Bringing in Jack the Ripper so soon in the series was bound to make the storytelling a bit awkward. The author also so far thinks that starting with aBringing in Jack the Ripper so soon in the series was bound to make the storytelling a bit awkward. The author also so far thinks that starting with a random slice of daily manor life that has nothing to do with the rest of the volume is a good idea. We do get to see some development of the characters. The look inside Sebastian's viewpoint was especially funny. I just wish they would either explain the past more quickly or ramp up to things like Jack the Ripper more slowly.
There is still quite a bit of cursing and violence in this volume. Ciel dresses as a girl and is harassed by an older guy. There is the suggestion is a dream sequence that Sebastian and Ciel are in an inappropriate relationship. The text also mentions (more than once) that the Jack the Ripper murders were committed on prostitutes and that their reproductive organs were removed....more
Up until the very last portion of the story (view spoiler)[where Sherlock takes out the bomber balloons on his own (hide spoiler)], I found most of thUp until the very last portion of the story (view spoiler)[where Sherlock takes out the bomber balloons on his own (hide spoiler)], I found most of the narrative compelling and quick paced enough to make me believe it. I just wasn't entirely convinced about that last bit and I didn't think there were reasonable consequences displayed for a 15 year old. The lizard thing was a bit bizarre as well though.
I missed Matty for most of the book. Virginia doesn't quite make up for him because she causes Sherlock to have romantic type feelings that I'm just waiting for the author to shatter. Granted, Matty probably won't survive the series either, but at least Sherlock is vaguely capable of dealing with street kids which indicates that Matty's end might not be too horrible.
I really liked the addition of Sherlock learning the violin as well as his wide interests starting to include something other than just straight facts. The violin involves feeling as well as practice and math. Sherlock seems to be on a path to experience his emotions currently whereas his future self is much more calculating and distant.
The man behind the white mask and the leeches are extremely creepy and insane. I did enjoy that he played a classic villain giving a whole speech with his grand plan though.
Rebel Fire includes no sex or sexual innuendo. There were some threats of violence against Virginia because she is a girl, but nothing very specific or acted on. There may have been some minor cursing, but nothing like what you would see in a modern realistic novel. There is quite a bit of violence against animals, other people, blowing things up and other types of physical violence. The masked man is described in a rather gory manner, but many of the descriptions (of the violence as well) are more clinical in nature than graphic.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
A Sherlock Holmes story without Watson. At first, I was a bit skeptical about how this would work, but with Sherlock as a teenager, Watson couldn't beA Sherlock Holmes story without Watson. At first, I was a bit skeptical about how this would work, but with Sherlock as a teenager, Watson couldn't be in the story. Lane adds in a couple of characters that will help shape Sherlock into the man that Watson will later work with in Conan Doyle's books. The story line and mystery are a bit far-fetched to me, but the characters are enjoyable and Sherlock reads much like someone who could grow into the character I'm familiar with.
In this particular book, there are a couple of people killed by various means (the dead bodies are described and towards the end there is a scene where Sherlock and one of his friends are tortured and another man is killed rather gruesomely). The violence isn't as detailed as it would be in an adult book, but it is described in an analytical manner that makes it slightly more graphic than it otherwise would be. The analytical nature of the descriptions also make them more detached which could make them easier for some people to read/listen to. There is no romance except for a slight crush and a wish to follow through on it by (if I remember) brushing through her hair and kissing her. The language is appropriate to the times and I don't really recall much if any cursing....more
A unique twist on fairy lore in the British Isles. The Earl spoken of in the title is the Blue Earl, a human whose tie to the fairy world was valuableA unique twist on fairy lore in the British Isles. The Earl spoken of in the title is the Blue Earl, a human whose tie to the fairy world was valuable to the king of England. Fairy doctor Lydia is kidnapped by Edgar to help him obtain the sword that would prove him to be the Blue Earl.
There's quite a bit of romantic tension between the two of them in addition to the threat of violence and danger. There isn't really any language although there is talk of a serial killer.
