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His Majesty's Dragon
His Majesty's Dragon: A Novel of Temeraire | Naomi Novik
Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors rise to Britains defense by taking to the skies . . . not aboard aircraft but atop the mighty backs of fighting dragons.When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes its precious cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Capt. Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain futureand an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle. For as Frances own dragon-borne forces rally to breach British soil in Bonapartes boldest gambit, Laurence and Temeraire must soar into their own baptism of fire.From the Paperback edition.
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TLuvs
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I lived her writing in the Scholomance Trilogy and want to give this series a shot!

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Kylivi

Naomi Novik does it again. I laughed, I cried, I jumped for joy. I've never been particularly interested in the Napoleonic wars, but now I might have to put in a little research, even knowing Temeraire might not be mentioned... ;)

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TheAromaofBooks
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Do you ever read a book that you actually enjoy, but then want to spend time whining about? 😂 This is one of those books for me. It's definitely a pick and I will definitely be reading the next book, but at the same time it had several things that irritated me. The biggest one was the lack of relevant dragon-related information. The little “excerpt“ from a book in the back was not enough to help me sort through literally at least 20 kinds of ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) dragons. Plus, there are terms for all the different crew members that I just had to kind of guess what each person did - this book needed at least one appendix listing the breeds of dragons in a way that I could actually reference instead of the rambly few paragraphs I got of muddled information lol

But on the whole, I really enjoyed the concept and I love Temeraire (Laurence... eh, he's okay, but seemed to spend a lot of time getting ⬇
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) offended about stuff that wasn't very well explained. He was very sensitive to ~how~ people said things to him). I'll be continuing this series (one of these days) and am interested to see where Novik takes the world-building.

This book has been on my shelf since January 2021, when @avanders gifted it to me in a swap box - so thank you!! I have finally gotten around to reading it less than 2 years later, which is pretty good for me! 😂
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TheSpineView I loved this book. I need to read the rest of the series. 4mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 One i keep meaning to read. 4mo
PuddleJumper I never read the rest of this series. I enjoyed this book but never enough to find the second one. Might give it another go 4mo
BookwormAHN I love this series. I agree about the appendix and Laurence does relax some later on in the series. 4mo
TheAromaofBooks @BookwormAHN - I could tell even in this book that that relaxation is part of his character arc. However, the development is rather uneven. I could be wrong, but I think this was Novik's first book, and it does have that vibe about it. I'm really looking forward to continuing the series, though. 4mo
Catsandbooks Awesome! 🧡 4mo
Avanders Fun!! (And 2 years is really fast for me too! 🤣) 4mo
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TheAromaofBooks
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Is the #WeeklyForecast looking unrealistically optimistic? Of course it is! I love having the windowsill stuffed! 😂 October books are IN and that tiny bit of extra space I had is now but a memory. The post-it notes that you can't really read are my Kindle books on the left, and then three sheets that are my #Scarathlon #BookSpinBingo books that I'll be mixing in with my other stuff, but since I do actually want to be able to kind of see out this⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) window, I decided not to physically pull them out just yet!

My current plan is to read as many of these in October as I can, then in November I am going to focus completely on progressing/finishing series. I seem to be in the middle of about ten of them, which drives me crazy. If anyone is interested in a low-key November series-reading challenge, let me know!

For now, off to finish the tagged book!!

@Cinfhen
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TheSpineView Good luck! 4mo
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TheAromaofBooks
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I've done quite a poor job posting my goals for readathons lately, so I'm going to try to do better this month!! Hoping to hit 1000 pages for this readathon, but we'll see what happens!! Work continues to be crazy, my sister is moving, and Grandma is still in rehab... however, I'm going to get my oil changed on Monday, so that should be some nice uninterrupted reading time. *fingers crossed they're running behind* 😂

@Andrew65

Texreader A very good reason to get an oil change! 4mo
TheAromaofBooks @Texreader - Gotta take that quiet reading time wherever you can find it!! 4mo
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Pickpick

Binge-read all 9 books in this series-mashed up Richard Sharpe, Hornblower, with dragons! Not just action adventures but also points made/ questions raised and integrated on colonialism, white privilege, racism, misogyny, sentience.

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#SeriesRead2022 @TheSpineView #AuthorAMonth2022 @Soubhiville

Dragons were apparently just what I needed this weekend. 😁 I really loved this one. I'll admit, some sections got a little repetitive, but the connections between the dragons and their Captains kept me engaged.

