The Dragon Griaule by Lucius Shepard

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More than twenty-five years ago, Lucius Shepard introduced us to a remarkable fictional world, a world separated from our own 'by the thinnest margin of possibility.' There, in the mythical Carbonales Valley, Shepard found the setting for 'The Man Who Painted the Dragon Griaule,' the classic account of an artist--Meric Cattanay--and his decades long effort to paint--and kill--a dormant, not quite dead dragon measuring 6,000 feet from end to end. The story was nominated for multiple awards and is now recognized as one of its author's signature accomplishments.

Over the years, Shepard has revisited this world in a number of brilliant, independent narratives that have illuminated the Dragon's story from a variety of perspectives. This loosely connected series reached a dramatic crossroads in the astonishing novella, 'The Taborin Scale'. The Dragon Griaule now gathers all of these hard to find stories into a single generous volume. The capstone of the book--and a particular treat for Shepard fans--is 'The Skull,' a new 40,000 word novel that advances the story in unexpected ways, connecting the ongoing saga of an ancient and fabulous beast with the political realities of Central America in the 21st century. Augmented by a group of engaging, highly informative story notes, The Dragon Griaule is an indispensable volume, the work of a master stylist with a powerful--and always unpredictable--imagination.

About Lucius Shepard

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Lucius Shepard is a two-time winner of the World Fantasy Award and has also received the Hugo, Locus, Nebula, and Theodore Sturgeon Awards for science fiction writing. His work has appeared in "Asimov's Science Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Omni, Playboy, "and" Spin. "He is the author of "Green Eyes, A Handbook of American Prayer," and" Life During Wartime, "and the collected stories in "Two Trains Running." He lives in Vancouver, Washington.
Published March 29, 2013 by Subterranean Press. 465 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In a world where an immense comatose dragon forms a part of the landscape, six stories (including the novella “The Skull,” original to this volume) show that the 6,000-foot-long Griaule, paralyzed by a wizard’s spell long before the stories begin, may not be able to move but can still inspi...

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City Book Review

Some consider the vast body lying across the landscape to be a metaphor for “fantasy.” Shepard himself initially intended the dying dragon to represent the government of Ronald Reagan in a political allegory.

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SF Crow's Nest

It was still a good story, it just felt a bit out of place with the tone of the rest of this collection and I think I’d have been perfectly satisfied if the collection had ended after ‘The Taborin Scale’.

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Strange Horizons

Lucius Shepard published his first story of the immobilized, mountainous dragon named Griaule in 1984, and each of the four stories since "The Man Who Painted the Dragon Griaule" has furthered the purpose of showing up the evasive, escapist stupidities at the heart of the phrase once upon a time.

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