Audiobooks The Dragon WaitingAuthor John M. Ford – Avengersinfinitywarfullmovie.de

Perhaps the best way to describe this book is to say that Ford writes with panache His characters are witty, or darkly brooding, or make comments that are full of deep meaning or are elliptical yet foreboding Naturally, the characters have style to match the dialogue One main character is a beautiful young woman whose hair is entirely white in the first chapter she kills a vampire with medical precision the vampire is, as it happens, the Duke of Milan Another is an ageless wizard with one Perhaps the best way to describe this book is to say that Ford writes with panache His characters are witty, or darkly brooding, or make comments that are full of deep meaning or are elliptical yet foreboding Naturally, the characters have style to match the dialogue One main character is a beautiful young woman whose hair is entirely white in the first chapter she kills a vampire with medical precision the vampire is, as it happens, the Duke of Milan Another is an ageless wizard with one eye who only needs a pair of ravens on his shoulders to be Odin Then there s the German engineer his specialty is artillery who is also a vampire, and the Greco French it makes sense in the context of the book mercenary who is an almost unstoppable killer as well as, possibly, the rightful heir to the Byzantine Empire Even the plot has style, with intrigues piled upon intrigues and wound about with plots and conspiracies, with occasional bracing intervals in which battles are fought, spells are cast, and feats of derring do are performed And there s enough substance to reinforce the style Ford has a solid grasp of the basic mechanisms of suspense and is a dab hand at writing a character who is racked by a secret sorrow in his or her past as pretty much all the important characters here are Further, his alternate history of a pagan Europe dominated by a greedily expansionist Byzantine Empire also there are wizards and vampires is expertly rendered and well thought out, even if it doesn t always seem plausible essentially, Ford starts changing history in the fourth century, and yet expects us to believe that, for instance, the Golden Age of Florence in the fifteenth century occurs in much the same fashion in his universe as it did in real life Coherence is, in fact, Ford s weakness, especially when it comes to the plotting, not all of which really makes sense For instance, at one point Dimitrios, the above mentioned mercenary, goes on a mission to Scotland with a Scottish spy in the employ of the Duke of Gloucester the King of England s younger brother, later Richard III to rescue the King of Scotland s brother, the Duke of Albany, from prison It s never really made clear why the one duke wants to rescue the other but it s done, only it turns out it s all for nothing after all because as soon as they get back to England the spy murders the Duke of Albany and then dies without revealing why Do we every find out the spy s motives Not in the least in fact, Scotland is never mentioned again in the book The episode gives Ford a chance to show off his conception of the court of King James VI and the marginalized position of Christians referred to as Nazarenes or Jeshites in this universe, and of course the whole thing is as stylish as possible, but it seems a bit pointless General comprehensibility is further hindered by the fact that the second half of the story takes place in England during the end of the Wars of the Roses the climax is the Battle of Bosworth Field , which means that every English nobleman we meet is named Edward, Richard, or Henry, and can be referred to by either their given name or the name of their duchy or earldom or even by their last name , making it difficult to keep straight just who is who in the tangle of competing conspiracies Luckily, Ford is a good enough writer to carry you through the occasional rough patches in the plot without you really noticing them, and he manages to infuse a really rather squalid phase of English history with a noble purpose that in real life it certainly didn t deserve And the best part of the book, the first three chapters, don t suffer from any of these flaws all three take place outside of England and occur before the main plot starts, and all three are entirely brilliant This is something of a genre crossing novel It falls under sword sorcery and Alternative History If you know the history of 15th Century Western Europe especially England than you ll get a kick out of the story I majored in History with a focus on European History.It was fun to see how the author changed many things but kept others AH purists will take offense at how Ford breaks the rules , but I wasn t bothered by it If you aren t very familiar with the late Middle Ages Early Renaiss This is something of a genre crossing novel It falls under sword sorcery and Alternative History If you know the history of 15th Century Western Europe especially England than you ll get a kick out of the story I majored in History with a focus on European History.It was fun to see how the author changed many things but kept others AH purists will take offense at how Ford breaks the rules , but I wasn t bothered by it If you aren t very familiar with the late Middle Ages Early Renaissance Ford does a good job explaining changes from actual history in the Afterword The novel moves along at a brisk pace and the writing is intelligent with both depth and pathos All in all I say give it a try You might like it The Wars of the Roses have put Edward IV on the throne of England, Lorenzo de Medici s court shines brilliantly, and Duke Galeazzo Maria Sforza plots in Milan But this is a changed world, and medieval Europe is dominated by the threat from the Byzantine Empire Sforza, the Vampire Duke, marshals his forces for his long planned attack on Florence, and Byzantium is on the march A mercenary, the exiled heir to the Byzantine throne, a young woman physician forced to flee Florence, and a Welsh wizard, the nephew of Owain Gly Dwr, seem to have no common goals but together they wage an intrigue filled campaign against the might of Byzantium, striving to secure the English throne for Richard, Duke of Gloucester, and make him Richard III This book makes me feel like an idiot I love it to pieces.I m not sure how both of these things can be true simultaneously, but they are I have read it twice now with only the vaguest understanding of the Wars of the Roses