12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Humour and Fantasy in a nice combination,
By A Customer
This review is from: Dragon and the George (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).