Once Upon A Dragon

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A non-themed, cross-genre collection of short fiction, including fantasy, science fiction and horror as well as general fiction.

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About Tabitha Ormiston-Smith

Tabitha Ormiston-Smith was born and continues to age. Dividing her time between her houses in Melbourne and the country, she is ably assisted in her editing business and her other endeavours by Ferret, the three-legged bandit.

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Review by: Wendell Whitney Thorne on April 25, 2016 :
Here we have an author who not only doesn't need to cram herself into a genre or a "hot" topic, but rather takes the dreadful milquetoast fluff that publishers seem to love these days and twists them into actual literature. Ms. Ormiston-Smith breathes life into this bubble-gum pulp and nearly creates an entirely new genre from it.
These delightful stories may well be stepping stones to a destination, but they are easily stand-alone tales, a wee bit of nectar that deposits a satisfying taste on the tongue and a connective smile. An author who does that as far as I'm concerned is not only worthy, but rare.
The human condition--fairly inhuman at times--is exposed for all its foibles and irrational beliefs; one can (unfortunately, at times) relate to them on a basal level.
We all would love to have a crack at the office gossip, and 'Sophie's Revenge' allows us that satisfaction, as Mischa (won't provide a spoiler here) does in 'Professor Tomlinson's Last Experiment.' Ormiston-Smith conjures Kafka in 'Restless Legs,' and takes us deep into the relationship of dog and man (a favorite for this author) in 'The Real Winner.'
You're wondering what all the Dragon fuss is about? This fine author weaves these stories together with the tale of medieval dragons, damsels in distress and chivalrous acts by, occasionally, brave stewards of the King. My favorite is 'The Last Dragon,' who is slain not by sword but by protracted and complex legalities. It's not surprising to learn that Ms. Ormiston-Smith is legally trained.
Other narratives, such as the familiar 'Excuse Of The Day,' and 'User Pays,' a story of what can happen when government policy is taken to its literal result within a family, provide a sorbet of sorts from the Dragon conceit.
And these are narratives, make no mistake. The author will grab the reader, for sure; but she will do it on her terms. I like that spirit.
"Once Upon A Dragon" is an excellent example of how an author--a real author--dons a persona, creates a conflict and shows the reader a facet of life in a consistent and enjoyable fashion.
I will take up more of this author's work as my schedule permits in the coming months. I would whole-heartedly suggest you do the same.
(reviewed 36 days after purchase)
Review by: Angelique S. Anderson on Dec. 28, 2015 :
I have read other works by this author, and I can't get over how fluidly everything flows. The stories are so fun and imaginative and as an avid reader, I find it hard sometimes getting through certain works. However, this author is extremely talented and I have yet to read anything by her that I didn't like! Her writing is charming and FUN!!! This collection is quite possibly one of my favorite collections of short stories ever!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!!!!!! Cant wait to read everything else she has put out!!!!! :D
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Susan Day on Aug. 31, 2015 :
This certainly is one of the best collections I’ve read. The stories are beautifully crafted and told with masterly skill. The author’s ability to change her narrative voice is exceptional and only adds to her craft.

The stories themselves are unique; each one capturing something unique about our modern life or our expectations of fantasy. One element that flows through them all is the author’s sense of humour. It embellishes and enriches the lives of Sophie, Nigel, Professor Tomlinson and, of course, the dragons, to name a few. It sneaks in with occasional throw-away lines and with the names of minor characters such as Featherstone Minor and Bikky Blenkinsop (which I only dare say sober!).

If you are interested in a light and enjoyable bedtime read then this is the collection for you. I highly recommend it.
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
Review by: Brenda Evans on Aug. 30, 2015 :
As a reader, I thoroughly enjoyed this highly original, intelligent, and well-written eclectic collection of short stories to delight readers from young to old. Ms. Ormiston-Smith's storytelling skills are impressive and her voice dynamic. She challenges us to take an adventure with her through time and genres. This journey is made especially enjoyable accompanied by her delightful sense of humor. This collection is a must read.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
Review by: Simonew on Aug. 25, 2015 :
This is a wonderful collection of short stories , covering a range of themes and genres , her dragon stories made me laugh , even the horror stories left me giggling nervously , a great set of stories that left this reader wanting more
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Susan Day on Aug. 11, 2015 :
This certainly is one of the best collections I’ve read. The stories are beautifully crafted and told with masterly skill. The author’s ability to change her narrative voice is exceptional and only adds to her craft.
The stories themselves are unique; each one capturing something unique about our modern life or our expectations of fantasy. One element that flows through them all is the author’s sense of humour. It embellishes and enriches the lives of Sophie, Nigel, Professor Tomlinson and, of course, the dragons, to name a few. It sneaks in with occasional throw-away lines and with the names of minor characters such as Featherstone Minor and Bikky Blenkinsop.
If you are interested in a light and enjoyable bedtime read then this is the collection for you. I highly recommend it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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