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The Legend of the Dragonskinner
Christopher Goodrum
Infinity Publishing, 121 pages

The Legend of the Dragonskinner
Christopher Goodrum
Christopher Goodrum quickly found his knack for humor and the art of screwball comedies with talent show skits. In his later years, his work shifted from skits to dramatic plays, having scripted, performed, and directed an one-act play in high school. All the while, he began his adventures in writing novels and teleplays. After a few years, he abandoned writing scripts altogether and focused on honing his craft in writing novels: particularly in the genres of science fiction and fantasy. Christopher Goodrum currently lives in Arlington, WA with his family.

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A review by David Maddox

Ryan Henderson has very little going for him. A dead end job, no real friends to speak of, and the disturbing feeling that he's just missing some part of life, all permeate his waking hours. But he does have a baffling optimism and still holds on to his childhood belief that dragons are real, even though he has no proof of them whatsoever.

Christopher Goodrum creates an interesting tongue in cheek fantasy world with his first book, The Legend of the Dragonskinner. The story flows easily and is written in a style that will appeal to multiple age groups. The tale is a simple one, but full of comedy and random 90s references (anyone else remember Marvel's Doom 2099?), as well as a host of colorful characters that alternatively help and hinder Ryan on his quest.

From well-cultured Bigfoots, to witty, yet strangely gigantic riding Beavers, Ryan quickly learns that his views of the universe may actually be correct and that there are an amazing amount of mysteries and other realms that the world just doesn't want to see!

Ryan's travels take him to a parallel world, very reminiscent of Camelot, where he does in fact earn his title of 'Dragonskinner,' mostly with the help of a bag of magical Pogs. (Remember Pogs? They're back. In magic form) He battles The Guardian, his archenemy, and learns a little about what it means to be a hero.

Goodrum plans at least two more books in this saga, and the final chapter here definitely leaves Ryan's tale unfinished. If you're looking for a new bedtime story to read to your kids, or a fun little tale to pass a few hours, check it out.

Copyright © 2013 David Maddox

David Maddox
Science fiction enthusiast David Maddox has been Star Trek characters, the Riddler in a Batman stunt show and holds a degree in Cinema from San Francisco State University. He has written several articles for various SF sites as well as the Star Wars Insider and the Star Trek Communicator. He spends his time working on screenplays and stories while acting on stage, screen and television. He can sometimes be seen giving tours at Universal Studios Hollywood and playing Norman Bates.

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