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Book Title: In Between Dragons|
The author of the book: Michael Kandel
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 8.44 MB
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Date of issue: August 1st 1990
ISBN 13: 9780553288148
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Reader ratings: 4.3
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I don't know if I can describe In Between Dragons breifly. It's pretty complex for short book. The main character is Sherman. He is sixteen years old and he's discovered a magic library run by a "Mr. McGulvey" and he's been spending his free time at the library living through the adventures in the books there.
In one adventure he's a knight of Cuspidor. Cuspidor is a big city, not unlike Chicago and it has a dragon problem. The dragons of Cuspidor are embarked in a campaign to poison the people of Cuspidor through pollution and industrial terrorism. As a knight of Cuspidor Sherman wears plate armor, but his steed is a 1966 Dodge Dart.
In another adventure, Sherman is a psychic Detective in the fashion of Dr. Shadow. He is on the trail of a fiend from another dimension who rearranges the furniture of people's minds to turn them into communists.
In another adventure, Sherman is the governor of a human colony on a faraway planet which suffers from a problem in that all the food is mysteriously disappearing.
In real life Sherman is an insular teen who doesn't get along with his mother or his sister, stutters, gets erections at inopportune times, and has a date for the prom in "Fat Clara".
Back in McGulveyland, Sherman smuggles in a sex book called "Lust Kittens", intent to live out a sex fantasy. Things go awry.
In Between Dragons is ambitious. I thought Sherman's fantasy adventures were more interesting than his life. Of course, this is likely deliberate. Sherman's fantasy worlds have allowed him to feel heroic and ignore the real opportunities for mundane heroism. But also, lately, Sherman's fantasies have been turning against him. In Cuspidor, Sherman's plan for saving the city from the dragons, goes wrong.
In Between Dragons is a violent book. I had recently read Robert E. Howard's Conan stories, in which split skulls and dismembered limbs litter the pages. That's fantasy violence I need not take seriously. The fantasy violence in In Between Dragons, but I feel more uncomfortable with it. Sir Sherman of Cuspidor slays what he feels sure is a dragon in disguise, but it turns out to be an ordinary citizen.
Sherman hates everyone in his real life, his girlfriend, his mother and sister. He hates Fat Clara, his prom date, that his own girlfriend puts him up to going out with. Sherman ends up having a good time and learns to like her even better than his girlfriend, who he fantasizes about killing.
In Between Dragons never lets you relax with it. Sherman can't be a hero in his mind, he has to reach out in his life. It's anti-escapist literature.
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Read information about the authorMichael Kandel (born 1941) is an American translator and author of science fiction.
Kandel was born into Polish Jewish family. He received a doctorate in Slavistics from Indiana University, and is an editor at the Modern Language Association. Kandel is also a part-time editor at Harcourt, editing (among others) Ursula K. Le Guin's work.
Kandel is perhaps best known for his translations of the works of Stanisław Lem from Polish to English. Recently he has also been translating works of other Polish science fiction authors, such as Jacek Dukaj, Marek Huberath and Andrzej Sapkowski. The quality of his translations is considered to be excellent and is especially notable in the case of Lem's writing, which makes heavy use of wordplay and other difficult-to-translate devices.
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