Passing by the Dragon

The Biblical Tales of Flannery O'Connor

Author: J. Ramsey Michaels

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1620322234

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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This book attempts a close reading of the fiction of Flannery O'Connor, story by story, with one eye on her use of the Bible, and her view of the Bible in relation to her own work. After introductory chapters on O'Connor's markings in her own Roman Catholic Bible, her book reviews in diocesan newspapers, and her impatience with her wayward readers, Michaels looks first at her two novels, Wise Blood and The Violent Bear It Away, and then at seventeen of her short stories from her two collections, A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Everything That Rises Must Converge. Michaels takes notice of O'Connor's explicit references to the Bible (or Bibles) in her stories, and looks more particularly to the ways in which the stories are driven at least in part by specific biblical texts. Among the themes that emerge are alienation or displacement, what it means to be "good," the relation between body and spirit and between the Old Testament and the New, issues of race and gender, and above all what O'Connor once called "the action of grace in territory held largely by the devil."
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A Poor Excuse for a Dragon

Author: Geoffrey Hayes

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 0375899383

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 48

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"Punchy dialogue and compact sentences should make this a read-aloud delight."—Publishers Weekly "Part-slapstick, part-fairy tale, the gently humorous plot has enough twists and turns to keep newly independent readers engaged."—School Library Journal Fred the dragon has a list of tasks he must complete in order to be a successful dragon—none of which comes naturally. But he's determined to make #5—eat people—work. Before you can say "pass the salt" he's gobbled up three people even though he doesn't have the stomach for it. Luckily a local shepherd, with the help of a giant and a witch, knows how to cure what ails him and get those pesky people out of his belly. It's happily-ever-after for everyone in ways you'd never expect. Geisel award-winning author/illustrator Geoffrey Hayes is a stepped reader maestro. The common threads between his wildly popular Uncle Tooth and Otto SIRs and the more recent Benny and Penny series (Toon Books) are clear and constant. The art is adorable, the characters are bursting with personality, and the stories are humorously subversive. From marauding pirates to misbehaving mice to a dragon who swallows people whole (and then continues to communicate with them in his belly!), Geoffrey always hits that sweet spot for the stepped reader audience—easy to decode, illustrative tales that tickle the funnybone. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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The Dragon Hunters

Author: James Russell

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

ISBN: 9781492649854

Category:

Page: N.A

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Ages 3 to 6 years Discover the magical adventures of the Dragon Brothers-includes bonus augmented reality so you can experience the journey with them! When a passing dragon decides to swipe their dog Coco, brothers Flynn and Paddy decide they should do something about it. In the dead of night they pack their bags, make some terrible sandwiches and, setting off before dawn, embark on a rescue mission. Finding the dog and its captor turned out to be easy; it was rescuing Coco that was the hard part... The Dragon Hunters is the first of The Dragon Brothers trilogy of children's books. Download the free app to bring the book to life, you can view a demonstration here. https://www.youtube.com/watch'v=jJmlp-M0jZo Beside an ancient forest, Before you reach the sea You'll find a tiny cottage And a happy family.
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The Dragon's Tooth

Author: N. D. Wilson

Publisher: Yearling

ISBN: 0375863966

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 485

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When their parents' seedy old motel burns down on the same night they are visited by a strange man covered in skeleton tattoos, Cyrus, Antigone, and their brother Daniel are introduced to an ancient secret society, and discover that they have an important role in keeping it alive.
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The Passing of the Dragon

The Story of the Shensi Revolution and Relief Expedition

Author: John Charles Keyte

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: China

Page: 311

View: 8123

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The Dragon's Curse (a Transference Novel)

Author: Bethany Wiggins

Publisher: Crown Books For Young Readers

ISBN: 0399551018

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 336

View: 7296

The action-packed sequel to "The Dragon's Price" and second book in the Transference trilogy about a princess who must fight the dragons trying to destroy her world.
Posted in Young Adult Fiction

Secrets of the Dragon Tomb

Author: Patrick Samphire

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company (BYR)

