Dragons and Jetpacks

Dragons & Jetpacks: Books of the Month, August 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!

Half A King by Joe Abercrombie


“I swore an oath to avenge the death of my father. I may be half a man, but I swore a whole oath.”

Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains, and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea. And he must do it all with only one good hand. The deceived will become the deceiver.

Born a weakling in the eyes of his father, Yarvi is alone in a world where a strong arm and a cold heart rule. He cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so he must sharpen his mind to a deadly edge. The betrayed will become the betrayer.

Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast and the lost, he finds they can do more to help him become the man he needs to be than any court of nobles could. Will the usurped become the usurper?

But even with loyal friends at his side, Yarvi finds his path may end as it began—in twists, and traps, and tragedy.

The Martian by Andy Weir


Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first man to die there.

It started with the dust storm that holed his suit and nearly killed him, and that forced his crew to leave him behind, sure he was already dead. Now he’s stranded millions of miles from the nearest human being, with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive–and even if he could get word out, his food would be gone years before a rescue mission could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to get him first.

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills–and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit–he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. But will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

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


16 thoughts on “Dragons & Jetpacks: Books of the Month, August 2014”

  1. I am just finishing up THE MARTIAN today…OMG I am loving this book so much!!! And I have a copy of HALF A KING just waiting for me. I didn’t know about this Goodreads club, so I may check it out. Thanks for the heads-up:-)

    1. Oh that’s so good to know! Loads of people have said they loved it, not heard a single bad thing yet. I requested it from Netgalley a while ago because I thought it sounded great, but as is my usual tale when it comes to Netgalley, I never quite got round to reading it.

      You are more than welcome to join us – we have a pretty fun challenge going on too 😀

  2. Noooo, I forgot the Abercrombie book when I was planning my TBR. I will never read all those books, NEVAAARRR!
    Right.. sorry, short breakdown there. At least I have already read the Martian and I’m joining you for Half A King after I read (maybe? hopefully?) the other thirteen I’ve planned…

    1. Ooh, do you plan each month’s reads? 🙂 I do try to, at least with review copies, but I’ll always deviate somewhere along the line!

      1. I do and should stop that. It creates so much pressure and then I end up not reading at all. Or I should narrow it down. 13 books seems a BIT excessive, right?
        I don’t know why but I feel like a failure if I don’t read the books so I can’t not read them. Hashtag neurotic, as the young people would say…
        It can’t be right that I’m also hoping for a few DNFs so I can fit in the Abercrombie xD

      2. Yeah, I do feel a certain amount of pressure… but I think I always will with ARCs and review copies.

        Thirteen books per month isn’t excessive to read, but thirteen planned might be because you know that a few will sneak up on you and you’ll HAVE to read them now 😉

        Haha! Just read it right away! 😀

  3. Ahh I’ve heard of both of these books, but haven’t actually looked into them. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to fit these in my “schedule”, or actually get my hands on them, but it sounds like GREAT PICKS 😀

    1. Feel free to join us if you can get a copy of either 😀 Although Half A King is currently only hardback/ebook, as it was only released in July 🙂

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