I enjoyed this first novel, but I also enjoyed the portion of the anime that I saw. I look forward to seeing the next volume....more
I honestly don't remember where this comic cut off in relation to the book. It followed along fairly faithfully as far as I remember, which means thatI honestly don't remember where this comic cut off in relation to the book. It followed along fairly faithfully as far as I remember, which means that there was blood and violence, but no real sex or language (there may have been a nude body or two...). Harry curses this early in the series, but it isn't until later that the f-bomb starts to drop. The violence is more graphic because of the format, but it isn't really anything I would hesitate to give a teen at least in this first half if I'm remembering where it stopped. If I'm not then there might be a scene toward the end that might upset a parent......more
I was a bit hesitant on this one because they changed the narrator on me. James Marsters is Harry Dresden for me and to have John Glover (who as I lisI was a bit hesitant on this one because they changed the narrator on me. James Marsters is Harry Dresden for me and to have John Glover (who as I listened I did recognize from what little Smallville I had managed to stomach) made this one harder to start.
John Glover doesn't do a bad job with this one. No, he isn't James Marsters, but he does a fairly good job of bring Harry to life. I wasn't as convinced with some of the other characters, but I do have to admit that I preferred his Mort and maybe even his Lea. He was good with the pacing and emotional context, but I still hope Marsters is back for book 14.
As for the story itself, I was kind of disappointed in how far Molly and Karin had fallen apart without Harry there. I get that the world without the Red Court was more vicious, but they had each other and the werewolves. They had a support system to keep them together and mentally stable, but they apparently needed Harry in order to be whole people. Since none of the guys broke down like that I felt a bit insulted for my gender... (view spoiler)[Well, none of the guys that you see until Thomas is shown at the end and Thomas is so tied to sex and family that he's a special case (hide spoiler)]
I love the fact that Harry is this awesome wizard, but I keep thinking that if he only asked for help from the right people at the right times he would be more effective. Mab was not the choice I would have made even if Uriel didn't/couldn't answer. The idea of correcting the balance of things with all of this was a bit strange even with what was revealed at the end (which I completely expected (view spoiler)[there was no way Mab was going to lose her investment (hide spoiler)]).
I think there are too many subplots, most of which could turn into plots at any given moment, being juggled right now. Butcher needs to solve at least some of them or at least give us a hint at the direction they are going.
This book contains spirit possession, speculation on the afterlife, creepy fairies torturing people, violence against mind slaves, violence against people, torture of people, curses including the f-word, and contemplation of romantic feelings.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
When I saw that this was a prequel to the Dresden files, I was hoping that I would get to see Harry as a teenager (and you do, briefly). UnfortunatelyWhen I saw that this was a prequel to the Dresden files, I was hoping that I would get to see Harry as a teenager (and you do, briefly). Unfortunately, for me , this takes place not long before the events of Storm Front and gives you an idea of how Harry and Murphy got used to working together (even though it still isn't about their first case together). The story is well designed both graphically and in respects to plot. It was a bit too short for my tastes, but it did have to fit in a limited number of pages.
There isn't any sex although there were a couple of innuendos. There was some language, but I can't remember if it was the kind of language from the beginning of the series or from the later books. After about book 7, the f-bomb starts making an appearance and not always in a context that is entirely necessary to the flavor of the scene (at least in my opinion). There is violence, and since this is a graphic novel the blood is visible to the reader which may irk some parents. It's not terribly gory, but it is definitely there....more
In spite of the length of time it took me to read this, it was actually a fairly quick read. When I sat down and read without interruption, the pagesIn spite of the length of time it took me to read this, it was actually a fairly quick read. When I sat down and read without interruption, the pages flew by, but unfortunately I didn't have many of those opportunities with this book.
