Gork, the Teenage Dragon by Gabe Hudson
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Gabe Hudson’s “Gork, the Teenage Dragon” is a smart, subversive work that somehow reads as sophisticated even when repeating the phrase “scaly green ass” on seemingly every page. It’s “Catcher in the Rye” spiced with Anne McCaffrey, “Eragon” by way of John Irving, with a whiff of Douglas Adams for good measure.
-The Maine Edge

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“Hilarious. . . . Gork is less Game of Thrones and more The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”
Rolling Stone

“Delightful. . . . Gork satirically plumbs some of the same supervillain territory that forms the basis of recent films like Despicable Me.”
—Paul Di Filippo, The Barnes & Noble Review


“No good human won't love this dragon named Gork.” —Dave Eggers

“Outrageous storytelling and soulful humor in the tradition of Kurt Vonnegut."—Gary Shteyngart
 
Gork isn’t like the other dragons at WarWings Military Academy. He has a gigantic heart, two-inch horns, and an occasional problem with fainting. His nickname is Weak Sauce and his Will to Power ranking is Snacklicious—the lowest in his class. But he is determined not to let any of this hold him back as he embarks on the most important mission of his life: tonight, on the eve of his high school graduation, he must ask a female dragon to be his queen. If she says yes, they'll go off to conquer a foreign planet together. If she says no, Gork becomes a slave.
 
Vying with Jocks, Nerds, Mutants, and Multi-Dimensioners to find his mate, Gork encounters an unforgettable cast of friends and foes, including Dr. Terrible, the mad scientist; Fribby, a robot dragon obsessed with death; and Metheldra, a healer specializing in acupuncture with swords. But finally it is Gork's biggest perceived weakness, his huge heart, that will guide him through his epic quest and help him reach his ultimate destination: planet Earth.
 
A love story, a fantasy, and a coming-of-age story, Gork the Teenage Dragon is a wildly comic, beautifully imagined, and deeply heartfelt debut novel that shows us just how human a dragon can be.
 

About Gabe Hudson

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Gabe Hudson was a rifleman in the Marine reserves. He received his MFA from Brown University, where he won the 1999 John Hawkes Prize in Fiction. His stories have been published in The New Yorker, Black Book, McSweeney's, and several other publications. He lives in New York City and is at work on a novel.
 
Published July 11, 2017 by Knopf. 401 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on Apr 18 2017

If it all sounds a bit crazy, it is, in a weird and kind of wonderful way that combines immature humor with a heartfelt coming-of-age story. The hyperkinetic teen-dragon comedy-romance you never knew you wanted.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Toni V. Sweeney on Jul 10 2017

Though “delightful” may not be the proper description for Gork the Teenage Dragon, this tale of one dragon’s quest for happiness and the lengths he goes to in achieving it is, nevertheless, exactly that, and more.

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The Maine Edge

Excellent
Reviewed by Allen Adams on Jul 19 2017

Gabe Hudson’s “Gork, the Teenage Dragon” is a smart, subversive work that somehow reads as sophisticated even when repeating the phrase “scaly green ass” on seemingly every page. It’s “Catcher in the Rye” spiced with Anne McCaffrey, “Eragon” by way of John Irving, with a whiff of Douglas Adams for good measure.

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