Tongues of Serpents

Tongues of SerpentsI have been a pretty good fan of this series, but unfortunately, I've grown tired of it by now.

This isn't dragons against Napoleon anymore. This isn't an intrigue in China. This is exile to Australia.

Long treks, dragon eggs, and filler await us. Maybe it's because I took almost a decade to return to the series or I burned out, but this didn't capture my imagination. Almost at all. No hope for glory, just establishing a colony? For dragons?

This is how the world ends. With a whimper, not a bang.

Not sure I'll continue with the last novels, but since Novik has proven herself pretty good with the mythology retellings, I will continue there. :) This is as wellwritten as the earlier books, with great dialogue, and I very much enjoyed the characters. But the story is a little dull, particularly in comparison with the previous book. Our heroes spend most of the time traipsing around in Australia in the middle of nowhere.

I didn't see much point to the plot, and the Aviators seemed disorganized and unprofessional; an impression I don't remember getting from the earlier books. It's also beginning to seem odd that Europe is the only place in the world where dragons are used only for warfare, and used inefficiently at that.

I read Patrick O'Brian's The Mauritius Command not long ago, and it was neat to see both the Néréide and the Otter show up here. I also enjoyed the depiction of Bligh. As Granby observes: "It seems to me after a fellow has been mutinied against three or four times, there is something to it besides bad luck."
October 2010

Tongues of Serpents brings William Laurence, his dragon Temeraire, their friends Granby and Iskierka, and three dragon eggs, to the colony of Sydney in New South Walesbut not for long. The governor of New South Wales has been overthrown, but Laurence is in no mood for politics. Instead, Laurence and Granby agree to take their dragons, along with the first egg hatched to one of Laurence's old rivals, Captain Rankin, on a simple mission into Australia's interior. There, the second egg is stolenand everything falls to pieces.

Seriously. The book just trips over its own feet and breaks its nose. It's not a pretty sight.

I was dismayed, at the end of Victory of Eagles, to see Laurence and Temeraire exiled to Australia. Although they had committed treason against the Crown (wellintentioned treason, but treason nonetheless), I expected that their actions defending England from Napoleon's invasion would have earned them a pardon. That didn't happen, and they were shipped away to Australiaand away from England, the Aerial Corps, and most importantly, the War. Surely this was the end of the series, and a bleak end at that. Seriously, what would happen in Australia?

Nothing much. Minor political squabbles, which Laurence thankfully avoided; minor smuggling issues, which Laurence and Temeraire followed for most of the book until the lackluster conclusion; and a really long, really drawnout, really boring and pointless chase sequence, which took up more than a third of the book, after the theft of the egg, and was resolved in a swift and unsatisfactory way towards the end. A few new dragons appear, a few minor characters are allowed some amount of development while a few others get some conclusion and a chance to disappear, and there's a bit of a battle at the end, but nothing much seems to come of it.

I hate to criticize Tongues of Serpents so much; Naomi Novik's dragonsin18thCenturyEngland mashup is pretty damn fantastic, and I've been a fan of the books and the world she constructed since I picked up His Majesty's Dragon in 2006. This book is the first time I've been disappointed. Hopefully it's a minor hiccup in the series, and the next books (supposedly three more) pick up, continue, and conclude the adventures of Laurence and Temeraire with the same levels of energy and adventure that made the first five books so great. I have said previously that Naomi Novik hasn't hit a sour note, nor made a wrong step throughout her Temeraire series. I guess this is what I get for speaking too soon. Naomi Novik is still an extremely consistent writer, and whenever I've picked up a Temeraire book I've had a remarkably accurate idea of what to expect from the novel.

Simply put, however, this one was the exception and it proved to be a bit of a disappointment. It's the smallest Temeraire book, yet it felt like it was the longest because I started waiting for it to get over. It is, by far, the weakest of the series.

Now... I'll make a confession. I have a sorta kinda [not so]secret crush on Naomi Novik. Is it the cute glasswearing nerdy look she has going on, combined with her devotion to nerdy things like D&D? Sure, sure. Of course. Is it also those previous traits combined with an adorable interest in the Napoleonic era (which happens to be a favorite of mine too)? Yep! Absolutely! All are contributors to my fancrush on her. BUT still the biggest draw to her is that she is a woman who isn't afraid to use my favorite punctuation mark: The Semicolon! I love semicolons. When an English professor tells you not to use a semicolon, they are wrong; they are dead wrong. You should tell them they are are wrong by using many semicolons; you can even write them a letter telling them how wrong they are. You could paint a mural on their office wall; of course, a mural should be covered with semicolons. A mural on an English professor's wall should always be covered with semicolons, for a very important reason; semicolons are sexy.

Which is why Naomi Novik painfully broke my heart with Tongues of Serpents; she abused my beloved semicolon. Gone was the finetuned sentence structure of The Black Powder War; gone was the easy flowing words of Victory of Eagles. Gone was sanity!

Instead: with Tongues of Serpents, we were subjected to crazy sentence structure; and willynilly punctuation. And my poor; poor semicolons were simply, abused; wasted; defiled I say! Their magic was juiced out: wrung out; and my tears wet the pages in sadness; forevermore.

Oh, I forgot to mention. It was also kinda boring. Does stuff happen? Kinda. There's an egg chase, which seems to not work out for anybody in the end. That's about it. Oh, and there's mealtime. Sometimes. :( 3.5 stars.

