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Thu
Aug 15 2013 2:00pm

The Chronicles of Amber Reread: Sign of the Unicorn

Roger Zelazny Chronicles of Amber Sign of the Unicorn

The third book in the Amber series, Sign of the Unicorn, is really when the series begins to heat up for me. It’s hard for me to pick favorites, but it’s either this one or the next, and really they continue one on from the other. The first book establishes Corwin and is largely his story, and Guns of Avalon establishes the overarching plotline of the first series, but Sign of the Unicorn accelerates full speed into the plot and ups the stakes considerably.

[The one true city is under attack. Who can be behind it...?]

Thu
Aug 8 2013 1:00pm

The Chronicles of Amber Reread: The Guns of Avalon

The Guns of Avalon Chronicles of Amber Roger Zelazny

The Amber reread continues with the second book in the series, The Guns of Avalon (at long last). Corwin of Amber picks up where we left him at the end of Nine Princes in Amber, and his ambitions haven’t really changed.

[Vague? Yes, but only to avoid spoilers. Plenty of those past the cut...]

Wed
Jul 31 2013 3:30pm

Mall Crawl: Kill City Blues by Richard Kadrey

Kill City Blues Richard Kadrey

Fans of Richard Kadrey’s Sandman Slim series can rejoice this week with the release of Kill City Blues, the fifth book in the series. Sandman Slim (or Stark, as he prefers to be called) is back and once more stomping a boot in the face of supernatural menaces everywhere. Stark has always been a pretty consistent bad-ass, but in Kill City Blues, Kadrey does his best to blunt his considerable edge.

[Beyond lie spoilers for the series to date and some minor spoilers for this book...]

Fri
Jul 26 2013 3:00pm

Zeroing in on the Truth: Skinner by Charlie Huston

Charlie Huston SkinnerOut this month, Skinner is Charlie Huston’s foray into the world of spy fiction. Dealing with a Stuxnet-like cyber-attack on the U.S. electrical grid, Skinner attempts to be a spy novel for the 21st century. 

[But does it succeed? Read on to find out...]

Fri
Jul 26 2013 9:00am

Molly’s Story: Jim Butcher’s “Bombshells”

Dangerous Women George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois’s anthology Dangerous Women is out later this year and among the exciting stories it contains is a new Dresden Files Story, “Bombshells,” by Jim Butcher. Any new Butcher story is a joy in the wait period between books, and “Bombshells” helps to satisfy something of that Dresden hunger.

[This is a non-spoilery review, though there are spoilers for the series to date...]

Thu
Jul 25 2013 1:30pm

The Chronicles of Amber Reread: Nine Princes in Amber

Nine Princes in Amber ZelaznyWelcome to a look at Nine Princes in Amber, the first book in Roger Zelazny’s The Chronicles of Amber. Be aware that beyond the jump there are spoilers, lots of them. If you’re interested in reading the book, please do so first. This will be here when you’re done.

[Let us walk through Shadows together, and make for Amber.]

Thu
Jul 25 2013 1:30pm

Roger Zelazny’s The Chronicles of Amber

Writing about Michael Moorcock recently made me think of the writing legends that had the most influence on me. These include people as far apart as Oscar Wilde and Fritz Leiber. But no one, perhaps, more so than Roger Zelazny.

I was in college when I discovered Roger Zelazny, reading “A Rose for Ecclesiastes” in a class. I really enjoyed it and thought about reading more from the author. But it wasn’t until a year or so later, when I discovered The Chronicles of Amber, that I really fell in love with his writing.

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Mon
Apr 1 2013 2:00pm

The Dresden Files Reread: Book 14, Cold Days Pt. 3

The Dresden Files Reread Book 14 Cold Days Jim Butcher In the first two parts of our recap of Cold Days, the fourteenth book in Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files, Harry Dresden is in a tight spot. He has twenty-four hours to figure out if he should follow his boss’s orders and must also prevent a huge disaster in the same time frame. And when we left it last time, his friends were in trouble....

 

 

[All the monsters come out on Halloween...]

