Harry Dresden Fan Art ~ by thegryph (Nicole Cardiff)
I love Harry Dresden. I love his duster, his blasting rod and staff, his shield bracelet and forcHarry Dresden Fan Art ~ by thegryph (Nicole Cardiff)
★★★★½ I love Harry Dresden. I love his duster, his blasting rod and staff, his shield bracelet and force rings, his mother’s silver pentacle amulet, and the way he keeps upgrading these - just like we all do with the technological toys that make our life easier. I love the way he talks about magic, and I love the way he combines elements to create his magic. I know, I should quit gushing and get to the storyline, but he’s just so loveable, even though he’s a cynical, irascible, wizard turned private investigator. This resident ‘anti-hero’ who occasionally works for Lieutenant Karrin Murphy, Director of Special Investigation, Chicago, Illinois, has wormed his way into my heart.
Man-oh-man, does Harry get into trouble in this action-packed case! In Fool Moon Harry starts investigating werewolf-related killings, meeting a young group of them called the Alphas. Alas, he also encounters the FBI. Unfortunately (or is it fortunately? as he appears at some opportune times), because some of the killings are his men or associates, head crime boss “Gentleman” Johnnie Marcone is back. He’s still trying to woo – if you can call it that – Harry into working for him.
Again, I enjoyed Harry’s alchemical potions – which are typically of “one-shot” duration; they are always fun. I love that after making them, Harry puts them in plastic sports bottles. He makes them with the help of Bob, an über intelligent – but lecherous – air spirit inhabiting a human skull in Harry’s sub-basement laboratory.
Bob also tells Harry about the “loup garou.”
“Loup-garou,” Bob said. “Or that was the name Etienne the Enchanter used for them, before he got burned at the stake. The loup-garou are the major monsters, Harry. Someone has cursed them to become a wolflike demon, and usually at the full moon. That someone’s got to be really powerful, too, like a major heavyweight sorcerer or a demon lord or one of the Faerie Queens. When the full moon comes, they transform into a monster, go on a killing spree, and slaughter everything they come across until the moon sets or the sun rises.”
It is always interesting to see which one of the wizard’s numerous contacts from the various groups within the Nevernever Harry is going to use; in this one he contacts Chaunzaggoroth – or “Chauncy” – an untrustworthy demon informant who also gives Harry some tantalizing backstory on Harry’s mother.
I suspected who was doing the killings, but not all of it. However, a surprise for me, and one of the funniest parts, involves Murphy – who is still pissed at Harry from what happened in Storm Front. While Harry’s relationship with Susan Rodriguez, a reporter, is heating up, I am still secretly rooting for something to happen between Harry and Murphy. I got a big kick out of how, (view spoiler)[when she Mirandized Harry, she bitched her complaints at him in-between delivering his legal “rights” we all know by heart (hide spoiler)]. I wanted nothing more than their misunderstanding cleared up, and instead it just gets more muddled; I didn’t think I could find humor in such an upsetting scene, but it was a hilarious high-light.
All in all, an enjoyable read! I strongly recommend this Urban Fantasy series. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
(This is a review of the audiobook.) Whoa. Babe. Khristine Hvam elevated this book – which started out very much a Young Adult Paranormal – to a sop*
★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Whoa. Babe. Khristine Hvam elevated this book – which started out very much a Young Adult Paranormal – to a sophisticated, thought-provoking Fantasy with mythological and religious overtones. Her narration is Exceptional, with a capital “E.” She delivers Ms. Taylor’s lyrical prose effortlessly while infusing the voices of human, seraphim, chimaera, and other magical creatures with distinct characteristics and a variety of multicultural accents. Each has a unique voice of their own, making them come vividly to life in the author’s, imaginative, whimsical and darkly parallel worlds. I see why this won an Audie Award.
The story starts out with Karou, a seventeen-year-old multi-lingual art student who is not above a little petty revenge. She lives in the cobblestone setting of Prague, with a host of mythical creatures in a small shop. Only her little cubbyhole has portals to extra-dimensional places and a father figure raising her by the name of Brimstone!
