Ghost Story is a prime example of why I love Jim Butcher's books. They are good books. They are great★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Some things, my friends, are worth the wait.
Ghost Story is a prime example of why I love Jim Butcher's books. They are good books. They are great books. They rock like an 80's 'big-hair' band. They are the books that everyone wishes their book could be. They are the Six Million Dollar Man of books. They are the MacGyver of books that can build a repelling harness out of a hair scrunchie, 3 earrings, and the elastic from a pair of boxer briefs. God is jealous that he forgot to create these books.
You see where I am going with this I'm sure. They are worth a minute or two of your time.
Ghost Story was amazing and I am in a daze currently. A wonderful, floating, dreamlike, haze of satiety fed by the fantastic power of The Word of Butcher....more
I, like many others, think this installment in the series is the best. My reason for this preference is fairly specific though. It was Ivy.
Too many auI, like many others, think this installment in the series is the best. My reason for this preference is fairly specific though. It was Ivy.
Too many authors have this 'Ivy' aspect in a series and it almost, without fail, drags on too long. The "I'm not sure, but I'll keep teasing at the relationship, but won't commit, but I'll beat myself up over it, then I'll embrace it fully, then I'll mess it up, etc." thing makes me crazy! Male, female, vampire, witch, demon, or rainbow-striped zebra, the indecision over Ivy had gone on for about two books too many and I expelled one gigantic sigh of relief to see it go. Finally!
I love many of the aspects that others do. The development of Trent's character and allowing him to interact in a way that portrays him as a man with individuality was a long time in coming. He has been the 'elf drug-lord' for so many books that I was begining to despair. He was allowed to become more in this book. (At last!)
Seeing the characters outside of Cincy was also a treat. Kim herself had mentioned that she enjoyed writing about this and I can see why. A nice change, both in physical and emotional scenery.
A few people have mentioned in reviews that they felt this book moved too slow and lacked 'action'. It should be acknowledged that since the majority of 'action' in this series has centered around Rachel fighting demons, this book would inevitably have considerably less action than others. This is the book in which she comes to terms, whether forced, implied, or chosen, with her biology, and she obviously won't be fighting as many demons if she IS one. Bad form to beat up your uncle at the family reunion you know. :)
The shift in relationship with Trent is also a welcome aspect in my book as it seems a requirement for the resolution of the series. When all the 'unknowns' come to a head in the series, the chance for history to repeat itself with elves and demons waring again is high. Having a leader figure from each camp, Rachel and Trent, become one on the list of partners, lovers, friends, etc. seems a vital aspect to take the story in a different direction. (My take on future action...probably wrong but it makes me happy!)
Overall I was ridiculously pleased with this book. It was a definite 'turning of a corner' and I look forward to the new landscape we will see in book ten.
Although the final installment of the Fever series was not my favorite, it was definately runner up!
The tempo for Shadowfever was different from the oAlthough the final installment of the Fever series was not my favorite, it was definately runner up!
The tempo for Shadowfever was different from the others, more choppy, jumping around a bit. I enjoyed this change though as it kept me from getting tunnel vision on the resolution of the 'romance' and 'bad guy' plot lines. I was able to keep one step back and enjoy the enitre story. Very pleasant.
I had no objections to the inserts where Dani is publishing her flyers and how this 'interrupts' the story, but Dani's character in this book dropped IQ points and it seemed unfounded. It left me shaking my head a bit.
This was an excellent wrap up to a series. I came away completely satisfied with the end for V'Lane, Rowena, Mac, Barrons, and even Dani. The resolution to the Sinsar Dub issue was brilliant! I was thoroughly satisfied as well with the answers I received to my questions about the Seelie Queen, the Fey in general, and especially the Unseelie King. (Not giving away spoilers here!)
