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review 2019-09-02 12:53
"Temeraire - Temeraire #1" by Naomi Novik
Temeraire - Naomi Novik

 

 

"Temeraire" is a fast, light, young adult that I would have consumed with relish had I read it in my teens.

 

Sadly, I'm now too old and jaded fully to immerse myself in this book. I can admire its intent and execution but I can't give myself to it with the abandon it deserves.

 

"Temeraire" sets up a series of books in a "Captain and Commander"-with-Dragons style, set in alternative history of the Napoleonic war in which dragons have been around forever and the British and the French have a military service of dragon riders.

 

The hero is Captain Will Laurence of the Royal Navy, who, through a set of unexpected circumstances, finds himself bonded with a dragon, straight from its shell and transferred from the Royal Navy to the much less prestigious Aviator Core.

A lot of the fun of the book comes from discovering this alternative world and understanding the closed community of aviators and dragons.

 

The pace is not rapid and, apart from during the combat scenes, there is little tension in the story.

 

The dragons, especially Temeraire, are likeable and better drawn than most of the people. The relationship between dragons and aviators and between each other is credible and engaging. The military impact of dragons in an alternative Napoleonic war is well thought out.

 

The plot is not very surprising but it's cleverly done, easy to absorb and there was nothing that had me grinding my teeth and somethings that were quite emotionally engaging, in a repressed, English upper-class emotionally crippled sort of way.

 

I couldn't really take to Captain Will Laurence. He is brave, honourable, fundamentally decent and totally dull. He names his dragon Temeraire, an anglicisation of the French for reckless, but it's a trait that neither he nor his dragon exhibit. He was quite believable but not very engaging.

 

It probably didn't help that the audiobook was narrated by one of my least favourite narrators, Simon Vance. His dry, dull, upper-class voice was probably a good fit for Captain Laurence but it served to keep me at a distance from the character. Click on the SoundCloud link below to hear Simon Vance for yourself.

https://soundcloud.com/harpercollinspublishers/temeraire-by-naomi-novik-read
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text 2019-09-01 11:51
Reading progress update: I've read 37%. - Captain and Commander - WITH DRAGONS
Temeraire - Naomi Novik

 

 

This is a fast, light, YA read that's setting up a series. Set in alternative history version of the Napoleonic war in which dragons have been around forever and the British and the French have a military service of dragon riders.

 

Nothing very surprising but cleverly done, easy to absorb and nothing that makes me grind my teeth. 

 

I already like the dragon, as I'm supposed to. Now, I'm waiting for bad things to start happening.

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review 2019-02-24 16:52
Snakes and Ladders
League of Dragons (Temeraire) - Naomi Novik

A bit of a slow start, but I'm off and slithering!

 

A bit of a letdown for an ending, but it does leave the possibility open for more stories.

 

And apparently I can't count.  And I'm not editing this again!  LOL

 

First roll 2/24 : 7

 

 

1. Author is a woman :  League of Dragons  by Naomi Novik

8. Author's last name begins with the letters E, F, G, or H. : 

 

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review 2018-09-06 01:54
Deserves the Hype
His Majesty's Dragon - Naomi Novik

I did not expect to enjoy this as much as I did.

 

Beyond the absolutely endearing dragon (and a book-lover dragon at that, how can you pack more win?) and the lovely friendship with Laurence, the setting goes into many issues I would not have expected it to, but that would be the logical result of dragons existing, being intelligent, and drafted into the military.

 

It made me laugh, and think, and I mowed through most of it in one sitting. Full stars.

 

 

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text 2018-09-05 21:25
Reading progress update: I've read 240 out of 353 pages.
His Majesty's Dragon - Naomi Novik

This talk of whores and marriage! I can't stop laughing! Then it's tempered with the awww bit. And then

 

“I am merely curious, now, if that is all there is in Dover,” Temeraire said. “For Roland is too young for whores, is she not?”

 

Aaand back to the giggle fest

 

Edit: Now they talk about children and the long lives of dragons, and the difficulties of relationships for aviators, and it all adds up to the natural conclusion and I'm gasping for breath from pure mirth.

 

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