Dragons and Jetpacks

Dragons & Jetpacks: Books of the Month, June 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!

A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan


All the world, from Scirland to the farthest reaches of Eriga, know Isabella, Lady Trent, to be the world’s preeminent dragon naturalist. She is the remarkable woman who brought the study of dragons out of the misty shadows of myth and misunderstanding into the clear light of modern science. But before she became the illustrious figure we know today, there was a bookish young woman whose passion for learning, natural history, and, yes, dragons defied the stifling conventions of her day.

Here at last, in her own words, is the true story of a pioneering spirit who risked her reputation, her prospects, and her fragile flesh and bone to satisfy her scientific curiosity; of how she sought true love and happiness despite her lamentable eccentricities; and of her thrilling expedition to the perilous mountains of Vystrana, where she made the first of many historic discoveries that would change the world forever.

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley


Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs, all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone harbouring an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations, where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress…

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

7 thoughts on “Dragons & Jetpacks: Books of the Month, June 2014”

  1. I loved Brave New World when I read it a few years ago. It felt less bleak but just as profound as 1984. I should hop over to the group, see what everyone else thinks of it (:

    1. Yes, do! 😀 I’ll probably read Brave New World first. I actually have a copy of A Natural History of Dragons on my Kindle from Netgalley, and I should have reviewed it ages ago…

  2. I have started but never finished Brave New World – somehow I just couldn’t get past the first chapter or two. Maybe it’s time I try again?

  3. A Natural History of Dragons looks so cool! *_* Have you seen that NatGeo documentary/mockumentary (fake documentary? Fantasy documentary?) where scientists find a dragon and discuss what kind of life/biology a dragon would have?

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