Ex Libris Kirkland

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Subtitle Temeraire Book 3
First Written 2006
Genre Fiction
Origin US
Publisher Del Rey
My Copy library paperback
First Read February 18, 2024

Black Powder War

After 'Fourth Wing', a book I disliked SO much, I'm delighted / surprised / kind of embarrassed to be enjoying another book series about talking dragons. But come on! It's like a Napoleonic naval series, except the ship is a talking dragon. And in book three they go OVERLAND from Beijing thru Asia. I love travelogues on the silk roads by kind-of-uppity English people, one of my favorite genres.

Noted on February 13, 2024

"In some corners of the world, perhaps," Laurence said, unable to tolerate this, "but thank God, we have a rule of law in Britain, and those checks upon the power of men which prevent any from becoming tyrannical."

"Or which spread the tyranny over more hands, piece-meal," Tharkay said. "I do not know that the Chinese system is any worse; there is a limit to the evil one despot alone can do, and if he is truly vicious he can be over-thrown; a hundred corrupt members of Parliament may together do as much injustice or more, and be the less easy to uproot."

Quoted on February 13, 2024

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