Wednesday, February 02, 2011

In Memory of Gordon R. Dickson - Al Herron

"Gordon R. Dickson is most famous for two series, the Childe Cycle, and the Dragon Knight saga. I haven't had the pleasure of reading the former, but I have read the first two books of the latter: The Dragon and the George, and The Dragon Knight. The Dragon and the George is, upon the surface, an Oz pastiche - a man from modern times is transported to a pre-modern fantasy world filled with mysteries, monsters and magic akin to your usual common-or-garden medievalist fantasy. In this case, our hero is Jim Eckert, who has leapt into the world to rescue his fiancée Angie, who has been kidnapped by the nebulous "Dark Powers." However, there's a twist in the tail (ho ho) - Peter's mind is transported into the body of a dragon. Thus, the story is told from the point of view of a creature which often serves as an antagonist or obstacle for the heroes to overcome, in a similar vein as John Gardner's Grendel, though not taking a specific story."

4 out of 5