I’m so thankful that Marie Brennan included this very pointed acknowledgement of the sexism her character faces. And the second the male character is like “But you’re not like other women”, she shuts him up real quick.
Background: This is from the 4th of the Lady Trenant series by Marie Brennan, about a lady dragonologist, set in the world like Victorian England. The first book being A Natural History of Dragons.
The director of the Central Intelligence Agency, John Brennan, is warning against in-kind retaliation by the U.S. government for Russian hacking during the election.
In an interview with NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly, Brennan said, “They do some things that are beyond the pale,” referencing those who would undermine democratic processes, adding:
“I don’t think we should resort to some of the tactics and techniques that our adversaries employ against us. I think we need to remember what we’re fighting for. We’re fighting for our country, our democracy, our way of life, and to engage. And the skullduggery that some of our opponents and adversaries engage in, I think is beneath this country’s greatness.”
Brennan also discussed the war in Syria and the weeks of horrific violence in the city of Aleppo, where an evacuation appeared to be ending amid freezing weather.
“Be warned, then: the collected volumes of this series will contain frozen mountains, foetid swamps, hostile foreigners, hostile fellow countrymen, the occasional hostile family member, bad decisions, misadventures in orienteering, diseases of an unromantic sort, and a plenitude of mud.” - Marie Brennan, A Natural History of Dragons
@booksforthoughts February book photo challenge. Day 9: Character Like Me. “A Natural History of Dragons” by Marie Brennan. Science and dragons? Yes, please!
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I believed myself to be ready then; now, with the hindsight brought by greater age, I see myself for the naive and inexperienced young woman I was. We all begin in such a manner, though. There is no quick route to experience.
Marie Brennan - A Natural History of Dragons (The Memoirs of Lady Trent #1)
||June BPC: Just One More Page|| 2. Wings. Y’all. I seriously love wings. Like, a lot. Birds, flying children, whatever, love it. So I was kind of sad to discover that I’ve only recently begun accumulating books where characters have actual physical wings most of the time, although there should be an honorable mention to Six of Crows and Magonia.