In the early 20th Century, the United States government concocted a plan to import hippopotamuses into the marshlands of Louisiana to be bred and slaughtered as an alternative meat source. This is true.
Other true things about hippos: they are savage, they are fast, and their jaws can snap a man in two.
This was a terrible plan.
Contained within this volume is an 1890s America that might have been: a bayou overrun by feral hippos and mercenary hippo wranglers from around the globe. It is the story of Winslow Houndstooth and his crew. It is the story of their fortunes. It is the story of his revenge.
This year is flying by so damn fast and I don’t like it. I have no idea where April went and I really wouldn’t mind if we could slow down a bit. (or…maybe not, because I also really want it to be October 31 now AKA the day the ADSOM special edition releases. WHERE IS MY TARDIS)
Devoted readers of Lady Trent’s earlier memoirs, A Natural History of Dragons and The Tropic of Serpents, may believe themselves already acquainted with the particulars of her historic voyage aboard the Royal Survey Ship Basilisk, but the true story of that illuminating, harrowing, and scandalous journey has never been revealed—until now. Six years after her perilous exploits in Eriga, Isabella embarks on her most ambitious expedition yet: a two-year trip around the world to study all manner of dragons in every place they might be found. From feathered serpents sunning themselves in the ruins of a fallen civilization to the mighty sea serpents of the tropics, these creatures are a source of both endless fascination and frequent peril. Accompanying her is not only her young son, Jake, but a chivalrous foreign archaeologist whose interests converge with Isabella’s in ways both professional and personal.
Science is, of course, the primary objective of the voyage, but Isabella’s life is rarely so simple. She must cope with storms, shipwrecks, intrigue, and warfare, even as she makes a discovery that offers a revolutionary new insight into the ancient history of dragons.
March was… weird. I can’t really say that I’ve been more busy than usually (and that normally makes me read more than when I have a lot of time anyway) but somehow I didn’t get to a lot in March. I didn’t finish a lot of books (only started like two dozens *ahem*) and didn’t watch much TV either. Don’t even get me started on music this month, because I’m just gonna cut that part from the recap this time.
(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)
Flash Fiction, Short stories, Novelettes, Novellas… there was a long time when I didn’t really appreciate them. I mostly associated them with those short extra stories for series which most often seemed redundant because they rarely gave new information and weren’t actually any good, at least not the ones I used to read a few years back. Then Tor.com started publishing short stories and novelettes, and suddenly I discovered a whole new world of fiction to fall in love with.
For someone who usually prefers bigger books of 500+ pages it was quite the surprise that I also love the very short kind now. They are perfect for when you lack time and want to read a whole story in just one day though. And I certainly won’t complain about there being a shit ton of stories available for free (Tor.com and Uncanny Magazine being my favorites of many sources).