This story contains "racial" prejudices, torture, murder, threats of physical and mental harm, witchcraft, sexual innuendo, and a main couple that pretty much has sex, but doesn't quite. None of this (other than the witchcraft) was so graphic as to truly disturb me. The torture scene got to me, but it wasn't the description of it so much as the emotion behind it.
Much of this book feels like a set up for the next book, but there are portions that are excellent of their own merit. I loved the build up of the explanations of the alchemical texts, but the sheer amount of secrecy on Matthews part got really frustrating really quickly (at least it made Diana mad too or I would have had to give up on her). I'm definitely going to read the next book if only to find out whether he screwed them unintentionally with his secrets. I hope the other characters are in it as I came to really like Marcus, Emily and Miriam....more
So, first off I really should have read this three months ago when I first got the ARC, but I got caught up with summer reading and other reading... TSo, first off I really should have read this three months ago when I first got the ARC, but I got caught up with summer reading and other reading... This was about to expire from my e-reader, so I figured I better read it before I lost my chance (I don't think any of my libraries have it...).
It was completely awesome! (even though I didn't catch all the references) I don't think anyone who was only 3 or 4 at the end of the 80's could really have gotten all of them without being some kind of scholar (or obsessive), but they didn't detract from the story when they were too obscure for me.
What did somewhat distract me was that very little was said about what could be done with the world as badly off as it was (only 30 years from now). Art3mis wanted to feed everyone and Parzival wanted to escape, but neither of those are actual solutions to the problem and Art3mis couldn't see that her solution was no more mature than his. The story was fascinating in that it was very much like a video game, but it also had the same lack of depth with which some game plots struggle. It had quite a few really good ideas for jumping off points but then didn't quite go anywhere from them. Even the in-game world had some issues (such as why would people continue playing once they were max level and could basically do whatever they wanted; there is an addiction and community factor, but would it really be enough), that after thinking about them don't quite work.
Luckily, the story is immersive enough to keep you hooked from beginning to end without giving you time to consider the inconsistencies. I especially loved little touches like MTFBWYA as a sign off even though I had to Google it because I'm bad with acronyms.
I don't remember there being as much language as I expected there to be, but there might have been curse words that I didn't catch because I was reading this as an adult novel and not really looking for them. There was mention of masturbating with a life size doll/robot/joystick thing, but other than that and mention of wanting to meet and kiss in real life there wasn't any sex or sexual innuendo. Oh, and discussion that masturbation was a key to society forming because it let our higher brain cells have a chance to function that I thought was hilarious. There was quite a bit of violence including murder, terrorism, blowing people up in real life and in the game (which in this book was almost as bad), a character was killed in real life and several were threatened with kidnapping and eventual death. The battles in the game were actually fairly epic and cool rather than bloody and violent, but still there were battles....more
I have to say that the only things this book lost points for were how inconclusive Butcher was about whether the sheer viciousness of Harry's revengeI have to say that the only things this book lost points for were how inconclusive Butcher was about whether the sheer viciousness of Harry's revenge against another being in one scene was all his own or partially due to Lasciel's influence, bringing back a dead villain or at least making it look like he did, and (view spoiler)[making Lara the villain when I like her character so much otherwise. It just isn't fair that she is one of the best female monsters around that isn't always trying to kill Harry and yet she hatched a plot to kill more minor practitioners just to subvert the White Council... (hide spoiler)]
I loved the bits with Harry defending Thomas to everyone because that's how family should be in my view, tight-knit and there for each other. It sucks that they have to hide their brotherhood from other parties because it is a real chink in both of their armors.
We got to see more of Mouse which was awesome. I knew Mouse had to be more than just a special, intelligent dog from the previous books, but to have actual super powers is just cool beyond words. Harry really jipped those monks if none of the other pups from the litter displayed the same powers.
It was really cool to see the different types of magic slung around in this book with Molly, Elaine and Ramirez along with Harry each having their own style. Knowing that Elaine and Harry had the same teacher, you would expect some similarities between their magic, but they still had some very fundamental differences seemingly aligned both with personality and talent.