ISBN: 0805099077

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 336

View: 6633

Mars in 1816 is a world of high society, deadly danger, and strange clockwork machines. Pterodactyls glide through the sky, automatic servants hand out sandwiches at elegant garden parties, and in the north, the great dragon tombs hide marvels of Ancient Martian technology. Twelve-year-old Edward Sullivan has always dreamed of becoming a spy like the ones he reads of in his favorite sci-fi magazine, Thrilling Martian Tales. Instead, he spends his days keeping his eccentric family from complete disaster . . . that is, until the villainous archeologist, Sir Titus Dane, kidnaps Edward's parents as part of a scheme to loot an undiscovered dragon tomb. Edward sets out on a perilous journey to save his parents and protect the dragon tombs in the process. Turns out spywork is a bit more challenging than he had imagined. . . .
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Dragon's Bait

Author: Vivian Vande Velde

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780547416946

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 208

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Fifteen-year-old Alys is not a witch. But that doesn't matter--the villagers think she is and have staked her out on a hillside as a sacrifice to the local dragon. It's late, it's cold, and it's raining, and Alys can think of only one thing--revenge. But first she's got to escape, and even if she does, how can one girl possibly take on an entire town alone? Then the dragon arrives--a dragon that could quite possibly be the perfect ally. . . .
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The Crown and the Dragon

The Paladin Cycle

Author: John D. Payne

Publisher: WordFire Press

ISBN: 9781614750727

Category: Fiction

Page: 332

View: 4355

The land of Deira burns. Two decades of war have laid waste to this once-green paradise ... but even more destructive than rampaging armies is the wrath of the dragon-an uncontrollable living weapon unleashed by the invaders. Some brave rebels struggle against impossible odds. Others turn outlaw just to stay alive. Like many of her people, Elenn of Adair has lost family, lands, and possessions to the brutal realities of war. To save her people, she seizes a desperate chance to defeat the monstrous dragon, break the occupation, and see the rightful king crowned. She must protect a sacred relic from enemy soldiers, bandits, creatures of darkness ... and the implacable Magister Corvus. Elenn's reluctant guide is Aedin Jeoris, a bandit escaped from the gallows. These two must rely on each other to survive mortal danger and dire magicks. And both must decide what sacrifices they are willing to make in order to achieve their destinies.
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The Dragons of Heaven

Author: Alyc Helms

Publisher: Watkins Media Limited

ISBN: 0857664344

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 7571

Street magician Missy Masters inherited more than the usual genetic cocktail from her estranged grandfather. She also got his preternatural control of shadow and his legacy as the vigilante hero, Mr Mystic. Problem is, being a pulp hero takes more than a good fedora and a knack for witty banter, and Missy lacks the one thing Mr Mystic had: experience. Determined to live up to her birthright, Missy journeys to China to seek the aid of Lung Huang, the ancient master who once guided her grandfather. Lung Huang isn't quite as ancient as Missy expected, and a romantic interlude embroils her in the politics of Lung Huang and his siblings, the nine dragon-guardians of creation. When Lung Di-Lung Huang's brother and mortal enemy-raises a magical barrier that cuts off China from the rest of the world, it falls to the new Mr. Mystic to prove herself by taking down the barrier. As Missy prepares to confront Lung Di, she faces a tough decision: remain loyal to Lung Huang and see China destroyed, or side with the bad guy and save the world. File Under: Fantasy [ Sins of the Grandfather / Missy and Master / Geek Fu / Little Trouble in Big China ] From the Paperback edition.
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Dragon's Egg

Author: Robert L. Forward

Publisher: Del Rey

ISBN: 0307779300

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 4162

"Forward's book is a knockout. In science fiction there is only a handful of books that stretch the mind--and this is one of them"--Arthur C. Clarke From the Paperback edition.
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The Dragon of Fortune (Geronimo Stilton and the Kingdom of Fantasy: Special Edition #2)

Author: Geronimo Stilton

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

ISBN: 1338159402

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 592

View: 2270

I, Geronimo Stilton, traveled on the wings of the Dragon of Fortune back to the Kingdom of Fantasy! I was called there by my friend Blossom, Queen of the Fairies, who needed my help. The enchanted Winged Ring had gone missing! This was terrible news. The ring allows its owner to travel between the Kingdom of Fantasy and the real world-which would be a dangerous power if it fell into evil hands. Could I find the ring before it was too late?
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The Dragons of Dorcastle

Author: Jack Campbell

Publisher: Jabberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.

