time to write more about several of these creations - I'll certainly be happy to buy the stories.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Collection 28 Jun 2012
By FatBat
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This is a very satisfying collection of short stories - I particularly liked the wonderfully other-worldly dragons and the order of nun-assassins (what a good idea). There was not a dud amongst them, and I would love to see more stories by this author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Am Highly Entertaining Collection 24 Jun 2012
By Carr
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After reading Ms Paddock's excellent "No Earthly Shore", I was delighted to find this selection of short stories. As with most anthologies there are highs and lows, but here the highs far out number the lows. A fine collection. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A captivating collection! 4 Sep 2013
By Bookwyrm - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a must-read if you love speculative fiction of any kind. Jilly Paddock has brought together a perfectly astounding and well-crafted showcase of her incredible talent. Each one of the stories in this compilation is a flawless gem of thoroughly engrossing imaginative writing that you'll have a hard time putting down, they are just so well told. Here is an author who bears watching, because she is going to take her place among the well known names of yesterday, today, and well beyond. Don't miss out on this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Literary Box of Chocolate 28 Aug 2013
By James Bojaciuk - Published on Amazon.com
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Jilly Paddock's stories are a perfectly arrayed set of literary confections, all patiently waiting for your bite. Every tale is intensely different (from fairy-tale-fantasy to ghost stories to hard sci-fi), yet they are all at peace with one another.

The title story may very well be the best fantasy story I've ever had the pleasure of reading. "The Dragon, Fly" outdoes many grandmasters and gods of the genre.

Buy this book. I'm skimpy on spoilers and details so that you, dear reader, may approach her stories just as I did--and so that you may become as lost in the wonder as I will forever be.
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a great collection of stories 17 Feb 2013
By Richard F. - Published on Amazon.com
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Jilly Paddock is a great author. I first read her book To Die A Stranger and had to check out her other works. This collection of short stories was enjoyable to read. They are fun for dragon fans and general fantasy fans.
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