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Dresden Files! Book 9 Review

AHHHHHHAAAAaaaa. I’m so good at this. Sigh, almost 2 months since my last update. Well, you know. Things and busy and yada yada, same old, same old. Good news, though. Second book is moving along better than ever. I think having it out this year is definitely a thing that is happening. Probably, maybe.

Anyways. Small review!

White Night by Jim Butcher  4.5 out of 5 Stars

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This one will be a really small one.

Basically, White Night gives us all the things that make the Dresden Files worth reading. A killer on the loose and it looks like it might be Harry Dresden’s half-brother, Thomas. Tommy, my boy, how could you?!!! Dresden obviously doesn’t really think Thomas is behind it, so we get to ride along as he tries to figure out what the hell is going on.

All along the way is danger, interesting characters, and internal struggles.

It, like always, is a fun ride.

So I definitely enjoy this one, but I’ll admit that this book doesn’t exactly do anything new. It does, however, continue expanding on the things that we love and it’s entertaining. And that is definitely good enough for me.

So if you’re into the last 8 installments, I’m pretty sure you’ll be liking this one.

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GAWDDAMMN…I’m still alive, I promise

Geeeeeeez, this blog has been super dead since about June. That’s my bad. My only defense is that I’ve been incredibly busy with work. Plus I’m writing….. And I’m trying to spread my talents into other areas, too.

So all of that means little time for blogging. As I often like to say, I mean to change this. And I will. Someday. Probably soon. I want to finish my little Harry Dresden Review ‘series.’ Then I’ll probably move on to doing a Wheel of Time mini review thing.

Pretty decent Epic Fantasy series if you’re into that kind of thing. Definitely a unique read, as well as an important one. (For me at least, since I want to be an author of the same strain as the talented Late Robert Jordan and the phenomenal Brandon Sanderson) I’m almost done with it. It’s a monster of a series. So lots of reading, which is good, because I like lots of reading.

Anyways, yeah. I will get better at blogging. I swear it on the old gods and the new. (Hah hah, a Game of Thrones reference! Get it?)

Till next time. Which is bound to be soon. Like in a week. Or two? Maybe sooner.. maybe later…….

DRESDEN FILES! BOOK 5 REVIEW

Review on Death Masks!!!!!!!!!!!

Death Masks by Jim Butcher 4 out of 5 Stars

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So this one almost made the climb to 4.5. Almost. It’s good. One of my favorites really, because it had a lot of story going on.

BUT I won’t be getting into much of that story because… go read it, that’s why.

Harry Dresden! What kind of mess is he getting into this time? Well turns out there’s lots of messy things he’s a part of in this book. Duel with a vampire anyone? Psh, yeah and it’s only because he’s trying end this whole war thing going on. Susan is back. She’s got shit to do and she’s half-vampire and cooler than ever. Oh and holy friggin’ knights anyone? What. What. What. Then Nicodemus! Who is he? What is he? And does he like coffee with his murder?

Yeah, seriously, kind of cool stuff there. It gets a bit crazy and I think that’s why I bring it down to a 4. Still, there is more of that sweet, sweet, world building and character building. Included free of charge. (Not really. I had to buy the book, but it’s worth it. James Marsters is a master of narration, so audio book purchase is a must!)

Oh and Ivy. She’s just a seven year old girl and known as the Archive, a living, breathing bank of all the world’s knowledge. Plus all that power she’s got which is awesome. She might be one of my favorite parts of the whole Dresden Universe. She’s such a cool idea and a great character. Seriously, how can you not like Ivy? The correct is answer is you have to like her. You. Have. To.

Anyways. This is probably the book that really started solidifying the series for me. So if you like that kind of thing, read this one. And enjoy it. I did.

Dresden Files! Book 4 Review

OK OK OK. I’ve been a bit busy and this has gotten away from me, but lo and behold, SUMMER KNIGHT, book 4 of the The Dresden Files, review is here!!!!!

