The first statement I want to make is that I don’t understand why this is the title of the collection. The story seems completely different in structure and type of character to me, and the fact that it is unrealistic fantasy (actually the plot reminded me a lot of How to Train Your Dragon) leaves me wondering why he chose this for the title, other than that it was just a really cool title for a story and it grabs the reader’s attention.
The second thing I want to note is really how different this story seemed to me from everything else in the collection. The first and most obvious point is that it is fantasy. Wells Tower seems to like to work with very real stories and subjects–loss, relationships, Alzheimer’s, the nitty-gritty hard stuff. This story deals with dragons. Now maybe I am just having trouble taking it seriously because it’s so fantastical, but I suppose if you look at it, what could be more dramatic and difficult than hunting down a beast that threatens your home.
One of the other things I noticed was that this story did not seem to have as much dialogue as the other stories. It did have the same choppy page breaks that let certain lines and moments sink in and take full effect on the reader. I think I could like this story if I read it again at another time; I just couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that it was read for class and that it was Wells Tower who wrote it.