Five Books Where Dragons Are Put In Their Place

Dragons may be a trope of the epic fantasy genre, but they are a trope I suspect I will never tire of. My new book, Dragon Hunters, might just have one or two of the creatures lurking within its pages.

Whenever you encounter a dragon, it’s usually the apex predator of its world. But invincible? Certainly not. There’s a quote I recall from Neil Gaiman’s Coraline (paraphrasing G.K. Chesterton) that goes: “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

In Dragon Hunters, the sea dragons are hunted for sport by a fellowship of water-mages known as the Storm Lords. That got me thinking about other fantasy books where dragons are put in their place. Here are five for your consideration. (Warning: spoilers abound!)

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Rereading Katherine Kurtz: Deryni Rising, Chapters 14-16

Welcome to the weekly reread of Deryni Rising!

We’ve reached the big, and long-awaited, finale. Charissa is making her move, and Kelson has to solve his father’s riddle and activate his powers, or lose both his life and his kingdom. Complete with another sword fight, more Deryni magic—including some from unexpected sources—and a spectacular duel arcane.

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All The Geeky Super Bowl Commercials and Movie Trailers

While Super Bowl 50 (did you know they stopped using Roman numerals this year?) didn’t have any truly viral commercials, there were still plenty of geeky commercials, sneak peeks, and trailers slipped in amongst the football. From the funny to the dramatic, we got aliens, astronauts, Avengers references both on-the-nose and subtle, David Bowie earworms, and likely the best product tie-in we’ll see this blockbuster season.

Here they all in one place. Enjoy! Don’t let your boss know you do this.

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Every Heart a Doorway

Seanan McGuire’s Every Heart a Doorway—available April 5th from Publishing—introduces readers to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children…

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else. But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world. But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of things.

No matter the cost.

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“Something’s Coming”: Watch the 10 Cloverfield Lane Super Bowl Trailer

The first trailer for J.J. Abrams’ surprise Cloverfield sequel 10 Cloverfield Lane (coming out in a little over a month) was one of the best trailers I’ve seen this year: low-key but with something just off, excellent use of music over too much dialogue, and a slow-burning sense of ominousness.

For the movie’s Super Bowl spot, we get a glimpse at how Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s character wound up in unhinged survivalist John Goodman’s disaster shelter, and what might lurk outside.

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Announcing the 2015 BSFA Awards Shortlist

The British Science Fiction Association is extremely pleased and proud to announce the shortlist for the 2015 BSFA Awards. This shortlist has been drawn up from the most popular titles nominated by members of the BSFA, who will now have the opportunity decide the winners in each category, voting along with attendees of the long-established science fiction convention, Eastercon, which this year takes place in Manchester. The ceremony will take place on Saturday 26th March.

Chair Donna Scott said: “The BSFA Awards are fan awards, and we’re really proud of them. Our members are very insightful, and often their choices are seen to do very well in other awards later in the year. The Best Novel list includes a good mix of more established names like Ian McDonald, but also Dave Hutchinson, who seems to have hit the floor running with his first two novels and is scooping up accolades everywhere. I’m also thrilled to see Aliette de Bodard make this list too, having done so well in our Best Short Fiction lists in previous years.”

[Full list of nominees below…]

The Brilliance Trilogy Sweepstakes!

Marcus Sakey’s Brilliance Trilogy came to a conclusion with Written in Fire, available now from Thomas & Mercer—and we want to send you a set of all three books!

For thirty years humanity struggled to cope with the brilliants, the one percent of people born with remarkable gifts. For thirty years we tried to avoid a devastating civil war.

We failed.

The White House is a smoking ruin. Madison Square Garden is an internment camp. In Wyoming, an armed militia of thousands marches toward a final, apocalyptic battle.

Nick Cooper has spent his life fighting for his children and his country. Now, as the world staggers on the edge of ruin, he must risk everything he loves to face his oldest enemy—a brilliant terrorist so driven by his ideals that he will sacrifice humanity’s future to achieve them.

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Holy Rewatch, Batman! “Death in Slow Motion” / “The Riddler’s False Notion”

“Death in Slow Motion” / “The Riddler’s False Notion”
Written by Dick Carr
Directed by Charles R. Rondeau
Season 1, Episodes 31 and 32
Production code 8731
Original air dates: April 27 and 28, 1966

The Bat-signal: A silent film festival at a fancy new cinema in Gotham comes to an end. As the crowd gathers in the lobby, the head of the festival thanks Mr. Van Jones, who lent the festival films from his private collection of silent pictures.

[You’re an ignorant oaf, Chief O’Hara!]

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Hi Steve, Here Are Your Friends–Oh, Awkward…

You might have noticed Facebook celebrating its 12th birthday on February 4 with the introduction of “Friends Day” videos on users’ walls: strolls through memory lane via algorithm and whether anyone remembers to tag each other in photos anymore. Marvel Entertainment, particularly the marketing team behind Captain America: Civil War, decided to get in on the fun with a cheeky parody on Steve Rogers’ timeline… mostly funny because it’s sad, and sad because it’s true.

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The Real Monster is Stephen Colbert in this Homage to The Twilight Zone

Some were concerned when Stephen Colbert left basic cable for CBS that he would need to soften his humor. So far, I think he’s avoided giving in to the demands of The Man admirably, and this week he also showed us one of the benefits of working or a corporate overlord: you can totally use all their stuff! Yes, just as NBC’s acquisition of Universal back in 2004 gave us Conan O’Brien’s greatest triumph: “The Walker, Texas Ranger Lever“, so has CBS’ mighty vault coughed forth Colbert’s “Twilight Zone: Just the Twists”.

[Also, how weird is it to see smoking on TV?]