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Crucible of Gold by Naomi Novik
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it was amazing

Ok, this book, this series.

Yes, the premise (the Napoleanic era + Dragons)is shamefully ridiculous. No need to doubt your judgement there.

But the execution? Oh Sweet Merciful Lord, soooo good. It's light, it's fluffy, and it's flawless. The best treat is the characterizations of the main characters of the the Dragon and his Captain, but you go far enough into it and there's even some substance - meditations on how the war to fight Napoleon (good)balances against the preservation of the worst aspects of the British Empire (bad) or, even deeper, how the presence of an intelligent (but very differently intelligent) companion species could influence the development of human culture on levels both discrete and extraordinary.

The post-plagues Incan empire with its dragon dominated economy is a distinct jewel of this book. Right down to very distinctly alien manifestations of demand, justice and consent and how they interact with more baseline human drives you have a fictional society in the best traditions of the genre. The economic issues for the society she presents, for example, are just marvelous not simply because of what she makes to evoke the society but in terms of what it illustrates in our psychology by imagining a very different idea of demand being used as the primary drive behind the marketplace.
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March 29, 2012 – Started Reading
March 29, 2012 – Shelved
April 13, 2012 – Finished Reading

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Inky Belka brilliant review, I totally agree

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