And quick review is quick so this will be a quick review…

Summer Knight by Jim Butcher 4 out of 5 Stars

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And the lift off into some good reading begins. As the adventures of our hero, Harry Dresden, continue we find him… well sad at the beginning of this installment. And desperate. And justifiably so, I think. Can’t really get into why that is without giving much of the last book away and I couldn’t do that you, the reader.

Anyways. Without getting into much of anything Dresden has to keep living and not dying so he gets thrown into a mess of things that have to do with Faeries. And as we all well know by now, faeries are dangerous. So things get dangerous as Dresden is thrown into some Faerie business. The whole Faerie world thing is probably one of the best elements of the whole series so I think if you’re into that kind of thing, you really cant go wrong with this book.

Again without really getting into any details, Dresden pretty much has to save the world again with some entertaining characters at his side. It’s a solid read and I think it did a lot of things right. Characters are still growing and even in all the sadness and serious danger, we still get the bits of hope.  Plus James Marsters. Nuff’ said. Damn, he’s great as a narrator.

So yup, solid read. Solid 4 stars.

Also, anybody been listening to Hamilton the Musical at all. Like holy damn shit, it’s awesome. And I heard today, 16 Tony Award Nominations. Man, I want to go see it now.

 

 

Dresden Files! Book 2 Review

Fool Moon by Jim Butcher 3 out of 5 Stars

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I’ll start off by saying that this book in the Dresden Files is probably one of my least favorites of the whole series. In fact, while writing this I changed my original rating from 3.5 down to 3 Stars. I’m probably still being a little lenient there if I’m honest. This is a shame since I happen to actually like werewolves. (Well the idea of them, anyways.) But, as with this story, most of the time they’re used in books or movies or whatever else, they end up being a disappointment.

So Fool Moon introduces us to werewolves and all their complex glory. There are a few different types and they all play some varying degree of roles in Fool Moon. With that in mind, let’s get down to the basics. Someone dies, it looks awfully like a big bad werewolf is responsible, which means we have another whodunnit handed to Harry Dresden! As I said in my previous review, this series likes to stay in its given formula and this one does just that. (Which, again, is fine. Dresden is a wizard-private investigator after all. He needs something to investigate!)

So Dresden teams up with Karen Murphy, Chicago’s most toughest tough as nails female with short man syndrome law officer of justice … If you can’t hear my annoyance, I’ll get this out of the way. My absolute least favorite thing about this book is Murphy (She actually represents something I find annoying in lots of different stories)  She basically seeks help from a Dresden to, ya know, have him help solve the case or whatever, only to start mistrusting him because he is helping in a way that seems too suspiciously suspicious. (Is that a spoiler, I’m sorry if it is. I mean I still think you need to read it to really get it in context)

Well I’m going to give you a little context anyways. It would be like Commissioner Gordon lighting up the bat signal to call Batman and ask him for help about something which only Batman had information on. Batman gives Gordon this information to, ya know, help, but then Gordon turns on him and announces, ‘You’re under arrest, Batman. Ya know, for trying to help me solve this case which you’d never would have been involved in unless I called you in the first place’…..

Basically, Murphy was stupid-annoying this book and all we get to show for it is Dresden basically feeling bad about her being really fucking annoying because reasons?  (Excuse my, language or don’t. Whatever………….)

BUT with all that said, this book isn’t all bad. Really it isn’t. It has some annoying bits. So annoying that I almost wanted to give up the series, but yet again it is saved by a great narrator who really does justice in playing Harry Dresden. (Thank you again, James Marsters!)

Dresden is by all means resilient and resourceful throughout this book. And it is kind of a joy to see him get out of the madness he is thrust in to. Not only that, we get to see some new character get into trouble with him and help him. It’s not perfect, but it is pretty cool . Plus ya know, werewolves.

