This was a very fun mystery. An ex-cop, turned Colfax used bookseller is dragged into solving the murder of a friend and colleague. Written by local aThis was a very fun mystery. An ex-cop, turned Colfax used bookseller is dragged into solving the murder of a friend and colleague. Written by local author, John Dunning!...more
Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is the only Wizard listed in the Chicago phone book, and for good reason. Whether driven by the desire to use hisHarry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is the only Wizard listed in the Chicago phone book, and for good reason. Whether driven by the desire to use his power to protect the innocent, or to keep from being evicted, Harry Dresden is a Wizard for Hire. He consults for the Chicago Police Department, is pestered by the general public for love potions (which he will NOT provide) and is hired to find lost persons and/or objects. Most people who come in contact with the things, literally, that Harry does, don't walk away, "Magic, it can get a guy killed."
When Harry is called in to consult for the Chicago Police Department's Special Investigations unit, he is unnerved to find two bodies with their hearts ripped from their chests during a carnal act using the darkest of black magics. The case is further complicated by pizza loving fairies, missing husbands, very attractive journalists, mobsters and a new drug hitting the streets called ThreeEye, which produces visions both wondrous and horrifying.
Blending the jaunty style of haute Film Noir in a Buffy the Vampire Slayer universe where vampires, fairies, trolls, dragons and all manners of fae creatures exist alongside, and occasionally intermingling with, humans; Jim Butcher's first novel of The Dresden Files, Storm Front, is a delightfully brisk and engaging read. ...more
Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is back in the sequel to Storm Front and is as droll, cagey and nimble as ever. Harry hasn't heard from Murphy siHarry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is back in the sequel to Storm Front and is as droll, cagey and nimble as ever. Harry hasn't heard from Murphy since the bad business from the year before and it doesn't help that a rumor is traveling fast that Harry is involved with the mob. But when bodies turn up shredded with unusual paw prints close by, Harry is called in to consult with the Chicago Police Department. But things get hairy (no pun intended) when the FBI also shows up and start hassling Murphy for bringing in a "psychic".
With the help of Bob, who is easily becoming my favorite character, Harry learns of three types of Werewolves. Hexenwulfs, Lycanthropes, and Loup-garou; those that have a magical talisman to help them transform into a wolf, those that are so full of rage that they can perform extraordinary acts and heal quickly but do not actually transform and those poor bastards that have been cursed to transform into a monster at each full moon. Oh, and you meet all of them.
There were moments in this book that literally made me laugh out loud. I am finding this series wholly enjoyable and almost addictive. Harry's proclivity to find trouble coupled with his wry thoughts about his own abilities, keep the pages flying by at an almost maniacal pace. This book also hints at dark secrets about Harry's parents, Harry's mysterious lost love Elaine, the Faerie Queens and a hint at Harry's involvement in the death of Justin Morningway, Harry's teacher and uncle.
Oh, Harry, what will you get into next? And more importantly, how are you going to get out of it?...more
Something is stirring up ghosts and all sorts of spooky critters and weakening the filmy rift between our world and the Nevernever, the world of Fae.Something is stirring up ghosts and all sorts of spooky critters and weakening the filmy rift between our world and the Nevernever, the world of Fae. And it's not likely to lead to hugs and puppies. With a Knight of the Cross, Michael Carpenter, by his side - and honest to goodness faithful emissary of God - Harry sets out to find the culprit and stop the mayhem. The coolest thing about Michael is that every time a crisis occurs, a babysitter always fortuitously appears. Things are going well until he shows up at the Red Court Vampire Masquerade Fete dressed as a cheesy vampire, complete with cape, fake fangs and white stage makeup only to be lured into a trap that will cost him something he holds very dear and start a war between the White Council of Wizards and the Red Court Vampires. (And his very treacherous Fairy Godmother - literally - proves no help.)...more
Destitute, shaggy, dirty and heart broke, things couldn't get much worse for Harry Dresden, Chicago's only listed wizard. That is until frogs rain froDestitute, shaggy, dirty and heart broke, things couldn't get much worse for Harry Dresden, Chicago's only listed wizard. That is until frogs rain from the sky, a nasty monster tries to assassinate him, a long lost love (who once tried to kill him) shows up, the White Council decides to convene to decide Harry's fate for his role in starting the war with the Red Court vampires - and - the queen of the fairies buys out his term of service from his fairy godmother.
Beautiful, descriptive, fanciful passages follow one after another through a delightful (and horrifying!) trip through the high courts of the Seelie and Unseelie of the Sidhe. Anyone who loves to read about fairies (not just the little tinkerbell types - but the monstrous beauty of Titania and Mab) will not be disappointed with the faithful descriptions with up to date interpretations. Some of the most comical moments include Toot-Toot - and his tiny army of friends - and their ferocious love for pizza. ...more
Betsy, 30, single and newly unemployed secretary and shoe connoisseur is having a rough day already when she is run over by a tiny two-door. Imagine hBetsy, 30, single and newly unemployed secretary and shoe connoisseur is having a rough day already when she is run over by a tiny two-door. Imagine her surprise when she wakes up in her coffin dressed in knock-offs and hand-me-downs! Unaware of her vampire status, she reunites with her family and friends (some are more pleased to see her than others) - and is hunted by opposing sides of a vast vampire political fray.
