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A Natural History of Dragons:

Today is April 3rd-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-dit-dooo, and we're gonna talk about books.  Gonna talk about some of my favorite books, I got a stack right here. These are some books that I have read in the last...since uh...since 2013 began. And I wanted to talk about them.

We're gonna start with The Rise of Endymion by Dan Simmons. The final book in the Hyperion cantos and damn! Damn! If you want to like, just spend a lot of time, they're not small, but spend a lot of time in an amazing universe, with some amazing characters, first of all, Hyperion is just gonna blow your mind. It, it's just going, and it's gonna be great, and I, I envy you the opportunity of reading Hyperion for the first time. I would totally, if I could, just get hypnotized, so I could just read it again for the first time. This is the final book, the fourth book, and I just want to say, it's was a long time coming for me. It was probably, between the first and the last book in the series, I mean they've all been out for a long time, but it was probably ten years? So it was a long time coming for me to finally finish this series and I cried like a freaking baby. Just at, in bed, next to Katherine, and she's asleep and I'm just bleeargh. 

Speaking of oldern books, we're gonna get even older here and great politics and great stories. I just finished the Isaac Asimov foundation trilogy. I did not continue reading after the trilogy was over, but also very good! Amazing that these books are over 50 years old, and they stand up, they're science fiction novels that absolutely seem like they could have been written today. I mean occasionally not, occasionally they talk about like libraries with books and card catalogues and the computers are very bad. The computers  are very slow. Um, but they do have computers, so that's pretty impressive. The way that these books work is they're, they're told as a series of short stories. It will like skip forward in time and there will be other short story and then skip forward in time, um, because they take place over a truly large amount of time. Just really enjoyable, one of the, uh, awarded the Hugo as best series ever? It was really, it was, awarded the Hugo as best series ever, I did not know that. That's funny. I didn't know that you could have an award for the best thing ever. Forever. I don't know if they could, if, maybe they could vote later, and change it.

And then finally, we're going to switch to something that is a new book. Absolutely brand new, just walked into Barnes and Noble, saw it and thought it would be an interesting read, and it totally was, this is A National History of Dragons by Marie Brennan. If Ah... J.K Rowling and, and Charles Darwin and Jane Austen had a baby. That would be impossible. That would be a messed up baby. But if they wrote a book together, it would be this book. It's basically, um, a- a- a tale of a Victorian woman who goes to uh, and is, is obsessed and fascinated by dragons, uh, which do not really live in they country that she's from, so she goes on an expedition and there's, there's like parts that are like, Victorian culture, and her rebelling against like sexism and um, and then there's, you know, there's a kind of little love story in it, and it's such a cool mix. You know, there's really funny moments and there's really intense and stressful moments, and I just enjoyed it as a book a great deal, um, I haven't heard anything about it, so I feel bad, and if you, you should go buy this. Um, cause it's fantastic. 

So those are some book suggestions for Vlog Every Day in April number three. Goodbye!