jim butcher

Reading Corner – Death Masks

deathmasksI enjoyed Death Masks, as I enjoy all the Dresden Files. After reading 5 in pretty close succession though, they are starting to feel formulaic and it wears on me that Butcher re-introduces the characters to the reader in every book. It’s a good tactic for making the stories and characters accessible to new readers every time, in case someone picks up a single volume from the series. Each book could easily stand alone because of this. But reading the books so closely to one another, it tends to have the opposite effect for me so I think I might take a break for a bit before picking up book 6. Although, regardless of all that, I really liked the plot of this particular installment. Harry’s love interest comes back on the scene and she’s turned into a real bad-ass. So it was a fun, quick read. I look forward to seeing where the story goes in the next installment.

Keep reading. It’s one of the most marvelous adventures that anyone can have.
~ Lloyd Alexander


Reading Corner – Summer Knight

summerknightI enjoyed Summer Knight, book #4 of The Dresden Files. Fast-paced and chock full of magical creatures, danger abounds and cataclysmic doom seems inevitable. Enter Wizard Harry Dresden. A little luck and determination and Harry always saves the day. A great mix of fantasy and murder-mystery, the Dresden novels are unique and fun.

Now…back to the Mistborn series with book #2, The Well of Ascension. 🙂

Fantasy, if it’s really convincing, can’t become dated, for the simple reason that it represents a flight into a dimension that lies beyond the reach of time.
~ Walt Disney

Reading Corner – Grave Peril

GravePerilBook 3 of the Dresden Files. Done. What can I say? Murder mystery. Bad guys aplenty in the form of demons, angry ghosts, and vampires, to name just a few. The world is falling apart! Will Harry save the day, again? You’ll have to read to find out. Highly recommend. It’s a good romp.

Next up, World War Z. My goal is to read it before the movie is out in June. Boy, is it scary. About a zillion times more graphic reading about zombies than watching. And I thought The Walking Dead was rough.

The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.
 ~ Oscar Wilde