Month: October 2016

Just checking in…

Hey everyone!

First, let me take a moment to say thanks! Thank you for taking the time to read my reviews! I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy writing them!

Please pardon the delay in getting the last two reviews done, life’s been a bit crazy here.

I’m currently reading¬†The End Game by Raymond Khoury one of my favorite authors. I’m hoping to have it completed by the end of next month, as I haven’t been reading as much as I usually do.

I’m thinking about reading the Mr. Mercedes trilogy by Stephen King next. I’m looking forward to this very much as Stephen King is my favorite author!

However, if you’d like to suggest a book for me to read and review next, let me know in the comments. Otherwise if you’d like you could peruse my Goodreads Account (super awesome book tracking website) to see if there are any books that I have in my To-Read shelve if you’d like to see what I already have.

You can find me here:

https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/47701431-jon-coffman

Thanks again!

 

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Fool Moon by Jim Butcher

First off, if you haven’t read the review for Storm Front by Jim Butcher, I suggest you do. I go over some background on the character and explain a bit more about what I feel makes this character relatable.

This is the second book in “The Dresden Files” the series written by Jim Butcher about our hard boiled wizard Harry Dresden. This time after having shaken the faith of the Chicago PD’s Special Investigations department Harry must now help them with a series of brutal murders that take place around the full moon. As you must have guessed, this book does see Harry dealing with werewolves.

Since Harry has lost some of the trust given to him by Lt.Karrin Murphy during the last book, Harry must be cautious in his investigation less he further hurt his relationship (and only steady income) with Lt. Murphy. In this book we also get to see Harry’s interactions with werewolves and also see him use more magic this time.

While we don’t see much more character development for Harry, we do get to see him under further stress, and see him dealing more with mundane issues. This book also gets more into the lore of this universe, specifically breaking down the different types of werewolves that exist here, and that eventually plays a large role in the story in this book.

This book is another great casual read and is quite the page turner. I look forward to picking up more of books in this series to continue reviewing them.

Storm Front by Jim Butcher

The reviews of this book describe it as  hard boiled detective meets wizard, and they hit the nail right on the head with that one.

The private detective that is the protagonist in these stories is one Harry Dresden, professional wizard. Harry is a wizard in modern times, so most people don’t take him seriously, but the Chicago PD’s Special Investigations unit hires him as a contractor to help them investigate the more “special” crimes. His contact within the PD is one Lt. Karrin Murphy who Harry has a strong but complex friendship with.

In this book Harry is confronted with a murder who is using very dark magic to literally tear people’s hearts from their chests. Harry must walk a thin line by determining who and how this person is committing these crimes without getting in trouble with the wizard’s counsel himself, as he is already in serious trouble with them for an undisclosed previous incident.

What really sets this book apart from other stories I have read concerning wizards, beyond the fact that Harry is a private detective is the fact that magic in this universe is very based on the senses and that the words a wizard speaks when casting a spell is merely to help them focus on project the words. When Harry is brewing potions (with the help of a “spirit of intellect” that inhabits a skull) he must add ingredients for each sense as well as to engage the mind and the spirit. These potions are made with very mundane items, which I think serves to make them more believable. Harry also uses ancient latin words to help him cast spells, but in this world one could use even nonsense words to help focus the spells.

Overall, Harry is a very relatable character in the fact that he has to deal with very real problems, such as dating and being able to pay his bills. The character also says what he is thinking and offers insight into other’s thoughts when he interacts with them. This really adds a simplicity and makes for a great casual read.