There be dragons at the library!

by SuDocQueen@evpl on Tuesday, November 27 2012, 12:39pm. Viewed 649 times.

That would be Temeraire specifically, and he is a very special dragon indeed.  He is the wonderful centerpiece of Naomi Novik's sci-fi/alternative history series.  It is set in England during the Napoleonic Wars.  In the series, Novik introduces you to what might have been if dragons had been a fact of life instead of a fascinating myth.  The books reminds me of Anne McCaffrey's Pern series, with the added bonus of a strong grounding in actual history.  I know, 'how can it be actual history if dragons are involved'?  True, but I think Novik does an excellent job of postulating how the existence and use of dragons would have changed historical events.  If that sounds dry and boring to you, don't believe it.  I became highly invested in Temeraire's heartwarming character and his relationship with his rider, Captain William Lawrence.  That relationship, along with the addition of multiple other riders and dragons, keeps the stories riveting.  You can read the books from the library and learn more about Temeraire and his universe on Novik's website.

And, if you become as captivated by Temeraire as me, you can join me in 2013 for a book discussion series on the novels.  Titled Temeraire's Exploits, we will discuss the first book at the January meeting and each book after in the following meetings.  Hope I'll see you there!

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