The Tropic of Serpents (A Memoir by Lady Trent #2)

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Title: The Tropic of Serpents

Series: A Memoir by Lady Trent #2

Author: Marie Brennan

Rating: 1 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 332

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

Thus proclaimed Bookstooge, the Sage of the Diet of Sohdah and Utterer of Deep Mysteries, whilst traveling upon the highways and byways.

 

3 Dooms I pronounce against thee! Let all hear and tremble at my words.

 

DooM

21st Century Cant spewed, out of Time and Place

My soul loathes such an abomination

 

DoOoM

Where 10 words would do, yay 5 would suffice, 30 were squandered

Garner not my attention with vain repetitions and overly long descriptive paragraphs, for such things the Indies do, thinking to make their books be read on high

In the end, I cast them down into the pit, into the mire, to languish and such shall be done to thee

 

DoOoOoM

Bore. Me. Not.

Am I a god? Am I not mortal, like thee, with a mortal’s lifespan?

Waste not my time, thou wretch, lest thou be consigned to the Dust Heaps of History

 

Here ends the 3 Dooms of Bookstooge

 

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A Natural History of Dragons (A Memoir by Lady Trent #1)

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Title: A Natural History of Dragons

Series: A Memoir by Lady Trent

Author: Marie Brennan

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 335

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

Synopsis: Spoilers

Isabella has always wanted to know more about dragons, ever since she was a young girl. But living in Victorian Times limits her options severely.

Thankfully, her parents are smart and marry her off to a man who is also interested in dragons. Before you know it, Isabella has wheedled her way into an expedition to study dragons. An expedition where she learns how rough the outside world is, where they uncover a scheme of great wealth and eventually where her husband dies.

All told from the perspective of Isabella, now Lady Trent, in her 80’s as she looks back over her life.

 

My Thoughts:

The only other Marie Brennan book I’ve read was Doppleganger, and it was so bad that I DNF’d it back in ’10. With that in the back of my mind, I went into this read with a bit of hesitation.

Thankfully, this was a grand read and it scratched that Victorian itch I get every couple of years [and which I usually fill with a Jane Austen]. I liked the Memoir style and the interjections by Lady Trent kept things from getting too intense. Watching Isabella go from a young girl who bribed her maid to let her read books from her father’s library to a young widow who has to figure out how to get on with life, Isabella comes across as a real person, which for a fictionalized woman in an alternate world with dragons, is pretty good.

At times I wondered if I was reading the same author as Doppleganger but I guess the genre and memoir style were more to my liking and that always helps.