Mon
Mar 25 2013 2:00pm

The Dresden Files Reread: Book 14, Cold Days Pt. 2

Cold Days Jim Butcher Dresden Files Reread In part one of the post covering Cold Days, we saw Harry embark on a new career path. Or two. And make some questionable decisions. In part two of our recap of the fourteenth book in Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files, we see Harry and his friends grapple with the consequences of these career choices. Spoilers beyond the jump.

[Ah, choice, such an interesting word...]

Mon
Mar 18 2013 2:00pm

The Dresden Files Reread: Book 14, Cold Days Pt. 1

The Dresden Files Reread Jim Butcher Cold Days Book 14 This is it, folks. The Dresden Files Reread has reached the current release, Cold Days, the fourteenth book in the series. In my review of the novel I called it one of the best of the series and a worthy addition to the ongoing story. Why? Well, click through and find out. Because of the amount that happens in this novel, the recap will be split into three parts. And contain lots and lots of spoilers.

[There’s an old saying, “Revenge is a dish best served cold”...]

Mon
Mar 11 2013 2:00pm

The Dresden Files Reread: Book 13, Ghost Story Pt. 2

Jim Butcher Harry Dresden The Dresden Files Reread Book 13 Ghost Stories

When last we left Harry Dresden, he was learning how to deal with his new status, and fighting against despair at how things have changed, most specifically his apprentice. But he also reminded himself that he’s the one who gets things done in Chicago and so he sets out to do just that.

[What does he do? Why, click through and find out (with lots and lots of spoilers...]

Mon
Mar 4 2013 3:00pm

The Dresden Files Reread: Book 13, Ghost Story Pt. 1

The Dresden Files Reread: Book 13, Ghost Story Pt. 1

When last we saw Harry Dresden, he was going through a number of, well, Changes. The last one pretty severe. In Ghost Story, the thirteenth book in The Dresden Files, Harry is forced to deal with one of the most severe of those changes, one which essentially makes him start all over again.

[What am I talking about? Click through and find out (with spoilers)...]

Mon
Feb 25 2013 3:00pm

The Dresden Files Reread: Side Jobs Pt. 3

The Dresden Files Reread: Side Jobs Pt. 3The last set of stories detailing Harry Dresden’s Side Jobs sends Harry investigating contaminated beer, love gone wrong, then switches gears to give us a story from the point of view of Karrin Murphy, detailing the “Aftermath” of Changes.

Last Call

This one is from the anthology Strange Brew edited by P. N. Elrod. It takes place between Small Favor and Turn Coat. The story begins with Harry going to MacAnally’s looking for a beer. He smells burning food and so goes in locked and loaded (or rather rodded and staffed). He finds Mac’s customers unconscious, and Mac, barely conscious and beaten. Mac asks Harry to call in Murpy, which Harry does.

[Take a little side trip into Side Jobs...watch for spoilers...]

Mon
Feb 18 2013 2:00pm

The Dresden Files Reread: Side Jobs Pt. 2

The Dresden Files Reread: Side Jobs Pt. 2In our last post about the various Dresden short stories, Harry Dresden found a little girl, saved a wedding, protected a group of LARPers and fought a creature out of legend. In this post we cover a few more of his Side Jobs and a special novelette told from the point of view of Thomas Raith.

Day Off

This story originally appeared in the anthology Blood Lite edited by Kevin J. Anderson, an anthology focusing on comedy. It is set between Small Favor and Turn Coat. It begins with Harry in a roleplaying game session with the Alphas. Harry kills the mood by criticizing the game magic and the group wraps up for the evening.

[Spoilers beyond for stories in Side Jobs...]

Mon
Feb 11 2013 2:00pm

The Dresden Files Reread: Side Jobs Pt. 1

The Dresden Files Reread: Side Jobs Pt. 1We’ve covered twelve of the books in The Dresden Files so far (and there are two more novels to go), but first it’s time that we cover the various short stories that Jim Butcher has written in the Dresden Files Universe. The majority of those have been collected in the book Side Jobs.