There's also lots of action and battle scenes. I'd love to learn more about the history of the dragons, so I'm excited to continue the series and see what develops.

TheSpineView 💜🐉 5mo
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Branwen
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#AlphabetGame #LetterT
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

The Temeraire series features DRAGONS! 🐉❤️ And look how cool of a picture it makes when you line up the spines! 😍

Suet624 That‘s so cool! 5mo
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Caroline2
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Nope! I‘ve been looking forward to getting into bed with a book all day & I just can‘t read any more. Disappointing!!! I loved the beginning. Dragons, the Napoleonic war, beautiful writing! Then the doldrums hit! How can dragon school be boring? When you spend too much time banging on about the dragon bathing, eating and having his harness on and off again! Arghhh! I kept waiting for something to happen?! #authoramonth

TrishB ☹️ awww hate when that happens! 5mo
squirrelbrain Boo, rubbish! 5mo
Soubhiville It does get to some action later on… I read it earlier this month. 5mo
Caroline2 @Soubhiville I‘m really impatient with books lately, prob bad timing! 5mo
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Soubhiville
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I wasn‘t sure how I‘d feel about His Majesty‘s Dragon since I‘ve had mixed feelings about Novik‘s past books.

I really liked this though! My favorite part was the bonds between the dragons and their human Captains.

I‘m glad I found this used volume that has the first three books in it, and I‘ll continue with the series.

Good call voting in Naomi Novik #authoramonth readers! (The Scholomance series is still my fave though.)

Soubhiville Venkman approves of dragons. 🐱🖤🐉 6mo
LauraJ Happy to see you‘re still here…and your gorgeous kitty too. 6mo
Librariana Good morning, Venkman 🥰 Glad you enjoyed this one, Soubhi 😊 Hope the rest of the series continues to entertain! 6mo
Soubhiville @LauraJ always! 6mo
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Soubhiville
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Early morning cuddle-reading with Igor 💜.
#AuthorAMonth I‘m really glad I picked this up and that Novik was voted in as an author this year! I am about halfway through and totally in love with Temeraire and Captain Will Laurence. If the whole series is like this I‘ll read it all. 🐉🐲🖤

vlwelser Yay! Welcome to the dark side. 😂 There are only 9 full books. It's manageable. Besides you'll need something to do while we wait for the third book in her other series. 6mo
Soubhiville @vlwelser I‘ll just add the other 8 to the stack of Robin Hobb books I haven‘t gotten to yet 🤣. In fact I‘ve been building next month‘s #bookspin list around my “next in the series” books on my shelves. (I can almost do my entire list like this, lol.) 6mo
Soubhiville @vlwelser I‘m glad I got the first 3 in one volume, it‘ll encourage me to get to them sooner… maybe, in theory 😆. 6mo
vlwelser I apparently read the first one in July 2019 so I'm not exactly setting a brisk pace. But I might read 7 soon. Since it's Naomi Novik month. 6mo
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HeyT
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I can‘t believe it‘s already that time of the month again. @TheAromaofBooks has posted the #BookSpin reminder so here‘s my list. New to the list this month are the tagged and Ship of Magic. I‘m excited to see what the draw will be.

ozma.of.oz Sabriel! Woo! ❤️ 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 6mo
bookandbedandtea I love your tagged book! 🐲 6mo
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Mehso-so

This was my #doublespin pick for January. I also used it for my Legacy prompt for Orilium: Gear Up.

I‘m at least intrigued enough to continue but it wasn‘t the best book I‘ve read recently.

#bookspindoublespin #orilium #oriliumgearup

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks I've had this series on my list for a while! 10mo
BacklistReader This first installment wasn‘t bad. Not a lot happened but I‘m hoping book 2 has a bit more action. 10mo
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BookwormAHN
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I loved this book. Captain Laurence captures a French ship during the Napoleonic Wars. On board is a dragon egg that is ready to hatch. And when it does the dragon, Temeraire bonds to him and thus enlists them into His Majesty's Aerial Corps.
#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks
#BBRC #YeahBaby #DragonFantasy @LibrarianRyan
#WickedWords #Luck @AsYouWish
#TheSupernaturalYear #Moose/Squirrel @AkashaVampie
#Pantone2022 #Poinciana @Clwojick