ISBN: 1625671199

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 334

View: 9627

Dematr is a world ruled by the diametrically opposed Mage and Mechanic Guilds. For centuries, the two Great Guilds have been bitter rivals. But now a Storm approaches, one that could sweep away everything that humans have built. Only one person has any chance of uniting enough of the world behind to stop the Storm. Mari is a brilliant young Mechanic, just out of the Guild Halls, where she has spent most of her life learning how to run the steam locomotives and other devices of her Guild. Alain is the youngest Mage ever to learn how to change the world he sees with the power of his mind. Each has been taught that the works of the other's Guild are frauds. But when their caravan is destroyed, they must join forces. Their union could save the world from the approaching Storm, but it could also upend the Great Guilds who will stop at nothing to preserve their power. Mari and Alain will have to choose between protecting their lives and their Guilds, or risking everything to protect Dematr from the coming Storm.
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The Priestess and the Dragon

Author: Nicolette Andrews

Publisher: Magpie Publishing

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 300

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An arrogant dragon. A smart mouthed priestess. The fate of the world depends on them working together. We’re doomed. Suzume’s life was perfect. That was until she was exiled. Living in a remote mountain shrine, couldn’t get any worse. At least that’s what she thought before she awakened a dragon. Because when she frees the Dragon, she catches fire. But she doesn’t burn. The Dragon, Kaito, has been trapped for five hundred years. Now he wants revenge. Suzume may not be able to control her new-found ability, just yet, but she’s willing to fake it, if it will get her back home. With new powers come dangerous enemies. Someone wants Suzume dead. Her powers have made her a target. And getting back her old life will not be as easy as she thought. A power-hungry monster is out to destroy the world. And they are the only ones who can stop it. But can they learn to work together before it’s too late? Start the adventure today and watch the sparks fly.
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The Dragon Queen

Author: Alice Borchardt

Publisher: Del Rey

ISBN: 0345449509

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

View: 8822

Arthur turned and strode toward us. He was magnificent, and I will never forget that, in that moment, I first loved him. And I believe--had I known what the future held for us: all the trouble, torment, battle, and grief of our lives--I still believe that I would have yielded my heart into his keeping as I did then . . . In a sweeping epic of the imagination, Alice Borchardt enters the wondrous realm of Arthurian legend and makes it her own. The Dragon Queen is the first volume in a trilogy of novels that boldly re-imagines Camelot--and casts Guinevere as a shrewd, strong-willed, magical warrior queen. Born into a world of terrible strife, where war is constant and weapons are never far from the hands of men or women, Guinevere, daughter of a mighty pagan queen, is a threat to her people and a prize to the dreaded sorcerer Merlin. Sent into hiding, she grows up under the protection of a shapeshifting man-wolf and an ornery Druid. But even on the remote coast of Scotland, where dragons feed and watch over her, she is not safe from the all-seeing High Druid Merlin. He knows the young beauty's destiny, and he will stop at nothing to prevent what has been foretold. For if Guinevere becomes Queen and Arthur, King, they will bring a peace to the land that will leave the power-hungry Merlin a shriveled magician in a weary cloak. Yet Guinevere possesses power of her own--dazzling power to rival even that of Merlin. Summoned from her home by forces she cannot fathom, she travels from the Underworld to an Otherworld of the Past, at each step calling on ancient powers to aid her way. When young Guinevere proves her mettle to an embarrassed Merlin, even her faithful dragon protectors cannot prevent the evil that the sorcerer rains down. Seeking revenge, Merlin banishes Arthur to a world from which the only escape is death. Now Guinevere must face Merlin's wrath without him--and prove that she is worthy of being Arthur's Queen. From the glass-roofed Great Hall at Tintigal to the lush garden forts of Wales, Alice Borchardt details the travels of Guinevere in a rich fabric of prose. The Dragon Queen is a novel of great emotional depth, timeless romance, and soul-stirring adventure.
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The Dragon's Son