So definitely give this one a read (or listen I should say cuz audio books rule!!!) and try not to get hung up on the stupid parts. Underneath that, there is still a robust lineup of interesting characters and an ever building world of magic and mischief that is a necessary stepping stone in the long run.

Really, the series does actually get better but Fool Moon is as mediocre as they come.

Dresden Files! Book 1 Review

I am going to attempt to leave little reviews of the Dresden Files Books 1-15. They will be done here and there and over the next few weeks… I think.

I will start this is a small over view of the whole series. It’s good. Not great, not bad. Good. Harry Dresden is a character worth following, I think. My problems with it usually don’t have to do with him. And James Marsters is Harry Dresden! He’s a great narrator for the audio books and probably the main reason I stuck with the series. But there is also the fact that, as many others who have read the series have said, it does get better as it goes on. Other than that, I won’t say much regarding the whole series. Maybe one day I’ll write something else about the journey as a whole but until then here’s my thoughts on….

Storm Front by Jim Butcher 3.5 out of 5 stars

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Storm Front introduces Chicago’s only openly practicing wizard-private investigator for hire, Harry Dresden.

So what are we introduced to? Well, we get an array of interesting characters for sure, but what we really get is the first bits of Butcher’s world of magic and it’s not a super duper lovey sunshine type of place. It’s dark, it’s gritty, and it’s dangerous. (Sometimes comically so, to be honest, but let’s try to stick with the positives.) But we only get the bits of this dangerous world, just little hints. This isn’t a necessarily a bad thing because there are a lot of interesting parts of Butcher’s wizarding world that I appreciate (eventually), but you won’t be getting a lot of them in Storm Front.

What you will get is a somewhat decent/sort of meh plot where he goes and does one thing, which leads to another thing and then that leads to one more thing and then they tie up together at the end. This is sort of the typical formula you’ll see in these books, but again, this is not really a bad thing. It works and Butcher tends to make it work well. I just don’t want to spell too much of the actual plot for anyone. To make as simple as I can: People die in a weird, awful, magical way and Harry Dresden has to find out whodunnit!

And all of this in itself probably wouldn’t be worth much if it wasn’t for the character Harry Dresden himself. Butcher writes him to be a tough private investigator with a dark past type of dude in a lot of ways, so that might not sound entirely ideal. But Dresden has flaws there and he has humor and he is saved by a brilliant narration that really gives life to the story.

So all in all, this is a pretty vague sort of overview/review. Sorry, I’m trying not to spoil anything. When it all comes down to it though, it’s a quick entertaining read that sows a necessary seed that grows in later books and becomes something I genuinely enjoy.

 

Notice: A Failure to Blog

Alas, I’ve come back to you blog. It has been many months I know, but forgive me for my time away. Just know that I have been incredibly busy with…. I don’t know….. everything.

In all seriousness, I am sorry, yet again, for my poor blogging consistency. I’m determined to be better. I know I say this all the time, but this time I mean it. (Sweet, merciful Athena, hold me to my word!)

I do love me some of dat audible

I’ve been reading quite a bit. More than I ever have actually. This has a lot to do with the ability to listen to Audiobooks, while I work, which is freaking awesome! I might be late to this game, but I approve of Audiobooks. Seriously, great way to get some books in while doing other mindless task. (My job consist of mostly boxing board games for shipping, so yay for mindless!) Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind my job at all. Simple, easy, and comes with the benefit of working at the same company as my older brother. In addition to that, I get to bloody listen to books all day long. So yeah, it makes the job great.

So, I’ll eventually get to working on some reviews for many of these books I’ve been reading. Doubtful they’ll be incredibly detailed, but I do want to write down my thoughts on them.

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Beyond that, I’ve been doing some work on the second Kyle Demore book. It’s going steady and I’m certainly getting in the zone, but it is slow work. I thought I’d be able to crank it out quicker or, at the very least, just as quick as the first book, but I’m finding that I’ve become much more cautious (I guess that is the best word) as a writer. The best way for me to explain that is, as I craft the story, I’m trying to make sure that everything simply makes sense. And not on my own end. This needs to make sense to the reader. Most of the answers are already in my head, so it’s no secret there, but I have to lay down the foundation for future points of the plot, ya know? So doing all that takes time and I’ve been overthinking this, I’m sure, so that means it is taking even more time.

