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Book Report: Dragon Spear

So it was one trip to the library that I got a chance to go up to the Teen Room and saw three recent additions to YA/SF series I like. One was the Bayern book by Shannon Hale, one turned out to be a prequel to the Hungry City books by Philip Reeve, and one was Dragon Spear, aka Dragon Slippers III, by Jessica Day George.

I feel a bit unfair complaining that there isn’t enough string-arts in a book in this series. I mean, how many books have any at all? Still, in a series that has been very focused on weaving, embroidery and sewing, this book has a tiny bit of net-making and some dress-sewing that doesn’t go into much detail. I mean, there’s a whole running gag in the book about how she is working on the dress, she wants to be working on the dress but doesn’t get a chance, she’s working on the dress again, the dress is destroyed, the dress isn’t destroyed, there’s another dress, the other dress was destroyed, blah blah blah, but unlike in the first book (particularly), the actual work doesn’t take much page time, nor did it ever feel to me as if I knew what the dress looked like and what she wanted it to look like.

Ah, well. And the dragons weren’t very dragonny, either, if it comes to that. I mean, the dragons in this series were always more like big flying people than not, which is a fine way to do dragons, but Ms. George had an interesting (and potentially plot-moving) take on the whole hoard issue which really gets dropped in this book.

Too much complaining for a book that wasn’t all that bad? Probably. Ah, well. Perhaps I should take a break from book notes. Or hunt down the list to find something that I really, really liked. Hm, let me see. Not that. Not that. Not that. You know, maybe I should have blogged these in June.

Tolerabimus quod tolerare debemus,


The thing I always find strange about fiber arts in novels is that while authors always remember that cloth is made from thread or yarn, they don't seem to realize how much time it takes to spin all that thread or yarn if you're not using spinning jennies or other industrialized equipment. I very rarely see mentions of spinning even in books where there are enthusiastic descriptions of weaving guilds and whatnot. In cultures where people still spin their yarn, you'll see them spinning with spindles while they herd their sheep, keep an eye on the cookpot and the kids, walk from one place to another, socialize around the water cooler the well, etc.

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