Win 1 of 2 Copies of ‘A Natural History of Dragons’ by Marie Brennan

aNHoD Cover 300dpiFebruary 5, 2013, was the release of A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan. I have some copies to give away, but before I get to that…

The synopsis of A Natural History of Dragons reads:

You, dear reader, continue at your own risk. It is not for the faint of heart—no more so than the study of dragons itself. But such study offers rewards beyond compare: to stand in a dragon’s presence, even for the briefest of moments—even at the risk of one’s life—is a delight that, once experienced, can never be forgotten. . . .

All the world, from Scirland to the farthest reaches of Eriga, know Isabella, Lady Trent, to be the world’s preeminent dragon naturalist. She is the remarkable woman who brought the study of dragons out of the misty shadows of myth and misunderstanding into the clear light of modern science. But before she became the illustrious figure we know today, there was a bookish young woman whose passion for learning, natural history, and, yes, dragons defied the stifling conventions of her day.

Here at last, in her own words, is the true story of a pioneering spirit who risked her reputation, her prospects, and her fragile flesh and bone to satisfy her scientific curiosity; of how she sought true love and happiness despite her lamentable eccentricities; and of her thrilling expedition to the perilous mountains of Vystrana, where she made the first of many historic discoveries that would change the world forever.

Marie Brennan introduces an enchanting new world in A Natural History of Dragons.

You can read my review, complete with images and excerpt, here. The bottom line of the review is:

A solid read, I recommend A Natural History of Dragons to anyone who enjoys Victorian era-style storytelling and/or who is fascinated by different cultural attitudes. If you are into dragons, you may enjoy this book. However, for me, A Natural History of Dragons is less to do with dragons, and more to do with overcoming challenges — not just physical, but also societal — self-discoveries and personal growth. Finally, this book may inspire you to throw caution to the wind and pursue your own passions, no matter what obstacles – real or imagined — stand in your way.

Also, read Marie’s guest post on being a gamer here.

Tune in tomorrow (February 8, 2013) to the Geeky Pleasures Radio Show on The Look 24/7 at 7 pm PT/ 10 pm ET to listen to Marie talk about A Natural History of Dragons and more.

I have 2 copies of this book to give away, courtesy of Tor Books.

Contest Details:

  1. Leave a comment telling me your favourite mythical creature or animal.
  2. Only one comment per person. Leaving multiple comments will disqualify you. When leaving a comment, please use a valid e-mail address so that I can notify you if you win.
  3. You have until Monday, February 11, 2013 at 23:59 PST to leave a comment. At that time, I’ll use a random number generator to select two winners. Winners will be notified by e-mail on Tuesday, February 12, 2013. Winners will be announced on this website on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 16:00 PST.
  4. If you have any questions, please e-mail me.

You can purchase A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indigo Books & Music, Kobo Books, or wherever books are sold.

Jules Sherred is the parent of two teenage boys, freelance writer, web designer, author of Five Little Zombies and Fred, General Manager and radio personality at The Look 24/7, owner of the largest Star Trek community on Google+, Geeky Pleasures creator, geek support for Parsec Award winning The Minister of Chance, and more. On the Geeky Pleasures Radio Show, Jules has interviewed Wil Wheaton, Jonathan Coulton, Phil Plait, Sylvester McCoy, Richard Hatch, Paul and Storm, R.A. Salvatore, John Kovalic, and so many more. Jules' writing can also be found on Hugo Award winning SF Signal, GeekMom, United Federation of, Nerdy With Children, Star Wars vs Star Trek. Slowly, Jules is working on another book titled Nerd Love. You can follow Jules on Twitter @GeekyJules. Also, JULES LOVES STAR TREK.

19 Responses to Win 1 of 2 Copies of ‘A Natural History of Dragons’ by Marie Brennan

  1. Very cool – always loved dragons (favourite mythical creature though are vampires – dragons a close second!) and my 8 yr old son is starting to get into them as well!

  2. Displacer beast! Sentient, magical cats with tentacles! What’s not to love?! Also chosen because I am wearing my new “displacer kitty wants a hug” t-shirt I picked up at GottaCon :-p

  3. My favourite mythical creature has to be Sleipnir, the eight-legged stallion of Odin, best horse among men and gods. It was the only good thing born out of Loki and it carries Odin trough the sky. That’s the basis for St. Nicholas, who rides on a white horse over the rooftops, and later Santa Claus, also a bearded man from the north…

  4. My favorite mythical creature has always been the European style dragon. As a kid I saw these as the ultimate Pterodactyl and T-rex hybrid with the ability to breathe fire! How could I not love these creatures? The fascination has continued into my adulthood.

    Thank you for this opportunity.

  5. Ahhh… just one? I’m going to have to go with the selkie for the slightly obvious reason that my name sounds just like it! (but otherwise it would totally be dragons!)

  6. My son would love that book, he LOVES anything and everything dragon. My fave mythical creature, though, is the werewolf (or were-anything, for that matter).

  7. I think my favorite is the lich, I dig the idea of a wizard who manages to cheat death and just comes back if you destroy it (unless you destroy wherever his soul is).

  8. Wendigo.
    what do they look like? Who knows! They’re always behind you. Oh, and they eat human flesh.

    My daughter would absolutely LOVE this dragon book by the way.

  9. My fave would probably be the chimera — a combination of lion, serpent, and goat (and fire-breathing to boot). Plus the word itself just *sounds* cool.

  10. I’ve always loved the traditional versions of the Fair Folk. The Seelie and Unseelie Courts, how they behave, the inherent darkness in their playful nature… Fascinating stuff!

  11. .303 Bookworm – The fastest creature on Discworld. Sadly now dying off due to us living in a globe and all the magic libraries now converting to digital book formats etc. But, suspect that at times when e-books get stuck, it maybe related to the .303 worm evolving and zipping past in the system.

  12. My favourite would have to be dragons. To me they’re something like cats in nature, but even more aloof and mysterious. And to fly!
    Second place comes the selkie.

  13. This is easy I have always loved the phoenix. The theme of death and rebirth is fascinating. You might be able to take a phoenix out but it’s never down for the count.

  14. Dragons have captured my imagination since I was a child listening to readings of the Hobbit so I will have to say that they are my favorite. Still there are so many other great Mythical Beasts out there!

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