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A Natural History of Dragons

door Marie Brennan

Andere auteurs: Rhys Davies (Maps), Todd Lockwood (Illustrator)

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Reeksen: Lady Trent's Memoirs (1)

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Isabella, Lady Trent, known as the world's preeminent dragon naturalist, writes her memoir detailing how she sought true love and happiness despite her lamentable eccentricities; and of her thrilling expedition to the perilous mountains of Vystrana, where she made the first of many historic dragon discoveries that would change the world forever.… (meer)
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There's a cool story in there somewhere but it is delivered in the most boring way possible. ( )
  jamestomasino | Sep 11, 2021 |
Isabella -- well-travelled, unabashedly unconventional, strong minded, and passionate about dragons -- tells of her childhood obsession with dragons began, and how, aged nineteen, she joined an expedition to study the rock-wyrms of Vystrana.

This is such a novel and interesting approach to dragons. Isabella’s adventures are eventful, and her observations are astute and often delightfully expressed. Because she’s looking back on her youth, she’s able to comment on things that her nineteen year old self didn’t recognise or appreciate. This introduces a level of nuance, and self-awareness, which the narrative might have otherwise lacked.

But it also makes it easy for Isabella, at key points in the story, to create distance between her narrative and her nineteen year old self’s emotions. I came away feeling unsure if I found the ending satisfying and unsure if I wanted to read more. As a reader, I’m HERE for the emotions.

Be warned, then: the collected volumes of this series will contain frozen mountains, foetid swamps, hostile foreigners, hostile fellow countrymen, the occasional hostile family member, bad decisions, misadventures in orienteering, diseases of an unromantic sort, and a plenitude of mud. You continue at your own risk. It is not for the faint of heart -- no more so than the study of dragons itself. But such a study offers rewards beyond compare; to stand in the presence of a dragon, even for the briefest of moments -- even at the risk of one’s life -- is a delight that, once experienced, can never be forgotten. ( )
  Herenya | Jun 13, 2021 |
Was not sure what to expect. Really loved it! The narrator was exceptionally well suited.
The tale begins in what seems to be an alternative Englandverse rather in a steampunk sort of way, with our protagonist as a young girl who is just too intelligent and science minded to fit in. When her family decides to marry her off, her father gives her a list, and the less likely candidate finds her to be just the sort of companion that he dared not hope to find. She maneuvers and manipulates others into sending them off to a cold, mountainous place known to be an excellent place to study the taxonomy of dragons, and soon become embroiled in local politics and the quest to find a way of stabilizing dragon bones. There is adventure and high drama, good times and despair. Truly an enjoyable read for all sorts of nerds.
No sex scenes present or required. ( )
  jetangen4571 | May 28, 2021 |
Your enjoyment of this book is going to depend entirely on how you feel about the idea "it's like a Victorian lady's scientific travel memoir but with dragons." Brennan plays it pretty straight. In this first book, Lady Trent is telling the story of her first dragon expedition and if you're not interested in hearing theories about dragon bones and dragon eating habits mixed with some cultural misunderstandings with the locals she's staying with, then this book is going to be boring for you. The best comparison I can make honestly is that if you enjoyed the enthusiastic whale essays in Moby Dick, then you'll probably enjoy this. Which I do so I did. ( )
  jobinsonlis | May 11, 2021 |
This was an entertaining enough light read - reminded me of the Elizabeth Peters Egypt books. But I don't think I enjoyed it enough to bother with the rest of the series. ( )
  infjsarah | Mar 17, 2021 |
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AuteursnaamRolType auteurWerk?Status
Marie Brennanprimaire auteuralle editiesberekend
Davies, RhysMapsSecundaire auteuralle editiesbevestigd
Lockwood, ToddIllustratorSecundaire auteuralle editiesbevestigd
Collins, GregOntwerperSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Lockwood, ToddArtiest omslagafbeeldingSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Reading, KateVertellerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd

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Not a day goes by that the post does not bring me at least one letter from a young person (or sometimes one not so young) who wishes to follow in my footsteps and become a dragon naturalist.
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When I was seven, I found a sparkling lying dead on a bench at the edge of the woods which formed the back boundary of our garden, that the groundskeeper had not yet cleared away.
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I had just discovered the wishbone when I heard a shout behind me, and turned to see a stableboy staring at me in horror.

While he bolted off, I began frantically trying to cover my mess, dragging hay over the disembodied body of the dove, but so distressed was I that the main result was to make myself look even worse than before. By the time Mama arrived on the scene, I was covered in blood and bits of dove-flesh, feathers and hay, and more than a few tears.
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Isabella, Lady Trent, known as the world's preeminent dragon naturalist, writes her memoir detailing how she sought true love and happiness despite her lamentable eccentricities; and of her thrilling expedition to the perilous mountains of Vystrana, where she made the first of many historic dragon discoveries that would change the world forever.

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