This will be quite a short review as I am honestly running out of things to say about this series. And at 6 books in I feel like people are either committed to reading the series till the end so my opinion will probably make little difference or they’ve already abandoned the series already and so are probably not even looking at reviews anyway.

Although I still enjoyed this book it felt a lot like a ‘filler’ in the series. I think the author decided that Temeraire and Laurence had to spend at least some time (view spoiler)

An avid reader of fantasy literature since age six, when she first made her way through The Lord of the Rings, Naomi Novik is also a history buff with a particular interest in the Napoleonic era and a fondness for the work of Patrick O’Brian and Jane Austen. She studied English literature at Brown University, and did graduate work in computer science at Columbia University before leaving to partic

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    October 2010

    Tongues of Serpents brings William Laurence, his dragon Temeraire, their friends Granby and Iskierka, and three dragon eggs, to the colony of Sydney in New South Walesbut not for long. The governor of New South Wales has been overthrown, but Laurence is in no mood for politics. Instead, Laurence and Granby agree to take their dragons, along with the first egg hatched to one of Laurence's old rivals, Captain Rankin, on a simple mission into Australia's interior. There, the second egg is stolenand everything falls to pieces.

    Seriously. The book just trips over its own feet and breaks its nose. It's not a pretty sight.

    I was dismayed, at the end of Victory of Eagles, to see Laurence and Temeraire exiled to Australia. Although they had committed treason against the Crown (wellintentioned treason, but treason nonetheless), I expected that their actions defending England from Napoleon's invasion would have earned them a pardon. That didn't happen, and they were shipped away to Australiaand away from England, the Aerial Corps, and most importantly, the War. Surely this was the end of the series, and a bleak end at that. Seriously, what would happen in Australia?

    Nothing much. Minor political squabbles, which Laurence thankfully avoided; minor smuggling issues, which Laurence and Temeraire followed for most of the book until the lackluster conclusion; and a really long, really drawnout, really boring and pointless chase sequence, which took up more than a third of the book, after the theft of the egg, and was resolved in a swift and unsatisfactory way towards the end. A few new dragons appear, a few minor characters are allowed some amount of development while a few others get some conclusion and a chance to disappear, and there's a bit of a battle at the end, but nothing much seems to come of it.

    I hate to criticize Tongues of Serpents so much; Naomi Novik's dragonsin18thCenturyEngland mashup is pretty damn fantastic, and I've been a fan of the books and the world she constructed since I picked up His Majesty's Dragon in 2006. This book is the first time I've been disappointed. Hopefully it's a minor hiccup in the series, and the next books (supposedly three more) pick up, continue, and conclude the adventures of Laurence and Temeraire with the same levels of energy and adventure that made the first five books so great. I have said previously that Naomi Novik hasn't hit a sour note, nor made a wrong step throughout her Temeraire series. I guess this is what I get for speaking too soon. Naomi Novik is still an extremely consistent writer, and whenever I've picked up a Temeraire book I've had a remarkably accurate idea of what to expect from the novel.

    Simply put, however, this one was the exception and it proved to be a bit of a disappointment. It's the smallest Temeraire book, yet it felt like it was the longest because I started waiting for it to get over. It is, by far, the weakest of the series.

    Now... I'll make a confession. I have a sorta kinda [not so]secret crush on Naomi Novik. Is it the cute glasswearing nerdy look she has going on, combined with her devotion to nerdy things like D&D? Sure, sure. Of course. Is it also those previous traits combined with an adorable interest in the Napoleonic era (which happens to be a favorite of mine too)? Yep! Absolutely! All are contributors to my fancrush on her. BUT still the biggest draw to her is that she is a woman who isn't afraid to use my favorite punctuation mark: The Semicolon! I love semicolons. When an English professor tells you not to use a semicolon, they are wrong; they are dead wrong. You should tell them they are are wrong by using many semicolons; you can even write them a letter telling them how wrong they are. You could paint a mural on their office wall; of course, a mural should be covered with semicolons. A mural on an English professor's wall should always be covered with semicolons, for a very important reason; semicolons are sexy.

    Which is why Naomi Novik painfully broke my heart with Tongues of Serpents; she abused my beloved semicolon. Gone was the finetuned sentence structure of The Black Powder War; gone was the easy flowing words of Victory of Eagles. Gone was sanity!

    Instead: with Tongues of Serpents, we were subjected to crazy sentence structure; and willynilly punctuation. And my poor; poor semicolons were simply, abused; wasted; defiled I say! Their magic was juiced out: wrung out; and my tears wet the pages in sadness; forevermore.

    Oh, I forgot to mention. It was also kinda boring. Does stuff happen? Kinda. There's an egg chase, which seems to not work out for anybody in the end. That's about it. Oh, and there's mealtime. Sometimes. :( 3.5 stars.

    This will be quite a short review as I am honestly running out of things to say about this series. And at 6 books in I feel like people are either committed to reading the series till the end so my opinion will probably make little difference or they’ve already abandoned the series already and so are probably not even looking at reviews anyway.

    Although I still enjoyed this book it felt a lot like a ‘filler’ in the series. I think the author decided that Temeraire and Laurence had to spend at least some time (view spoiler)

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