From the Editorial Page of the Falchester Weekly Review
After risking the neck of her loved ones and herself during her perilous sea voyage aboard The Basilisk, and the discoveries made at Keonga, Isabella, Lady Trent, returns to Scirland with the aim of publishing her research. And yet, given the level of secret knowledge she now posses, she is reduced to waiting to reveal her new academic discovery until royal decrees can be...more
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This very short story with the lengthy title is part of the MEMOIRS OF LADY TRENT fantasy series, which is set in a Victorian era-like world, with dragons. Isabella Camherst, Lady Trent, travels the world to study dragons in their native habitats, despite resistance from some men who look down on headstrong women who refuse to stay in the kitchen.
In this humorous story, related through a series of letters to the editor of the Falchester Wee ...more
I guess this is sort of what a Victorian-era flame war might look like. :) The letters were written shortly after ...more
Formatted as a series of letters to the editor, the literary sniping is a fun way to fill in the gaps of a story for yourself.
Definitely read it if you're looking for more Edwardian/Victorian fantasy like Sorcerer to the Crown, Shades of Milk and Honey, or Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. Just possibly sillier. And with extra dragons.
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Clever and fun, these 'letters to the Editor' reveal the controversy that arises when the exhibition of a specimen of the legendary "cockatrice" is challenged by the well-known naturalist and dragon expert, Lady Trent. ...more
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Academics snarking and throwing shade at each other is delightful. The 'punchline' had me literally laughing out loud in bed. Lady Trent is an excellent role model for women and academics alike. ...more
I do think that it might have been better to have actually read it after the 3rd book, but there you go. ...more
This is a fun little story with a delicious payoff that might help entertain you while waiting for the next book. Although it makes mention of events in other books, they're minimal and you can still get a lot out of the story ...more
I think Isabella shines when she is politely snarking at other people. It's a beautiful thing to behold.
I hope that Brennan continues this little series of Isabella writing letters to editors complaining about other people's shoddy research. It's a particular pet peeve of mine, especially in the educational and linguistic field. So much of current research in those fields is shoddy. The sample sizes are miniscule, the terms aren't adequately defined, th ...more
Story (4/5): This is a really short read, takes 5 minutes to read. It’s less of a story than a series of letters published in a newspaper between Lady Trent and one of her scientific colleagues. The final letter is published by the newspaper itself and has a funny twist to it.
Characters (4/5): Lady Trent is the main character in this series, I love her sardonic wit and her willingness to act when a situation demands it.
It is a set of fictional letters started when Isabella, Lady Trent, challenges the author of a scientifically questionable notice in the Falchester Weekly Review. As it is set in Victorian-like world, the correspondences are published in the Review.
From the Editorial Page of the Falchester We ...more
I personally enjoyed this one a lot, there’s nothing better than seeing Isabella use her sharp tongue to put someone in their ...more
Thank you Tor.com for providing a free copy of this short story via your official webpage!
It is surprising how much I loved this novella. Despite short, it really encapsulated the personality of each characters present in the story. The mentions of the islands and places of the fictional world is nothing but curious. Moreover, it gave room for interest with regards to the desire to read the series in which this novella is based.
You can read the novella for fr ...more
If you like the series: do not ruin your fun by going here and jump directly to #4. (Which I should hav ...more
but- as with “Mad Maudlin”, the novella of hers available from Tor and here (I’ve also read A Natural History of Dragons), people aware enough of the relevant history and ongoing serious daybyday problems in paleontology (or in the latter, psychology - from the patient/consumer’s side as well) will immediately see how these stories are taken closely from real life.
These are a bunch of angry letters exchanged between Isabella - Lady Trent and the author of a spurious research article!
These letters are directed as 'Letters to the Editor' and is reminiscent of the times when people would send strongly-worded letters to the newspapers. Love the debate and the conclusion.
This is just 10-pages long, free to read, and perfect for those looking to bump up their Goodreads Challenge! ...more
Marie Brennan is a former anthropologist and folklorist who shamelessly pillages her academic fields for material. She recently misapplied her professors' hard work to Turning Darkness Into Light, a sequel to the Hugo Award-nominated series The Memoirs of Lady Trent. As half of M.A. Carrick, she is also the author of The Mask of Mirrors, first in the Rook and Rose ...more