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They Called Me Dragon
by Gail Ann Gibbs
Amazon Create Space, $5.99, 174pp
Published: October 2016

Where did tales about dragons come from? There are many theories. They Called Me Dragon gives the real story.  Turns out, it was an accident.

During the Dark Ages, a dragon visits Earth somewhere in Europe.  He takes great pains not to be seen but makes a mistake.  He is seen by villagers.  They panic and offer a human sacrifice. Remember, this is Medieval Europe in the Dark Ages.

What’s a well-meaning, civilized dragon to do in a situation like that?  He waits until no one is watching and carries the victim to safety, then wonders what to do with her. The problem is made even more difficult as she is strong and fearless and doing her best to kill him.

By now you’ve probably guessed that this is no ordinary dragon.  This is no fire-breathing monster.

The dragon is Professor J’o’ Ka Joarchim, PhF, SSJV.  He is head of the Geology Department at Xses University of Joviahia.  His specialty is Geomorphology and a water world such as Earth is therefore of great interest to him.

Since he is recovering from an injury, he receives permission to spend a few years on Earth with the absolute requirement he make no contact with the primitive humans.  He will be in great legal trouble if it’s learned that he let himself be seen.

His troubles are multiplying, especially when the villagers make another human sacrifice.  Here, I should add, the author is brilliant.  Unlike in the myths, the sacrifice is never a princess or an important person.  Instead, they do what is logical.  They get rid of people who have no standing in the village or are disliked.

Of course, what this means for J’o’ is he soon as a group of ill-assorted humans that don’t even like each other.  What is he to do?

This is an utterly delightful story that sweeps you along.

The science in it is definitely in the category of handwavium because this is a fantasy and a fable.  I can’t say more without spoilers. It’s short, an easy read and fun.

The author also has a story posted on this site: http://www.westernsfa.org/Book_Nook/Fiction/Combustion.php

Reviewed by: Marian Powell

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