A Natural History of Dragons!

Grrrrrrrrrreetings and salutations, O Internets. Today is a frabjous day for me, as it is the day that A Natural History of Dragons goes on sale in reputable bookshops everywhere!

(The ones who started selling it early are also probably reputable. They just jumped the gun a bit, is all.)

Don’t forget that I will be participating in the Month of Letters Challenge; check that link for details on how to get your own hand-written letter from Lady Trent. You have all month!


There are going to be a lot of sightings of me around the Internet for the next month and more, as I undertake a blog tour for this book. Rather than spamming you with links every time an interview or guest post goes live, I’m going to collate them into round-ups. As of today, we have the following:

A giveaway at Jim Hines’ blog. He provided an excellent blurb for A Natural History of Dragons, so Tor sent him four finished copies of the book, of which he is giving away three. But wait, there’s more! He has signed the back of the book, under his blurb, and I am sending him stickers so they can be autographed by me, too. In fact, it’s possible that Daniel Fox (the blurber beneath him in that photo) will also be contributing. If you can snag one of these, and then track down Melanie Rawn and Todd Lockwood, you’ll have the most thoroughly signed copy of this novel in existence! To get a copy, head on over to Jim’s blog and write your own blurb for the fake book Mary’s Angels (previously featured in his Aicardi Foundation fundraiser).

“Why Do Dragons Look Like That?” A PW Tip Sheet, wherein you can see some of the interior sketches from the book, and read my thoughts on why I chose those parts of the story to be illustrated.

“An Interview with Lady Trent, Dragon Naturalist” From the Tor/Forge newsletter, an in-character interview of Lady Trent, by a muckraking journalist of her own world. 🙂

“The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe” An entirely silly interview with me, featuring seventeenth-century profanity!

Blog Critics interview — and finally, a more serious and thorough interview, where I talk about academia and female protagonists.


Finally, a quick reminder that tomorrow I embark on my book tour. If you’re in Seattle, Portland, San Diego, or San Francisco, please do stop by and say hi!

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0 Responses to “A Natural History of Dragons!”

  1. Marie Brennan

    Heh. Well, I hope that gets settled soon, if only for your peace of mind!

  2. bookblather

    I just got an email saying that my pre-order shipped. SO EXCITED.

  3. Anonymous

    This is going to sound a bit thick, but how does one go about signing up? D you have to nominate a fandom, or pick from the existing list once the challenge opens? Never done a AO3 challenge before, and the lj and dw ones are generally pretty self-explanatory.
    It’s been a long week.

  4. Anonymous

    Windows 8 defaults to an awful tablet/Xbox-ey UI, though you can dig in and get to a Windows-7 esque layer if you want. I would personally go with Windows 7 if you can.As for hardware, I dunno what the right approach is there, though I’m going to need to be looking for a new rig myself fairly soon, as my old video card turns on all its fans when I play… Diablo 3. And Diablo 3 is not a terribly taxing game by modern standards.

  5. Anonymous

    (Disclosure: I also work at MS.)

    I have two machines with Win8, one a tablet, and one a standard laptop. On the tablet, Win8 is fantastic, the Metro UI looks great, and I have no complaints at all. On the laptop… truth be told I basically never use the actual “Win8” parts of the OS. 99% of my time is spent in Desktop mode, which looks exactly like Win7. I have no use for the shiny new bits, but to their credit they don’t get in my way, either.

    All of the same settings and fiddly bits from Win7 are still there. Nothing has been hidden or made unavailable.

    I’m pretty darn sure that MS is not planning on releasing a pack to convert Win8 machines back to Win7-style UI. That said, I work very far from the Windows division, and they could surprise me.

    All said: I wouldn’t let the FUD surrounding Win8 deter you from getting a machine that has Win8 on it. At worst, you’ll just spend all of your time in Desktop mode, where the most radically changed parts of the UI get out of your way.

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