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  • Title: The Iron Dragon's Daughter
  • Author: Michael Swanwick
  • ISBN: 9780380720989
  • Page: 185
  • Format: Paperback
  • Jane, a young human changeling, decides to escape servitude in a factory manufacturing enormous flying dragon machines and undertakes to obtain necessary artifacts and a mastery of her abilities By the author of Stations of the Tide Reprint NYT.
    The Iron Dragon s Daughter Jane a young human changeling decides to escape servitude in a factory manufacturing enormous flying dragon machines and undertakes to obtain necessary artifacts and a mastery of her abilities By th

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    1. ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.Some people don t like to admit that they didn t get a book, but I m secure enough with myself to say that I didn t get this one.The Iron Dragon s Daughter started off well Jane is a human changeling who works in a Faerie factory that makes flying iron dragons for weapons Jane and the other child slave laborers who are a mix of strange creatures are entertaining and bring to mind Lord of the Flies and that scene in Sid s room from Pixar s Toy Story Michael [...]

    2. This is a very impressive and work of imagination, and while I ve read better Swanwick, it s still Swanwick, and that means it s head and shoulders better than almost anything out there.This novel gives the illusion that it might be a YA, with a lot of impressive and delightful adventure elements, but it eventually turns into an adult romp full of sex, drugs, and stardom, only to eventually return to its adventure roots So what makes this piece stand out Jane is a great character with lots of si [...]

    3. Faerie cyberpunk Jane is a changeling, working as slave labour in the dragon factory Her life is planned out for her, and it s not particularly pleasant path Then she meets an iron dragon, and decides to rebel.This is a FANTASTIC book The world is incredibly detailed and very well thought out.The only trouble is, it s about two books in one We start off with Jane in childhood, and go through to her adulthood Jane is wonderful Smart, stubborn, not always especially moral and very, very angry.SPOI [...]

    4. One of the books on Mieville s list of 50 Scifi and Fantasy Books for Socialists, he tells you that it completely destroys the sentimental aspects of genre fiction And holy hell, please do take that warning seriously Jane is a child worker in a factory which is building treacherously aware warmachines made of cold iron These dragons are enslaved to their pilots, wills broken by technology and magic, as Jane is essentially a slave to the factory Until one of the dragons starts whispering to her o [...]

    5. I d read some of the other reviews of The Iron Dragon s Daughter on , so I was forewarned that the author pulls a nasty trick on us around page 80 That still didn t prepare me for how angry this book was going to make me.I picked up this book because it s noteworthy for deconstructing a lot of stock fantasy tropes It was published in 1993, when fantasy was deep in the ghetto of Tolkien knockoffs A few years later, A Game of Thrones would start pulling the genre out of Tolkien s shadow, and then [...]

    6. This book is one of those rarities that make my brain a little bit numb from emotion storm There is nothing coherent, just a storm of love, hatred, questions, guesses, objections, suggestions, alterations, admiration, amusement, dissatisfaction I want , but I know that there is no and there must be no for all good things must end by their own will or be twisted into the MacDonald s like things by others Such books and the worlds they create is like a glimpse in the dark They flash before your [...]

    7. I read this book years ago, and it s one of those that really stick with you and rattle around in your head.If you ve ever read classic, well respected literature, you know that the author is telling a raw and original story, and cares nothing about the reader s comfort along the way That, to me, is the sign of a truly well written book You experience the human condition through the writing, and a good part of the human condition is NOT comfortable, pretty, or easy to face.The genius here and wh [...]

    8. Sigh Another one of those cases where GR s star rating system doesn t adequately express my reaction to a book I d give this one 2.5 to 3 stars and, since it s the New Year I m feeling generous, I m rounding up It s not bad Swanwick is a decent writer It s just not my cup of tea The only reason I picked this book up was that it was 50 cents at a library sale In general, I m not a huge fan of urban fantasy so I was never drawn to the book when it first came out, despite the rave reviews it got an [...]

