Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Dragon Fantastic!

Dragon Fantastic! : The Most Beloved Creature in Fantasy in Stories by Fantasy Masters

Rosalinid and Martin Greenberg, eds.

Date: 29 June, 2004   —   $11.95   —   Book

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Fiction, Fantasy, Short Stories

All of these stories are about dragons, naturally enough. Some are very good and some are not so good, and all of them were a little short, in my opinion. I guess I am a little more geared toward longer stories, though in this case, I think it is because many of the stories had more developing in them than could be covered in a short story. "Dragon Skin," for example, seemed to leave a lot unsaid. While a deep backstory is good, too much means that you want to learn more than is presented. In media res— within a story that is already underway— is a great technique to apply, as is the short story that needs no further information.

My particular favorites were "Phobiac," which dealt with the proprieter of an antiques shop, and "Between Tomatoes and Snapdragons," which focuses on an unexpected egg. As for the rest, they're good enough for a quick read.

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