Book & Film Review: Dragons!

  • April 25, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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In this series each person reads or watches a book or film related to the topic of the month.  Then when we get together each person will say what book or film they took in, give a brief summary of the plot, a little about what they gained/learned from it, a 1-5 star rating, and if they'd recommend it. Feel free to do more than one book or film, or a combination, if a topic interests you, pick up to three to discuss.  If you would like to attend but don't have time to take in anything in yourself, that's fine too.

This month we are learning about Dragons! This months topic was suggested by Jacci, a fan of Anne McCaffrey's novels about dragons. We will be meeting at Devil's Kitchen in Chandler (Menu) to discuss our discoveries

For this event you are asked to read a book and/or watch a film of your choice that has to do with Dragons. Below are some recommendations, but feel free to take in anything you choose.

Films:

Dragonheart (1996): In an ancient time when majestic fire-breathers soared through the skies, a knight named Bowen (Dennis Quaid) comes face to face and heart to heart with the last dragon on Earth, Draco (voiced by Sean Connery). Taking up arms to suppress a tyrant king, Bowen soon realizes his task will be harder than he'd imagined: If he kills the king, Draco will die as well. Rob Cohen directs this heroic adventure that boasts amazing special effects. Amazon Instant Video, Netflix DVD

How To Train Your Dragon (2010): Long ago up North on the Island of Berk, the young Viking, Hiccup, wants to join his town's fight against the dragons that continually raid their town. However, his macho father and village leader, Stoik the Vast, will not allow his small, clumsy, but inventive son to do so. Regardless, Hiccup ventures out into battle and downs a mysterious Night Fury dragon with his invention, but can't bring himself to kill it.  Amazon Instant Video, Netflix DVD

Dragonslayer (1981): A king makes a pact with a dragon: the king provides the beast with some tasty young virgins and the dragon leaves the kingdom alone. But when the king's daughter is the next sacrifice, an old wizard and his young apprentice take on the task of slaying the dragon.  Amazon Instant Video, Netflix Instant

Books:

Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey: To the nobles who live in Benden Weyr, Lessa is nothing but a ragged kitchen girl. For most of her life she has survived by serving those who betrayed her father and took over his lands. Now the time has come for Lessa to shed her disguise—and take back her stolen birthright. But everything changes when she meets a queen dragon. Amazon, Phoenix Digital Library, B&N

His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik: Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors rise to Britain's defense by taking to the skies atop the mighty backs of fighting dragons. When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes its precious cargo, an un-hatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Capt. Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future—and an unexpected kinship with an extraordinary creature. Amazon, Phoenix Digital Library, B&N

Dealing with Dragons: The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Book One by Patricia C. Wrede:  Although her parents want her to stifle her improper interests in fencing, Latin, and cooking, Princess Cimorene is not about to be forced into marriage with the vapid prince they have chosen. She throws herself wholeheartedly into a career as a dragon's princess, a respectable role, although not one for which one usually volunteers. As she fends off nosy wizards, helps out hysterical princesses, and turns away determined rescuers, Cimorene makes a firm place for herself in the dragon world. The story is full of excitement, sly references to the staples of fantasy and fairy tales, and good humor.  Amazon, Phoenix Digital LibraryB&N

Argonautica, by Apollonius of Rhodes: This Greek epic poem tells the tale of Jason's quest for the Golden Fleece. The fleece is guarded by an unsleeping dragon; Jason enlists the help of the sorceress Medea, who gives him a magic potion with which to spray the dragon. It falls asleep on the spot. But then our hero has to repay her . . . AmazonB&N

Book & Film

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien: Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Bilbo reluctantly joins their quest, unaware that on his journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum. Amazon book, Amazon Instant Video (1977), Amazon Instant Video (2012), Phoenix Digital LibraryB&N, Netflix DVD (2012)

Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle) by Christopher Paolini: Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes that he is merely a poor farm boy—until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power. Now his choices could save—or destroy—the Empire. Amazon book, Amazon Instant Video, Phoenix Digital LibraryB&N, Netflix DVD

The NeverEnding Story by Michael Ende (movie 1984): Bastian is a young boy who lives a dreary life being tormented by school bullies. On one such occasion he escapes into a book shop where the old proprieter reveals an ancient story-book to him, which he is warned can be dangerous. Shortly after, he "borrows" the book and begins to read it in the school attic where he is drawn into the mythical land of Fantasia, which desperately needs a hero to save it from destruction. Amazon book, B&NAmazon Instant Video, Netflix DVD, Phoenix Digital Library

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  • JACCI and ROBERT H.

    We were a small but involved group. It was fun to exchange ideas.

    1 · April 27, 2013

    • Gilbert

      Thanks to oth of you. I had an engaging time with all.

      April 28, 2013

  • Gilbert

    Glad you say so, I didn't want to let Lily down

    April 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great! The discussion was very interesting and enjoyable :)

    1 · April 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be running about 15mins late.

    April 25, 2013

  • Lily

    Gilbert will be hosting

    April 19, 2013

  • JACCI and ROBERT H.

    Lily, I love your recommendations, thanks. I have tried to find Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey without success but many in her Dragonriders of Pern series are available from the Chandler and the Greater Phoenix Digital Library are. She started co-writing with her son Todd in 2003. Try Dragonsdawn, Dragons Kin, Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern, Dragonsblood, Dragonheart or Dragongirl. I'm reading All The Weyrs of Pern now, a blend of fantasy and sci-fi.
    OK Mary, Sing away, the lyrics should add to the discussion. I look forward to that.

    1 · March 30, 2013

    • Lily

      Okay, I wasn't familiar with the series so I tried finding the first book in the series. Thank you for providing other suggestions.

      March 30, 2013

  • Mary M.

    Wow! How about I just sing "Puff, the Magic Dragon" all the way through? Seriously, I'm not a dragon fan like Jacci but this is an unexpected and inspired topic and a great list. I won't be draggin' my tail in sampling a few of them. (Sorry, couldn't resist.)

    1 · March 29, 2013

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