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Mistress of the Dragon Paperback – 24 Aug 2001
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I leave off one star for two annoying features. The first seems to be characteristic of vanity press. While the author has no doubt used a spell checker, he has not given the book to be proofread by a native speaker of proper English. The author is consistent in mistaking heard for herd and tomb for tome. I realize that there is a vocal group of readers who claim that good English is not necessary for a good story. Sorry, but every time the rules of English are broken, the movie in my head skips. And I hate that.
The second annoying feature is the author's insistence of showing us how a character's name is pronounced the first time the name is introduced. Even for the trivial names. I found this mildly insulting. Part of the fun of reading a book with funny names is figuring out the pronounciation. Tens of thousands of SF/Fantasy books leave it up to the reader to work it out. Others choose to put in a pronounciation guide as an appendix. Just as with bad English, I found the parenthetical pronounciations jarring and unnecessary.
Aside from these "mechanical" faults, the only fault I have with the plot is the solution of how a dragon mates with a human. There is tremendous build-up in the plot, and finally 3/4 of the way though the book, we find out. I personally found the solution quite boring and mundane.
Despite its flaws, this book stands head and shoulders above the rest of the vanity press books I've read.
Thank (thangk) you (yoo) Michael (my-kul) Mennenga (men-en-gay)!