This is a detail-rich book that has clues as to Karou’s destiny everywhere. I know I’ll be listening to this one again, if only to catch them all; however, next time I think it will be as a “buddy read.” There are too many provocative discussions that could arise from this novel. For one, you think Karou is just the typical “beautiful, kick-ass” heroine found in so many YA Paranormals. (view spoiler)[Oh, but she is so much more than that and her beauty is part of a larger plot element. (hide spoiler)] Of course, there is her blue hair, her hamsas** and, well…the whole issue of her true identity being more than an errand girl to a monstrous sorcerer who has a fetish for teeth!
Then there is Akiva, an angel with fiery wings, who believes pity and mercy have been extinguished in him. Nonetheless, his skin comes alive when Karou touches him, bringing him to his knees. She’s instantly smitten, too, though her palm tattoos burn and ache in warning. After all, his mission is to close the doors to Elsewhere, so these two are on opposite sides; nevertheless, this is more than a mire Romeo and Juliette star-crossed-lover formulaic relationship. Ms. Taylor has woven an enthralling love story into a magical tale with an underlying message of hope.
Is there a cliffhanger? Yes, to say the least. I gasped at the ending. Come on September!
*I’d like to thank Pamela (AllHoney) for finding the above picture and posting it on our community “Doors and Windows” Pinterest Board; perfect depiction for one of the portals to Elsewhere.
**hamsas: a palm-shaped tattoo with an eye in the center
(This is a review of the audiobook.) Narrated by James Marsters, who reads it well, with plenty of variation and differentiation in the voices. He do
★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Narrated by James Marsters, who reads it well, with plenty of variation and differentiation in the voices. He doesn’t do the females great, but most male readers don’t. I understand Mr. Marsters doesn’t narrate the whole series, so I’m trying not to have his voice cement in my mind as Harry’s, since these books are in first person POV.
I think this installment in The Dresden Files is my favorite so far. (Or do I say that every time?) I know I sound like a broken record, but I LOVE Harry Dresden. While he is the resident ‘anti-hero’ and sleuthing wizard of Chicago, Illinois, he is such a lovable character. Harry is amazing with the big events in the book; however, he really shines in the little moments; such as when he is chagrin in his interaction with his friend Michael Carpenter, a Knight of the Cross, who is the voice of morality with his adherence to Christianity.
In the course of ghost hunting with Michael, Harry introduces us so many new characters. One is the faerie Leanansidhe, a Noble of the Winter Court of the Sidhe and Harry’s godmother! Harry is not above telling a lie to get out of a promise he made to her years ago. You can’t blame him, since she’s a bit bipolar and wants to make him one of her hounds, so that she can give him plenty of love and sustenance.
There are also many things introduced, such as Amoracchius – the holy sword wielded by Harry’s friend Michael. You just know this sword is going to be important later on, down the line in this series.
A lot happened in this novel; I know I'll be reading or listening to it again. It is loaded not only with ghosts, vampires (White Court, Black Court, or Red Court, take your pick), and faeries (Summer Court and Winter Court fae), but sorceress vampires, duke vampires, vampire promotion balls, sorcerer’s journals, Nightmare-demons, seers who seek Harry out to avoid their own death, priests, policemen, newspaper reporters, Hellhounds, kidnapped pregnant women, cemeteries, dragons, wiped memories and more.
Even though Mr. Butcher has created Nevernever out of his fertile imagination, he still manages to bring the “Windy City” alive when I envision this Urban Fantasy world. This is definitely turning into a landmark series.
Kayaking on the French Broad River in North Carolina into Tennessee.
(This is a review of the audiobook.)North Carolina woods, painted by Jeremy Sams
Kayaking on the French Broad River in North Carolina into Tennessee.
★★★★½ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Good Gravy Beans! I haven’t read a Sandra Brown book in ages, but this one took hold of me and wouldn’t let go. Stephen Lang does an excellent reading of this romantic suspense. I’ve heard him narrate before, though it’s has been awhile; he still holds up.
I have to thank Jill (who knows I love a good snowbound story) for the recommendation of this wonderful, well plotted story, which kept me guessing until the end, as well as going to back to GRs to see just how people were shelving it. Was the heroine snowbound with a serial killer or not?! No holes left to plug at the end, either, unlike that last suspense book I read. This is SB in top form. Almost a bit small town soap-opera-ish, and I rolled my eyes a few times, but it manages to pull it off with tons of edge-of-your-seat suspense....more