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The Dragon and The George Mass Market Paperback – 1 Feb 1977

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books Inc. (Feb. 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345253612
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345253613
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 198,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This rather early venture by Gordon R. Dickson in 1976 into the fantasy field has since been followed by a whole series on this theme, but this is the first and original. The story begins in a small town where Jim Eckert is waiting for a teaching assistanship, together with is girlfriend Angie. Rather rapidly, they are both transported into a medieaval world of talking wolves and dragons. In fact Jim is transported into the body of a dragon, Gorbash by name. The story rapidly turns into the usual fantasy trek towards the dark powers dominium... The characters are nicely conceived, if somewhat stereotypical today. The dialogue is always on an ironical, witty level, which makes you smile if not actually laugh outright. Had it been published today, it would presumably have been at least twice as long - and advertised as the first of a trilogy... Personally I believe that the characters and the storyworld will bear much more exploitation, so I am looking forward to reading the (at this time) 7 sequels! One thing that should be clarified, the Dragon Knight-series is of a totally different kind than Mr. Dicksons' other work such as the Dorsai/Childe Cycle series. It is more akin to a cross between Robert Jordan (The Wheel of Time), Raymond E. Feist (Riftwar) and Harry Harrison (Stainless Steel Rat).
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When I was looking for books to read as part of a Year of Fantasy Classic Challenge I discovered the "The Dragon & The George". At first I wasn't sure about reading but as I was looking over the synopsis on Wikipedia I noticed that "The Flight of Dragons" which is one of my all time favourite movies as a child was actually based on the book. At that point there was no stopping me and I was off the mark to track down a copy.

The story is based around Jim Eckert, a regular guy living in the modern world who has become rather discontent with the life that he and his girlfriend, Angie are being forced to live in. However, when an experiment in astral projection goes wrong and Angie vanishes. Jim makes a quick decision and uses the same experimental machine to send himself after her into the unknown. What he discovers is that both he and Angie have been sent to an alternative medieval earth where magic abounds. Unfortunately for him, his transfer went slightly askew and he is trapped in the body of a dragon named Gorbash. When Angie is then kidnapped by the Dark Powers, Jim is forced to join forces with a range of characters including a wizard, wolf and knight in an attempt to rescue her and find a way to return them both home.

Now, those who have watched "The Flight of Dragons" you may have noticed that the above synopsis only sounds loosely similar to what occurred in the film and you would be right. About the only thing similar is that a 20th century man is sent to a historic fantasy novel and trapped in a dragon's body. Other than this, the only other similarities are in regards to the use of various character names and in regards to some of the evil creatures they are forced to fight.
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This book is a wonderful tale that has a nice level of self awareness but not to the detriment of the narration. Non-fantasy readers should find enough real world grounding to enjoy it and fantasy genre readers should get enough subtle nods to the format to feel suitably smug. I originally brought the book because I found out it was one of the sources for the `Flight of Dragons' cartoon. After reading `The Dragon and the George' I wish they'd followed it closer. It far, far surpasses the cartoon. I shall now embark on the sequels.
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A genuinely good book. Not as epic as some of the huge books of the genre, and the concept is slightly childish but it's a really fun read with prose that really gets the imagination working.
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