Thursday 23 July 2020

Audio. The Book of Dragons

By: Jonathan Strahan - editor
Narrated by: Matthew Waterson, Lorna Bennett, Eleanor Caudill, Feodor Chin, Mimi Chang, MW Cartozian Wilson
Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 07-07-20
Language: English
Publisher: HarperAudio
Anthology Fantasy Scifi Fiction etc
To review

As all anthologies, there are bad ones, there are good ones, there are meh ones. Sadly most fell in the meh or bad ones. 

Some stories just felt like the began and ended and was a part of something bigger, and not in a good way. The good one got the short story format right.

Poetry, yeah not in audio. Def not

Favorites were Pox by Ellen Klages, Nine Curves river by RF Kuang, Lucky's Dragon by Kelly Barnhill,Except on Saturdays by Peter S. Beagle, The Long Walk by Kate Elliott, Hoard by Seanan McGuire, Maybe Just Go Up There and Talk to It by Scott Lynch

That is 7 stories out of 29! Yeah, not an anthology I recommend

What heroism tells us by Jane Yolen
Oh, poem

Matriculation by Elle Katherine White
Rather boring. She needs money to study. She has a mechanical dragon. The end

The tale of the Naga Sage by Zen Cho
I felt like it should have been longer, i mean was there even a ending?

Yuli by Daniel Abraham
I eh, what is going on? I could not keep my focus on this for a second

A whisper of blue by Ken Liu
I felt it had a good premise, and could have worked as a real story. Now it just felt short.

Nidhong by Jo Walton
I am not a poetry person

Where the river runs to concrete by Brooke Bolander
Good bones, could have been a good UF book. But now, jumpy and confusing at times

Habitat by K. J. Parker
It had its merits, but that ending was so abrupt

Pox by Ellen Klages
A story with no dragons and I liked it the most so far. Ha, weird

The Nine Curves River by R.F. Kuang
I liked this one. It was also sad

Lucky's Dragon by Kelly Barnhill
I liked this one and the humour within

I Make Myself a Dragon by Beth Cato
Another poem 😭

The Exile by JY Yang
Interesting premise. Not much story

Except on Saturdays by Peter S. Beagle
I liked this one. Easy to follow. Felt like rhe short story it should be

La vitesse
I could not focus. Didn't get the flashbacks

A Final Knight to Her Love and Foe by Amal El-Mohtar
Poetry. Meh

The Long Walk by Kate Elliott
It started a bit meh, it finished great. Loved the concept

Cut Me Another Quill, Mister Fitz by Garth Nix

Hoard by Seanan McGuire
Exactly like a short story should be

The Wyrm of Lirr by C. S. E. Cooney
I sm just not a poetry person. Esp not in audio

The Last Hunt by Aliette de Bodard
I have had this problem with her books before. I can't focus in audio. Interesting premise

We Continue by Ann Leckie and Rachel Swirsky
I felt again it did not work as a short story. More questions than answers

Small Bird's Plea by Todd McCaffrey
I feel this should have been read instead

The Dragons by Theodora Goss
Very short. Nothing happened

Dragon Slayer by Michael Swanwick
I can't remember anything. I finished 15 min ago.

Camouflage by Patricia A. McKillip
Again. Remember nothing

We Don't Talk About the Dragon by Sarah Gailey
A bit too repetitive. Also why all that work fir nothing? Made no sense

Maybe Just Go Up There and Talk to It by Scott Lynch
First no, then it turned out good

A Nice Cuppa by Jane Yolen
poem, nope

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  1. Sounds like good and bad but that's true of all anthologies. Thanks Blodeuedd

  2. Yeah I actually struggle with poetry in general, so I can't imagine trying to listen to it.

    1. It was so not for me, if I struggle with reading then listening no

  3. That's bummer that only 7 were really good. Yeah, anthologies are hit and miss for me too. I'm not a poetry person either.

    1. I felt like so many were not short stories, but like more excerpts. Not good

  4. No anthologies have to be really really good to float. Not this one - thanks for sampling!

    1. If half had been good then maybe but 7!

  5. I've found that I like verse stories on audio but I haven't read straight up poetry yet.

    Anthologies are always a mixed bag.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth



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