There are quite a few references to sex and even sexual misconduct in this book given the fact that the White Court vampires are succubi and incubi. Other than that, Harry and Lara Wraith trade innuendo, Harry pretends to be his brother's jilted lover, and Thomas pretends (view spoiler)[to be a gay hair dresser (hide spoiler)] The last two are just hilarious to me, but might offend some people with delicate sensibilities. Oh, and the fallen angel definitely tries to come on to Harry as part of her temptation to take up the coin. There is one instance of sexual violence against (view spoiler)[a teenager that fortunately is left vague, though not vague enough to lessen the emotional sucker punch (even committed by monsters; that one was hard to listen to). (hide spoiler)] The f-bomb as well as various other curse words make appearances in this one. I think this book actually had instances where the f-bomb felt like it fit though. As for violence, after the sexual violence mentioned above, there is a revenge scene as well as a duel that got pretty nasty, another fight after that which was massive and included machine guns as well as massive spells, and then some C-4. Nothing aside from the teenager was really described in a way that hit me too hard, but I'm not the best gauge sometimes.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
It only gets three stars because it was confusing. It is hard to tell who is on what side and which characters the reader should be rooting for. EvenIt only gets three stars because it was confusing. It is hard to tell who is on what side and which characters the reader should be rooting for. Even with an anti-hero, the reader is given obvious clues as to their identity. Yet, the "drifter" to whom we are introduced isn't really redeemable in any sense of the term I can think of and his two allies aren't really either. For another thing, these characters are supposed to be famous historical figures I recognize Oda Nobunaga, from the Sengoku era (a particularly bloody part of Japanese history. Are we supposed to recognize Nasu Suketaka Yoichi (who after looking it up is apparently Nasu no Yoichi a MAN) or Shimazu Toyohisa (an apparently random samurai)? And Joan of Arc is on the opposite side (which may be the evil side) as well as Anastasia? Why are all the girls evil (if the Ends are actually evil which they seem to be)?
I'm not sure whether to identify this as strictly adult or to say that the parents at my library would be comfortable with their teens reading it. It is definitely violent and bloody. The battles don't seem to have much sense to them yet either which is another dimension towards a parental objection. The fact that there is a man who looks so much like a girl that it was practically impossible to tell without looking him up might disturb parents especially after he is revealed to be a guy. I'm not sure if the English version cut this out or if the Wikipedia page was discussing future chapters, but there is also a homosexual cross-dresser on Hitler's side in building an Empire, which could be objectionable cubed (I think it would be rather interesting to see the reasoning behind that one). I don't really remember any cursing (maybe some talk of going to Hell or the Underworld), but the talk of wanting someone's head in battle was rather disturbing as well as the bonus chapter about Joan of Arc's lack of boobs and Anastasia's name....more
May contain minor spoilers. Read at your own peril.
I knew who the warlock was even before I accidentally spoiled myself by looking up the Laws of MagiMay contain minor spoilers. Read at your own peril.
I knew who the warlock was even before I accidentally spoiled myself by looking up the Laws of Magic on Wikipedia (they need a non-spoiler version...). It was fairly obvious, I think Harry was just trying to deny it even to himself.
I have to say that I love the faeries in this series more every time I see them even though the winter fey creep me out immensely. They don't think or act like people. They follow a completely different set of rules. It makes them difficult to deal with and I thoroughly enjoy reading about Harry struggling with them. Finding out that they played him every time is pretty sweet for the reader (at least the ones playing him this time around were on his side for the most part).
Thomas was awesome yet again. His fighting prowess is just impressive, though I'm not sure I'd want to stick around my half-brother who happens to be a supernatural magnet for trouble even if I did have superpowers (he's obviously a much better person than most people despite sucking the life out of people for sustenance).
I wish they hadn't gotten into the "Harry and Murphy should be together" thing. I love Murphy as a character, but I'm just not sure I want them to date each other. I think it would greatly diminish her character to be the love interest.
