However, I think I'll choose to be grateful to him in this instance, because otherwise I wouldn't have heard of Naomi's Temeraire series. Yes, I am woefully out of touch when it comes to new books, especially since I have so many old ones in my basement waiting for my attention. However, I just picked up the first book in the series, "His Majesty's Dragon," and I'm having a hard time putting it down.
The basic premise is, we've got the Brits and the French going at each other in the Napoleanic Wars. With dragons.
Yup. She's taken history and tweaked it by adding something utterly fantastic. And so far, sixty-some-odd pages in, it works. Her characters are engaging, the plot fascinating.
Her style is...interesting. Does it count as semi-colon abuse to have four of them in one paragraph? I try not to have more than one per page; seeing four in one paragraph was, um, disconcerting. Especially since I got a note from my (also published) Mom once saying "Don't use semi-colons in fiction." But, hey. Naomi's published, and I'm not. So who am I to complain?
Also, Peter Jackson has optioned the books and wants to make movies out of them. HOW COOL IS THAT???