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League of Dragons

League of Dragons

Short but sweet, just because I’m cleaning out my inbox again and wanted to file the receipts for these! Picked up from Kobo:

League of Dragons, the final Temeraire novel by Naomi Novik. Picked up because duh, Temeraire! \0/ My love for this series has been long-running, from the very first day I heard it pitched as “Patrick O’Brian meets the Dragonriders of Pern”. I mean honestly, how could I not love a series that’s what you get if you take Aubrey and Maturin and make Maturin a dragon? says that League of Dragons sticks the landing, and Dear Author liked it too. (And I may not often comment on Dear Author but yeah, if they’re going to go and review one of my favorite fantasy series even though they’re usually a romance site, fuck yeah I’m going to speak up in that comments thread. 😀 )

And has a lovely Temeraire reread series of posts that Kate Nepveu just did. Her reviews of the books lit a fire under me to finally get caught up on the series. I found Crucible of Gold very satisfying, and Blood of Tyrants uneven, despite it involving an amnesia plot (and I am a known sucker for amnesia plots). I’ve started League as of today. More thoughts on this to come.

(And also, let it be noted that I am sad, SAD I TELL YOU, that I apparently cannot acquire the entire Temeraire series in French in ebook form. I went looking, because once I eventually finish doing Harry Potter in Trilingual Form, Temeraire would be a very strong contender for another multi-lingual reread!)

Meanwhile, I also scarfed Seanan McGuire’s Every Heart a Doorway while it was briefly available for $2.99 in electronic form. (Its standard price is $9.99 right now and that’s a little more than I’m comfortable paying for a novella.) But! I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about this story (including a lot of buzz at the aforementioned, so I’ve been wanting to give it a go.

This makes 18 titles acquired for the year.

(Which, for those of you who pay attention to these posts, may strike you as a surprisingly low number given my book-buying history; here we’re halfway through the year already and I’ve barely cleared two digits. This would be because I am disgruntled at the return of agency pricing, which has made ebooks a lot more expensive from the big publishers again. So I’ve been making an effort to get caught up on reading books I already own, and for newer things by authors I don’t know yet, I’ve been checking those out from the library.)


August is full of all the awesome books roundup post

Ebooks grabbed from Book View Cafe:

  • A Fatal Twist of Lemon and A Sprig of Blossomed Thorn, by Patrice Greenwood. First two books of a cozy mystery series oriented around a tea shop. Grabbed these because 1) I like tea! and 2) Book 1 was very favorably reviewed by Doranna Durgin on Goodreads. And I’m quite willing to follow her recommendations!
  • Dispossession and Light Errant, by Chaz Brenchley. Couple more books by the excellent Chaz Brenchley, ebook repubs of some of his backlist.
  • French Fried, by Chris Dolley. Humor/true crime, grabbed because I saw it while poking around the BVC site and I thought it sounded potentially charming and amusing.

And from Barnes and Noble:

  • Codex Born, by Jim C. Hines. Book 2 of his Libriomancer series, bought because urban fantasy with book-based magic! Also because I adore Jim’s books.
  • Possession, by Kat Richardson. Book 8 of the Greywalker series. Bought because, as previously mentioned, big fan of those books.
  • Blood of Tyrants, by Naomi Novik. Book 8 of the Temeraire series. Bought because BOOK 8 OF TEMERAIRE SERIES. 😀

144 for the year.