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Dragondoom: Plain Great Fantasy

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Matt Hymes By Matt Hymes on
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Dragondoom is one of those books you just have to read. Personally I've read it three times now, not back to back or anything like that but over the years since I found it on a dusty old used books store shelf I've found myself thinking you know I think I'll read that again. Not many books are able to make me say that, and not only is it still as good the next time but even that third time I still thoroughly enjoyed it.

The original printing in 1990 by Spectra is hard to find, but lucky for any of you fans of fiction out there in 2002 Roc Books reprinted it, though the book is slightly altered. Not in any major sense just a few details that were inconsistent with Dennis L. McKiernan's, the author, other Mithgar, fantasy world in which the story takes place, stories have been changed so that all the contradictions are now gone.

Without telling too terribly much about this story I'll just say that I have never read a book quite like it, the relationships developed throughout the book are well handled and quite unexpected at times. The humans aren't just your typical horsemen of the plains, though they are horsemen of the plains, they aren't one dimensional and are more developed than most races of men in fantasy books I've read, but the real treasure is the in depth looks at both Dwarf and Dragon life. The actual story is told piece by piece sometimes skipping ahead in time sometimes going back, but never really getting confusing. The Characters all have a personality and their own motives for whatever they are trying to do and the switching from one character to another form chapter to chapter will have you reading long after you would have set another book down.

Needless to say I think everyone who claims to like fantasy books should read this one, which is the real reason for me not getting too specific in what I liked. I want you to be as suprised as I was at the various twists and turns of fantastical goodness. So go out and find you a copy, read it, and tell me how much you liked it.