CaitlinR Such a fun series! 11mo
Smarkies Love this book. Need to get to the rest of the series soon. 😁 11mo
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TheAromaofBooks Yay!! I've been meaning to read this series forever - I even own the first book!! 10mo
LibrarianRyan nice 10mo
Roary47 Yay! 10mo
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This was a delightful fantasy adventure story. A naval officer becomes linked to a newborn dragon and their military adventures. I think this is YA? It is very sweet and would be a great first fantasy read if you want to try the genre. 4⭐️
#ReadHarder - Recommended by a friend
#PopSugar - Book by author I read in 2021
#19822022 - 2006

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Nessavamusic
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#WeekendReading

My current reads:
🎧His Majesty‘s Dragon 80%
📖Amari & the Night Brothers - just starting
📖The Worst Guy - 63%

Andrew65 Loved Amari and the Night Brothers. 12mo
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BacklistReader
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I didn‘t post my list this month but here‘s what I‘ll be reading for January‘s #bookspindoublespin

Bookspin: Anne of the Island by L. M. Montgomery

Doublespin: His Majesty‘s Dragon by Naomi Novik

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I love Anne of the Island, and His Majesty's Dragon has been on my TBR for sooo long!! 13mo
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TurnerofPages
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Really cool covers with an amazing flowing spine design!

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TheSpineView
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#Movie2BookRecs @Klou
Prompt: Dragonheart

SpeculativeFemale I love the Temeraire books! 1y
TheSpineView @SpeculativeFemale I read the first one a few months ago. I plan on reading the rest next year! 1y
Klou Perfect! 1y
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TheSpineView
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A book loving dragon! What's not to love about that, I ask you. Yet there is so much more to love in this story. Great prose and awesome characters, action and of course dragons. Enjoyed it all and look forward to seeing where the next book will take Laurence and Temeraire. 4⭐

SpeculativeFemale I love this series! 1y
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TheSpineView
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#sundayfunday in Monday because I forgot yesterday. 🤦‍♀️@ozma.of.oz

🐉Tagged. This book has been on my TBR list for a long time.
🐉 What if Christopher Columbus found South America.
🐉I prefer a positive outcome.

ozma.of.oz Oh that two is a fascinating idea! Thanks for sharing! 1y
TheSpineView @ozma.of.oz 😊 1y
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CaitlinR
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Now this was a hoot! Imagine the Napoleonic War … with dragons! Add in Novik‘s prodigious writing talent, and you‘ve got a great read.

In a naval battle, the HMS Reliant captures a dragon egg. When it hatches, the young creature chooses Captain Laurence as his caretaker and handler. Together, they join the Aerial Corps, learning combat skills, and fighting battles with other dragons protect Britain.

I‘m hooked and will now read the series.

wordslinger42 I haven't finished the series, but loved book one, too! 1y
CaitlinR @wordslinger42 I put a hold on the 2nd at the Lib. Can‘t wait 1y
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llwheeler
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March #doublespin done! (I'm slowly catching up...)

I loved this! Napoleonic war + dragons = right in my wheelhouse. And I knew that all along, so why did I leave it sitting on my shelves for years?! Ah well, happy I've gotten to it now.

#seriesread2021
@TheAromaofBooks @TheSpineView

Readergrrl I enjoyed this book so much! 1y
TheSpineView Great job! 👍📖📚 1y
TheAromaofBooks This one is on my shelf as well!! I really need to get to it!! 1y
llwheeler @TheAromaofBooks I hope you enjoy it when you get to it! 1y
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Twainy
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🎧 An alternate reality where there‘s an “Air Force” of talking dragons fighting during the Napoleonic war … YESSS!

I‘ve only read a few dragon books & found them to be boring. This one is sweet.

Captain Laurence accidentally bonds with a newly hatched dragon liberated from a captured French war ship. He can no longer be a captain, he‘s now responsible for a dragon. A dragon that talks within days of being born. A special dragon.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 👇🏻

Twainy The story revolves around these two with plenty of British military red tape, political posturing & war but mostly it‘s a story of a young dragon & sea captain forging a deep meaningful relationship.

I will continue with these books as this one kept me interested. A quick, easy, fun read! I like the author‘s writing style. The narrator was ok & kept the focus in the book. An enjoyable read.
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TheSpineView I have been meaning to read this. Stacked! 2y
Twainy @TheSpineView I liked Temeaire‘s frank childlike opinions 😁 there‘s a glossary type chapter at the end that lists the types of dragons but the last chapter before that and the interaction between T & Laurence made me want to read book 2 right away but I have some more library books to get through. Easy likable read. Hope you enjoy it. 🤗 2y
TheSpineView @Twainy 👍🤩🌞📚 2y
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theClaySpeaks
Temeraire | Naomi Novik
Pickpick

I was on a long trip & this series turned into my beach read. I first I thought it was YA but even tho there are dragons the issues & conflicts are not simple or unsophisticated. I had not read fantasy lit since high school, so there...