I suspect it would help to know something about them , been very very confused, and yet I love it I love the characters and the clever twisty worldbuilding and Greco Roman polytheism hanging out in the 1400s and the Mithras cult and, okay, I did a lot better at the parts This book makes me feel like an idiot I love it to pieces.I m not sure how both of these things can be true simultaneously, but they are I have read it twice now with only the vaguest understanding of the Wars of the Roses I suspect it would help to know something about them , been very very confused, and yet I love it I love the characters and the clever twisty worldbuilding and Greco Roman polytheism hanging out in the 1400s and the Mithras cult and, okay, I did a lot better at the parts of this novel where I actually knew something about something Basically, Christianity failed to really take hold in this world, and Byzantium has most of Europe The main characters are busily trying to put Richard III on the throne and stop the spread of the Byzantine Empire Henry Tudor is, of course, being helped out by them This only really comes clear in the latter half of the book the beginning has some espionage and murder mysteries and all sorts of things that really have very little to do with England Mostly I like the beginning better Also there are vampires One of the main characters is a vampire He s pretty awesome Actually, all four of them are pretty awesome Characterization is one of the book s strengths Which is good, because you need something to hang onto as it dives through the plot Seriously, there s a fan made concordance to the novel, and if any book needs it, this one does Maybe next time I will remember to read it with the concordance webpage open in another window, because I didn t manage to this time either I know I am doing a bad job communicating why you should read this, but if you want alt history fantasy that is really, really, really intelligent, you need to find a copy of this I think I did The Dragon Waiting a disservice by beginning it immediately after finishing Dunnett s Lymond Chronicles, which continued to engage my brain and kept me from devoting valuable brain cells to Ford s fascinating alternate history In an inn in the Swiss Alps, four people form an alliance to fight against the Byzantine Empire, which in this world never went into decline and now controls most of Europe, save for England and the small buffer state of France These characters Cynthia, I think I did The Dragon Waiting a disservice by beginning it immediately after finishing Dunnett s Lymond Chronicles, which continued to engage my brain and kept me from devoting valuable brain cells to Ford s fascinating alternate history In an inn in the Swiss Alps, four people form an alliance to fight against the Byzantine Empire, which in this world never went into decline and now controls most of Europe, save for England and the small buffer state of France These characters Cynthia, a Florentine physician Dimitrios, a Byzantine mercenary Hywel, a Welsh wizard and Gregory, a German vampire eventually end up in England, where they join forces with Richard, Duke of Gloucester, who will become Richard III.I liked Ford s world very much With the addition of magic, the differences from our history made sense, and the way he slowly revealed information was masterful no big info dumps, just bits and pieces which coalesced into a big picture For instance, it takes two hundred pages before we find out what happened to Christianity, which is only a small sect in Ford s pagan, pantheistic world formed to a great extent by the emperor we call Julian the Apostate, who was apparently farsuccessful in this version of history.The characters were vividly drawn, so much so that I really wanted to learnabout the four protagonists than I did, and the historical personages convincing even Richard, about whom I have read a lot and so am picky about Though as frequently when reading alternate history novels, I kept wondering how the same people as in our history could be produced by a world that s so different from ours However, Ford wove the historical and non historical characters together well enough that I was usually at least distracted from that issue I did occasionally feel that I wasn t quite getting what was going on and was very glad for my knowledge of English history of that period, which really helped , but that s just as likely my fault as Ford s my brain having been not quite detached from Dunnett yet I m very much looking forward to rereading The Dragon Waiting sometime, as I think it s clearly a book which I ll getout of the second time through one of the signs of a Good Book, in my estimation Wonderful I loved the historical and literary references scattered and embroidered all over the text It really makes you pay attention while reading And I loved how the book made me go back and reread some paragraphs.This is not an easy fantasy reading and it is fantasy at its best.I will definitely read it onetime to pick up at least some of the zillion details that I missed while reading it for the first time At times The Dragon Waiting reminded me of The Lymond Chronicles, as it features very complicated spy machinations with few concessions to the reader unfamiliar with the period in question There is no omniscient smartarse like Lymond for events to revolve around, though Instead, magic and vampires I found the pacing initially rather a challenge, as the four main characters are introduced separately at length then the plot accelerates very rapidly once they re thrown together Ford also used At times The Dragon Waiting reminded me of The Lymond Chronicles, as it features very complicated spy machinations with few concessions to the reader unfamiliar with the period in question There is no omniscient smartarse like Lymond for events to revolve around, though Instead, magic and vampires I found the pacing initially rather a challenge, as the four main characters are introduced separately at length then the plot accelerates very rapidly once they re thrown together Ford also used the Lymond Chronicles conceit of letting you guess which main characters are present in disguise when the scene shifts Once a third of the way through, I was hooked by the plot and invested in the characters a wizard, a vampire, a doctor, and a mercenary who form a close alliance, or perhaps fellowship is a better word They get deeply involved with the dramatic machinations of the English