I usually have a 'oh I wish the author would have....' list a mile long after reading the end of a series. Even really well done ones. The Fever series was, in the words of Goldilocks, "Just right."...more
This book was just a hoot! It wasn't the best written book as it was so packed with shmarmy-one-liners that at times it felt really contrived. RegardlThis book was just a hoot! It wasn't the best written book as it was so packed with shmarmy-one-liners that at times it felt really contrived. Regardless, I really enjoyed it. It was just funny and made me smile repeatedly. Sometimes you just need lighthearted on the menu and this book delivers. It was so over the top when it came to the 'supernat potential' of Aisling, that you can whip up a really good case of suspension of disbelief for the whole series. I'm thinking that I will never gush over the elegant and poetic writing of MacAlister, but I will definately keep reading her books. This book probably didn't deserve a full 4 stars, but it left me with a 4 star feeling when all was said and done. In the end, how the book makes you feel matters more than its literary value so I would recommend giving Aisling a try to see if she makes you smile too....more
The Mercy Thompson books are great! I am glad I finally caved in to peer pressure and read these books. This was a fast paced read with plenty to keepThe Mercy Thompson books are great! I am glad I finally caved in to peer pressure and read these books. This was a fast paced read with plenty to keep you engaged in the story so the plotline was definately a winner. Briggs has a real skill for character development and I never feel as if there are weaknesses in the interpersonal relationships aspect of her books. This one was no exception.
My only complaint of the entire book was with 'the object' that the Queen wanted. (view spoiler)[If Silver Borne was such a powerful thing and everyone wanted it, why didn't we ever get to see it work? Building up items of power and then doing nothing with them makes me nuts. We already have our token Fae item that is uber powerful yet does nothing in the part of the walking stick. Another just felt a bit weak and was anticlimactic for me. (hide spoiler)]
Overall I am very, VERY happy with Mercy, her world, and her friends and am off to acquire River Marked. I could cry that the next book wont be out until 2013. Tragedy! *sniff*["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
The effort to analyze this book and break it down into finer points to be rated just isn't in me right now. You aren't gettin' jack from me in that reThe effort to analyze this book and break it down into finer points to be rated just isn't in me right now. You aren't gettin' jack from me in that regard today folks.
Was it the greatest book I've read in months? No. Was it WAAAAAYYYY better than all that Twilight junk. Oh, yeah! (I normally don't like comparisons between series/work, but this deserves recognition.)
I just plain enjoyed this story, for me. Not for numerous technical reasons, but just because it appeals. Are Twinkies actually good? No, but they are tasty in a low-class, forbidden desire kind of way. This was similar for it was a nice peek at what 'humanity' really means, and whether you must be human at all to exhibit the trait.
The story is fairly long but I found myself wishing that a bit more time (just a tiny bit mind you) was spent on the friendship development of the main characters before The Seeker showed up, thus triggering the final stretch on the story. It was a bit like having an awesome meal that was just missing that one last spice in the sauce. Overall though, this was a good read and a lovely, passive 'body-snatchers' kind of story....more
I just love these books! Briggs has got it going on with this series. Most books have a 'feature' that stands out and causes you to really like them.I just love these books! Briggs has got it going on with this series. Most books have a 'feature' that stands out and causes you to really like them. A stand-put quality where the author has really exceeded expectations. This series is not like that. The Mercy Thompson series is one that few others fall in line with. It is perfectly balanced. There is just enough of everything to keep you happy, keep the story going, keep the romance aspect alive without taking over the story, enough sex appeal to keep the story hot without seeming gratuitous, enough.....of everything!
Iron Kissed was the shortest of the stories (if I am correct) but really good. A great trip into the world of the fae that revealed just enough to make the fae scary and still leave tons for development later on. I absolutely loved the turn that Mercy's relationship with Samuel took! The change in relationship with Adam was very tasteful and did not seemed forced to advance the plot. Good stuff I tell you!