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Chrissyreadit
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TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Oh by the way, I mailed your #LMPBC book back to you yesterday!! Just a couple of little extras in there to thank you for being awesome!! ❤ 2y
Chrissyreadit @TheAromaofBooks thank you- you are awesome 😘🙌❤️ 2y
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imyril
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#WyrdAndWonder (belated) day 21 | fantasy in translation

Embarrassingly, I don‘t seem to have any fantasy translated into English on my shelf (SF? Sure. But it‘s not SciFiMonth)

Erm, have two fantasy books translated into Dutch that I bought to brush up my rusty language skills, and I‘ll go update my wishlist…

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Laughterhp
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Sigh, I didn‘t like this one. Maybe because it‘s so different from her other stuff. I just found this one really boring and dry. I keep trying to read dragon books and I keep not liking them.

#MarvelousMarch
Definitely won‘t be continuing this series.

RamsFan1963 I enjoyed the first 3books, and I think it should have stopped there, because I think the series got weaker as it went along. 2y
Andrew65 Oh dear. 🙈 2y
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TheAromaofBooks
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Oh my gosh @Avanders everything is awesome!!! Thank you so much for these happy books & goodies - I'm especially excited about the tagged book & am in love with these coasters! Also LOSING IT because we both swapped coasters & candles! 😂 Thanks for hosting this super fun #HappilyEverAfter swap @Chrissyreadit !!

AmyG The coasters are beautiful. What a lovely swap. 2y
Yuki_Onna @TheAromaofBooks Ohhhhh... How lovely! ❤ 2y
Chrissyreadit it looks amazing! I love those coasters! 2y
Avanders Yay!!! I know it‘s so awesome we both thought coasters and candles!! 🥰🥰 I‘m glad you like everything ♥️♥️♥️ 2y
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jenniferw88
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I've been really wanting to read the series that goes with the book you tagged. 2y
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MNreader
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Loving this book, but I love dragons so it helps

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BacklistReader
Temeraire | Naomi Novik
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I know next to nothing about this stack.

Any suggestions on where I should start?

#unreadandontheshelf

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Deifio
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Day 8 #20days20series
Set during the Napoleonic wars, but with dragons!

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bookandbedandtea
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The Napoleonic Wars WITH DRAGONS; it's also much more. A navy man well established in his career has to give it all up when he bonds w/ a newly hatched dragon & is forced into the British Aerial Corps. He must contend w/ many of society's rules being upended. (Some of the dragon riders are WOMEN! 😱 And that's not even the worst of it!) It's funny & thrilling & touching because most of all it's about a man & his dragon.
#20series20days @Andrew65

TheAromaofBooks I've been meaning to read these!!! 2y
Andrew65 This is also I series I keep meaning to read. @TheAromaofBooks 2y
Leftcoastzen Love the bottles! 2y
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AllisonM89
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An enjoyable read. Was disappointed at the start because it just wasn't what i expected. Temeraire is a great character. Will eventually get around to the other books.

#jubilantjuly @Andrew65
Book 3 ✔️
#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks
Square 17 ✔️

Andrew65 This is one I want to read. Well done 👏👏👏 3y
AllisonM89 @Andrew65 it is a good read, but for whatever reason, it just wasnt i what i expected at all 3y
TheAromaofBooks I've been meaning to read this one for a while!!! 3y
AllisonM89 @TheAromaofBooks it's good, but feels very different from Novik's other books 3y
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The short of it: talking dragons—yay!

The long(er) of it: There was a lot of scene building, relationship forming, character building, etc. I suppose this is reasonable for the first in a series. I don't know if it was enticing enough for me to continue reading the series. There is some appealing humor.

annahenke I concur wholeheartedly 3y
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There‘s a lot to like in Novik‘s debut (way back in the day). The worldbuilding—Napoleonic Wars WITH dragons—is fantastic, the dragons themselves are equally wonderful, & the writing is really very good, particularly in a debut. It is also true, however that really very little happens. This book, the first in a series, takes its time introducing the world, & the characters before launching into the first real action. A good start. I‘ll read more.

