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Tongues of Serpents

Book cover: Tongues of Serpents - Naomi Novik (UK hardcover, stylised woodcut design - dragons, colonial buildings and gum trees)Will Laurence and Temeraire have been banished to Australia to establish new breeding grounds, convicts in all but name. But the colony is mutinous, its Governor in exile, and the continent hazardous, with no obvious opportunities for redemption…

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DiverseAThon 2017: what I’ll be reading

The world can be a dark and scary place. But it doesn’t have to be. Yesterday, there were marches globally for equality and a better future. Today sees the start of the 2nd DiverseAThon with very similar goals: equal representation; equal voice. The weeklong read-a-thon is hosted by Booktubers Christina Marie, Joce,  MonicaWhitney and Simon – and for us bloggy types, Naz has created a sign-up at ReadDiverseBooks.

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A Closed and Common Orbit (week 4): if it’s not alright, it’s not the end

It’s the final week of the @SFFreadalong of A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers, so ‘ware major spoilers for the finale! This week we’re hosted by Mogsy from The Bibliosanctum as we reach a new crisis point that will test Sidra and Pepper’s loyalties and their commitment. Will it be a happy ending?

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A Closed and Common Orbit (week 3): this princess doesn’t need rescuing

It’s week 3 of the @SFFreadalong of A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers, so we’re inevitably into spoiler territory: proceed with caution! This week we’re hosted by Lynn from Lynn’s Book Blog.

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Victory of Eagles

Book cover: Victory of Eagles - Naomi Novik (UK hardcover, stylised woodcut design of London and dragons)Captain Will Laurence has been sentenced to death for treason. He will continue to live only so long as Temeraire, banished to the Welsh breeding grounds, continues to cooperate. With British dragondom badly depleted by sickness, Napoleon seizes his chance to invade. Can our boys earn their freedom in defence of King and country?

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A Closed and Common Orbit (week 2): the art of being human

Welcome to the second week of the @SFFReadalong of A Closed and Common Orbit. This week, we find Sidra struggling to adapt to her new existence as she searches for a way to come to terms with the kit. In the past, Jane must face her fears if she is to survive in the shuttle.

Still early enough to be practically spoiler free

A Closed and Common Orbit (week 1): across the uncanny valley

It’s time to dive back into deep space with the read-along for A Closed and Common Orbit, the much-anticipated sequel to last year’s break-out debut The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet. This week we’re hosted by Lisa from Over the Effing Rainbow – we’ll be reading through December so if you’re interested in participating, hop on over to the SF/F Read-Along group to join the discussion.

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Empire of Ivory: doing the right things

Book cover: Empire of Ivory - Naomi Novik (UK hardcover, stylised woodcut design of dragons, jungle plants and African animals)Laurence and Temeraire return home to discover that British dragons are dying of a fatal illness. The Aerial Corps is grounded, leaving the country exposed to Napoleon and Lien. A belated insight dispatches the boys and their ailing friends to Africa in the hope of finding a cure – but nobody has ever returned from an expedition to the interior…


Black Powder War: the long way to a small angry dragon

Book cover: Black Powder War - Naomi Novik (a red dragon coiled about a glass bauble holding a field gun)Temeraire and Laurence are becalmed in Macau when new orders arrive, bidding them hasten to Istanbul to collect much-needed eggs. Our boys have a desperate choice: to dare the dangerous overland route or go by sea and risk arriving months too late for the hatching. Will they make it in time?

Vengeance, duty and flamboyant new friends

Thieving Thursday: The Republic of Thieves 6

In Espara, the game has run its course: can the Bastards stage a play and get away with murder? In Karthain, it’s time for truth and consequences: who is Locke Lamora – and what is Patience’s true game?

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Thieving Thursday: The Republic of Thieves 5

Locke and Sabetha get a lot of practice at being star-crossed lovers this week. In Espara, Baron Boulidazi unwittingly comes between his ‘noble cousins’ at every opportunity. In Karthain, Patience would rather the would-be lovers kept their mind solely on the Five-Year Game. Will the pair ever find a time and a place to put aside their tempers and pursue their passion?

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I’ve done a reasonable job of staying on top of my NetGalley eARCs, but I have quite a haul direct from authors and publishers that are prickling my conscience. And that look amazing. So hooray for ARC August, the perfect time to get on top of them. My goal is to read 4, because I’ve got other commitments too (not to mention a lot on at work!) with a stretch goal of 6.

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