I'm just sad that I have read half of the series now...sniff. It's all downhill now! ;)...more
The Mercy Thompson series is greatly appealing to me and can tell that these are just going to keep getting better. Many good things to say for this sThe Mercy Thompson series is greatly appealing to me and can tell that these are just going to keep getting better. Many good things to say for this series. For some reason however, I didn't quite like this installment as much as the first, but I have finally realized that it is because I'm not a huge fan of Sam. His current 'living arrangement' is not to my liking and I am guessing that my mood will improve proportionately to him resolving this issue. (Can you tell I am not team Samuel?) ;)
Stephan is a fun character and I can tell that learning about his history as things progress will be tons of fun. I love it when the 'bad guys' are more than they seem. It keeps you from drowning in the stereotypes.
Mercy's abilities are still a mystery if you ask me so that development will be enjoyable as well. Adam? *sigh* Adam is my favorite type of H and he is just ooozey levels of sexy!
Two thumbs up for the budding friendship with the 'female wolf' as well. Mercy needs girlfriends. :)...more
This book of the BDB had a different feel to it. It almost felt like a different writing style, still good but difAh, great installment in the series!
This book of the BDB had a different feel to it. It almost felt like a different writing style, still good but different. I've always liked Rehvenge so it didn't take anything to hook me into this book. Ehlena was a good character, very stable and solid girl with lots of good sense. The evolution of Rehvenge's personality was no shock to me so I had no issue getting behind his change.
The interaction with the symphath colony was really interesting. I wish though that we had discovered a bit about their origins. *If the Scribe Virgin got one shot at creation and made the vampires, then how are the vamps and symphaths related?*
The advancement of Lash as the big bad has been fun. (view spoiler)[I was tickled that he was finally discovered by the vampires and that they recognized he was a lesser+more. I was a bit bothered by the fact that it wasn't made out to be a 'bigger' deal. It was just kind of a glossed-over thing. Everyone was so very, "Wow, Lash is alive, that f#^%er! He's a lesser too. He's more powerful than a lesser. Hhhmmmm....interesting. Anyway, over here we have....." Then they all went on to other stuff. The author didn't even talk about Wrath's reaction, or how they finally figured out now that Lash was responsible for the glymera attacks. Lame-O. (hide spoiler)]
Overall, this was one of my favorites in the series. Not so much for the great love story, although that was sweet, but for the advancements in the overall series storyline. This book sets up for a lot to happen in the future. Bring on the next! Oh, look....there it is on my bookshelf. ;D["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Deep breath in....deep breath out...., that was soooo good!
Quick-cap: The first installment in the Mercy Thompson series introduces us to Mercedes★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Deep breath in....deep breath out...., that was soooo good!
Quick-cap: The first installment in the Mercy Thompson series introduces us to Mercedes, a coyote-shifter, mechanic living in the Tri-Cities, WA. Through an act of kindness to a newly fledged wolf-shifter teen, she is exposed to danger within the world of werewolves. Her past ties as a foster child in the pack lead by the Alpha of North America, and her current ties as the next-door neighbor of the Tri-Cities Alpha, make it inevitable that she is then swept into the clash/mystery that follows. Old romances and new potential ones are kindled without overpowering the story and making it feel like a romance novel. We are also given a bit of foreshadowing in regard to Mercy's 'power-level' in the food chain potentially being on the rise. Many new story paths were set up in this first book. A strong series opening overall.
Briggs does a wonderful job introducing us to the variety of characters in her world. This book deftly joins together the current plot with the introductions and 'flashbacks' needed to pull all the characters of Mercy's past into the present without endless backstory. We also get a quick but satisfying peek at the diverse group of paranormal peeps that she calls friend. No character felt completely contrived and although there were one or two that weren't visited as much as I would like, it didn't detract from the story. Her relationships with multiple areas of the 'paranormal' world give us glimpses of future turns for the main series plot-line.
The only element that kept me from awarding the fifth star was the weakness of Mercy's 'revelations'. For me, they never really felt like the character was having an "Ohhh!" moment, but instead as if they were thrown in as dialogue to keep the reader informed.
This book has received fabulous reviews from many sources whose opinion I value, and man...were they right. Well done Ms. Briggs! You have another fan to add to your list....more