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Dragons & Dirigibles (2000)

by Cindy Spencer Pape(Favorite Author)
3.81 of 5 Votes: 3
Gaslight Chronicles
review 1: To start off, I want to say that I really love this series. Cindy Spencer Pape has created a great steam punk world, crazy machines, supernatural elements and romance! If you have not tried this series, I would. That said, I would not start with this one. The heroine was great as most of her female characters are. Pape’s females are strong and opinionated and extremely capable. Melody is a dirigible captain and knows who she is and is proud of it. However, I was truly annoyed at the hero. He spends the first part of the book telling Melody that she is not a proper woman because she does not do embroidery and other “female” pursuits. He also tries to get his niece, who is under his guidance, to be a “proper” lady and not pursue education. Then about half way thr... moreough the book because all (and I mean all) of the other male characters keep telling him he is being stupid (well… and he gives in to desire) he decides that she is a wonderful person and yes a true lady. This 180 about face rang really false to me and was disappointing because all of her previous heroes were so likable. I wound up still giving Dragons a 4/5 because you do get some time with previous characters, Wink and Tom and Nell all showed up and Nell and Tom had some great scenes. I so can’t wait for their book! Plus, the huge metal crab and the dragon of the title were excellent and Cindy does a great job with their description.
review 2: 3.5 stars. This book started out strong and very interesting. It's an interesting alternate Europe that mixes supernatural and steampunk. I found myself cheering for Melody and warming up to Victor despite some of his old-fashioned (then in fashion) ways and beliefs. I knew this was a novella getting into it and that didn't bother me. But, I found that I liked the characters and the story so much so that I wanted more of it, and not just more of the series, but more of this novel. With a few things fleshed out fully this would have been outstanding. As it was, it was a good, quick read that felt a bit rushed. I would recommend it for fans of romantic steampunk. less
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Thoroughly enjoyable, but a little let down by an ending that seemed rushed and abrupt
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
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