A Diversity of Dragons

A Diversity of Dragons a fascinating exploration of dracomachy, dracocides and dragonsbanes through the ages, with magical illustrations by John Howe Soar on imagination s wings and see them all from the ancient legends to the modern creations from the firebreather that battled Beowulf to the delightful beasts of Jane Yolen and Terry Pratchett Everything you ever wanA Diversity of Dragons a fascinating exploration of dracomachy, dracocides and dragonsbanes through the ages, with magical illustrations by John Howe Soar on imagination s wings and see them all from the ancient legends to the modern creations from the firebreather that battled Beowulf to the delightful beasts of Jane Yolen and Terry Pratchett Everything you ever wanted to know about the most fabulous creatures ever to inhabit our collective memory is here, and , snorting fire and phosphine gas and ploughing the waters of primordial chaos The Babylonians knew him, the Sumerians, the ancient Egyptians He is found not only in the Bible but in China, in the Norse sagas and the lost myths of the Americas Drawing on sources from myth, folklore, and novels, the authors offer a compendium on dragons similarities and differences, the dragon of the hero quest, humorous dragons, cuddly dragons, and But Anne McCaffrey is a storyteller, not an encyclopedist and dragons are wary of dry and dusty places, like lecture rooms and libraries So this book begins as must all good tales with a mysterious visitor and ends as do all true dragon encounters with an adventure almost too wondrous for words to tell.
A Diversity of Dragons A Diversity of Dragons a fascinating exploration of dracomachy dracocides and dragonsbanes through the ages with magical illustrations by John Howe Soar on imagination s wings and see them all from

  • Title: A Diversity of Dragons
  • Author: Anne McCaffrey Richard Woods John Howe
  • ISBN: 9780061055317
  • Page: 346
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. Gorgeously and richly illustrated (on every page!) by John Howe, one of the best contemporary fantasy artists (he was one of the two main artists (with Alan Lee) working on Lord of the Rings). Don't let McCaffrey's name on this book mislead you--this isn't about Pern. Rather, it is a story of two friends sitting around the fireplace sharing tales of dragons from major fantasy authors. You get a few dozen summaries of tales, and get to enjoy the broad versatility of Howe's soft and fluid artistic [...]

    2. My brother had this book on his shelf for years through our childhood. I would flip through the giant pages and stare at the drawings, never reading a word.When cleaning out his bookshelf, I got to keep the book and decided to actually try to read it. Turns out it is more enjoyable for the art than the writing. The book reads like a sitcom clip show, there is a frame story that is semi-interesting and then a bunch of pieces from other dragon stories that are just long enough to draw you in befor [...]

    3. The story is engaging, and it's fun to read bits about all the different dragons, particularly when it helps you discover new books and authors, but the real reason that this book gets 5 stars from me are John Howe's absolutely awe-inspiring illustrations. The book is big and beautiful and worth every cent to be able to browse through those lovelies again and again.As a side note, despite the parenthesis in the title of this book, it is not a Pern novel at all.

    4. This is an amazing book with snippets from some of the best writers on Dragons and their tales. From classics to unknowns and some you may have just heard about. Some of the greatest Dragons are mentioned in this book. And the artwork accompanying is makes the tales so much more. This is currently a favorite of my daughters bed time reads.

    5. I've always loved Anne McCaffrey's Pern series but this book was a disappointment. It was mostly a bunch of quotes from other scifi-fantasy books about dragons with a little bit of a story thrown in for good measure. I give it an extra star because of the great art work.

    6. An absolutely fascinating look at the history of dragons. Anne McCaffrey takes us through a tour of dragons from religion, folklore and literature in a fun way with herself as one of the characters.

    7. wondrously illustrated, and containing a veritable bounty of Draconic lore makes me realise I've a long way to go before I've read all there is!

    8. A Diversity of DragonsMcCaffrey, Annethis book descriptions and ideas about dragons from history and mythology, it has great pictures and ideals

    9. I found this book loaded with many tales of dragons some ancient, some not so ancient but all were great to read about. I think I'll read this one again and again.

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