I am finally caught up with The Dresden Files, yay! Even though Skin Game wasn’t really my favorite Dresden Files book it was still a ton of fun. This was so caper heavy in execution and I think that singular focus of Dresden working with a lot of these other bad guys was a bit much at times. Sure, it was a good book but the stand out moments came not from the actual caper but from the quiet moments of stillness between characters and I think there should have been a few more of those moments in this book. Looking forward to reading the short story collections from the Dresden universe next.
Well, this Sunday was a decent day as I finished a couple books today. Cold Days by Jim Butcher is the 14th book in The Dresden Files series(almost done the released books! woo!) and You Are a Badass is a self-help book all about the law of attraction. As with other Dresden Files books, this book ended so excitingly. Spells flying everywhere, everyone has their own agenda, and Harry bumbling through the situation like always but still out-thinks everyone in the end. The Dresden Files has such great pacing and still, 14 books in, it is very familiar, yet has changed to become even better.
You Are a Badass is all about hyping the reader up into believing they are the next best thing to sliced bread. I don’t know if I really believe in the law of attraction, if you believe it, you will get it, type of stuff, but it is positive to think that way. This is one of those self-help books that feels great while you are reading it but you won’t really remember a whole lot of it. I’m hoping the thing I take away from it the most will be that it is important to love yourself for anything amazing to happen to you.
Overall, I spent a little over 6 hours reading this weekend(Fri, Sat, Sun). I was hoping to hit at least 9 hours but 6 is alright too.
Other than finishing these books it was a pretty relaxing day. I went to church, finished up reading Genesis(I love the story of Joseph), and spent time with the family. It was a good day and I was happy that the new computer at the church for the audio/visual system worked fine this morning after I set it up early in the week. I’m hoping for a great week at the library where a lot of kids should show up to sign up for summer reading.
I am shifting into my Hugo reading preparation in June. I am going to reread Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee and give Raven Stratagem another try. I failed to finish Raven Stratagem last year as I just got super bored reading it. I’m hoping it was just my mood when I first gave it a try. I struggle with Yoon Ha Lee’s writing for the most part but I’m hoping with some quality focus I can figure out his writing style more and love it like everyone else. Anyway, I hope everyone has a great week. Thanks for reading.
I absolutely love the Denarian storylines in this series. The whole fallen angel vs men of faith thing plus the coins is just a lot of fun. I think the Denarian storylines remind me of an anime for some reason and I always envision the bad guys kind of like the deadly sins from Full Metal Alchemist. Michael is such a great character and I love his family dynamic. I really need a chart of power comparing everyone to each other though. I want to know how strong Mab is compared to other characters and whatnot.
18/25 Possible Score
4 – Plot
4 – Characters
4 – World Building
3 – Writing Style
3 – Heart & Mind Aspect</b>
Blood Rites continues the ever engaging and entertaining Dresden Files series by giving the reader a much more deeper understanding of the characters in Dresden’s life and shining a light on Harry’s background. What makes this my favorite Dresden Files book so far is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously and Harry is learning a bunch of things that he previously didn’t know. I think a good Urban Fantasy series needs to have a strong mystery aspect to it in order to be a good read for me and I like how Butcher makes Harry figuring out his own past a part of that mystery. When a character comes up against revelations about himself it can completely change the way they see the world and this is what happens in Blood Rites and I loved it.
Lastly, I am basically falling in love with the different types of vampires and the way they are structured in this series. Sure, the whole adult film industry murder mystery got a bit ridiculous at times but Butcher knew it was a tongue in cheek plotline and he made it work for him. I probably will be taking a bit of a break from the series because the next audiobook has a really long wait for some reason. Enjoying the series and I like that it is engaging but simply written.
17/25 Possible Score
3/5 – Plot
4/5 – Characters
4/5 – World Building
3/5 – Writing Style
3/5 – Heart & Mind Aspect
Five books in and Butcher tackles a religious supernatural storyline in his Dresden Files world. The shroud is found and up for sale but everyone wants a piece of it no matter what. The ideas of demons and fallen angels in The Dresden Files isn’t as unique and creative as some of his other takes on supernatural creators in my opinion. This installment left me wanting a little more from the author, where the other books surprised me. I still enjoyed Death Masks but I can’t help but think that where this series’ strength is, is the Wizard’s Council. For the most part, stories have to completely blow me away if they are trying to put their unique spin on religious supernatural elements because I think that John Milton set the bar really high. I’m also ready for a huge series wide story arc that is a little more involved for each book. Still, I enjoyed this installment, and will be continuing of course.
12/15 Possible Score
2 – Plot
3 – Characters
2 – World Building
3 – Writing Style
2 – Heart & Mind Aspect
I really liked this Lovecraftian private-eye story by Khaw. This story just had a swagger and attitude about it that I really loved. Yes, Khaw uses a lot of noir detective fiction tropes but it just works with the story and the Lovecraftian monsters. What pushed this over from a 3 star to a 4 star read for me was the prose. Khaw has a style that is really unique to herself. Where other authors write odd similes and metaphors that don’t work in the scene or their writing style, Khaw just makes them work, and I really like her writing because of that. I’m looking forward to the sequel.