I saw that Tomorrow Comes Media were hosting Jackie Gamber’s Reclamation blog tour through Facebook and had to jump in. I still haven’t read this series (go ahead, slap my hand), but I’ve only heard good things and come on – dragons. So in I squeezed at the very last minute to share this wonderful lady and her books with you all.
And now I shall hand you over to Jackie!
Top 5 Dragon-Related Goodies
I’ve been a genre girl since before I knew science fiction and fantasy were called “genre” and set aside as something different from other books. I read all books as a kid (and a grown-up), but always, as long as I can remember, I liked monsters and ghosts and aliens and fairies and dragons the best.
Since writing the Leland Dragon series, and most recently, the final installment as “Reclamation”, book three, lots of folks ask me, “Why dragons?”
The quick answer is, “Why not dragons?” The longer version is a complicated mixture of “the characters at the time, my deep love for all things fantasy, and I don’t exactly know.”
What I do know is that the road to the Leland Dragon Series has been paved by dragons that have come before, that have either influenced me a great deal, or enhanced my enjoyment because they are dragon-related. I’ve compiled a list of them, as the top dragon-related goodies I have personally enjoyed over the years.
- Book: “My Father’s Dragon” by Ruth Stiles Gannett, Random House Children’s Book.
This is very likely the book that started it all, for me. I have cherished this book since I first laid hands on it as a child. The version still on my bookshelf, worn and loved, is the Weekly Reader Book Club edition, copyright 1948.
- Movie: “Pete’s Dragon”, Disney, 1977.
If I could hug a movie, it would be this one. I think it was my first introduction to the concept of a friendly dragon. Call me silly, but I like friendly.
- Movie: “Dragonslayer”, 1981.
I’m not against bad guy dragons, however. This film has a bad dragon. Much of what I enjoy is more than just the dragon, though, such as a clever maiden trying to disqualify herself for a dangerous lottery by…no longer being a maiden, if you know what I mean. How is she the first girl to think of this?
- Movie: “Dragonheart”, 1996.
Sean Connery as the voice of Draco. A misunderstood dragon who allies with the knight sworn to kill him. It’s worth seeing past the really, really bad redhead wig worn by Dina Meyer. I love this movie so much, I just can’t even. I just can’t.
- Video Game: “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim”, 2011.
It’s an action role-playing game, open world, where you’re free to roam wide and far, and where your choices (within certain framing) affect outcomes in a ripple. It’s more questing than shoot-‘em-up fast action; for people like me with less-than-lightning fast reflexes. And another fine example of dragons with noble intentions, as well as destructive.
There are more, of course. Many more dragon-related items, stories, docufictions, and the like, many of which I’ve forgotten, but have nevertheless made it into my subconscious where they feed and form my imagination.
What are some of yours?
Jackie Gamber is the award-winning author of many short stories, screenplays, and novels, including “Redheart”, “Sela”, and “Reclamation”, Books one through three of the Leland Dragon Series. For more information about Jackie and her mosaic mind, visit http://www.jackiegamber.com
Reclamation is the third and penultimate book in the Leland Dragon series, a young adult fantasy trilogy about a dragon named Kallon Redheart’s friendship with a young woman in the Leland province where tensions between dragons and humans are high. Check the series out on Goodreads for reviews of the books!
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2/24 Come Selahway With Me Guest Post
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2/25 Jorie Loves a Story Character Post
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2/28 Vampires, Witches, and Me, Oh My Guest Post
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3/1 Coffintree Hill Guest Post
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3/2 Jorie Loves a Story Author Interview/Reader Questions
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