A historical fiction YA novel that depicts a medieval siege
Useful for understanding human psychology. Not blatantly deficient on surface siegecraft, even if hampered in realism by the lack of even basic magic. Recommended addition to martial academy libraries.
The Traitors to Truth, a fantasy novel about a female adventurer from a semi-religious order dedicated to finding and spreading the truth.
Very interesting, and quite consistent with Kehanetian ethics. The human-based perspective and the fact that the magic and religion are fantastic avoids a feeling of excessive didacticism. Recommended addition to community entertainment libraries.
A series focusing on two “competitive friends” bonded by their mutual appreciation for -- and high-level competitive rivalry at -- a certain genre of strategy game.
Fairly pedestrian theme, alien perspective and technology make it hard to relate. Nothing objectionable, permitted for sale by booksellers, though unlikely to be picked up by many.
A book about a young adventurer on a classic “hero’s journey.”
Another entry in the antisocial genre that makes up far too much of the human-written literature we already have access to and need to keep away from impressionable youths. Subversion by non-subversion is a mildly interesting literary trick, but not enough to justify translation and reproduction costs to make the work available as inspiration to authors.
A fantasy romance novel themed around reversals of fortune.
Human literature is just so obsessed with romantic pairings. Sure, it's an obvious side effect of their fixed-from-birth sexes and the fact that the females carry the young instead of sensibly laying eggs, but it makes so much so hard to relate to. And the author doesn't even seem to understand that the corruption and fall of the captain is a tragedy. Doesn't need to be banned, because nobody not assigned the job of reading it is going to bother.
The first is a book from the "popular strategy" genre
Definitely worth adding to the martial academy libraries, if only for another perspective on established principles. Forwarded to the Hatchling Literature Review to determine if it is suitable for excerpting for use in primary education.
Next is a classic of the "memoirs of regret" genre
While vainglory usually doesn't reach these levels in the Empire of the Lightning Dragon, the lesson is useful. (It would be even more useful for the inhabitants of the various human realms, where vainglory does reach those levels, but our mission is not to fix the world, but make it safe for Palinexolara the Great, her scions, and the kobolds who serve them.) Added to the martial and arcane academy libraries, since their students tend to display the problem the most.
The last book is part of the "in-depth postmortem" genre
Incomprehensible. Sent the copy to the stacks of the Imperial Research Library, in case it might have some utility to scholars of the esoteric in the future.
A steampunk novel about a secret agent, a mad scientist, and their series of conflicts over several years
Another weird human romance. Copy sent to the department in charge of obtaining foreign craft guild secrets to see if any of the "steampunk" bits can help advance Imperial crafts, or give insight into what the gods-cursed gnomes might be trying.
A classic play about two young members of rival families caught in a vendetta.
And another weird human romance, with a focus on those weird "family" ties. It's really so much easier when eggs hatch in collective nurseries and the hatchlings are socialized and educated by trained personnel. Thank the gods we aren't humans.
Historical fiction dramatizing a famous dispute between two rival scientists, each convinced their own paradigm was right.
And just when you start to despair if humans can ever care about anything important or have any comprehensible emotions, you get something like this. Kehanet's clerics are going to especially like this one (which might disgruntle some of the clerics of the eight other Nine Worthy Ministers, since that's now two for her and none for the others); it's clearly a worthy addition to community entertainment libraries.