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review 2018-04-02 19:58
Wild Card
Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files: Wild Card - Mark Powers,Jim Butcher

[I received a copy of this book through Netgalley.]

I put up reading that one, thinking it’d spoil me too much about some of the Dreaden Files books I haven’t read yet, but, uhm, turned out it didn’t. Or maybe I’ve ‘forgotten’ just enough details from the books that whatever may have been a spoiler, I just didn’t realise it? Oh well. Good thing in any case.

Globally an entertaining story, with high stakes of the kind you’d find in one of the novels, and a plan coming from a devious enemy who’s clearly understood how to pit people against each other. Because, as silly as it may sound, sometimes the people in charge do act in what appears to be the non-smart way just not to lose face—as much as I find it non-rational, previous plots in the Dresden Files have seen the tension mount enough for this to be believable. This was helped by pretty dynamic fight/action scenes. Also, bonus point for little Karrin and her dad.

On the downside:
- As usual with a lot of comics, I could do without the sexualised-woman-poses, many of which looked definitely weird (you know, those ‘let’s strike a sexy pose while wielding heavy weapons, it’s not as if I need my balance for that’ poses). Just like that scene in the hospital, where a character’s wounds are listed, but when you see said character in bed, well… That didn’t look like such a beaten up and bruised body to me.
- That ending. WTF? In a way, it made sense, but it was so totally anti-climatic that I kept looking to see if I hadn’t missed a few more pages in the book.

So, yes… Something like 2.5 stars, because mostly it kept me entertained, right until that odd ending?

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review 2018-03-22 01:48
Storm Front - Jim Butcher

It started off slow, got really good around the middle and then fizzled out at the end. I did like Harry but I think the way his character was written, was not enough to draw me into his world. When the murderer was revealed, I just shrugged as there was no investment for me. There was not enough explanation of how wizards came to be, the White Council, his guardian Morgan, Harry's supposed crimes, etc. I know this is the first book in the series but it left too many unanswered questions. I may read the second book, but I'm in no great hurry.

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text 2018-03-21 01:12
Reading progress update: I've read 74%.
Storm Front - Jim Butcher

Things have definitely picked up, though I don't feel I was given enough background into Harry for me to feel fully invested in his plight. 

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text 2018-03-19 02:38
Reading progress update: I've read 27%.
Storm Front - Jim Butcher

This isn't interesting to me right now. I really hope it gets better.

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review 2018-02-18 00:00
The Aeronaut's Windlass
The Aeronaut's Windlass - Jim Butcher Steampunk style adventure. Came across as a bit YA when I started reading, but once the action started it improved in that regard.

An ex-Fleet captain of airships now acting as a privateer along with his crew, the daughter of one of the most wealthy families, her warrior-born cousin and a new recruit to the guards (along with her cat) are thrown together after an invasion by a neighbouring Spire.

This is so different to Jim Butcher's Dresden or Codex Alera series. He seems to find a unique style for each one. The characters are well written, the action is exciting and the places are well described.
It really shines in the way characters talk and act, and he has a good turn of phrase that matches each person perfectly.

Will be looking out for book 2.
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