Fantasy Checklist Challenge: Dragons

~Posted by Jenny C.

Oh, Dragons! How do I even begin?

I mean, we’ve recently had a post that featured the Mother of Dragons — and by that I mean Anne McCaffrey (sorry Khaleesi).

And my friend Misha’s post captured three of my all time favorite dragon fantasiesTemeraire, (Master and Commander with dragons), Tooth and Claw, (Dickensian succession drama) and A Natural History of Dragons. The good news there is that Voyage of the Basilisk has just come out, and continues Lady’s Trent’s captivating alt-Victorian memoirs in high style, this time studying sea serpents.

DragonFlightHis Majesty's Dragon Tooth and Claw Voyage of the Basilisk Continue reading “Fantasy Checklist Challenge: Dragons”

Romantic Wednesdays: Dragon Romance

Would you like to be part of “A Festival of Dragons” this weekend? It’s the theme of this year’s RustyCon, the science fiction and fantasy convention happening this weekend (January 17-19) at the Seattle Airport Marriott Hotel.

sky dragons by todd mccaffreyIn honor of their Dragon theme, this Romantic Wednesday will be devoted to Dragons in romance. And yes, that is a thing.

The first dragon romance all too many of us read is probably Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern, starting with Dragonflight, Dragonquest and The White Dragon. The fantastic, empathic dragons save the day! The series still continues, now written by Anne’s son Todd McCaffrey. His  latest book in the series is Sky Dragons.  If you ever loved Pern, perhaps it’s time for a visit? Continue reading “Romantic Wednesdays: Dragon Romance”

Science Fiction Friday: The three best 19th century fantasies. Oh, also with dragons!

natural history of dragonsA Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir By Lady Trent by Marie Brennan
An irrepressible young woman in a stifling alternate history Victorian age finds action and adventure when her new husband takes her on an expedition to study dragons in their natural environment. The way the author uses little period details to flesh out the world is instantly absorbing. A winning feminist fantasy with a subtle touch and a colorful protagonist. Continue reading “Science Fiction Friday: The three best 19th century fantasies. Oh, also with dragons!”

Science Fiction Fridays: The romance of histories that never were

Spring is in the air and it’s got me in the mood for some light, but never fluffy, romantic fantasies. This past week, I read three alternate histories that had romance and magic in abundance. What books would you suggest for a great alternate history with a gripping love story? Continue reading “Science Fiction Fridays: The romance of histories that never were”