This book was something my husband stumbled onto. He picked up book 6 in the series because he liked the cover, started reading it and realized it was...moreThis book was something my husband stumbled onto. He picked up book 6 in the series because he liked the cover, started reading it and realized it wasn't the first book of the series. He went back to the bookstore and bought the first book, then DEVOURED the rest of them. I was skeptical; our tastes aren't the same in books, but he convinced me, and I have never regretted it! These books are hysterically funny, deeply creepy, intriguingly mysterious, and everything else I love about reading. A great read for anyone.
Basic Plot: Harry Dresden is an actual, magic-wielding wizard based in the city of Chicago, where he lends his magickal talents to his private investigation business. There are some strange murders happening in Chi-Town that can't be explained by normal means, so the Chicago PD calls him in to consult.
It's been a while since I first read this book, and I'd been wanting to do a re-read for some months when my husband acquired the audio book versions of the first 11 Dresden books. James Marsters (Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel fame) reads them. He's a fantastic reader in my opinion. Of course, my experience with audio books is pretty much nil, so I have to rely on my theatre/radio background to evaluate him. He uses a lot of good vocal variety for characters, and really captures Harry's snark. I'm more than willing to attempt to listen to the other books, just to hear him read.
That said, I don't think I'm an audio book person. I get too distracted too easily. I have to find something relatively mindless to do while I listen, which is nigh impossible for an English teacher with a 3-year-old at home to do. I can't grade or surf the web while I listen, I get too distracted and end up missing things. I can't keep an eye on my son while I listen, he'll burn the house down or paint the cats blue while I'm focused on listening. I can't read while I listen, that would be insane. I'm working on finding the right activity, because there is NO WAY IN HADES I can just sit and listen. I'll fall asleep. *sigh*
I still want to re-read the book. Listening to the audio book felt vaguely like eating an appetizer, and I'm still waiting for the main course.(less)
A comic book superhero with multiple personality disorder, almost unlimited power, who the world has largely forgotten about. Now there's a bit of a t...moreA comic book superhero with multiple personality disorder, almost unlimited power, who the world has largely forgotten about. Now there's a bit of a twist on superheroism. It's a far different concept from what we're used to seeing in superheroes. I love the idea that he was once this huge hero who did all this cool stuff, but because he was insane he went into hiding and the world completely forgot him. Now he's remembering all this stuff that once happened, and the other characters in the Marvel universe also have to deal with remembering him, and dealing with his psychoses.(less)
Another book I bullied my way through because I'm too stubborn to quit. It was billed as "the next Da Vinci Code" and it fell way short of that to me....moreAnother book I bullied my way through because I'm too stubborn to quit. It was billed as "the next Da Vinci Code" and it fell way short of that to me. One of the main appeals of Dan Brown's work to me is the action, which was seriously lacking in this novel. The characters had little motivation to me, and little appeal. I didn't care about what happened to them. The other appeal to Brown's work is the puzzles and historical connection. There was little mention of the puzzle in this novel, certainly nothing a reader could connect to, like a da Vinci painting. I would not recommend this book to anyone, especially if you liked and are looking for more.(less)
Michael Turner's artwork really caught my eye on this one, all the color and detail, and that's really the main reason I picked up the first issue. Th...moreMichael Turner's artwork really caught my eye on this one, all the color and detail, and that's really the main reason I picked up the first issue. The story is appealing: the return of magic to a world that largely knows only technology. I read it as each issue came out, though, so the story was a bit difficult to follow at times due to an erratic publishing schedule and my inability to remember much in between installments. I also notice more and more that Turner's female characters all look essentially the same with a few varying details- usually in the hair or clothes. It's annoying, especially from an artist so praised for his work.(less)
While I'm not particularly familiar with the Japanese fairy tales these stories are based on, I found it very interesting to see familiar characters i...moreWhile I'm not particularly familiar with the Japanese fairy tales these stories are based on, I found it very interesting to see familiar characters in them. Somehow it made the stories seem more familiar, because I know enough about the X-characters to fill in a lot of character blanks. Not a bad read, with decent enough art.(less)