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Naomi Novik

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An avid reader of fantasy literature since age six, when she first made her way through The Lord of the Rings, Naomi Novik is also a history buff with a particular interest in the Napoleonic era and a fondness for the work of Patrick O’Brian and Jane Austen. She studied English literature at Brown University, and did graduate work in computer science at Columbia University before leaving to participate in the design and development of the computer game Neverwinter Nights: Shadow of Undrentide. Over the course of a brief winter sojourn spent working on the game in Edmonton, Canada (accompanied by a truly alarming coat that now lives brooding in the depths of her closet), she realized she preferred writing to programming, and on returning to ...more

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Naomi Novik I would be glad to write a sequel if a story idea comes to me, but I've actually taken a few stabs at it, and nothing so far has really taken hold.…moreI would be glad to write a sequel if a story idea comes to me, but I've actually taken a few stabs at it, and nothing so far has really taken hold. It's definitely not something that I would deliberately avoid, but I also don't want to force it. When and if the story comes along, that's when I'll do it. But I will if it does!

Until then, Spinning Silver, while it's not a sequel, is a sort of sister-book that has a similar feel, so if you enjoyed Uprooted, you might like that one. It comes out in July. But that said, I too have had the experience of wishing that an author would stick with the characters I first fell in love with, so I sympathize with the desire for a sequel instead! I just can't write it until I can write it. :)(less)
Naomi Novik I think Temeraire dragons would hate airplanes and would conversely be utterly delighted by balloons and zeppelins, although not to the satisfaction…moreI think Temeraire dragons would hate airplanes and would conversely be utterly delighted by balloons and zeppelins, although not to the satisfaction of the passengers, since the dragons would try and play with them. Also the interaction between firebreathers and any hydrogen-based aircraft would be short and lamentable.

My suspicion is that in the Temeraire universe, the future of aviation looks very different than in our own -- I haven't worked out in my head exactly what it would be, but I suspect that aircraft would at least initially end up built up *around* dragons, out of progressive enhancements that would allow dragons to carry more people, fly further distances, work in concert to fire bigger weapons, etc. Smaller incremental changes are easier to make, so if you've already got a dragon to start with, you'd probably worry less about getting off the ground, and more about being more effective in the air. You might eventually get around to "replacing" the dragon inside, but I suspect not until roughly the same time we get around to replacing the people inside cars. (less)
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“You intolerable lunatic," he snarled at me, and then he caught my face between his hands and kissed me.”
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“If you don't want a man dead, don't bludgeon him over the head repeatedly.”
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“truth didn’t mean anything without someone to share it with; you could shout truth into the air forever, and spend your life doing it, if someone didn’t come and listen.”
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Lucinda Dear Naomi,
Thank you so much for accepting my friendship request here on Goodreads. Your epic fantasy novels are truly spectacular!
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