Charity proved to be a more interesting character than I previously thought. I already liked Michael and somewhat respected Charity (for taking care of all those kids if nothing else), but I really couldn't stand the way she treated Harry. Even with the new explanation, I still think she owed him, but Harry's too good of a guy to make her own up to it. Anyway, I guess she was just being Momma Bear.
Oh, and I can't wait for more of Mouse because obviously the dog is not just an awesome dog. He is more than just an intelligent sidekick. I seriously hope the others in the litter had the same qualities...
The language was a lot more adult in this one with at least 4 or five instances of the f-bomb that I didn't really feel were necessary (for one I don't really think that they fit Harry's character; if they had been from someone else I might have been less jarred). I rather appreciated the use of other euphemisms like stars and stones and Hell's bells. And him using it to get a teenage girl to sit back down just seemed excessive. There was some sexuality including a minor's (seventeen year old) attempt to get an adult to engage in sexual activity, talk about incubus habits, talk about the seventeen year old's other experience and masturbation. There was also a Winter Lady discussing how long it had been since Harry had last gotten any and getting off on pain and death. As for violence, there were beatings by incorporeal beings, torture of a couple beings through both psychological and physical means, murders (by sickle and by a predatory animal), a couple of hit and runs (including one on an animal), an assault on a castle with Hellfire and talk of battles between wizards and vampires....more
Confession time: When I read the name of the narrator, I thought it said James Marsden (Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer) so I was really excited.Confession time: When I read the name of the narrator, I thought it said James Marsden (Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer) so I was really excited. James Marsters is obviously not James Marsden.
Luckily for me, Mr Marsters is an excellent narrator and has now become the voice of Harry Dresden for me. He has an excellent tone for the dry, sardonic wit that Harry pulls every once in a while and does fairly well distinguishing most of the characters. There were a couple of times I was confused as to who was speaking, but that was true when I was reading the print version as well.
This book contains evil necromancers done right. They are gross and creepy to the extreme; hordes of the undead (both zombies and ghosts), body jumping (I hadn't connected that to necromancy but it does make sense) and ghouls. These are the kinds of wizards that the laws of magic are made for. Although how they haven't been hunted down before (I guess having only three of them helps), is a mystery to me. If Kemmler was so awful, I would have hunted his students to the last one no matter how long it took (especially if I lived as long as the Council members).
I loved Butters. Polka will never die! Him thinking that Harry and Thomas were gay lovers was classic and Thomas encouraging it was even better (and he did fix it). I think I like Thomas even better as Harry's brother than as just the random snarky vampire who helps out every so often. Oh, and Butter's comment about Mouse being a small pony was hilarious. Of course, it might not have been as funny on paper as it was in audio.
As for the Wardens and the White Council, I couldn't believe that the vampires were able to get the drop on them. I guess when you stop playing by the rules it gets easier to beat the people who are though. I'm still a tad shocked that Luccio succeeded at convincing everyone to follow her plan (even though she is the head of the Wardens). I think I would have called her crazy even with the situation.
I was a bit surprised that zombies could take down the steel door even with a whole bunch of them pressing against it. The idea that the older a corpse is the more powerful it is doesn't make much sense to me because of rotting, but I guess the magic used to raise it would counteract that in a way that sci-fi zombies don't get the benefit of.
I'm a tad concerned about Harry's psyche what with Lasciel and a part of himself teaming up to get him to accept her help even if he still isn't going to dig up the coin. I was especially pissed after she tricked him with Shiela, but I guess the fate of the world is more important when your grave says "He died doing the right thing."
I was really glad his dad said that everyone dies alone (not only is it technically true it makes it less likely that he'll die friendless).