So basically yeah, I’m working and tugging along. Writing is going and going, so fear not, the story shall continue.

Some fine reading, if you’re in to that kind of thing.

This reminds me! KYLE DEMORE AND THE TIMEKEEPER’S KEY now $0.99. For all of you out there with an extra dollar to thine name. Please feel free to spend it out sweet delicious words from yours truly. Available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HMEKI86?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

This.

And if you’ve already read it, then tell your family, friends, neighbors, pets, strangers, enemies…. Anyone really. Tell everyone. If they’ve got that crisp, digital cash then it’s theirs for the taking.

I should mention that there are other stories in the work as well, but these are ‘hush-hush’ and not to be spoken of until they can be given proper attention. You understand, right?

Sigh…

Do look forward to some more work on this blog, though. I’m for serious this time. (For realz…)

Lunch Break Blogging

I keep saying that I’ll blog more only to not do it. Work keeps me too busy. You bloggers out there who continue to do your thing while still enjoying the finer things in life. I envy your dedication.

Unfortunately, I’m not so focused.

I mean seriously. In the small amount of time that it took me to write the above few sentences, I’ve daydreamed like three times. Perhaps its a mild case of ADD? I don’t know. Most of time its just ideas upon ideas, so I like to think of it as mind writing. Mind writing doesn’t help out much, though.

Anyways. I’m going to try and fit in some blogging during my lunch breaks from now on. Every so often and what not, so yeah. Get ready for that.

So lately my reading has gone into the Comic book and Manga world! SAGA? Heard of it?

This comic book series is a must read. I’ve been rating every bloody chapter as a definite 4 star, BUT it is more of a 4.5. There are just a few things that bother me, but don’t let that stop you from reading it. It is so bizarre and unique and brilliant. Not at all what I was expecting, really. I thought it might be one of those over hyped comics like Watchmen, which was a good comic. (A great comic, really.) Still thought it was overrated, though! But no, Saga’s story lives up to they hype. It is awesome. I cannot get enough of it! If you have any kind of liking for strange mixes of fantasy and sci-fi, this is a definite must read. I’ve not gotten through all the available chapters yet, but soon. Very soon.

Hmm… woah. Lunch break is almost over. Gotta get back to doing stuff and work and what not.

Till next time. Soon. I mean it this time. 😀

RECENT READS – MARCH 2014

So March was a pretty bad reading month for me. It wasn’t on purpose, but with all the Doctor Who watching and what not, I didn’t give much time to reading.

That being said, I did read one book.

Guardians Inc.: The Cypher – 3.5 out of 5 Stars

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So this Young Adult novel is a bit fantasy and a bit science fiction, blending the two together quite nicely. There are plenty of interesting ideas that are mixed into the story it definitely has a Percy Jackson kind of feel. The main character Thomas is enjoyable to follow and his adventure is  full of mystery. It also helps that he isn’t to shy or whiny about the things that are happening to him which I like a lot. The book also includes an array of interesting side characters, who I hope will all be better explored in the following novels in this series. I’d have to say my favorite part of this novel though is how everything isn’t looking black and white. This is most evident with what happens with Thomas’s grandfather.

All that beings said, this book isn’t overly memorable. I don’t know if it’s because of the writing or just the story itself, but it ended up flying by with out really leaving much impact. I think I’ll definitely check out the rest of the series.

 

That is all for my March reading. I’m definitely planning to get some more done for April. I’ve even bought a few new books which I’ve been meaning to get for a while. I think I’ll do some sort of small blog book haul for my next post. Yeah. Probably.

Is that a thing? It’s probably a thing.