I read a book yesterday. Now, before you say, oh, that's boring, she does that every day (which is true enough), realize that I read an entire book ye...moreI read a book yesterday. Now, before you say, oh, that's boring, she does that every day (which is true enough), realize that I read an entire book yesterday. Specifically, Jim Butcher's new Dresden Files book, White Night. Oh, Jim. How do you do it? There are only a few authors out there that can make me forget everything that I'm supposed to be doing and read. Admittedly, it's easy for me to get wrapped up in a book, but I don't finish very many books in a day any more. Though last week I read two books in four days. He's got tight pacing. His characters are very human, no matter that they've got magical powers. His world is real, and I can see it. You care about what happens. And you know what? He actually answers questions that the series had posed earlier. Thank you, so much. I read it fast enough that I can't remember all of it, which is a failing of mine, but I don't mind that much because it makes it easier to re-read ;) Thank you for the funnies and the heart-pounding moments, thank you for Toe-moss and Marcone and Lash. (from my site: http://etoiline.com/coronach/2007/04/...)(less)
I tore through this one, pretty much. I started reading around 10 pm, after my meeting was over, and stayed up till (gulp) 3:15 am. I was in bed, thou...moreI tore through this one, pretty much. I started reading around 10 pm, after my meeting was over, and stayed up till (gulp) 3:15 am. I was in bed, though, so at least my body was resting...[return][return]I liked this one. Probably not as much as some of the other Dresden Files (I've yet to put them in "most liked" order, so I'm not sure which is my favorite right now) but it was good. Jim Butcher has a way of injecting humor into the most serious of situations, and of dropping bombs on you that were not expected. His writing flows very well, and I think I caught only one copy-editing mistake (that's what you get for first editions, but much, much, better than the first-run hardbacks by Laurell K Hamilton). I have to admit, I'm in awe of the way he can switch from comedic fantastical crime to high fantasy. Reading both series at the same time will give you that insight, I guess :)[return][return]This one didn't give me quite the tingle that others did, though I'm glad we got to see so many bits from other books in the series. Too bad Harry's not getting the romance he needs (no comments on my love life, thanks) and there's still a bunch of questions hanging around. We still haven't gotten the big picture of who (or what) is behind all the maniacal goings-on in the world of that other wizard called Harry, but as I just read, there are 20 predicted books in this series, so I guess it would be silly to unveil that plan for world domination just yet ;)[return][return]I really want to know what Mouse is (aside from a Caucasian, hahah) and I would have liked to see more of Bob. And Little Chicago? So all that power went back to Harry. What did he do with it? Was that all that let him get through what he went through? The writing about SplatterCon!!! (it's misspelled without the exclamation points) makes me want to get to a con again. Maybe soon. Molly was a nice character, and it will be interesting to see how she and Harry get along. So he can't be in a mentor-apprentice relationship without some sort of sexual tension (ie Elaine)? Hmm.[return][return]Of course, now that I've read it, I can't wait for the next one. Maybe we'll see Butters and his amazing polka skills again. Would have liked to have seen Warden Luccio more. Wonder what will happen with the Merlin. Seems like Harry's either being set up to take a great fall or great responsibility. Oh, wait. He already has that...[return][return](from my site: http://etoiline.com/coronach/2006/04/...:(less)
When I come across a new author, I'm always pleased. When the book actually turns out to be good, I'm jealous, but hopeful, because that means that I...moreWhen I come across a new author, I'm always pleased. When the book actually turns out to be good, I'm jealous, but hopeful, because that means that I have a chance to do something with my own writing. Patrick, you make me so jealous with your debut novel. But I've got my novel file open again, thanks to you.
This story has magic, music, mystery, romance, alchemy, and in spades. Kvothe (pronounced 'quothe') is a fine protagonist, very human even though he has amazing capabilities. He can be brought low by pride, just like the rest of us. It's easy to imagine him, red hair flying, playing his lute, tackling the trials at a magical university, pursuing a girl, building a name for himself that is founded on lies but mostly true...
]Beware: this book has an ending that will leave you desperate for more. Me, at least, and I didn't expect it. But I very much look forward to reading more in the Kingkiller Chronicle. Well done, Patrick.
(Bought on a thursday night, finished on saturday night, and that's only because my roommate and I went shopping fri night. It would have been finished much earlier if not for that. Found out about it from author John Scalzi's blog, and saw it had a review by Robin Hobb, one of my favorite authors, so I knew it had to be good.)
I was really excited to pick this one up, and Butcher doesn't disappoint. Lots of dangling plot threads are picked up in this novel, and I was always...moreI was really excited to pick this one up, and Butcher doesn't disappoint. Lots of dangling plot threads are picked up in this novel, and I was always cheering for Tavi. It's fast paced (I finished it in a day, while working and watching Pirates of the Caribbean 3) and emotional, and a reward of sorts for those who really liked the series before. Definitely a read for Butcher fans. Better than 1&2, maybe even 3. I've reread most of it already since I got it on the 4th (three days ago). (Originally posted on etoiline.com just after original release date)(less)
There is A LOT of stuff happening in this book. Of course, that's no surprise, given the title. Harry goes through so much in this book that it can be...moreThere is A LOT of stuff happening in this book. Of course, that's no surprise, given the title. Harry goes through so much in this book that it can be hard to keep track of. There are things he has to do to keep the people he loves safe, and he does them, even at great cost to himself.
At a few points I wanted to call deus ex machina, but Butcher has set up his world so God (or gods) really could just step in at any moment, so just keep reading and forget about it. And as much as Butcher says the ending is not a cliffhanger, you'll certainly be saying WTF to yourself.
This book pulls together a lot of the threads that Butcher has put out there in previous books, and it's really quite neat to see how well he's planned things out. But there's plenty more in the series, so off I go to read the next installment, fresh from the bookstore today.
First read July 25-26, 2011, via an ARC won from JB's agent just days before the actual release.(less)
This is a pretty interesting addition to the Dresden Files. Thank goodness the huge cliffhanger in Changeswas picked up. The premise of Dresden being...moreThis is a pretty interesting addition to the Dresden Files. Thank goodness the huge cliffhanger in Changeswas picked up. The premise of Dresden being a ghost and solving his own murder was a nice way to explore what he might be like without magic, but of course he figures out how to get around that. And if you know anything about the whole series, you know that Dresden is going to get out of his current predicament, since there are plenty of books left that Butcher wants to write. There is a twisty ending, and sometimes there are things that show up just in time to save Harry's bacon, but the story is set up that way, so move along. Hopefully Butcher can get back to his regularly scheduled April release dates, so we won't have to wait too long to see what's in store for the new Winter Knight.
THE DEPARTMENT OF MAGIC is a bold stab at urban fantasy. It veered a little too much into the gross side of things, but the story was well told and th...moreTHE DEPARTMENT OF MAGIC is a bold stab at urban fantasy. It veered a little too much into the gross side of things, but the story was well told and the action had plenty of high stakes (pun intended), so I kept reading. My attention would wander to other books, though, hence the long reading time. If you like loads of fantastic--or horrifying--creatures romping around in modern-day D.C., you'll like this one. Sometimes the interaction between the main characters was cliched, and I wasn't feeling the romance, but Rocco and Jasmine (I'm sorry, Rocky and Jazz aren't nicknames I love) do work well together and there's obviously much more they can do in forthcoming books. I'm not too keen on what will happen to the MCs in the future, but the fate of America is in their hands, so if I come across other books in this series I'll give them a look.
I received this as a digital ARC from Netgalley.(less)