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July 09, 2009
I enjoyed this book quite a lot and have since purchased the follow ups in the series. The writing style is so classicly English you will double-check the publishing date to be sure it was not written by Jane Austen or another contemporary.
A great adventure.
May 11, 2009
One of the best books i've ever read
Adventure for everyone. At 65, I loved it.
April 13, 2009
It was difficult to put the book down. I was very involved emotionally with the dragon. It was love at first hatch. He was a perfect being waiting to be fed. His handler did a splendid job giving him the basics for making good decisions. Today, most families are at some degree of dysfunction. This story shows me the importance of explaining the reasons for decisions as soon as possible, before assumptions run crazy.
Horatio Hornblower and the Dragon
November 25, 2008
Ms. Novik takes a fantasy twist on the alternate history genre, adding dragons to the Napoleonic era tools of war.
I enjoyed the pacing and plot of this first book in her series. Seems to be much written of dragons lately and those books are not my favorites. However, I am a fan of the Hornblower novels and I found this pleasantly comparable.
Although there is some swashbuckling adventure, most of the enjoyment for the reader is in the discovery --- we follow our former sea captain come aviator as he finds his way in military service with dragons and forms deep bonds with "his" dragon. There is a good deal of information on the dragon breeds and their uses, but it never goes into the minute details of military armament you find in a Tom Clancy book. The author saves much of the details for an afterward. Overall, the book is well-balanced and enjoyable.
I look forward to reading the rest of the series.