04 May 2007

Dragons Are Cool

Most of you probably know who Peter Jackson is. Most of you probably have seen and enjoyed (or not) those couple of movies he made back whenever.

Well, I'm telling you right now, be excited about this upcoming project (article on Guardian.co.uk):

First hobbits then a giant gorilla and now Peter Jackson is turning his hand to an air force of dragons, manned by crews of aviators.

Téméraire, a historical fantasy book series that sees squadrons of dragons fighting in the Napoleonic wars, has captured the imagination of the Lord of the Rings director.

The plot centres on British naval captain Will Laurence, who seizes a French ship and discovers an unhatched dragon egg - a gift from the emperor of China to Napoleon. When the egg hatches, he is forced to become the dragon's keeper. The monster is called Téméraire (meaning "Daring" in French).

A few months ago I was looking around for something to do with the rewards points I had accumulated on my credit card, and I decided I'd try to find myself some new fiction authors to read. I was poking around Amazon, looking at various authors I'd seen recommended around the 'Net, trying to find some stuff that appealed. One book that did appeal was His Majesty's Dragon, the first of the Temeraire trilogy (now a quadrilogy - the fourth book will be out mass-market later this year) by Naomi Novik. I bought it, it came, and I stuck it on my bookshelf along with the five or six other titles I'd gotten.

Then, after reading a couple of other books — I reread Ender's Game and read a mystery-suspense novel by Dick Francis, Risk (Francis's main site here) — I pulled HMD off the shelf. Now, bearing in mind that I have a hard time putting books down anyways, I tore through at least the first half of the book (~160 pages, give or take) in my first sitting (This probably meant a bedtime of about 4AM. :-p), and read the rest of it over the next two days. I liked the book so much, I actually didn't want to read anything else before I could get my hands on Throne of Jade, the 2nd book in the series. (And, in reality, didn't... I just last week bought the 2nd & 3rd books and am about 120 pages into ToJ.)

So.... If Jackson & Co. do as superb a job artistically on this film as the reportedly did on LotR (I haven't actually seen them yet. =8-O) and hew pretty closely to the quality of character development that's in HMD the book... should be something you don't want to miss!

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