The Temeraire series has rapidly become one of my favourite book franchises. After all; Napoleonic history with sentient dragons, what is there not to love? So far the stories have taken William Laurence and his dragon companion Temeraire from the training grounds in Scotland to China, Western Europe and the heart of Africa. Book six, Tongues of Serpents, sees them land in Australia.
This is one of the most brilliantly clever books I’ve read in ages. Imagine if you mixed the DNA of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None with the plot of Inception and then added the suspense and menace of the very best Doctor Who episodes…the result would be something close to The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. Don’t worry, this review is spoiler free.
This month, for the first time in my life, I joined a book club. It’s not something I’ve ever quite felt brave enough to do before – I’m anything but a social butterfly and I’m aware that being socially awkward and having fairly esoteric taste in books might not always endear me to other people. However, a friend from work was starting one and I thought I would at least give one meeting a try.
This was very much a cover-orientated choice for me. I saw the words ‘Orient Express’ and ‘Agatha Christie’ and immediately decided it was the sort of thing I must inevitably enjoy. I anticipated that it would involve Agatha Christie encountering a real murder on her journey aboard the famous train. As it turns out, it’s not a murder mystery at all. It is however, a rather enjoyable read!
Master & Commander has been the first of my 2018 books to be a reread rather than a first-time read. I can’t recall when I first read the novel, though I know it was before I left home for uni, but I do think I was a bit too young to really appreciate some of the nuance in it.