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Aerden [userpic]
Looking at the Sky

Work: Well, I'm back at work, this morning. The sky outside looks pretty heavy and gray, but the flooding has receded enough that schools and the buslines are open, for now. We'll see how long that continues.

When I got in to work this morning, at about 6:50, only the visually-impaired staff were here! *snicker*

Books: I finished Snakecharm last night and began reading His Majesty's Dragon. I just finished Part I, and the ending was lovely! *beams*

"I would rather have you than any ship in the Navy." --Captain Will Laurence to his dragon, Temeraire *beams some more*

I will say this, though--Pern, it ain't. The attitudes of the two Aerial Corps members who appeared near the end of Part I made my eyes bug out.

Bless Amelia Atwater-Rhodes for understanding that cliffhangers make readers want to tear out their own hair and the author's hair. The ending of Snakecharm was not quite what I expected, and I was rather glad.

Current Mood: goodgood

*joins in pleasure at Naomi Novik's work* Yep. Not Pern and I'm glad of it. More like World War II air battles fought during the Napoleanic wars with living airplanes.

Minor niggles in writing style but aside from that, damn good. The rest of the series is out, btw. She's got a work in progress quoted in the back of "Black Powder War" but I don't know how long it will be before that one comes out.

*returns to child chasing duties*

She's writing a fourth book? Hurray!

I like the way that Novik keeps the dialogue period-sounding without being intrusive, as it would be if she made heavy use of accents, etc.


Yep. I'm looking forward to it, as the third book left things on a desperate note.

There are places in her text where there's a mild touch of a style of writing I see a lot in fandom. A kind of effort to be casual that overdoes it. I can't quite describe it, unfortunately, or I'd have a better idea of what it is.

Temeraire is fantastic. Go the livejournal authors! There's quite a good LJ community for the Naomi Novik books: the_covert, it has fic and commentary. They're good with spoiler warnings too.

Oh, yeah

I love Novik's dragons and their riders. They're not Pern by any means, and that's a very good thing. Novik has made a real world story even with the dragons added in. Her characters aren't all one way or another, and I love it.

Not that Pern is bad. It's just that Novik's world is multi-dimensional in ways Pern isn't.