Dragons in Fantasy

Dragons are a big part of fantasy novels. They’re also a big part of mythology from several cultures, especially Chinese. There’s even the real life komodo dragon. But what are some of the best novels and novel series that feature dragons?

I’ve read quite a few. One that’s quite prominent is the Pern series by Anne McCaffrey. However, I classify that as science fiction, not fantasy. There’s also Temeraire by Naomi Novik. And who can forget Smaug from J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit? And then we have the dragons of A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. Although I haven’t read them, we can’t forget the Dragonlance novels written by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman.

What are some of your favourite fantasy series with dragons?

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What the Hell Happened to My Ankle?

Look at this.

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It’s huge! My right ankle is swollen. Why?

This morning, it was normal. I put on my shoes and went to work. At work, as the morning progressed, I felt a stiffness in my ankle. When I put my shoes on to get my lunch, I noticed the edge of my shoe was pushing into my ankle. I have new shoes, so I thought it was just the shape, and that it needs to be broken in. In the afternoon, I noticed that my ankle was much bigger than normal. It was tender, and there was (and still is) pain when I put pressure right on the ankle bone.

So, how did it happen? The past two weeks have involved a lot of walking, and it’s very possible that I tweaked it after our Mt. Oyama climb. In fact, the original injury could have happened while we were going down the mountain, since I remember twisting that ankle slightly. With more walking over the rest of the week, I probably aggravated it, and then with the new shoes putting pressure on my ankle, made it even worse. At least that’s my guess. I’ve been on my feet a lot, too.

I’ll have to see how it goes over the next couple days.  I’ll try stay off my feet as much as I can.