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Temeraire (The Temeraire Series, Book 1) Kindle Edition
|Length: 356 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
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'I took a jaundiced view of dragon books until Novik won me over with her first novel. The combination of military history, sympathetic characters, and engaging style makes this series great, intelligent fun.
‘These are beautifully written novels, not only fresh, original and fast-paced, but full of wonderful characters with real heart.’
‘Throne of Jade is even better. Rather than repeat the formula (enjoyable though it was), Novik offers a plot laced with political intrigue and takes her characters to China, where interesting questions are raised amid their exciting adventures.’
"Temeraire” is a terrifically entertaining fantasy novel. Is it hard to imagine a cross between Susanna Clarke, of Norrell and Strange fame, and the late Patrick O'Brian? Not if you've read this wonderful, arresting novel.’ Stephen King
'In the best tradition of fantasy, historical fiction and nautical novels.'
About the Author
Naomi Novik was born in New York in 1973, a first-generation American, and raised on Polish fairy tales, Baba Yaga, and Tolkien. She studied English Literature at Brown University and Computer Science at Columbia University before leaving to work in the games industry. Over the course of a brief winter sojourn working on a game in Canada, she realized she preferred the writing to the programming, and, on returning to New York, decided to try her hand at novels. Temeraire is her first.
Naomi lives in New York City with her husband and six computers. Her website and livejournal are at An avid reader of fantasy literature since age six, Naomi Novik is also a history buff with a particular fascination with the Napoleonic era and a fondness for the work of Patrick O'Brian and Jane Austen. She began writing as a guilty pleasure while studying for her Master's degree in Computer Science at Columbia. She found an opportunity to combine her passions by developing computer games, starting with a multi-player online science fiction game she created in college that has now been in continuous operation for almost a decade. She is also the founder and organizer of Vividcon, the annual convention for digital video enthusiasts who create music videos and other short films based on their favorite television shows and movies, and of the Commonverse, a project dedicated to applying the "open source" approach for software development to the writing of shared-universe fiction. She lives with her husband in New York City.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- File size : 986 KB
- Print length : 356 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Publisher : HarperVoyager (20 February 2009)
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B002RI9DD8
- Best Sellers Rank: 5,993 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Lawrence can be a bit stiff at times and some of the dialogue was a little clunky (especially sometimes with all the gentlemanly formalities), but I absolutely loved how the relationship between Temeraire and Lawrence was developed. And Temeraire is so cute!!
One thing I didn't like though was how the first line in the blurb of the subsequent would spoil the story in the previous book. This happened for both the first and second book! I have since stopped reading the blurbs for subsequent books.
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This is one of the few works that I will be turning around and rereading immediately to examine the craft of how they were written instead of just how the plot develops.
However, Uprooted had been so good I thought it worth a shot. Wow, it’s a very, very good read, suspend the grating concept of the 1800's military techniques and what having an air corps made up of dragons would do to that style of warfare, and Ms Novik delivers a well-crafted and yes well researched novel.
I read that no less than Peter Jackson the Director of LOTR amongst other things has bought the rights to this being made into a movie and I can well see why. Sadly from all I can read Mr Jackson only has this as a potential project, nowhere near being a film any time soon. (How frustrating must that be for the author?)
Anyway, its great escapist fantasy and well worth the read.
Both Laurence and Temeraire are great characters, really likeable, and I was invested in them from early on in the book. There's plenty of adventure and excitement as they join a squadron of dragons and fight in battles. The supporting characters are also well described. The challenges of Laurence's transition from the very formal Navy to the much more daredevil, relaxed world of the flying corps are well described and provide a layer to the story beyond the inevitable peril from the French forces.
I've only given four stars because I think the plot is quite standard - there weren't really any surprises here and I guessed all the twists. It follows a pretty well trodden path for this type of fantasy story. However it's really well done and very enjoyable to read. It's also only the first of a nine book series so I'm sure there is room for more complex plots to develop in later novels. I'll definitely be reading more of them - this is perfect escapism. I don't think I'm going to remember much about it in a month other than it had a dragon in and I enjoyed it, which is another reason for not giving a fifth star, but in the moment it was great fun and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys this type of fantasy adventure.