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Floating Dragon Mass Market Paperback – Jan 24 2002

3.8 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reissue edition (Jan. 24 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425097250
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425097250
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.6 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,530,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A deliciously imaginative story of hauntings and monsters." -San Francisco Chronicle

"Here is a novel guaranteed to double the national nightmare quotient, so watch out." -Cosmopolitan

"Buy it today.  Anything by Straub is worth several thousand John Sauls and a million V.C. Andrewses." -Philadelphia Inquirer

"Straub's effects are quite spectacular...I was fairly awed by some of the more nightmarish scenes in Floating Dragon." -New York Times

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About the Author

Peter Straub is one of America’s foremost authors of supernatural and suspense fiction. He is the New York Times bestselling author of a dozen novels, including the horror classic Ghost Story and The Talisman, which he cowrote with Stephen King. His latest novel, Black House—also written with King—is a #1 New York Times bestseller. A past president of the Horror Writers of America and multiple award winner, he lives in New York City.

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Peter Straub has never written a bad book, only better and worse ones. This is probably his worst, but it's still readable and has a few things going for it.
The plot is confused. The "Floating Dragon" is - perhaps - partly supernatural, though primarily it is explained as a leaked Department of Defense gas, that drives people insane and eventually liquefies their bodies. While losing their minds, the unfortunate victims hallucinate - hence, the possibility that what is being perceived as a recurring supernatural evil is all in the mind of the beholder.
I really disliked this book when I first read it, but I decided it required a re-read in later years after overcoming my initial disappointment. It was much better than I remembered it, but its flaws still gravely weaken it. Really, it's all quite good until the last seventy-five pages or so, when the action becomes completely hallucinogenic and virtually impossible to follow, and the ending is terribly trite to the point of being laughable. Straub's worst trait is a tendency to go way over-the-top, and that is at its worst here. But his characters, as usual, are quite memorable, and his writing in every other regard in typically splendid form.
If you're a Straub fan, this one may or may not put you off him. If this is your first exposure to the author, pick a different title, something like Ghost Story or If You Could See Me Now, to get a better feel for Straub closer to the top of his game.
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In 1995, I was in Manhattan at the Pennsylvania Hotel. While in the elevator traveling down to the lobby a man was standing in front of me. Turns out this was Peter Straub. He was plugging his new book Hell Fire Club, He turned out to be a very nice guy. So I feel a personal bond while I read his bookS if you can believe that.
I first read this book in 1986, I thought it was a little confusing, but being as young as I was (14) I finished it. I figured it must be my immaturity, that I didn't follow the story well. So jump ahead to 2000, I just happen to come across my dusty Hard cover that I had and decided to give it a retry. Now I am almost 30 and I feel I have some comprehention of things so I read it over. Well I was right, the premis of the book is great, it's just that Straub was having a hard time putting it into words. The book was too long and wordy with too many unimportant charactors we didn't need to hear about. I found the main charactors very 3 dimensional, as well as the description of the town, but the story runs along at a bumpy pace. It's not a lite read at all. You'll need to put your thinking caps on for this one. But Straub is not a King or Koontz more like Henry James. Now on a positive note; mind you Floating Dragon is not a great book, but Straub is a great author.
Straub to me is a literary Horror writer, he doesn't write fast books with happy endings. His books make you think and contemplate. He is in a genre of his own.
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"I wanted to write a special effects show. Something that would make the reader's jaw drop and make them think 'I can't believe that I'm reading this.'" - Peter Straub on writing Floating Dragon.
Well Mr. Straub you have succeeded.
Floating Dragon was, at the time, Straub's last foray into supernatural horror (Mr. X marks his return to the field that made him famous). As an ancient, paranormal thing awakens to again wreak havoc on an accursed town, an equally horrid nerve gas escapes and infects the population of said town. How much of the events of this story are really happening and how much is collective hallucination brought upon by the gas? The question is not answered by Straub, who leaves a great deal to the reader to figure out. But the clues are there, you just have to dig past all the symbolic and over the top effects scenes (of which there is a HUGE amount). Granted Floating Dragon may not be Straub's best novel, but even his lesser efforts are far superior to other horror writers successes.
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After reading the Talisman and Ghost Story, i was pretty sure that Peter Straub was a good writer, but now i am quite certain. I don't remember the last time i read a book as completely engrossing as this. The way Straub flows things together is just brilliant, especially in the prologue, and combining the DRG cloud with the Dragon makes it seem like you are getting two books in one, tossed together in a wonderful mix of insanity.
While the cycle that things occur in is similiar to the one in Ghost Story, i feel that the difference between the two, explaining why it happens once every generation, makes more than enough sense to show that Straub is not simply rehashing a plot device from a previous story. I've read most of the other reader reviews of this book, and while I don't agree with some of them, it just goes to show that every person takes a book a different way, comparable to how someone feels about a song they are hearing for the first time. Some may love Floating Dragon, others may hate it, but if you like anything else Straub wrote, i highly recommend you read this title.
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There's not much I can say that others haven't already said. Straub is an accomplished prose stylist and incredible at engaging, believable characters--and when that's hitched to a great plot (as in Ghost Story) or even a great plot that loses it at the end (as in Shadowland) the results are impressive. But the trend that started in Shadowland grows to tremendous proportions here, and that is the needless urge to make the horror too literally supernatural, especially in a stereotyped way.
Here, the hallucinogenic toxic cloud really becomes a non-issue after the set up, which is too bad. It could've taken center stage, especially since one of its possible effects--even mentioned in the book's start--is perhaps to enhance psi abilities. Straub could have made CENTRAL use of that, especially since his main characters are supposed to be psychic; it would have explained why the antagonist was so unusually powerful this time around.
Of course, that would mean making sure ALL the bizarre occurances were either ambiguous (i.e. could be hallucinations caused by the gas) or the result of the protagonists psi being turned against them and/or latent psi in someone else being harnessed. Ironically, if any Hollywood insiders are listening, making such a fix could still salvage this novel as fodder for a pretty good movie. (Then again, I'm still waiting for Hollywood to wise up and remake a Ghost Story adaptation that true to, and thus as good as, the novel.)
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