Stan Morris's Blog - Posts Tagged "wizard"

What do I say about this book? I liked it and I did not like it. Parts of it were very good and a few parts were so-so or even annoying. I did read it quickly; that's usually a good sign. Will I read the next book in the series? Maybe. I give this book 3 1/2 stars.
It is about a wizard who is on probation because of his actions in the past. He has a friend in the police department who needs help solving a paranormal murder. It is written in the first person. The tone is generally light with humor.
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Published on January 11, 2012 18:20 • 51 views • Tags: demon, first-person, jim-butcher, murder, paranormal, storm-front, vampire, wizard
I have been reading "Summer Knight," by Jim Butcher. I'm not going to rate this book or even review it, because I gave up at page 137 (paperback). Instead, I'm going to suggest a technique to abruptly end reading a series.
The most likely reason for giving up on a series is that the writing is annoying to the reader for whatever reason. So why do people have trouble giving up on a series? Two reasons, first, the best writing is coming at the end of the books, and second, it is human nature to what to know what happens next.
The trick is to give up while in the middle. Now you won't know the ending to the story, so even if you read about it in a spoiler or hear about it from someone, you won't have experienced the ending. And by ending the book in the middle, you avoid coming to the good writing at the end. This works well for TV series, too.
As for "Summer Knight, I will just say,"poor Harry." Which pretty much sums up the other books I've read in this series.
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Published on May 27, 2012 17:20 • 68 views • Tags: jim-butcher, paranormal, summer-knight, wizard