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review 2017-10-09 02:23
Dresden is fighting ghosts
Grave Peril - Jim Butcher

Reading this for Supernatural square for Halloween bingo.

 

Dresden is in trouble fighting ghosts. It is not really his area of expertise. 

 

He has a partner Michael who is a pest also pushing his Christian religion to Dresden. I hope he got killed in the end as I really dislike this character. 

 

And he got an invitation to go to the vampire ball. Not a good thing as they are trying to kill him.

 

Butcher added a lot of details into the background to give the story environment some context and texture. Also, he tried to use humor in his storytelling. I don't know why this series is not more popular.

 

This is going pretty fast. Who is the behind stirring up ghosts for harm?

 

The elements come together, and there are a lot of fighting with magic and characters having their own agenda.

 

Good one. Solid 4.5 stars. 

 

 

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text 2017-10-05 20:50
Halloween Bingo: Magical realism
Codex Born - Jim C. Hines

 

Finding out more about Gutenberg - the supposed creator of libromancy.

Maybe he wasn't so altruistic after all.

We learn more about Lena the dryad.

 

The devourers are getting stronger.

Magic metal bugs and animals, I felt sorry for the wendigos (go figure), and pissed off werewolves.

 

Being able to use the magic of belief contained in books would be the coolest super power ever.

 

I don't like spiders, but I want Smudge.

And maybe a pet miniature dragon.

 

 

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review 2017-10-01 00:00
In the Shadows
In the Shadows - Kiersten White,Jim Di Bartolo Fascinating storytelling format. Usually I'm not a fan of authors doing graphic novels, as I've always just ended up being sad it wasn't as enjoyable as their previous full novels. However, this format made the most of both image and text-only content. Without getting into spoilers, the book basically alternates a few pages of zero text images - either full spread or "comic" style linear boxes that tell a snippet of a story - with a chapter of a novel about a bunch of teens in the late 1800s. There's supernatural goings-on and a central mystery that maintains its tension right up to the end, and it may be that I suck at visual observation, but I didn't figure out what the connection was between the image story and timeline and the text story and timeline, which are pretty obviously divergent and not at all related riiiiiight up until the end. Adds in an appealing way to the sense of mystery, intrigue and tense/dark/creepy/confusing-ness. Being less visual in general, I'd have been just as happy with a novelization of the whole thing sans graphics, and I'd argue you could still get the sense of things coming together in a major way with a significant emotional payoff if you'd kept the two timelines in only text format, but it was pretty cool to see it and experience the penny drop in the last tenth of the narrative. Full points for innovation and execution.
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review 2017-09-29 19:58
The Modern Fae's Guide to Surviving Humanity / edited by Joshua Palmatier & Patricia Bray
The Modern Fae's Guide to Surviving Humanity - Jim C. Hines,April Steenburgh,Susan Jett,Kari Sperring,Barbara Ashford,Avery Shade,Shannon Page,Seanan McGuire,Jean Marie Ward,Anton Strout,Kristine Smith,S.C. Butler,Joshua Palmatier,Juliet E. McKenna,Patricia Bray,Jay Lake,Elizabeth Bear

What if the fae were still here, living among us? Perhaps living in secret, doing their best to pass for human? Or perhaps their existence is acknowledged, but they're still struggling to fit in. How have they survived? Are they outcasts clinging to the edges of society, or do their powers ensure success in the mortal realm? Here are fourteen fabulous tales-ranging from humor to dark fantasy-that explore how the creatures of fae are fitting into the modern world.

 

A collection of short stories, mostly to my taste. To my complete surprise, the first story by Seanan McGuire did not come anywhere close to being my favourite of the batch!

Remarkably few of these authors have books listed in my public library catalogue, so I may not run into some of them again, unfortunately. A couple of them seem to have only contributed to anthologies thus far in their careers, some have only a book or two to their credit, and some must just not be on the radar of the acquisitions dept. of our library. I realize that they can’t afford to order everything!

I guess the point is that some of these authors are just starting their writing careers and that we have good things to look forward to, if this collection is any indication.

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review 2017-09-24 22:19
Getting Kids To Write and Enjoy It
My Weird Writing Tips - Dan Gutman,Jim Paillot

Borrowed this book from the library. Loved it so much that I bought it for the Kindle. It helped my girls with their writing. I will be having them reread it, for more tips to continue making their writing better.

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