The Second Book of the Dragonvarld Trilogy

Author: Margaret Weis

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 9781429915199

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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In Mistress of Dragons we were introduced to a world where political deception, greed, and avarice have lead to a violation of the "hands off" policy of the Parliament of Dragons concerning the affairs of men. Indeed that violation threatens more than policy and order it threatens the peaceful existence of the human race. Man's only hope and his greatest threat is The Dragon's Son Twins born out of violence and raised apart. Ven (short for Vengeance) is raised in seclusion under the watchful eye of his deceased mother's Amazonian lover. He is a child whose appearance belies his heritage - half-man/ half-dragon. Marcus is raised in a court, and given all of the protections and breeding that would entail. He appears to be completely human, yet his psychic link with the brother he has never known betrays the dragon magic that lies within him. It is up to the dragon emissary who passes himself off as a man, Draconas, to protect them both before the internecine struggle destroys the Parliament of Dragons and brings an oppressive reign of fire down upon all mortal men. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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The Dragon Grammar Book

Grammar for Kids, Dragons, and the Whole Kingdom

Author: Diane Mae Robinson

Publisher: Diane Mae Robinson Ink

ISBN: 9781988714011

Category:

Page: 140

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Finally! An easy-to-understand grammar book with fun grammar lessons. The Dragon Grammar Book is the ideal grammar book for kids, dragons, and adults alike. From multi-award winning children's fantasy author, Diane Mae Robinson, The Dragon Grammar Book introduces middle grades through adults to the basic rules of the English language with easy grammar lessons. Featuring the zany fantasy characters in the author's The Pen Pieyu Adventures series, The Dragon Grammar Book is sure to be enjoyed by the whole kingdom. "With clear examples and fun activities, this book is a must-have for readers and aspiring writers." -Peter Takach, English Teacher and Grammarian "Having a useful resource that engages students and includes a wide variety of grammar rules with short, fun examples is difficult to find. Robinson has produced a winner with this easy-to-navigate, all-inclusive, grammar guide for kids." -Literary Titan " I've rarely come across as well presented and entertaining an approach to what can be an intimidating subject, particularly for a young audience or for adults learning English as a second language. Robinson gets to the heart of the really puzzling aspects of grammar and offers them up in a format designed to make learning grammar more fun." -Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite "Author Diane Mae Robinson has written an excellent and fun book on grammar that children and adults will comprehend. Schools, libraries, writers, and readers will benefit from this easy-to-understand grammar book." -Barbara Fanson for Readers' Favorite "Do you think English grammar is fun? No? Join the club. It can be torture. However, there is a book called The Dragon Grammar Book by Diane Mae Robinson and it might just change your opinion about grammar books." -Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
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The Dragon's Legacy

The Dragon's Legacy

Author: Deborah A. Wolf

Publisher: Titan Books (US, CA)

ISBN: 1785651099

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

View: 4192

Epic fantasy in the tradition of Guy Gavriel Kay and Jacqueline Carey. “A world of large-scale epic fantasy... This is a rare find and not to be missed.” New York Times bestselling author Barb Hendee. In the heart of the singing desert, the people are fading from the world. Mothers bear few live children, the warriors and wardens are hard-pressed to protect those who remain, and the vash’ai—the great cats who have called the people kithren for as long as there have been stories—bond with fewer humans each year. High above, the Sun Dragon sings a song of life and love while far below, the Earth Dragon slumbers as she has since the beginning of time. Her sleep is fitful, and from the darkness of her dreams come whispers of war… and death. Sulema is a newly minted warrior of the people and a true Ja'Akari—a daughter of the unforgiving desert. When a mysterious young man appears in her home of Aish Kalumm, she learns that the Dragon King is dying in distant Atualon. As the king fades, so does the magic that sings the Earth Dragon to sleep. There are those who wish to keep the dragon trapped in endless slumber. Others would tap her power to claim it for their own. And there are those who would have her wake, so they might laugh as the world burns.
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