Dragons and Jetpacks

Dragons & Jetpacks: Books of the Month, February 2017


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!



Melanie is a very special girl. Dr. Caldwell calls her “our little genius.”

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.

Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children’s cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she’ll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn’t know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.



Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors ride mighty fighting dragons, bred for size or speed. When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes the precious cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Captain Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future – and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle. For as France’s own dragon-borne forces rally to breach British soil in Bonaparte’s boldest gambit, Laurence and Temeraire must soar into their own baptism of fire.

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


6 thoughts on “Dragons & Jetpacks: Books of the Month, February 2017”

  1. Oh my word, those are two of my favourite reads of the last few years.

    I was completely sucked into TGWATG (and I think the film is equally good), with my only quibbles really being the character of Caroline Caldwell, but I’ll say no more for now 🙂

    And Temeraire ❤ Well, we're still gleefully livetweeting our read of the series on a Saturday night, so he's brilliant enough to give up your Saturday nights for 😉

    1. I’ve actually already read TGWATG, but I’ve yet to see the film! It didn’t appear in any of my local cinemas when it came out last year 😦

      Can’t wait to read Temeraire though! That was actually my nomination 😀

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