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The Flight of Dragons (1979)

de Peter Dickinson

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Combining fact with fantasy and science with romance, Peter Dickinson, an award-winning novelist, sets out to prove that dragons really did exist, whilst Wayne Anderson's illustrations bring these creatures to life.
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This book + Gordon R. Dickson's The Dragon and the George were put together for a very good animated movie. ( )
  pussreboots | Mar 9, 2014 |
I loved this book as a kid, and not just because it had naughty boobie pictures that had nothing to do with the text. Dickinson takes the position that Dragons actually existed, then goes from there to ask questions like: why are they not in the fossil record? how could a creature that is generally depicted as huge and armoured supposedly fly? what's the deal with the fire-breathing? why are they often depicted as speaking and/or telepathic creatures? how come the accepted method of killing them is by a dude with a magic sword? The answers he comes up with were pretty convincing, at least to young me, and do a lot to fire the imagination.

Scattered throughout the text where Dickinson expounds on his theories are excerpts from stories about dragons (both ancient and modern) that serve to back-up, or at least explicate, some of his theories. After covering the basic elements of Dragon physiology Dickinson goes on to posit the life-cycle of a dragon living according to his design and it's a fascinating glimpse into the could-have-been life of a mythical creature. I especially liked the fact that even though Dickinson is ostensibly making dragons "realistic" they still don't lose their magic. No small feat. This isn't a dry-as-dust scientific treatise, but rather a "what-if" scenario that tries to bring our dreams to life.

Apparently they made an animated movie about this book, but I never saw it. I have no real desire to either...I like the text itself just fine, thanks. It's loads of fun, whether you're reading it cover to cover, or just leafing through and dipping in here and there.

Great reading. And boobies! ( )
1 vota dulac3 | Apr 2, 2013 |
This is a beautiful and imaginative book - but it written as non-fiction. Dickinson presents a case for dragons being real, and sets out to define their anatomy/physiology and how they evolved from and in lore. It's not a story in the traditional sense, and those who haven't read it and are seeking a copy for their children should reconsider. The included artwork can be "graphic" (as in violent) but it fits the theme very well. It is a truly a shame this unique book is no longer in print.

Many may be aware of the film version of "The Flight of Dragons." While the movie took most of its "facts" from this book, the tale is actually based on another book, "The Dragon and the George." Overall, worth adding to a collection but the second hand market prices are too steep for casual readers curious about this somewhat famous, but still oddly out of print book. ( )
1 vota jshillingford | Aug 3, 2009 |
This book has some interesting bits, but both the science and mythology research is shakey at best. The pictures were the best bit of the book. ( )
1 vota Polenth | Dec 14, 2007 |
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