Dragons and Jetpacks

Dragons & Jetpacks: Books of the Month, July 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 Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson


Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soiless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter.

It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for Shardblades. Wars were fought for them, and won by them.

One such war rages on a ruined landscape called the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin, who traded his medical apprenticeship for a spear to protect his little brother, has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, where ten armies fight separately against a single foe, he struggles to save his men and to fathom the leaders who consider them expendable.

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell


The narrators hear their echoes in history and change their destinies in ways great and small, in a study of humanity’s dangerous will to power. A reluctant voyager crosses the Pacific in 1850. A disinherited composer gatecrashes in between-wars Belgium. A vanity publisher flees gangland creditors. Others are a journalist in Governor Reagan’s California, and genetically-modified dinery server on death-row. Finally, a young Pacific Islander witnesses the nightfall of science and civilization.

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

8 thoughts on “Dragons & Jetpacks: Books of the Month, July 2014”

  1. Oh man. I read The Way of Kings a few months ago and I’m half tempted to re-read it with you guys again -.-

    1. DO IT! Although… I probably won’t be joining in myself this time D: I’ll be reading Cloud Atlas I think, but I’ll save WoK for another time. Too many books to read before uni.

  2. I read Way of Kings last month, and it was AMAZING. LIKE WOW AMAZING. You should definitely read it soon, because you won’t regret it. Even though it is a thousand pages.

    I’ve heard of Cloud Atlas before, but I had no idea it was Fantasy/Sci-Fi. It is on my TBR list though. (I’m assuming Sci-fi because WoK is fantasy)

    1. I am aiming too soon, but since I only have 6 weeks (exactly, eek) to read the paperbacks I want to read this year, I’m concentrating on mostly those at the moment! Plus then I know that when I go off to uni, I’ll have a great fantasy epic waiting to be read when I need something like that ❤

      Yeah, it's sci-fi, apparently very weird!

  3. I’ve tried, I really have tried to read Cloud Atlas but I just can’t get into it ugh. I’ll try it again for the group I guess…

  4. I see so many people reviewing Brandon Sanderson’s stuff online but I’ve never read any of it. I’m going to have to give in one of these days!

    1. I think this is the third time we’ve read him in the book group, so he’s definitely well loved 😛 Have loved both of his books that I’ve read so far.

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