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review 2017-09-21 19:39
My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding / edited by P.N. Elrod
My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding - Jim Butcher,Sherrilyn Kenyon,Rachel Caine,Susan Krinard,P.N. Elrod,L.A. Banks,Charlaine Harris,Lori Handeland,Esther M. Friesner

An "ordinary" wedding can get crazy enough, so can you imagine what happens when otherworldly creatures are involved? Nine of the hottest authors of paranormal fiction answer that question in this delightful collection of supernatural wedding stories. What's the seating plan when rival clans of werewolves and vampires meet under the same roof? How can a couple in the throes of love overcome traps set by feuding relatives---who are experts at voodoo? Will you have a good marriage if your high-seas wedding is held on a cursed ship? How do you deal with a wedding singer who's just a little too good at impersonating Elvis? Shape-shifters, wizards, and magic, oh my!

 

Read to fill the “Supernatural” square of my 2017 Halloween Bingo card.

A collection of short fiction—these are almost always a mixed bag for me. I enjoyed all but one of the stories and my favourites were “Tacky” by Charlaine Harris and “Dead Man’s Chest” by Rachel Caine. Not surprising, as I am familiar with both authors.

There are lots of vampires and werewolves of course, but I loved the cursed pirate ship in Rachel Caine’s story and the spookily good Elvis impersonator in P.N. Elrod’s “All Shook Up.”

Definitely a worthwhile read if you enjoy any of the contributing authors or are looking for something new. I must say I wish there were more pirates in the urban fantasy genre!

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text 2017-09-19 02:15
Halloween Bingo - Supernatural
White Night - Jim Butcher

I decided to continue the Dresden Files series with White Night. Since this is a mystery with a wizard lead and had vampires, ghouls, and magic involved in the case, I'm using it for the Supernatural square.

 

 

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text 2017-09-18 18:04
Reading progress update: I've read 303 out of 566 pages.
Proven Guilty - Jim Butcher

Though I walk through the valley of trauma, I will fear no concussion.

 

Poor old Harry gets beaten on a lot.  I guess its all part of being the noir detective version of a magician.

 

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review 2017-09-12 02:08
Same ol' same ol: Rock|Harry|Hard Place -and it's great.
Summer Knight: The Dresden Files, Book 4 - Jim Butcher,James Marsters

So, we get more information on the White Council (not just the vague references in the first couple of books and our buddy Morgan the Warden), as well as our introduction to the Fae Courts. Throw in everything we learned about Marcone in book 2, vampires in book 3, and what we're about to learn in book 5 and we'll have fully established the world of Harry Dresden. And wow, what a world.

 

But I'm getting ahead of myself. We start off with dealing with the war Harry was tricked into instigating in the last book, he's got assassins after him -- but thankfully, Billy's got his back. A friendship has developed between Harry, Billy and the rest of Billy's pack since Fool Moon which is pretty cool to see. Even if Harry's too blinded by his obsessive need to cure Susan's vampirism to see things like friendship, self-destructive lifestyle, and whatnot. Billy's also minding the store for Harry and has made an appointment for him to meet with a new client.

 

Harry doesn't want a new client -- but he's about run out of money and is looking at the business end of evictions soon, so he'd better. He doesn't want this new client either, for reasons you can read/listen to for yourself, but she doesn't leave him much of a choice.

Before he can get too carried away with dealing with this, he has to attend a meeting of the White Council -- where he will be a major topic of conversation, thanks to the vampire war. Which isn't going too well for the Wizards. We meet some great characters at this meeting, including Harry's [spoiler] and mentor, Ebenezar McCoy. McCoy is a hoot -- Marsters (no surprise) nails his character, by the way -- he's just one of those guys you like from the moment you meet him on the page and your appreciation for him only increases. In the end, the Council basically puts Harry to a test -- if he doesn't pass, they hand him over to the vampires; if he does, things continue on the way they are now -- and if he dies in the process, well, that'll be inconvenient. The test, naturally, involves him taking the above client he doesn't want.

 

In a nutshell, a member of one of the Fae Courts has been killed and Harry has a couple of days until the Summer Solstice to find out who did it. Otherwise, the balance of power between the Courts will shift and war break out. A war that'll pretty much decimate the planet's climate in ways that Al Gore couldn't imagine. Which is a bad thing for us humans. So pretty much, Harry has to solve a murder, stop a war/save the earth, while dodging assassins, skeptical wizards, and who knows what else or he'll be tortured and killed by vampires after being abandoned by his people. In just a couple of days.

Oh, and a long-lost (and assumed dead) person from Harry's past shows up in the middle of all this, too.

 

No big deal, right? Poor, poor Harry. It's a fun adventure (for the reader), the mystery story is decent, the adversaries are fantastic -- and the new characters (even those we never see again, sniff) are great additions to what's just a great cast.

 

I mentioned the friendship of Billy and Harry earlier -- we get a lot of it in this book, Billy's along for most of the adventure, and he's really turning into someone Harry can count on. Karrin Murphy gets some great action, too -- and Harry finally clues her into what's going on re: Fae, Vampires, White Council, etc. You know, keeping the promise he made to himself at the end of book 2. Well done, Dresden. I can't fail to mention Toot Toot -- he's come a long way since we met him in Storm Front, in no small way thanks to Harry.

 

I'm talking about an audiobook now, so I really should say something about James Marsters' work. I'm just going to sound like a broken record, though, if I do. I'm trying to think if I wasn't that impressed with anything, or if there was something in particular that I thought he did well, and I can't come up with anything. I really enjoyed his Bob in Summer Night -- nothing different in the characterization, I don't think, but it just came to life in a particular way. Also, he captured the very strong sense of fatigue, of being at the end of his rope that so defined Harry in these pages.

 

This wasn't my favorite book -- although I really enjoyed it on the whole -- and really relished reliving the establishment of the Council and Courts in the series. While I thoroughly enjoyed the stuff in Wal-Mart (for example), it went on too long and wasn't worth it to the story. There were a few too many moments like that in this book for my taste -- fun in and of themselves, but ultimately, time wasted, so I'll knock this down a star. Also, it proves that as much of a mindless fan-boy I can tend to be about this series, I'm a little discerning. A little.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/09/11/summer-knight-audiobook-by-jim-butcher-james-marsters
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review 2017-09-05 14:20
Dresden battling vampires
Changes - Jim Butcher

I read this for the Vampire Square 

 

 

 

Harry got to meet his ex, who had a big surprise for him.  He got her knocked up years ago and she didn't tell him that she was pregnant. 

 

Now she is back because their child got kidnapped. 

 

Harry is desperate as the child was not kidnapped by ordinary bad guys. She is kidnapped by vampires who wanted to make her a human sacrifice. 

 

So the up and down and quest and battle are all for saving this one child that Harry didn't knew about until a day ago. 

 

Good story. The writing is good and I like the humor and the hat tipping to LOTR. 

 

I started this series late and still have a few to go through. 

 

 

 

 

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