Topic: Favorite books featuring a paranormal creature of your choice. Dragons. Duh. (Temeraire is not on this list because I have not read Temeraire)
1. In The Vanisher’s Palace by Aliette de Bodard
This book! This book. It’s not even published yet and I still can’t get over it. Our resident dragon, Vu Côn, and her two children, are the most precious characters. Vu Côn puts on this hard outer shell for human petitioners seeking healing, but damnit she’s trying. She’s trying so damn hard. Her children are too, even if their methods are questionable at times.
2. A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
This book holds a special place in my heart because of how close I felt to Lady Trent. As a fellow woman in STEM, I felt a lot of the fears she had going into a heavily male-dominated field. Many characters in this books resemble people that I’ve met along the way, and the elderly mentor in particular reminded me of a professor I’ve worked with who’s acted as a mentor for me. While the dragons in this book aren’t sapient, it’s always lovely to see Lady Trent’s passion for them throughout the book.
3. Dragonology by Dugald A. Steer, Erenst Drake, Helen Ward, Douglas Carrel
Not gonna say much on this book, other than the fact that I’d thought this book was the coolest thing when I was a kid. It was both informative (if fictional) and I loved the touch and poke interaction. (I’m tipsy, not sure what the real term is)
4. The Fable of the Dragon-Tyrant by Nick Bostrom
This short story isn’t so much about dragons as it is about death, but I found it very thought-provoking and very appealing to the humanist side of me. While I think the goals are a bit exaggerated, curtailing the effects of death or even simply lowering Earth’s mortality rate are very achievable goals.
5. Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George
This is on the first books I remember reading as a kid (and I read A LOT of books). The dragons in this book are truly the sweetest characters and really play on the idea of dragons hoarding non-traditional ‘treasures. The dragon the main character first encounters has a penchant for shoes, while his mate really likes glass objects like stained glass windows and glass vases.