    9. I picked this up on a recommendation by author China Mieville It is interesting, and certainly different from anything mainstream, but I can see why the book faded into obscurity since it s publication in the 90 s.During the first 20% of this book, I thought it was going to be one of the best things I ever read A changeling girl is stuck in a magical, steampunk factory with other fey children toiling away building sentient, mechanical dragons She must escape by secretly fixing one of said dragon [...]

    10. A Cracking little read, this one, bonkers and brave and brash Totally slaps anyone who suspects gritty fantasy is a new thing This book doesn t shy away from adult language and themes war, racism, sexism , and has a pleasing mish mash of aesthetics, from the gentle veneer of the fae, to the harsh industrial landscape all mixed with a spot of college antics and sex Quite likely a deliberate attempt to upset some section of the genre readership which you ve got to love, right

    11. This was one of the first books that I stumbled upon without anyone ever recommending it to me, and expected the normal fantasy fare.Imagine my surprise when this story turned out to be an entirely original tale about a girl trying to find her way in a strange, cruel, bold, ferocious world I was used to reading about elves and dwarves this world has giant metal dragons and invisible boys and anthropomorphic characters And, as it were, elves as well.I re read this book every year, just for the ma [...]

    12. So, you know the feeling you get when you encounter a difficult piece of artwork in a contemporary art museum Maybe it s a small box left alone on a table Maybe it s a cake made of plaster Maybe it s a series of lights shone on a wall You can pick up on a few clues as to what concept is being explored and what aesthetic is being showcased, but you get the sense that you might just not be intelligent or cultured enough to grasp the big, profound entirety of it all And then it strikes you maybe th [...]

    13. An excellent and unusual dark fantasy book The main character is an anti hero so be prepared, remember it s a grim, gritty, nihilist fantasy book.This book is for advanced readers who are familiar with the usual fantasy tropes People who still prefer the old style fairytales with heroic heroes may not like it People who have already read a lot of fantasy and are bored with sparkly vampires and white knights may like this grim tale.

    14. This book was recommended to me somewhere along the way and also appears as part of one of the Fantasy Masterworks series, so I expected it would be good.The basic premise of The Iron Dragon s Daughter is of a world alongside ours where human children have been stolen to work in the great foundries where dragons are made Our protagonist, determined to know a different life from the one she is currently leading, makes plans to steal one of the dragons and flee her plan works well in some ways but [...]

    15. I don t know how to rate this book It s staid with me years after I read yet yet I never felt the urge to read ti again, or tell anyone else they should read it The faerie realm never felt so real or so modern There are factories, cops, malls, high schools, colleges, duplexes all the trappings of urban and suburban life, but populated entirely by the fair folk, who act very similar, except when the occasional Beltane sacrifice or Samhien orgy comes along And there s magic and spells deftly mixed [...]

    16. This was the first adult scifi book I ever read I snuck it home from the Eugene, OR public library when I was 12nce I wouldn t have been allowed to read it I remember finding it strange, and confusing, and crude.ough I didn t understand the crudity fully, I knew it was bad.I think I always attributed that opinion to the fact that I was too young to read the book at the time I had since looked it up online and noticed that it won all sorts of awards.So, almost 20 years later, I got it through int [...]

    17. Not so long ago, I was reading a forum discussion talking about how fantasy worlds never seem to progress past a medieval level of technology and whether or not it s possible to write a technological fantasy world that is clearly not science fiction.This book does it, with its plethora of faerie creatures and our protagonist, a changeling working in factories and dealing with magical robotic creations The book is complex, with strikingly original ideas, and a carefully plotted structure that at [...]

    18. I wanted to like this so badly The premise was great, the opening chapters were greatThen we get bogged down in Jane s sexual encounters There s one chapter littered with the word cunt I was so disappointed Once again, a potentially amazing book is ruined by the author s preoccupation with slut shaming his heroine I realise this book is from the 90s, but this is entirely symptomatic of how male authors treat female protagonists In order to get ahead Shag allllll the mystical creatures I almost w [...]

