- By Naomi Novik

Tongues of Serpents

  • Title: Tongues of Serpents
  • Author: Naomi Novik
  • ISBN: 9780007256785
  • Page: 396
  • Format: Paperback
  • Tongues of Serpents Title Tongues of Serpents Binding Paperback Author Naomi Novik Publisher Harper Collins Paperbacks

    Title Tongues of Serpents Binding Paperback Author Naomi Novik Publisher Harper Collins Paperbacks

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    1. October 2010Tongues of Serpents brings William Laurence, his dragon Temeraire, their friends Granby and Iskierka, and three dragon eggs, to the colony of Sydney in New South Wales--but not for long. The governor of New South Wales has been overthrown, but Laurence is in no mood for politics. Instead, Laurence and Granby agree to take their dragons, along with the first egg hatched to one of Laurence's old rivals, Captain Rankin, on a simple mission into Australia's interior. There, the second eg [...]

    2. I have said previously that Naomi Novik hasn't hit a sour note, nor made a wrong step throughout her Temeraire series. I guess this is what I get for speaking too soon. Naomi Novik is still an extremely consistent writer, and whenever I've picked up a Temeraire book I've had a remarkably accurate idea of what to expect from the novel. Simply put, however, this one was the exception and it proved to be a bit of a disappointment. It's the smallest Temeraire book, yet it felt like it was the longes [...]

    3. This is as well-written as the earlier books, with great dialogue, and I very much enjoyed the characters. But the story is a little dull, particularly in comparison with the previous book. Our heroes spend most of the time traipsing around in Australia in the middle of nowhere.I didn't see much point to the plot, and the Aviators seemed disorganized and unprofessional; an impression I don't remember getting from the earlier books. It's also beginning to seem odd that Europe is the only place in [...]

    4. 3.5 stars.This will be quite a short review as I am honestly running out of things to say about this series. And at 6 books in I feel like people are either committed to reading the series till the end so my opinion will probably make little difference or they’ve already abandoned the series already and so are probably not even looking at reviews anyway.Although I still enjoyed this book it felt a lot like a ‘filler’ in the series. I think the author decided that Temeraire and Laurence had [...]

    5. How can you possibly make a story about the first days of Australian colonization boring? Well, ToS is how The beginning of Tongues of Serpents was dreadful: slow paced, political in the most uninteresting ways, and action that falls short of it's rich setting.I mean, come on! This is the wild and untamed Australia!! And all the characters spend doing for half the book is chasing people across the vast landscape. Sure there are some killer earthworms, but even then, it was just so hard to care! [...]

    6. Dear Naomi Novik, First of all, Java is located in Indonesia. Most importantly, there was no Indonesia yet during the Napoleonic Era. Using the name Dutch Indies would be more appropriate.Secondly, is this just a filler between Victory of Eagles and the next book? It surely feels like it. *sigh*Thirdly, could you please stop writing about long tedious journeys? Going through the Silk Road in book 3 and Africa road trip in book 4 were exhausting enough. Fourthly, thank you for bringing fresh new [...]

    7. Wow boring. Pretty sure I could have skipped this one and not missed much at all. I still love Temeraire though.

    8. A fun easy read and a continuation of the story of Temeriare without too much happening. But getting us ready for the decisions to be made in the next book.

    9. These books are still a joy to read, though I've pretty much accepted that none of the sequels in this series are ever going to come close to being as good as the first book again. At least this one was better than the last, which sees Laurence and Temeraire back on an adventure again in a faraway exotic place.This time, the crew finds themselves in Australia, with Laurence having been banished to the prison colony of New South Wales after being convicted of treason. The British Aerial Corps has [...]

    10. It was in the same vein as the others, midldly interesting.hopefully the next books will puck up again, them being the last three books

    11. This was just so boring. I just don't understand where this series went wrong--the first one is so funny, and it's about DRAGONS fighting NAPOLEON. But they've gradually stopped being funny and have turned into dragons visiting all the continents. For some reason. This one is just the dragons flying across Australia and accomplishing nothing. Seriously, just chapters and chapters of them flying around for a purpose too flimsy to support a months-long journey across uncharted territory; a purpose [...]

    12. The plot of this one seemed lacking it's always nice to spend time with Temeraire and Iskierka and Kulingile was a great addition but I expected more from a locale like Australia hopefully Brazil is better, next time

    13. There has been a fair amount of negative reviews for this book on this site, but to be honest I didn't think it was that bad a book. Not great, and not up to the standard of previous volumes, but not bad either.Laurence and Temeraire have arrived in Australia as convicts, but they find themselves in a difficult position when they come across William Bligh (of HMS Bounty fame), who has been deposed as Governor of the new colony. Bligh wants the dragons to help reinstate him, and he is non too sub [...]

    14. Actual review: 2.5I can feel myself gradually losing interest and I’m not happy about it. ♦ THE PACING:This… was… so… painfully… slow. I found this to be the weakest of her books so far and it is based solely on the pacing of this book. There were pages where it dragged on and on and on… and nothing happened. Usually, I’m not picky about these things. Historical fiction is rarely as fast-moving as other genres, but this was clearly a stretch. This was so clearly a filler in the s [...]

    15. Let's get this out of the way: I was disappointed in this book.It's the sixth in a series that's been losing steam and going adrift since book three or four. And I hate to say that, but Tongues of Serpents was downright boring and this was more crushing than I expected because it could have been great.The Temeraire series follows Laurence and his dragon Temeraire as they fight for England in the Napoleonic Wars. Previous adventures have taken them from England to China and Africa, and in Tongues [...]

