Saturday, April 04, 2015

2015 book 81

Naomi Novik's Throne of Jade
The second Temeraire book involves a long journey to China and some really fascinating international diplomacy. It is, weirdly, more gory than the first book, despite not really involving any actual warfare. Still really good stuff, and I like how Novik is using the traditional way/sea journey sorts of books and layering dragons and social justice over top of them (I am psyched to see some dragon reforms!). I'm not sure about the handling of China in this one--it certainly reflects 1800s thinking, but I wished for some of Novik's twist on societal/historical views. A/A-.

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