    19. I read it based on Anatoly Vorobey s review This is fantasy for adults complex flawed characters, a world rich in detail, multitude of characters who live and do things for their own sake rather than to advance a plot point or help the hero Utter disregard for conventions and cliches of the genre A hero who is an anti Mary Sue Endless inventiveness of the author To my taste, this novel is what books like The Kingkiller Chronicles promise, but then utterly fail to deliver But if you re a fan of R [...]

    20. Having read the various 1 star and 5 star reviews I still feel the need to say something about this book.Although the writing is in fact good, reading The Iron Dragon s Daughter was an incredibly unpleasant experience Most of the goings on are randomly and deeply nasty Poorly sketched out secondary characters come and go seemingly at without rhyme or reason The mechanics of the world make no sense except for what can be guessed at from fantasy tropes and myths There is no tension because the rea [...]

    21. The one where Jane, a changeling and child laborer in a world where magic and industry coexist, steals or is stolen by a giant, intelligent machine called a dragon.This book gets three stars from me on the basis of the worldbuilding, which is fantastic It reminds me of Wicked familiar and strange and neverendingly inventive But it s full of cruelties large and small, and it s unrelentingly nihilistic Which would have been powerful if Jane were fighting with all her might against indifferent fat [...]

    22. This is very likely Swanwick s masterwork I ve read it at least three times, and got something new each time Not to be missed Here s Dave Truesdale s comments on Iron Dragon sDaughter and the 2008 sort of sequel, The Dragons of Babel In 1994, Michael Swanwick s The Iron Dragon s Daughter broke new ground and blew everyone away with its heady mix of dystopian dark Faerie and Dickensian machine age steampunk It was a truly one of a kind work and I now think it fair to say a fantasy classic LInk to [...]

    23. One of the most intriguing books of science fantasy I ve ever read, Iron Dragon s Daughter is set in a strange world that is best described as faerie cyberpunk Our heroine, Jane, is a changeling, a human child brought into a dark world of faeries, half breeds and monsters both natural and technological Jane starts the book working in a factory that produces dragons, huge flying mechs armed with state of the art weaponry, using her unusual ancestry to practice her skills as a thief One day, she d [...]

    24. Inventive and twisted, this is a dark solipsistic or perhaps nihilistic vision of a drug fueled sex laced industrial fantasy world This book is a mixture of sh and honey, and as such, the inventive good parts can t overcome the feeling that one has consumed something unpleasant and unhealthy It rates two stars because I find value in both the good inventive parts and the chance for an insight into a mind of someone who is most unlike me I m sure this book will stick with me but I can t in good c [...]

    25. What begins brilliantly and appears to have the makings of a steam punk classic, wanders off into an unholy mess of disagreeable characters and fantasy cliches existing in a world that is wholly incomprehensible Had I not read it on holiday I would have binned it a third of the way through and as it was just flicked through the final chapters, by which time I didn t have a care for anyone or anything within its pages.

    26. I rarely disliked a fantasy novel But this one really got to my nerves I could not enjoy reading the book I just finished it for the sake of have nothing else to read at that moment.Sorry.

    27. I enjoyed the beginning of this, although it confused me I enjoyed the premise, and the dragon, and although the darkness and grimness of the setting had me on edge, I could appreciate the fact that it did so If that makes sense It wasn t my preferred type of setting I like there to be just a little light somewhere, and I admit I do prefer to like a character or two in what I m reading but it was well done and fascinating I was confused because it s never explicitly stated where and or when this [...]

    28. I think I should start off with a warning This is a dark tale It s a story about cruelty, betrayal, callousness, depravity, theft, drug use, and ultimately, about remorse But the remorse has no impact if we do not pass through the darkness that precedes it This is not a novel about the nobility of elves, rather it is about the other kinds of tales that surround them The darker ones Another reviewer described this as Faerie Cyberpunk, and I d say that s not inaccurate Tolkien impresses us with th [...]

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