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If 2020 was going according to plan—😂😂😬😂😂—my son & I would be in transit (at this very moment) to Israel to spend the summer excavating a Roman period village. Of course, nothing is going to plan right now...In the spirit of reading only what I already have or can carry with me as I do when I excavate, I‘m going to focus on working my way through my TBR stack—starting with the tagged book. No new books except for preorders & comics. (Ha!)

GatheringBooks This looks like one of her earlier novels. Any good? 3y
TracyReadsBooks @GatheringBooks It is one of her earlier books—originally published in 2006. I‘ve just started it but so far so good—it‘s a retelling of the Napoleonic Wars...with dragons. Novik is a great writer so I‘m hoping for a great story. 3y
bookandbedandtea I really enjoyed this book and the way the dragons were depicted. 🐉 3y
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ravenlee I have this on my shelf but haven‘t gotten to it yet. Interested in your review! 3y
Godpants WEIRD! I just picked up this series from my buildings discard pile last week, and hadn‘t heard of it! 3y
Tracyantoon Excavating a Roman period village sounds like an amazing adventure. Especially with your son. Wow!! So cool. Hope you still get to go when it‘s safer. 3y
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alisonrose
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Now I want my own sweet clever dragon friend! The friendship b/t Laurence & Temeraire is one of the loveliest I‘ve ever read. Really liked how they came to rely on & care deeply for each other. Temeraire was done quite well too. Glad he spoke like a regular person rather than baby talk or Scooby-Do “rut roh” talk. And he has a personality! Or a dragonality! Battle scenes were less interesting but I‘m super eager to continue the series! 4/5 ⭐️

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Temeraire has seemed in most respects mature straight out of the shell, and ever since hatching he had been drinking up knowledge of the world with such enthusiasm that the gaps in his understanding were vanishing with astonishing speed. Laurence no longer thought of him as a creature for whom he was responsible, but rather as an intimate friend, already the dearest in his life, and one to be depended upon without question.

💗💗💗💗💗

AllisonM89 Ok, do i need to make halt all other reading plans and jump into this now?? It's sitting on my shelf and i haven't gotten to it yet.. 3y
alisonrose @AllisonM89 I‘m really loving it! 3y
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alisonrose

Carver, very pale, stepped towards the creature, holding out his hand, which trembled visibly. “Good dragon,” he said; the words sounded rather like a question. “Nice dragon.”

[Picturing this cracked me up 🤣🤣🤣]

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Not sure how I‘ll take to this one. I LOVED Uprooted, Spinning Silver was just okay, and this apparently involves a lot of aerial battle scenes which is not something that typically appeals to me. But it also involves a dragon who loves to read?? Which sounds awesome. 🐉📚 #nowreading

AllisonM89 Can't wait to hear what you think. I also loved Uprooted, but was less impressed by Spinning Silver (in it's defense, i had just finished reading Arden's Winternight Trilogy and i think NOTHING was going to compare to that...) 3y
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Rina_Black

...Temeraire and Lily and Maximus talked and occasionally went aloft for a game of aerial tag.

Dragons playing tag 😍 This book is too cute for me to handle. I've been grinning like an idiot since I started it.

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hwestfall
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Well, times are crazy but I finally got my #lmpbc book in the mail today. Sorry it is a few days late @aeeklund ! It should be there by Monday with a little pack of extra wipes we had 😊 I really enjoyed this book and I hope you do too. It was the perfect book for me to read these last few weeks.

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CrowCAH
Temeraire | Naomi Novik
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#ItsASmallWorld Day 16: #Dumbo
#Disney

I don‘t know of any other animal that flies with it‘s ears, but I did think of dragons! Temeraire is part of the aerial division of the British Royal Navy; and he can talk! Such a great first book!

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hwestfall
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School is out and it‘s Spring Break! I am excited to start my #lmpbc with my fancy pen 😂

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TracyReadsBooks
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Today‘s #SundayShelfie is a family affair. This bookcase was in my son‘s bedroom when he was little but once he learned how to read, he exceeded its capacity. So we got him a bigger one & moved this one into the second floor landing where I used it to house part, a small part, of my TBR stack until my son expanded beyond his bookcase...again. We share it now—top shelf is his, bottom two are mine. Novik‘s book is one I really want to read.

TK-421 ❤️ 3y
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Sammidnightsun
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3rd time reading this series and I still just can‘t get enough

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kdenevi
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First book of the series and I loved it!

bookandbedandtea Me too! Temeraire is a fascinating character. Laurence is too, for that matter. 3y
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