Domesticating Dragons (Reptilian Corp #1)

by Dan Koboldt | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 198212511X Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingSpatialwing of Moneta, Virginia USA on 4/5/2021
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Journal Entry 1 by wingSpatialwing from Moneta, Virginia USA on Monday, April 05, 2021

*** Received this copy from Publishers Weekly Galley Grab ***

Build-A-Bear workshop meets Jurassic Park when a newly graduated genetic engineer goes to work for a company that aims to produce custom-made dragons.

Noah Parker, a newly minted Ph.D., is thrilled to land a dream job at Reptilian Corp., the hottest tech company in the American Southwest. He’s eager to put his genetic engineering expertise to use designing new lines of Reptilian’s feature product: living, breathing dragons.

Although highly specialized dragons have been used for industrial purposes for years, Reptilian is desperate to crack the general retail market. By creating a dragon that can be the perfect family pet, Reptilian hopes to put a dragon into every home.

While Noah’s research may help Reptilian create truly domesticated dragons, Noah has a secret goal. With his access to the company’s equipment and resources, Noah plans to slip changes into the dragons’ genetic code, bending the company’s products to another purpose entirely.

Journal Entry 2 by wingSpatialwing at Moneta, Virginia USA on Monday, April 05, 2021
Due to this book's really cheesy cover, I thought this was going to be an over-the-top (on purpose) goofy story about genetic engineering of dragons as pets gone comically and horrifically bad. And there is a touch of that that you get when you peek into the customer service calls and in Build-A-Dragon's instruction/owner's manual.

Mostly though, the story is not on the cheesy, comical, horrific side. The author, Dan Koboldt, is a genetics researcher by training and trade and his background in genetics shines through in the story. You get into the nitty-gritty of genetics without being bogged down by it. There's even a bit of humor. On the downside, many of the side characters seem to be have a similar voice (not all) and not well developed, there are a lot of overdone tropes, the main character was not really likeable (he could very easily become an incel) most of the time, and the overdone tropes. I know I said that last one twice.

It was a roller coaster for me. I was excited at first to read the book, then a little ways into it I didn't think it was going to be that good, but then it ended with me enjoying it (mostly because of the dragons, especially Octavius!).

Scientists writing science fiction! More please!
That can be a mixed bag as many are used to writing drier academic papers and books. Domesticating Dragons is not the best example of it being well down, but I can see that Koboldt has a great foundation and will get better with each story he writes! Just stay away from all those tropes!

Journal Entry 3 by wingSpatialwing at A BookCrosser, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, April 07, 2021

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A wishlist book sent to hyphen8 as an extra gift along with the book chosen from the Asian Diaspora VBB!

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Journal Entry 4 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Sunday, April 11, 2021
Thanks for the surprise wishlist book! It makes me very sad about the dogs, but the rest of the idea sounds very intriguing.

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