Saturday, May 7, 2016

The Dragon and the George (1976)

1976 brought us The Dragon and the George by Gordon R. Dickson. Light hearted in tone and theme, the story centers around Jim, whose girlfriend is pulled into anther world, so he chases after to rescue her, only to find himself in the body of a dragon.

While the book showed initial promise, especially in the light tone, and the writing usually felt crisp and refreshing, I found the story rather wayward in execution. The middle, especially, felt lost, at times jerking itself about, its course corrections feeling erratic. If the story was more solid, I would easily bump this book up to four stars. There really is a whole lot that I like about the book, but somehow the pieces just don't quite come together right.

Despite being a fantasy novel, the book read more like a science fiction novel, putting its attention more into the details and circumstances than most fantasy novels bother with.

Although the tale is light hearted and amusing, the book isn't actually a comedy. Don't expect to laugh out loud, but do expect to smile. All in all, this book is marshmallow fluff, but that's no insult. Sometimes, we all just need a little fluff.