This Dresden novel breaks from the formula that has made this series such a smash hit somewhat, but to great ends in my opinion.
Harry is now the Winte...moreThis Dresden novel breaks from the formula that has made this series such a smash hit somewhat, but to great ends in my opinion.
Harry is now the Winter Knight, a creature of Queen Mab of the Fae Winter Court, and things get AWFULLY ugly.
Jim Butcher hits it out of the park once again with another incredible entry in the series. Dresden fans, this is a definite Must Read - but who are we kidding? You've already long since finished the book by now :)
For the uninitiated, I'd definitely recommend starting from the beginning, lest you lose all the depth of character and excellent plot development you get from having the back story when you read this book.
Such a great series, I can't wait for the next one :)(less)
Like many of my favorite authors, John Scalzi's writing has a certain quality about it - it flows, it sings, and most of all it knows when to laugh at...moreLike many of my favorite authors, John Scalzi's writing has a certain quality about it - it flows, it sings, and most of all it knows when to laugh at itself and make YOU laugh at the characters without distracting in any way from the power and intensity of the plot.
This book is the third volume in the Old Man's War universe and does not disappoint. If anything I find myself becoming more and more enamored with these characters as they deepen in complexity.
As with any true science fiction worth its salt, this book explores some of the essential bits about what it is to be human by virtue of introducing a number of very decidedly non human characters, and Scalzi shows his true colors as a top shelf writer by doing so subtly and in the service of telling his intense, intrigue filled and witty story.
I became a huge fan upon reading Old Man's War and this book has affirmed the rightness of that choice. Highly recommended.(less)
Kevin Hearne serves up literary popcorn of the best kind with this series. Not the kind your office mate pops in the microwave generating that horribl...moreKevin Hearne serves up literary popcorn of the best kind with this series. Not the kind your office mate pops in the microwave generating that horrible stench that makes everyone gag, but the awesome fresh popped with real butter kind that makes your mouth water :)
These books are not literary classics for all time, but who cares? They're witty, funny, incredibly inventive fantasy stories set in the her and now.
One of the things I find so enthralling about this series is that Hearne doesn't fall back on the tried and true tropes of the genre - his character is the last (well not anymore!) surviving Druid who worships the gods and goddesses of the Celtic pantheon.
For me, this lends a richness and mystique to the stories not often found in modern fantasy.
On top of all of that, they're incredibly entertaining stories! The characters have depth and are well written, and the interactions with his hound Oberon are absolutely priceless, as are the innumerable geeky/fandom references strewn in through all the books.
My only minor quip with this particular book is that the book seems to lurch to a halt and just STOP, but as we all know endings are hard.(less)