Dragons and Jetpacks

Dragons & Jetpacks: Books of the Month, September 2015


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!

Red Rising


The Earth is dying. Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. The Reds are humanity’s last hope.

Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it’s all a lie. That Mars has been habitable – and inhabited – for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.

Until the day that Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside. But the command school is a battlefield – and Darrow isn’t the only student with an agenda.

Storm Front


Meet Harry Dresden, Chicago’s first (and only) Wizard P.I. Turns out that ‘everyday’ world is full of strange and magical things – and most of them don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in.

Harry is the best at what he does – and not just because he’s the only one who does it. So whenever the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal capabilities, they look to him for answers. But business isn’t just slow, it stinks.

So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry’s name. And that’s when things start to get… interesting.

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

5 thoughts on “Dragons & Jetpacks: Books of the Month, September 2015”

  1. I read Storm Front last year and really enjoyed it. I love the meshing of a Sam Spade type private eye with the fantasy world. I haven’t read further into the series yet, but this is a good reminder that I need to do that soon.

    I haven’t read Red Rising yet, but I do have a copy on my shelf. Now I have a good excuse to start reading it. I’ve heard nothing but good things about it so I’m excited to get started on it. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it as well.

    1. That’s good to hear, it’s always been a series I’ve been aware of but never picked up – when I have seen it in the shops, library etc, it’s never been the first volume 😦

      Yep, now I have an excuse to read my review copy!

  2. STORM FRONT is the first novel of a series that gets increasingly better and more complex with each addition to the saga. Butcher makes you laugh, think, and wish you could write as well as he. The series really takes off with the 3rd installment and soars high into mythic proportions.

    I would also suggest Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series which begins with MOON-CALLED: what is a fragile coyote shape-shifter to do in a world of werewolves, vicious vampires, witches, and fae — the Brothers Grimm in our modern world.

  3. I adored Red Rising, and looking at your Goodreads it looks like it was a hit for you too! I bought the audiobook of Storm Front with an audible credit because people seem to absolutely love it and I was at a bit of a loss with what to get! I’m not sure about James Marsters without his ‘Spike’ voice (honestly, when he was in Smallville he sounded ridiculous to me, even though I know logically that the British voice is the one being put on), but I’m looking forward to reading it soon.

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