Eventually convinced when offered several stunning pairs of designer shoes like Manolo Blahniks and Jimmy Choos, she joins forces with irresitible and haughty Sinclair, a vampire she finds as infuriating as she does alluring. During her "training" with Sinclair, she learns of her extraordinary vampire abilities (including immunities to holy water, crosses and sunshine) and thus fulfills the prophecy of the long awaited Vampire Queen.
While I am not one to read romance often, I found this tale both amusing and entertaining. Lusty vampire stories are easy to come by these days, but I found the main characters surprisingly interesting and engaging. Certainly explicit in parts, the novel is not inordinately steeped in over-sexed vampires, but is certainly steamy. I laughed out loud at several exchanges, and while I am not sure I will read all six novel available in this series, I'll give the next one a shot to see what Betsy encounters next....more
What's worse than walking in on your fiance and maid of honor, ahem, being intimate, on your wedding day? - Noticing that they are wearing spandex supWhat's worse than walking in on your fiance and maid of honor, ahem, being intimate, on your wedding day? - Noticing that they are wearing spandex supersuits under their clothes (what they still had on, anyway) and are the famous/infamous superhero "The Machinator" and ubervillain "Crusher". Hurt by the lies as much as the infidelity, Carmen Cole, journalist extraordinaire, sets out to expose the secret identities of the hundreds, maybe thousands, of superheroes and ubervillains terrorizing big cities today.
After numerous unmaskings, and relocating to Bigtime, Carmen is hired by local paper, Expose, to unmask The Fabulous Five, Bigtime's leading superhero team. After months of little to no progress, Carmen unmasks The Tornado, who promptly commits suicide not only ending his own life but also ending Carmen's career, social acceptance and sense of self. That is until she is kidnapped by the leader of the ubervillain gang, the Terrible Triad and threatened with radioactive goo. With renewed sense of purpose, Carmen once again begins her investigation into the Fearless Five. Through tireless research and using her uncanny instincts, she attracts the attention of the irresistible leader of the Fearless Five, Striker.
Though the alliteration gives away most of the secret identities before they are officially revealed, the story is laugh out loud funny and the superhero characters are likable if not believable. The sex is about as graphic as the violence, and handled with the same tongue in cheek humor that permeates the book. It's Super Fun. ...more
A punk rock librarian experiences time traveling in uncontrollable epileptic fits waking up naked who knows where and when and falls in love with hisA punk rock librarian experiences time traveling in uncontrollable epileptic fits waking up naked who knows where and when and falls in love with his soul mate. Blindsidingly touching prose combined with an affecting story makes this a must read! My husband loved it too! And the other day, I saw it on a book list for a summer reading program for middle schoolers, though I don't know if I would recommend it for such a young reader, it is very accessible! ...more
I dare you to read the first two pages and not want to finish the rest of the book.
Part Victorian murder mystery, part fantastical alternate history wI dare you to read the first two pages and not want to finish the rest of the book.
Part Victorian murder mystery, part fantastical alternate history with a liberal dash of lexigraphical acrobatics The Somnambulist combines a labyrinthine plot with haunting characters and an unreliable narrator which coalesces into an unexpected crescendo no one could anticipate.
The Somnambulist is a bald, mute giant of man who when pierced with swords does not bleed. His almost constant companion is Edward Moon, often referred to as the conjurer, with whom he conducts a magical act and solves the most mysterious of mysteries. When drawn into the enigmatic and horrifying deaths of two lechers, seemingly unconnected except for the implausible nature of their deaths, these crimes, however, and their monstrous solution are just the first strands in unraveling the gordian knot that is threatening the city of London.
At times like taking a midnight stroll through densely fogged streets and hearing ominous footsteps behind you, or standing slack-jawed at a bawdy freak show, or laughing raucously at a local pub Jonathan Barnes' The Somnambulist is reminiscent of authors of such note as Mary Shelley, Neil Gaiman, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Allen Poe and Michael Chabon. This books is essential for all you Word Nerds out there as I learned 11 new words during the course of the book!
A solid 4 and a half, with its only caveat being that the end leaves you thinking "what the deuce?!" ...more
A good book for its type, but not what I was in the mood for at the time. I think Elizabeth Berg fans would probably like it. A touching story of frieA good book for its type, but not what I was in the mood for at the time. I think Elizabeth Berg fans would probably like it. A touching story of friendship, hardship and complex relationships. ...more
Sigh... This was a really good sci-fi love story and cautionary tale for the first 100 pages. I have to admit that the last 100 lost me. I get the preSigh... This was a really good sci-fi love story and cautionary tale for the first 100 pages. I have to admit that the last 100 lost me. I get the premise, 'we are are made of the same stuff - and all that has happened before will happen again', but the later sections of the story felt forced. Still, classic Winterson poetic prose, I really wanted to like it....more