 

A Restoration of Faith

This story takes place before the events of Storm Front, while Harry’s working for Ragged Angel Investigations in an effort to get his PI’s license. They’ve been hired to find a missing girl, one Faith Astor, ten years old, and Harry recovers her only to find out that her parents reported her kidnapped. They’re a wealthy family and a kidnapping looks better than the girl running away.

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Mon
Feb 4 2013 2:00pm

The Dresden Files Reread: Book 12, Changes Pt. 2

The Dresden Files Reread: Book 12, Changes Pt. 2

In our last post, we covered the first half of Changes, a game-changer of a novel that threatens to change many of the aspects of Harry Dresden’s life. The last post ended with Harry making a monumental decision. In this one, we’ll see if that decision pays off.

Highlight for spoilers: Harry did it, he finally gave in and accepted Mab’s offer to be the Winter Knight (Major Change #5). He killed Lloyd Slate, he had a union of some kind with Mab. All to save his daughter, Maggie, a hostage of the Red Court of vampires. Maggie is going to be the central piece in a ritual that will wipe out Harry’s bloodline. Highlight for spoilers.

[Ch-ch-changes, Just gonna have to be a different man (and watch out for spoilers...]

Mon
Jan 28 2013 2:00pm

The Dresden Files Reread: Book 12, Changes Pt. 1

The Dresden Files Reread: Book 12, Changes Pt. 1

The twelfth book in The Dresden Files, Changes, is full of, well, changes. Major, massive, sweeping changes. Butcher makes some bold decisions in this book, leading Harry to a significant decision that will hereafter affect his life. This post will examine what leads Harry to that choice, while the next will cover the remaining part of the book.

Changes begins with Susan Rodriguez, Harry’s old flame, calling him to tell him that their daughter has been kidnapped.

[Turn and face the strange ch-ch-changes...and spoilers...]

Mon
Jan 21 2013 2:00pm

The Dresden Files Reread: Book 11, Turn Coat Pt. 2

The Dresden Files Reread: Book 11, Turn Coat Pt. 2

The reread for Turn Coat, the eleventh book in The Dresden Files, was too big for just one post. Too packed full of action and twists and turns to be contained by just one summary. Here, however, is the thrilling conclusion to the Turn Coat reread (and this one covers the big finale).

Last week, in part one of the Turn Coat recap, Harry had just discovered that a world of hurt was going to come down on him soon because Madeline Raith had phoned the Wardens of the White Council to tell them that Harry was sheltering the fugitive Donald Morgan. Understandably scared, Harry freaks a little.

[Spoilers beyond this point for all the series up to and including this book...]

Mon
Jan 14 2013 2:00pm

The Dresden Files Reread: Book 11, Turn Coat Pt. 1

The Dresden Files Reread: Book 11, Turn Coat Part 1What would you do if someone you hated for much of your life was suddenly vulnerable? What would Harry Dresden do? In Turn Coat, my favorite of the Dresden Files novels, Harry must aid one of his oldest enemies while uncovering a traitor within the wizard ranks. Liars and traitors and catspaws, oh my....

Turn Coat starts off running with a knock on Harry’s door. He opens it to find Morgan the Warden, bleeding, on the run from the Wardens. He asks Harry to hide him. Now we all know there’s no love lost between Morgan and Harry, but Harry takes him in. Morgan’s wounds aren’t life-threatening but need treatment. So Harry calls on his favorite medical professional, Waldo Butters.

[This one’s big so is going to be split into two posts. Spoilers beyond...]

Mon
Jan 7 2013 2:00pm

The Dresden Files Reread: Book 10, Small Favor

The Dresden Files Reread: Book 10, Small FavorThe tenth book in the Dresden Files, Small Favor, sees a lot of familiar faces returning in somewhat unpredictable configurations. Harry is attacked by goat-like creatures and also asked for a small favor (appropriate given the title). Of course as is usual in the Dresdenverse, things are rarely exactly what they seem and Harry has to fight harder than he has before, with the lives of several of his friends hanging in the balance.

[Spoilers beyond for all books in the series up to and including this one...]