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review 2017-06-26 06:24
Talking to Dragons
Talking to Dragons - Patricia C. Wrede

This is a series that I really enjoyed as a kid. But like The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants series I think it has served its purpose in my life. Yes, I'll probably revisit the series again, but it just doesn't have the same magic I remember from before. Dealing with Dragons comes the closest. Probably because Cimorene is my favorite.

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review 2017-06-26 06:18
Calling on Dragons
Calling on Dragons - Patricia C. Wrede

I completely forgot about this book. Seriously, when I started reading it I couldn't remember a single thing other than I had an immediate need to read book 4 after finishing this one.

 

Definitely feels like the weakest in the series and reading Wrede's introduction (after I reread the book) I wasn't surprised to see that she was reluctant when writing this one.

 

If I were to do another reread of the series, I would start with book 4, read 1 and 2 and skip 3.

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review 2017-06-16 23:01
Review of "League of Dragons" (Temeraire #9) by Naomi Novik
League of Dragons: A Novel of Temeraire - Naomi Novik

A fitting finale to the Temeraire series.

 

In many ways, satisfying even.  Completion.  Maybe not exactly as predicted or everything wanted, but fitting and makes sense for the storyline and characters.

 

But, oh my, am I sorrowed to see this series end.  

 

I'm not sure what else I can say that wouldn't be a spoiler or endless fangirl gushing.

 

I will be missing Laurence and Temeraire.  The series ended with them settling into a new chapter of their lives ( not at all a cliffhanger but clearly lives go on); maybe someday the author will pursue that.

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review 2017-06-13 07:17
Searching for Dragons
Searching for Dragons - Patricia C. Wrede

One of the copies of this series I'm reading has an introduction. Don't read the introductions if you haven't read the series before. They're full of spoilers.

 

I clearly don't remember this series very well because I couldn't even remember the narrator of this book. But it holds up to rereading with the exception of G***y Jack... just his name, not his character. Why couldn't he be Rambling Jack or something... I'm sure there's a more fantasy appropriate moniker for him than that.

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review 2017-06-11 18:40
Dealing with Dragons
Dealing with Dragons - Patricia C. Wrede

I distinctly remember buying this book at the same time I bought The Bad Beginning. I never finished A Series of Unfortunate Events, but I read all of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles. I really want the nine-year-old to read them. I think she'd enjoy the series.

 

I think of this series as fantasy for non-fantasy readers. It's fantasy, but there's lots of accessible references to other fairy tales/myths. I meant to read them in publication order this time around (Book 4 was published first and then the others came after), but I forgot when it actually came time to read them. I thought about skipping ahead and then backtracking, but I think I'm just going to press on to Book 2.

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