Harry using Sue the T-Rex to join the necromancy party was totally awesome!...more
I went into this book pretty skeptical. I'm not a fan of the romance genre in the first place because there usually isn't enough action to keep my attI went into this book pretty skeptical. I'm not a fan of the romance genre in the first place because there usually isn't enough action to keep my attention. I chose this book on purpose because the romance had an interesting backdrop of a dangerous profession about which I didn't know much. The scenes fighting the fires were exciting. You could feel the adrenaline pumping and the sense of danger throughout the fight. At the end of each fight, the exhaustion and triumph were also palpable. And the romance wasn't corny at all. It was well developed. Rowan didn't fight her attraction to Gull unnecessarily for countless pages. She tried to ignore it for a little while, but allowed him to convince her after some fairly decent logic. That and he's hot, smart, and good at his job. The mystery could have been a bit more well developed. I was starting to suspect who it was long before the characters even got close. The reveal didn't even occur until the last or second to last chapter. Not enough time to wrap things up for me (I wanted another shower scene or something I guess). It just all wrapped up too quickly for me especially with the length of the build up. Lot's of cursing including liberal and frequent usage of the f-word. Didn't bother me, but would definitely bother people not used to hearing it (switching from YA to adult it was a slight shock at first). There are several sex scenes all of which are between unmarried couples. The couples (at least the ones with on-screen sexy times) are destined for committed relationships. There are discussions of affairs, multiple partners, crude remarks about both men and women as well as mentions of inappropriate gestures. The actual sex scenes could have been more descriptive, but since I was listening to this in my car I was rather glad they weren't (would have been embarrassing to be pulled over or something during anything steamier). I did wonder what (other than probably some form of monthly/daily pill birth control) Rowan was relying on to avoid getting pregnant since they never talked about condoms. Guess condoms aren't sexy or romantic. As for violence, there are two murders (one is an accident maybe), arson on a grand scale, injuries from parachuting accidents, injuries from extreme fire fighting, a bar fight that is pretty epic and shots fired at people. Nothing is described in terribly gory detail, but it is described enough to have emotional impact.
I know that Yangtree's (audio edition so no idea about spelling) accident was tragic and supposed to strike a cord, but other than feeling for Rowan, Gull and the others, I wasn't really affected by it. I guess I didn't get attached to him the way I was to Dobbie, Libby, Janice and Cards. Had it been one of them I would have been sobbing. Was it bad writing, a bad choice of character for a pivotal event or just me missing the impact of the scene? I'm not sure, but it just didn't hit me. I didn't like the ending. I'm going to contradict my opinion in my review of Graceling, but I just didn't want them to jump to marriage even though I was glad that Rowan did it rather than Gull. They've only known each other a couple of months. They haven't completed the season and found out whether they like each other during off-season yet, and this season was even more dramatic and traumatic than normal....more
I was expecting to be disappointed with this book. The cover makes it look like yet another shallow paranormal romance (not all paranormal romances arI was expecting to be disappointed with this book. The cover makes it look like yet another shallow paranormal romance (not all paranormal romances are shallow, but there are quite a few shallow ones), but there wasn't even really any romance in it. There was a lot of tension, but it wasn't necessarily romantic or even what I would think of as sexual (despite the nature of one characters powers).
I like Nikki. She is pretty smart, even though she does take a while to believe all the mojo stuff. If I saw magic, I'd be pretty prone to believing it (maybe not giving the person any money or anything, but definitely believing it).
The fact that the other characters don't really have the same concept of death, time or torture makes for extremely intriguing plot ideas (although the ideas about sex were kind of off-putting at first). Anderson in particular had some unique peculiarities that I hope are explored further in later books.
I definitely finished this book wanting the next one in hand.
This book has plenty of language, violence and talk of sexual violence. The descendant of Eros doesn't actually go through with his threats every time, but he does intimidate more than one person with his ability to force them to want him despite their own (and his own) sexuality and allegiances. This power is discussed rather frankly for someone used to reading YA. The violence perpetrated against several characters (given the fact that the Liberi can't kill each other) is also pretty brutal though I suppose it could go into more detail and would be worse on a movie screen. I seem to remember the f-bomb, but there were enough other curse words to deter many parents of teens even if that one didn't actually appear....more