Dragons and Jetpacks

Dragons & Jetpacks: Books of the Month, September 2014

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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!

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Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

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Under the streets of London there’s a place most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet. This is the city of the people who have fallen between the cracks.

Richard Mayhew, a young businessman, is going to find out more than enough about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his workday existence and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and utterly bizarre. And a strange destiny awaits him down here, beneath his native city: Neverwhere.

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Fortune's Pawn by Rachel Bach

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Devi Morris isn’t your average mercenary. She has plans. Big ones. And a ton of ambition. It’s a combination that’s going to get her killed one day – but not just yet.

That is, until she just gets a job on a tiny trade ship with a nasty reputation for surprises. The Glorious Fool isn’t misnamed: it likes to get into trouble, so much so that one year of security work under its captain is equal to five years everywhere else. With odds like that, Devi knows she’s found the perfect way to get the jump on the next part of her Plan. But the Fool doesn’t give up its secrets without a fight, and one year on this ship might be more than even Devi can handle.

If Sigouney Weaver in Alien met Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica, you’d get Deviana Morris — a hot new mercenary earning her stripes to join an elite fighting force. Until one alien bite throws her whole future into jeopardy.

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

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

  1. I’ve read Neverwhere. I thought the ideas and the writing were excellent, and I really did enjoy it – I rated it 4 stars, as I thought the plot just lacked something to make me give it 5. I reckon I’d like to check out the mini-series sometime though!

  2. I LOVE Neverwhere. I read it last year and reread it again recently. It’s full of awesome-ness. I’m also a big fan of the radio drama BBC Radio 4 did of it. Great stuff.

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