Alas, FROZEN DREAMS did not advance. Fortunately, I can absolutely and enthusiastically recommend Naomi Novik’s book A DEADLY EDUCATION, which is probably the best fantasy book not written by me that I will read this year. Vote here to help it advance in the Goodreads Choice Awards rankings!
Oh, happy day. A Deadly Education is Naomi Novik’s latest, and I’ve already started it, and so far it’s excellent. The only thing keeping it from Book of the Week status is that it already had it, more or the week I heard about it. I regret nothing…
A Deadly Education: Lesson One of the Scholomance is Naomi Novik’s latest novel, it comes out in a month, and I have it pre-ordered. Like you do. Well, like I do. I have high hopes for it, too. Again, like I do.
Just remembered that Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik is finally out, so I went and downloaded it. So far, so good: I gather that it’s a retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin legend, and so far it’s coming along nicely. Can’t wait to finish it.
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. Continue reading Book of the Week: Golden Age and Other Stories.
“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.
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. Continue reading In the Mail: 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.
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.
Continue reading Book of the week: ‘Uprooted.’