monarchy, in an alternate 15th century.Although I enjoyed the thrilling set pieces and plot twists, the greatest joy of the novel in my view is the little world building details As Christianity hasn t taken hold in Europe, Dante s masterwork is called the Commedie Uomo , the Roman gods are invoked when swearing, and London has a magnificent Pantheon rather than cathedrals I d probably appreciate it evenwith greater knowledge of the period The specifics of magic and vampirism are also very cleverly and elegantly presented The uses to which magic is put, as well as its overlap with medicine, are unusual and thought provoking The dragon of the title is the most interesting twist on the concept that I think I ve ever seen in fantasy view spoiler It s a physical manifestation of Welsh nationalist sentiment, formed of soldiers and kept together with magic infused propaganda A supercharged battle formation, essentially hide spoiler The four main characters are a compelling bunch and I was invested enough to get very worried about them There are plenty of betrayals and last minute rescues to ramp up the tension.I found out about this book from Jo Walton s blog post collection What Makes This Book So Great, an excellent source of sci fi and fantasy recommendations Here s her piece about it, which I suggest reading after the novel itself While The Dragon Waiting is slightly baffling at first, the mystery and intrigue are a great strength overall Unravelling what s going on is a satisfying and enjoyable experience Still, I wish the plot had been drawn out for perhaps twice as long because I wantedworld and character building filler The speed of events prevented it from becoming one of those totally immersive five star novels that lets me exist in a different world for a few wonderful hours This is a fascinating article Consider my interest piqued This is a fascinating article Consider my interest piqued Wow The Dragon Waiting is hard work I can totally understand why some people disliked it I read it with the Draco Concordans a fan written concordance for the book at my fingertips, all the while conscious that I m gonna have to read it again to understand it all It s a subtle, deeply allusive book, requiring both knowledge of history and other literary texts and skill with interpretation of logical implications and emotional ones I can understand resenting all the work the reader has Wow The Dragon Waiting is hard work I can totally understand why some people disliked it I read it with the Draco Concordans a fan written concordance for the book at my fingertips, all the while conscious that I m gonna have to read it again to understand it all It s a subtle, deeply allusive book, requiring both knowledge of history and other literary texts and skill with interpretation of logical implications and emotional ones I can understand resenting all the work the reader has to do, though for me the need to work is what made me love this book so much.I don t know how to say all the things I think and feel about this book without simply quoting other people The theme that touched me most deeply was that of trauma, and the Byzantine colonialism s comparisons to sexual assault it was very interesting to me that several key characters were Welsh and Scottish, given that theme and real world history I was convinced to read this book by this post, really, which says a lot of what I want to say and in a wondrously unspoiler ish manner, too This is a sneaky, sneaky book a blood soaked medieval fantasy an elegant historical AU a bleak, gritty political thriller a witty Shakespeare fanfic an intricate meta game full of buried jokes about Star Wars and Dracula and a deeply serious and mature story about human damage whether trauma or chronic conditions and how we bear it, about suffering and grace Quite possibly, reading that post to begin with is what allowed me to love this book so much Going in unprepared, I might have given up, which is unfortunate Off to a 5 star start with this World Fantasy Award winner that I d somehow missed Publisher compares it to Mary Stewart s Crystal Cave Not a bad call Dragon sprawls from Ireland to Constantinople in the waning years of the Byzantine Eastern Roman Empire, which fell to the Turks in 1453, in OTL Well, it s not waning here see Jo Walton s review Ford says he tried hard to get the history right, up to the point of divergence, before adding the fantastic elements wizards and vampires Off to a 5 star start with this World Fantasy Award winner that I d somehow missed Publisher compares it to Mary Stewart s Crystal Cave Not a bad call Dragon sprawls from Ireland to Constantinople in the waning years of the Byzantine Eastern Roman Empire, which fell to the Turks in 1453, in OTL Well, it s not waning here see Jo Walton s review Ford says he tried hard to get the history right, up to the point of divergence, before adding the fantastic elements wizards and vampires, so far Then he quotes Nennius, whoever he was ah, a Welsh monk of the 9th century I yield to him who knowsof these things than I do Heh p.98 Dr Cecily Vittori is saving Lorenzo de Medici s life You know you re in good hands when you tear up over bad stuff that happened six centuries ago And when you slow down your reading, so you won t finish the book too soon.It s always a little startling when the words in a row turn into people you care about Author Ford was a little in love with Dr Cecily, I think though he gave her some very hard knocks.The review to read is Jo Walton s,https www.tor.com 2009 07 30 subtle It s a brilliantly written, absorbing book with great characters it s hard to put down once it gets going and it s laugh aloud funny in places This is John M Ford s World Fantasy Award winning masterpieceThe characters are wonderful, all the way through The book gives you time to get to know them and then uses them in precise ways, so you feel they re doing exactly what they would do This is true even of minor characters It also uses Arthurian motifs to underscore the story, without ever getting tangled up in them What a good book this is, what an enjoyable read, and how incredibly clever I love it Almost everyone who s read this book remarks on the need to reread it, to really understand what Ford was doing For sure there are pages where I was wondering what the hell was going on On the future reread list Amazingly dense and well crafted book 5 stars almost certainly his masterpiece RIP Mr Ford 1957 2006 He died way too young