I drive between two and three hours every day, back and forth from Long Beach to LA, with my carpool/cousin/coworker. It's a LOT of time to spend in tI drive between two and three hours every day, back and forth from Long Beach to LA, with my carpool/cousin/coworker. It's a LOT of time to spend in the car, and while my car doesn't have one of those nifty jacks that plug into an ipod, it *does* have a CD player.
So what, I thought, could be better than a book on CD? What could help to dull the aching dreariness of that outrageous commute? Stopping at every single red light up and down Washington Blvd, every day?
A book on CD! A book on CD about VAMPIRES! And ASSASSINS! And VAMPIRE ASSASSINS! Living in VENICE! Fighting WEREWOLVES! So like Assassin's Creed PLUS vampires and werewolves! Wow!
I should have checked GoodReads first before I bought the damn thing.
This is NOT a book about vampires. This is about ONE vampire, and he is definitely the lamest vampire who's ever existed, ever. ...more
This was my favorite book of the year. Starring a deliciously misanthropic vampire, a rat terrier, and a pack of zombie apocalypse survivors packed inThis was my favorite book of the year. Starring a deliciously misanthropic vampire, a rat terrier, and a pack of zombie apocalypse survivors packed into a Winnebago, this tale sells itself as full-on pulp. It's replete with zombies, guns, cannibals, Walmart... A real freakshow-cross section of society. It brims with humor, explosions, guns, and a touch of the supernatural that really pulls it together.
However, the tale has a surprising sensitivity, which leaves you wondering about what it means to be human. I know this book will stay with me for a long, long time. There's not a damn thing I didn't like. 5 stars....more
There was something missing from these later books that I had trouble putting my finger on until I went back and listeneJust assembling some thoughts:
There was something missing from these later books that I had trouble putting my finger on until I went back and listened to some of the earlier ones. The qualities about Harry that really made me love him as a character aren't present anymore. I agree with some critics of the latest books that he's too over-powered. He almost doesn't even need to think before he destroys something. Even though he was careless, he at least had to brain himself out of more than a few tight spots in the earlier books. The noir detective feel has evaporated as Harry's power has grown.
The pop culture references are getting too numerous. They went from being Butcher's nod to his fans, to something I feel hurts the plot and tension. Those random little comic episodes undercut the tension in a few key spots, and those scenes would have been better without them.
(view spoiler)[I was really looking forward to Harry's reunion with Karrin, and Butcher really under-delivered on that. I know the series is so tremendously popular that there's no way Butcher could ever possibly make everyone happy, but come on. Those two have the single closest relationship in the story, Harry agonizes a little over what he's going to do with her, and she picks him up on the police scanner?!?! Really?Really. Butcher does deliver on a couple of emotional moments later, once the pace of the story slowed down, and these mollified the part of me who wants Harry and Karrin to hump for days. (hide spoiler)]
The pace was dizzying with its intensity. Remember, all of this happens in about twelve hours. Do any of these people sleep, pee, or go to the grocery store? Thomas' life seems the most normal compared to the rest of these people, and he's a vampire. The little side quest when (view spoiler)[Redcap steals Mac, Andie, Butters, and Justine (aka, the secondary sidekick club) was resolved in about twenty minutes, all for putting a dart in Harry's leg that didn't really end up having real significance. I felt it was really unnecessary when all was said and done. (hide spoiler)]
Nevertheless, the world Butcher created continues to expand and complicate in new and interesting ways. I'm too invested in this series to ever stop reading the books or loving the characters. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
The plot waffles around too long before settling on its strongest trajectory. Could have ended earlier, too, at its natural conclusion. Instead, the aThe plot waffles around too long before settling on its strongest trajectory. Could have ended earlier, too, at its natural conclusion. Instead, the author keeps going right on past the climax through another damn mission to Trent's house (who is a shallow shade of Gentleman Johnny Marcone), then taking the time to resolve that.
Nick is one of the most interesting, mysterious characters in the book, but his late arrival makes him more of a sidekick than anything else. ...more