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Iring Cosmic Creators to wee pisuhands guarding hearth and home discover the habits and habitats of Dragons and pseudo dragons both familiar and rare The Dragon Keeper's Handbook shows us how human and Dragon lives are bound together and why Dragons are now and ever will be relevant In their wildness lie lessons for us all. A good book but could have been written better There were too many words pulled straight from the thesaurus and it really put me out of the book

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Here be Dragons Not the slavering whimsical monsters from childhood fancies but real Dragons fierce complex wondrous and wild They do not reuire our belief; they never have With hard science and myth empirical wisdom and original line drawings The Dragon Keeper's Handbook is the draconic enchiridion for the modern world pr. Reference books must fulfill two primary functions they must be useful and useable A third can probably be added for our favorite reference books they must be enjoyable The Dragon Keeper s Handbook by Shawn MacKenzie fulfills all three reuirements being full of wisdom and whimseySome reference books provide the reader special information though available nowhere elseSherlock Holmes was a real detective and Dr Arthur Conan Doyle was his agent shielding the detective and Watson from the public William Baring Gould s The Annotated Sherlock Holmes provides than ample information to substantiate Holmes s life and timesLord Greystoke known to most as Tarzan was also a living person sensationalized by author Edgar Rice Burroughs The definitive biography of Lord Greystoke Tarzan Alive by Philip Jose Farmer chronicles the life of this great man in detailAnd dragons are real as is documented in Shawn MacKenzie s delightful account The Dragon Keeper s Handbook which includes the myth and mystery care and feeding life and lore of these fiercely splendid creatures Adding to the delight of MacKenzie s content are the interior illustrations by artist Don HigginsSome may argue that Holmes and Tarzan are the products of writers imaginations and that dragons are only real in the mythic world How fortunate we are that writers provide us the opportunity to enjoy and learn truth from myth and legend and not just the truth of facts Thank the gods there are Dragons or we d surely have to invent them And what a tall order that would be to fashion out of whole cloth such fiercely splendid creatures Such wild guardians and sage counselors champions of sky earth and seaAs a word guy my first joy was to come across and learn new words such as cryptoherpetology which means Secret Serpent Science Remarkable Reptile Research and Dragon Studies The field for serious dracophiles Cryptoherpetology also covers such non dragons as the cockatrice chimera and a wide variety of water beings who fall in that grey area between fish and reptileThe organization of the book is as follows Part I From Tooth to Tail The Natural History of Dragons Part II The Long and Winding Road Dragons March Through Millennia Part III The Care and Feeding of Dragons From this reference text I gained a great deal of information regarding True Dragons and false dragons that was only hazy to me before I also acuired information on the history of our planet and its cultures around the world couched in the delightful perspective of dragon evolution and interaction with humanity Finally the handbook provided for me a wonderful perspective regarding sustainable environmentalism perhaps mytho environmentalismFollowing the main text are epilogue glossary and bibilography and suggested reading sectionsThe Dragon Keeper s Handbook is a fun informative and thought provoking compilation of fascinating information Let me end with just one last specific comment on MacKenzie s slant on our planet s current loss of habitat Ultimately when we destroy our habitat our wild places this leads not only to the destruction of that physical environment which sustains us but also to to the destruction of those myths which also sustain usWe must preserve our earth and its wild places We must preserve our myths and dreams and wonder of the world Shawn MacKenzie s The Dragon Keeper s Handbook reminds us of our responsibilities in an informative yet whimsical style The book stands proudly on my reference shelf

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Oviding everything you need to know about these extraordinary beings From disparate theories of Dragon evolution and the golden geometry of their form to modern conservation efforts and how to release a well weaned orphan back into the wild this book answers all your uestions even those you didn't know to ask From awe insp. This was a random discovery as it passed through the library on a hold Since I like dragons it should be a fun book but I was uite disappointed with it enough to only read a chunk of it This included the section on different dragon and pseudo dragon breeds This introduced me to some bits of real world myth and folklore that I found novel and somewhat interesting though it is also obvious that the author really was stretching to force some creatures into the draconic mold I likewise read the section on dragons in creation myths some of which were obviously just snakes in the original tellings since it seemed like an interesting collection of lore Which is to say that the parts of the book that I found least interesting I read or skimmed some other sections were those made up by the author The tone is annoying and the author obviously doesn t understand much of the science she attempts to reference to the point that simply checking Wikipedia can poke all sorts of holes in this book The fictional premise of this book is that dragons are real even if many people don t believe in them and at least in part it attempts to provide scientific explanations for dragons while lamenting how little credence the field of dragon studies is given But if this represents the height of dragon studies biologists would be uite justified in dismissing it even if there was any factual basis to them There is some decent material here but not enough to take the time to wade through an unengaging read And it features some nice illustrations but not enough of them and obviously there wasn t very good communication between author and artist for example the text claims that hydras have only two heads and a lump at the end of the tail that can be mistaken for a head but the several illustrations of hydras all show 3 heads


7 thoughts on “The Dragon Keepers Handbook

  1. says:

    Reference books must fulfill two primary functions they must be useful and useable A third can probably be added for our favorite reference books they must be enjoyable The Dragon Keeper's Handbook by Shawn MacKenzie fulfills all three reuirements being full of wisdom and whimseySome reference books provide the reader special information though available nowhere elseSherlock Holmes was a real detective and Dr Arthur Con

  2. says:

    The only reason I forced myself through this was for research and I learnt what not to put or rather what not to keep out in my dragon book For this I give it two starsThis book fares little better than its watered down For Beginners version The same obnoxious know it all patronising tone is still around bringing along some accusatory anti hu

  3. says:

    This was a random discovery as it passed through the library on a hold Since I like dragons it should be a fun book but I was uite disappointed with it; enough to only read a chunk of it This included the section on different dragon and pseudo dragon breeds This introduced me to some bits of real world myth and folklore that I found novel and somewhat interesting though it is also obvious that the author really was stretching to f

  4. says:

    Honestly I was very excited to read this But the I read it the my mind began to wander I couldn't focus on the book And wha

  5. says:

    Good book but and I feel ridiculous saying this a tad wordy I had to fight myself not to put this down There was just so much information and the author's writing style while humorous is overly verbose My eyes tired easily

  6. says:

    A good book but could have been written better There were too many words pulled straight from the thesaurus and it really put me out of the book

  7. says:

    This book is soo cute I just love the artwork and how they put all of the facts together