    16. When I zone out for a minute and suddenly a dragon is ripping a serpent's head off with its teethAlso, I find it pretty funny that I was reading 2 historical fiction (emphasis on the fiction) books at the same time that both had characters named Caesar, except one was the actual Julius Caesar and the other was an ambitious dragon.

    17. The Temeraire series answers the age-old question, "How would the Napoleonic Wars change if dragons existed?" In the first book, His Majesty's Dragon, the answer is that not much would change--all the European nations have dragons, and they treat them like a cross between pets and battleships. The only real change is that communication is slightly faster and some additional battles are fought in the air. The main character, Laurence, is a British naval captain who befriends the dragon Temeraire; [...]

    18. Nothing happens in this book.Okay, I'll take that back. Stuff happens, or promises to happen, but in almost every case, Lawrence basically says "I think we'd better keep out of that" and theney do. There is complex political intrigue--completely avoided. There is an offer of privateering--turned down. There is a chase all across the Outback during which several Redshirt lives are lostd when they reach their goal finally, the point of the goal is gone. One might think that the lives being lost mi [...]

    19. Will Laurence and Temeraire have been banished to Australia to establish new breeding grounds, convicts in all but name. But the colony is mutinous, its Governor in exile, and the continent hazardous, with no obvious opportunities for redemption. Unfortunately, Tongues of Serpents passes up almost all of the exciting opportunities intrinsic to its setting in favour of a slow-burn plot that never really catches fire. I'm used to Temeraire books being episodic travelogues that build character, but [...]

    20. There is much to love about book six in the Temeraire series - the dragons, in particular, are at their finest, with some new voices that continue to expand what we think we know about the dragon world. I was so glad to spend time with Temeraire again, in particular, with all his wonderful dragon logic that cuts right through the artifice and silliness of human society. I am also thrilled beyond the telling of it to learn that the Iroquois and Ojibwe have their own dragons and I cannot wait unti [...]

    21. I can't wait to finish this book, so I can put it down and hope the next one is better. (The last one wasn't very fun to read either). My dislike may be affected by the cold I have as I am reading it.I can't tell if Novik hates her characters or her readers more. I'm 4/5 of the way through, and only two good things have happened to anybody: the protagonist was exiled to Australia instead of executed, and a minor character we are supposed to like adopted a gimpy dragon instead of it being execute [...]

    22. This is by far the most disappointing of the Temeraire series. It's the sixth book, and Novik is definitely running out of steam (or else on autopilot now that Peter Jackson has optioned the serieseither way, NOT GOOD when you have three books left to write). This latest installment finds Laurence and Temeraire banished to the far side of the world (i.e. the fledgling British colony in Australia). Lots of nothing happens, some eggs hatch, more nothing, then a brief skirmish with some sea serpent [...]

    23. Ms. Novik is still off her game from the earliest books in the series. This keeps the series alive but the overall story is dull by comparison to the earlier books. The moral dilemma of saving all the dragons in the world at the expense of being a traitor to England has just not been a good path for this series. All fun of a professionally pompous good hearted British Naval Officer being introduced to the world of fighting dragons, that includes forward thinking females to complicate his ineptne [...]

    24. I always enjoy these books. I am a fan of Patrick O'Brien and Naomi books are very similiar, Good History, period correct in the technology and specifics of the book , yet she added in this collection of rich characters which are dragons, utterly amazing!I also enjoy the fact the main characters don't live in a fairy tale world where their lot in life just gets better as you go along. It goes up and down, and for the most part their situation has gotten progressively worse overall. You read hopi [...]

    25. 2011 September 25This volume has Laurence and Temeraire transported to New South Wales along with a hold full of convicts. We're introduced to Bligh, who has recently lost his post as governor to the colony in an uprising. We get to contemplate colonization and the rights of natives during a cross-country hunt for a stolen dragon egg. Great stuff, with plenty of surprises along the way.Library copy.

    26. I've enjoyed reading this series. Alternative history is really not my thing, but this has been a fun series. This one is probably my least favorite out of the bunch, but the little dragon and his human are just so darn cute. I love their relationship. I just wish the story was more engaging. It was a lot of the same thing. I did page math many times. I still have a few more to read from this series and I am looking forward to them. So 3 stars.

    27. I am reviewing an early copy provided by dreamsandspeculation for review.Temeraire and his Captain, William Laurence, find themselves on the prison colony of New South Wales—far removed from Britain and its more anglicized settlements across the world—on charges of treason. Sentenced to transportation away from where they might further encroach on British society by petitioning for dragon rights and independence, the pair are quite without standing in Australia. Despite their valiant efforts [...]

    28. I have been remiss in my Temeraire reading. I am way behind now, and with the series ending, it is time to catch up. (I say this, but I don’t actually own the next books and have no intention of buying them in the near future, because I have a ton of other stuff to catch up on. Hah. We’ll see how that goes.) Naomi Novik has always managed to keep the series fresh by sending Temeraire and Laurence off to new and interesting locations. From the coast of Great Britain to China to the heart of A [...]

    29. TONGUES OF SERPENTS is the sixth novel by Naomi Novik involving dragons set in the Napoleonic Wars. My least favorite book of the six thus far--but the first five set a very high bar--this book is still on its own merits an enjoyable read; this series has become one of my favorite in fantasy.Novik states in a note at the end that she prefers to only alter the historical timeline from the point Temeraire, the central dragon in her tales, arrives on the scene. So although Novik's world is already [...]

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