Dragons and Jetpacks

Dragons & Jetpacks: Books of the Month, March 2014


Dragons & Jetpacks is a science fiction and fantasy bookgroup, based on Goodreads. The group is open to all, all that is required is a Goodreads account. We read two books a month, one fantasy and one sci-fi – the second week of each month is when members make suggestions, and the third is used for voting. We’re always happy to meet fellow fans of the genres, so you’re more than welcome to join the group!

The Red Knight by Christopher Miles


Twenty eight florins a month is nowhere near enough when a wyvern’s jaws snap shut on your helmet in the hot stink of battle, and the beast starts to rip the head from your shoulders. But if standing and fighting is hard, leading a company of men – or worse, a company of mercenaries – against the smart, deadly creatures of the Wild is even harder.

It takes all the advantages of birth, training, and the luck of the devil to do it.

The Red Knight has all three, he has youth on his side, and he’s determined to turn a profit. So when he hires his company out to protect an Abbess and her nunnery, it’s just another job. The abby is rich, the nuns are pretty and the monster preying on them is nothing he can’t deal with.

Only it’s not just a job. It’s going to be a war…

Leviathan Wakes (Expanse #1) by James S.A. Corey


Humanity has colonized the solar system – Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond – but the stars are still out of our reach.

Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, “The Scopuli,” they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. A secret that someone is willing to kill for – and kill on a scale unfathomable to Jim and his crew. War is brewing in the system unless he can find out who left the ship and why.

Detective Miller is looking for a girl. One girl in a system of billions, but her parents have money and money talks. When the trail leads him to “The Scopuli” and rebel sympathizer Holden, he realizes that this girl may be the key to everything.

Holden and Miller must thread the needle between the Earth government, the Outer Planet revolutionaries, and secretive corporations – and the odds are against them. But out in the Belt, the rules are different, and one small ship can change the fate of the universe.

Have you read either of this month’s picks? What did you think?


6 thoughts on “Dragons & Jetpacks: Books of the Month, March 2014”

  1. Going to have to try The Ref Knight again I think. I bounced off it because it had too many rwsl world references for my liking, but have been told all will make since eventually.

    Corey’s book is pretty good, but I prefers Abrshams current fantasy series myself.

  2. I’ve been loving the James S.A. Corey series. The second one has been my favorite thus far, but its been a close race between all three. Can’t wait for Cibola Burn in June.

    1. Glad to hear some support for this one =D Looks brilliant, sort of Firefly-ish in a way? I showed it to my dad, who is a massive science fiction fan, and he was ready to take it from me and read it there and then before I explained I needed to read it this month!

      1. There is a bit of a Firefly vibe to Holden’s story, that is for sure. If you like space opera then you should enjoy this. The story is intriguing and the characters keep your attention riveted to what is happening.

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