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Tooth and Claw Paperback – January 6, 2009
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Her livejournal, with wordcount, poetry, recipes and occasional actual journalling, is at: http://papersky.livejournal.com She also blogs about old books at Tor.com: http://www.tor.com/Jo%20Walton
Her real grown up website with info about her books, stories, plays and poetry is at http://www.jowaltonbooks.com
The King's Peace (Tor 2000)
The King's Name (Tor 2001)
The Prize in the Game (Tor 2002)
Tooth and Claw (Tor 2003, reprinted Orb 2009)
Farthing (Tor 2006)
Ha'Penny (Tor 2007)
Half a Crown (Tor 2008)
Lifelode (NESFA 2009)
Among Others (Tor 2011)
My Real Children (Tor 2014)
The Just City (Tor 2015)
The Philosopher Kings (Tor July 2015)
Necessity (forthcoming Tor June 2016)
Muses and Lurkers (Rune Press 2001)
Sibyls and Spaceships (NESFA 2009)
The Helix and the Hard Road (Aqueduct 2013)
What Makes This Book So Great (Tor 2014).
An Informal History of the Hugos (Forthcoming, Tor 2016)
Copper Cylinder Award (Among Others 2012)
Hugo: (Among Others 2012)
John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, 2002
Kurd Lasswitz Award (for Among Others, 2014)
Locus Award Best Non Fiction (for What Makes This Book So Great, 2015)
Mythopoeic Award (for Lifelode, 2010)
Nebula Award (for Among Others, 2012)
Prometheus Award (for Ha'Penny) 2008
Robert Holdstock Award (Among Others, 2012)
Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award (for Farthing) 2007
Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award (for Half a Crown) 2009
Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award (for Among Others 2012)
Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award (for My Real Children, 2015)
Tiptree Award (for My Real Children 2015)
World Fantasy Award (for Tooth and Claw) 2004
Aurora Award (My Real Children, 2015)
Indie Lit Awards: (Among Others 2012)
John W. Campbell Memorial (Farthing 2007)
Lambda (SF with gay/lesbian issues) (Ha'Penny 2008)
Locus (Farthing 2007, Among Others 2012)
Mythopoeic (Among Others 2012)
Nebula (Farthing 2007)
Prometheus (Libertarian) (Half a Crown 2009)
Quill (Farthing 2007)
Rhysling (SF poetry) (2007: "Candlemass Poem", in Lone Star Stories, Feb 2006)
Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice (Ha'Penny 2008)
Seiun (Best work translated into Japanese) (Farthing, Ha'Penny, Half a Crown 2011, Among Others 2015)
Sidewise (Alternate History) (Farthing 2007, Ha'Penny 2008, Half a Crown 2009)
Sunburst (Canadian Literature of the Fantastic) (Half a Crown 2009, My Real Children 2015)
Tiptree Honor (Lifelode 2010)
World Fantasy Award (Among Others 2012, My Real Children 2015)
Top Customer Reviews
Finally, there are those fantasy novels that really defy description. Tooth and Claw, by Jo Walton. As the dust jacket says, this is a novel that is based on the Victorian novels of Anthony Trollope. Walton takes the Victorian setting, and gives it huge twist: all of the characters are dragons. Yes, that's right. Fire-breathing (though not all of them do) lizards that can fly (though not all of them can). And, most importantly, proper fire-breathing dragons who have formed a society based on class structure, money (especially gold and treasure) and arranged marriage. Walton takes this concept and writes an intriguing story of family honour and love. It's a real treat to read.
The plot description doesn't sound very interesting. I think that's because this sort of plot usually does nothing for me. It does sound rather dull, doesn't it? I would not have read this book if I hadn't both received this as a review copy and been a big fan of Jo Walton. However, I'm glad I did, because I think it transcends the genre and becomes a nifty little (256 pages) novel in its own right. When I say "transcends the genre," I'm speaking as somebody who has not read any Victorian fiction, so Walton may be way off in her homage. However, Walton is good enough that I trust she hit it pretty good.
The conceit that dragons are living in a Victorian-style society is simply a wonderful concept that Walton does a lot with.Read more ›
I ordinarily despise fantasy tropes such as dragons, the Good/Wee/Seelie folk and the like. I'm not even sure what led me to pick up this book in the first place--maybe the fact that Ms. Walton won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, maybe the Jane Yolen blurb on the back. But good heavens, I'm certainly glad I did.
Walton's spot-on narrative style captures the things I love best about comedies of manners, whether penned by Jane Austen or Lois McMaster Bujold. Without once becoming mired in exposition, she deftly portrays a society at once wholly alien and wholly familiar. The customs may be different, the players reptilian, but the drives and conflicts and personalities ring wonderfully true. The plot is deliciously complex, every strand woven skilfully into a lip-smackingly satisfying denouement.
Thank you, Ms. Walton, for this incredibly enjoyable read! And thank you for not ending on a cliffhanger and signaling the beginning of an interminable series... though I would, very much, like to read some more about the dragons of Agornin and their friends and foes someday. Please?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The affairs of dragons resemble those of humans: jewels and gold, love, religious animosity, class distinctions, attorneys and judges in wigs. Read morePublished 20 days ago by James R C Baker
What a fascinating book! I could not stop reading it, though it is not my usual fare. Tooth and Claw is a comedy of manners, with a twist - it's set in a world of dragons. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Mandy
Borrow characters and situations from Austen, Dickens, Trollope and Heyer, add a few plot points from the books you used to read as a kid (e.g. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anne O.
If you liked Pride and Prejudice this is a five star book. If you didn't, you will find yourself skipping to the end (which I did). Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. Marsh
A fun fantasy of manners. It would have been even better if the author had adopted a more light hearted tone in keeping with the spirit of the story,Published 1 month ago by J. Aumir
Imagine a Regency drama/romance with the death of a father, a muddled inheritance, sisters who are losing their ancestral home and are being split up among family members, love... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michelle Boytim
Look. Dragons. Victorian sensibilities. It works. Read it right away.Published 5 months ago by Ashley Evans
Great fun - This has to be the best of Walton's creations - a civilization of intelligent dragons, for which she has created a complex social structure with a detailed and entirely... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lindy Lou