The Charmed Realm of the art of Paul Kidby

I was visiting my family a couple of weeks ago and discovered this in our local bookshop.

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Like a lot of people, I assume, I know Paul Kidby mainly as the cover artist who took over the Terry Pratchett books after the death of Josh Kirby. I’ve loved his work ever since, but in all honesty, I can’t say I’ve seen a lot of it outside of his association with Pratchett. In actual fact, his style has become so entwined with the Discworld books that it took a little while to get used to seeing his art in a world other than that of Pratchett’s work.

But that feel quickly faded. Kidby is such an amazing artist. There is such passion and attention to detail in every one of his creations. He’s the sort of artist that makes you a little sick with the perfection in his work. 

And, annoyingly, he was at an event I went to this weekend. If I’d known I would have brought it along to get it signed.

I really need to start looking out for more of the work. Let me know if you know of any collections or books he has worked on I might not know about.

Ride the dragon

Happy St. George’s Day everyone.

You know, I’ve never quite understood why you’d choose to kill the dragon when instead you could tame and ride it instead.

I mean, who wouldn’t want to ride a dragon?

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If you’ve ever read Noami Novik’s Temeraire series, that is this world’s version of the story (in my personal head-canon, at least). The story of the first man to ride a dragon. I haven’t finished the full series yet so this may be completely contradicted somewhere in the books, but I love the idea.

And if you haven’t tried these books yet, consider this a recommendation. Imagine the Dragon Riders of Pern, but set in the real world during the Napoleonic Wars using dragons as an airforce. Book one is definitely better that book two, but I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the third.