Sep
28
2017
1

There’s a Jane Austen MMO (@naominovik, call your agent)…

…and Ever, Jane looks like it does what Austen readers want it to:

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Aug
31
2017
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Book of the Week: Golden Age and Other Stories.

Golden Age and Other Stories is Naomi Novik’s collection of stories from her Temeraire series. It’s an interesting collection of alternate takes, short vignettes, and “Dragons and Decorum,” which is absolutely worth the six bucks to any of my readers who enjoy both Napeolonic Wars stories involving dragons AND the works of Jane Austen.  …Yes, that story is exactly what you think that it is, and my only problem with it is that it is far too short*.

And so, adieu to The Man in the High Castle. (more…)

Feb
13
2017
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Coming in August: “Golden Age and Other Stories” by Naomi Novik.

“Golden Age and Other Stories” is, as you might suspect, set in Naomi Novik’s Napoleonic-war-with-dragons Temeraire series.  She’s done a bunch of short stories, set in a variety of settings and using different viewpoint characters – which will no doubt please whoever it is out there who is desperately trying to negotiate the roleplaying game rights.  Which there must be. It seems a no-brainer.

More info here. I’d order the leather-bound, signed copy, except that it’s a bit rich for my blood these days. Ach, well, the $25 version can be read just as easily.

Jun
14
2016
2

In the Mail: League of Dragons.

Naomi Novik’s last alt-history-Napoleonic-War-with-combat-dragons Temeraire novel. Dammit.  I remember when the series first came out: they dropped at least the first two books, and maybe the first three, all at the same time.  Gutsy move, but it worked: I read the first one, rushed back to the store to get the next one(s) – then realized, horrified, that I was going to have to wait for more Temeraire books from here on out.

This did not please me. (more…)

Apr
09
2016
6

Book of the Week: League of Dragons.

I want, and do not want Naomi Novik’s League of Dragons to come out.  I want it to come out because it is a Temeraire novel (which is to say, a military historical novel about dragons in Napoleonic-era England and the British aerial corps that takes them to war); but I do not want it to come out because then the series will be finished.  Patrick O’Brian had this problem himself, as I recall.  Patrick O’Brian would have also loved this series.

And so, adieu to Flashman and the Mountain of Light.  I also think that George MacDonald Fraser would have enjoyed this series, but a good deal more gruffly.

Jul
06
2015
5

Book of the week: ‘Uprooted.’

Finally got around to reading Naomi Novik’s Uprooted, and WOW but it’s good.  We’re talking a deep dive into folklore themes here, folks: Polish, in this particular case, but the actual culture doesn’t matter. What matters is that Novik takes this stuff seriously, and is smart enough to be properly wary of its narrative power.  Terry Pratchett would have loved this book, and I can’t think of a single nicer thing to say about it. I pretty much read the whole thing in as few fell swoops as Fourth of July weekend would allow.

And so, adieu to The Annihilation Score. Which I will gleefully consume tomorrow.

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Aug
13
2013
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In the mail: Blood of Tyrants.

The latest, and apparently second to last, book in Naomi Novik’s Napoleonic-Wars-with-dragons Temeraire series. I’m going to miss it, when it’s gone; it shouldn’t really work, and yet it does.

Mar
11
2012
6

So, I just finished Crucible of Gold.

For those unfamiliar with the book or the series, Crucible of Gold is part of Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series, which can be described as being an alternate history of what the Napoleonic wars would have looked like if all sides had access to dragons.  Before anybody raises an eyebrow at that, Novik’s a good writer with a decent working knowledge of the time period, plus – more importantly – a fundamental respect for that time period.  That’s kind of needed for good historical fiction: if you treat the inhabitants of a particular era as either overgrown children, or people from your culture wearing funny clothes, you’re doing it wrong.  Patrick O’Brian probably would have liked this series, God rest his soul.

Check it out.  You can start the series with In His Majesty’s Service: Three Novels of Temeraire (His Majesty’s Service, Throne of Jade, and Black Powder War).  They’re great fun.

Jul
05
2010
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Book of the Week: Tongues of Serpents.

Tongues of Serpents is Naomi Novik’s latest entry in the Temeraire series, and it’s coming out in a week. Personally, I’d love to review it ahead of time, but since nobody sends me science fiction or fantasy books to review…

And so, farewell to The Fuller Memorandum.

Jan
24
2010
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Book of the Week: Tongues of Serpents.

I’m not sure why I’m highlighting Tongues of Serpents, which is another book that won’t be out for at least another six months. Possibly I’m just bored?

None the less, it replaces Dante’s Inferno as Book of the Week. And more oddly than the respective book covers might suggest.

May
31
2009
1

Book of the Week: Victory of Eagles.

Shocking as it sounds, we’re replacing Shatnerquake with Naomi Novik’s Victory of Eagles, which has finally come out in paperback. It’s the latest in the Temeraire series, so read the other books first.

Feb
10
2009
2

Ooh. Pretty new site, with pretty, old ships.

It’s called Age of Sail, and it looks like a historical blog discussing precisely that.

I came into Age of Sail fiction from the science fiction end of it, actually: reading S.M. Stirling and David Weber got me reading Patrick O’Brian and C.S Forester (I’m currently halfway through A&E’s Horatio Hornblower series, and enjoying it muchly).  And then, of course, there’s George MacDonald Fraser’s The Pyrates, which is required reading for anybody who loves old Hollywood swashbucklers (and who doesn’t).  So I guess I’m explaining why this is going on the blogroll…

Moe Lane

PS: OK, one last one: Naomi Novik.  For all your “Napoleonic warfare novels with dragons added; only, and this is really important to note, adding the dragons doesn’t make the whole thing suck horribly, or indeed at all” needs.

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