Friday, December 27, 2013

The Book of Dragons by E. Nesbit; illustrated by H.R. Millar (1900)

This seems to be the second book by E. Nesbit actually published (or third?), a of short stories mostly about dragons, but some about other beasts.  Some of the stories are a bit treacly - particularly for Nesbit - but all still  have her trademark style.  Some of them feel very modern and could have been written today, although a few have a Victorian feel to them.  "The Deliverers of their Country", "The Island of Nine Whirlpools", and "The Dragon Tamers" were my favorite stories, although every reader and lover of books can't help but like "The Book of Beasts."

The Book of BeastsThe Book of Beasts by E. Nesbit
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A collection of Nesbit stories, published in 1900, all of them about dragons.  Almost all of the stories have a modern fantasy feel to them, and with some minor tinkering could be published today.  There is still some Victoriana stuffed in some of the stories; I thought "Uncle James" felt more like Lewis Carroll.  But all of them still have the trademark Nesbit drollness and point of view.  Quite fun.

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