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Happy UN Day, one and all – but more on that later.

First, more Dragon books!

Ursula K. LeGuin. Earthsea Trilogy (Bantam, 1972 & many other editions)

The tale of Ged, from his earliest days as a bumbling rustic into his elder years as Archmage and Dragonlord, navigating the literal and political waters of Earthsea. Here is a man who comes to know dragons in all their wisdom and glory. From callow fear to mature wonder, he travels amongst them – especially in book three, The Farthest Shore.

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More fact/lore than fiction is Jacqueline Simpson’s British Dragons (Wordsworth Editions Limited, 2001).

A collection of myths, lore, and regional anecdotes , this slender tome provides a look at Dragons both familiar and rare from around the British Isles. A delight for those of us who are interested in a history of Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Dragons beyond the erroneous reports of Sts Patrick and George.

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Melanie Rawn’s Dragon Prince Trilogy (DAW Books) is a well-crafted series of tales in a more classic sword and sorcery vein. There are lords and ladies, witches and wizards, and Dragons. A master storyteller, well worth exploring if you love Dragons.

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Darker and decidedly more realistic is Pamela Wharton Blanpied’s Dragons: The Modern Infestation (Boydell Press, 1997). This is a “non-fiction” report of the return of Dragons to the modern world and the efforts humans are taking to study and control them. These are not nice Dragons. In fact, they have very little interest in sharing the world with us. A fascinating – if bleak – study, Dragons is a tale from a world in which the dragonslaying mentality ruled the day.

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From the grizzly to the sublime, I offer Sir Terry Pratchett’s uproarious Guards! Guards! (Harper Torch, 2001). A tale of Discworld and the city watch of Ankh-Morpork who are at odds with a Dragon summoned for a nefarious power grab. Any dracophile who enjoys Pratchett’s wry wit and satire, will enjoy Guards! Guards!. I will say no more.

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Enjoy!

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