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A Natural History of Dragons (The Memoirs of Lady Trent, #1)


I have said that I dis­like when a fan­ta­sy world is just re­al coun­tries mixed up and trans­plant­ed. Well, this book has that in spades and I did not mind one bit.

Sure, Scir­land is ex­act­ly Eng­land, and Chi­a­vo­ra is ex­act­ly Italy and so on, and ap­par­ent­ly it all takes place cir­ca year 5800 in an­oth­er plan­et where by sheer co­in­ci­dence an ex­act repli­ca of ear­ly Vic­to­ri­an Eng­land has come in­to ex­is­tence.

But you know what? The tone. This book is writ­ten ex­act­ly in the tone of a cranky old nat­u­ral­ist Vic­to­ri­an la­dy. No, I have not ev­er read such a thing, but if I had, I hope it would read just like this book.

It's in some ways a re­al­ly old-­fash­ioned book, al­though writ­ten with a mod­ern sen­si­bil­i­ty.

Plus, rea­son­able(ish) drag­on­s.

Look­ing for­ward to Trop­ic of Ser­pents (which is, just like this one, a awe­some ti­tle).



The first 80% or so of the book is awe­some. Then it's not.

The end­ing makes me want to throw the book in­to a fire. Luck­i­ly I did­n't be­cause I was read­ing it on a kindle, and it would have been an ex­pen­sive ges­ture.

It's the most bla­tant "pay me for the sec­ond half of this book" I have ev­er read.

Locche: The Untouchable Pastebin


I did ma­na­ge to wri­te this thin­g, sort of, in 2 hour­s. You can see it in ac­tion he­re: http://­tin­yur­l.­co­m/­loc­che1 and it has so­me ra­ther unu­sual fea­tu­res :-)

  • You can ha­­ck Lo­c­­che in­­si­­de Lo­c­­che.

  • You can go ba­­ck to pre­­vious ve­r­­sions of the text (or Lo­c­­che) from any co­­­py of Lo­c­­che

  • It uses no se­r­­ver wha­­tsoe­­ver (o­­­ther than a CDN to get JS and co­­­de­­mi­­rro­­­r)

Wha­t's mis­sin­g?

  • Making it pre­­tty

  • Sho­r­­ten his­­to­­­ry URLs so the si­­ze does­n't ex­­plo­­­de so mu­­ch

  • Fix han­d­­ling of ' " and pro­­­ba­­bly other cha­­ra­c­­ters in the text

  • Do­­­cu­­ment it

But I thi­nk it's cool. Be­low is the li­ve­blog of how it was do­ne. Ha­ve fun ma­tching it wi­th the co­m­mit his­to­ry at http­s://­gi­thu­b.­co­m/­ral­si­na/­loc­che

I am going to li­ve-­co­de a pas­te­bi­n, wi­th a few twis­ts.

It's ca­lled Loc­che, in ho­nour of Ni­co­lino Loc­che, The Un­tou­cha­ble.

This pa­ge wi­ll up­da­te eve­ry 5 mi­nu­tes un­til I am do­ne, or 2 hours ha­ve elap­se­d.

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