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Gabe Hudson has written an enjoyable adventure that follows the lovable youth of a scaly green dragon named Gork The Terrible. Within the pages of this old fashion comedic story telling tradition of fire breathing dragons and organic cybernetic robots comes an inventive mixture of creative evolution and mortal machines that will undoubtedly tickle the biogenetic imagination and pull on the neuroanatomy heart strings of the reader. Hudson constructs an amusing dragon tradition while adding his own humorous pop cultural brand of playfulness. The end product is an alternative coming of age novel filled with first loves, tormented family history, long lasting friendships and unforgettable fertile ritual missions.
— Mike, Albuquerque
A TODAY Show Summer Pick
An Amazon Summer Beach Reads Pick
A Barnes & Noble Best New Fiction of the Month Pick "Hilarious. . . . Gork is less Game of Thrones and more The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."
"Delightful. . . . Gork satirically plumbs some of the same supervillain territory that forms the basis of recent films like Despicable Me."
--Paul Di Filippo, The Barnes & Noble Review
"No good human won't love this dragon named Gork." --Dave Eggers
"Outrageous storytelling and soulful humor in the tradition of Kurt Vonnegut."--Gary Shteyngart
Gork isn't like the other dragons at WarWings Military Academy. He has a gigantic heart, two-inch horns, and an occasional problem with fainting. His nickname is Weak Sauce and his Will to Power ranking is Snacklicious--the lowest in his class. But he is determined not to let any of this hold him back as he embarks on the most important mission of his life: tonight, on the eve of his high school graduation, he must ask a female dragon to be his queen. If she says yes, they'll go off to conquer a foreign planet together. If she says no, Gork becomes a slave.
Vying with Jocks, Nerds, Mutants, and Multi-Dimensioners to find his mate, Gork encounters an unforgettable cast of friends and foes, including Dr. Terrible, the mad scientist; Fribby, a robot dragon obsessed with death; and Metheldra, a healer specializing in acupuncture with swords. But finally it is Gork's biggest perceived weakness, his huge heart, that will guide him through his epic quest and help him reach his ultimate destination: planet Earth.
A love story, a fantasy, and a coming-of-age story, Gork the Teenage Dragon
is a wildly comic, beautifully imagined, and deeply heartfelt debut novel that shows us just how human a dragon can be.