Be they real, imaginary, or somewhere in between, this week’s Top Five is all about dragons!

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  1. Karl G. Siewert on

    Nice ep, guys. Interesting range. I enjoyed it! Here’s my list:

    5) Zak and Wheezie – Sesame Workshop’s Dragon Tales is pretty middle-of-the-road as kids’ TV goes, but for some reason I have a particular soft spot for the conjoined twins Zak and Wheezie, with their contrasting personalities and love of music.

    4) Mayland Long – When I went to Fort Hays State University with Matthew and Stephen, there was a perfomance/hangout space called The Back Door in the basement of Custer Hall. That building was also struck by lightning, but that’s a different story. The Back Door had once been an on-campus bar, but that was a no-no by the time we were enrolled, so it was a coffeehouse complete with the requisite rickety bookshelf filled with random used books. It was there that I found a copy of Tea With The Black Dragon by R. A. MacAvoy. I found it absolutely delightful, and the character Mayland Long, who may or may not be a millennia-old dragon in human form, fascinated me. I think I’m due for a re-read of this one.

    3) Dragons Love Tacos – A completely different kind of book. Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin is a fun easy picture book. Dragons love tacos, but be careful about giving them spicy salsa, or bad things could happen. The sequel will appeal to Stephen, because it has time travel!

    2) Temeraire – The Temeraire series of nine novels, beginning with His Majesty’s Dragon, is something like Hornblower meets Pern. It’s historical fiction set during the Napoleonic Wars, but takes the alternate history tack that the deciding factor in the conflict was air power, provided by dragons of various sizes and abilities. Temeraire is a unique dragon whose human companion is thrust into the world of aviators after a life at sea. I highly recommend the books as fast-paced adventure stories with some interesting social commentary included.

    1) Snookles – One of the great entertainment joys of my college life was a show on MTV called Liquid Television. It was an anthology program of animated shorts, some of which were serialized (such as Aeon Flux and Dogboy, which SUCKED), but others stood alone. One of those was Snookles, and I won’t describe it to you. Just go watch it right now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rG2Gpjo5KL4
    It made me laugh so hard that I thought I might pass out. For years after, I used “Snookles” as an online alias, and I even played a juvenile great horned dragon in a Rifts RPG game based on him.

    Honorable mentions: Tiamat as portrayed in the Dungeons & Dragons cartoon show, the fire lizards of Pern, Seraphina in the novels of Rachel Hartman, and the Dragonne, an AD&D monster resembling a lion-headed dragon that I inexplicably had an action figure of as a kid.

  2. Ryan from Texas on

    As the one who wrote in the topic, I profusely apologize for my arrogance and I’ve learned my lesson. I swear to never, ever bother you guys again.

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