Oct
20
2018

Book of the Week: Storm Front.

Yeah, yeah, I finally got sucked back into Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden wizard mysteries.  Storm Front is only three bucks on Kindle, so there you go? What’s that? Yeah, I know, that’s how they suck you in. I figured that it’d happen eventually.

10 Comments

  • Luke says:

    I hear they got much better later on, but the first two boks were horrible.
    .
    The characters were likable, the world was engaging, the attitude is inviting, the patter was quick and sharp.
    But…
    Both books should have ended after two chapters.
    If the main character had used his defining ability in an opening scene, when circumstances were actively pushing him to do so, the mystery is solved, gets dealt with before it escalates, and everybody gets home in time for good night’s sleep.

  • BigFire says:

    Just remember, you’re reading a book that was written based on a college writing class assignment. The series really didn’t hit its stride until the 3rd book. After which it is golden.

  • junior says:

    What the others have said. The series gets better the further in you go. Skin Game, the most recent, is simply amazing. After reading the first few, I was tempted to set the series aside. I’m glad I didn’t.

    Now if he’d just get the next one out already…

    • BigFire says:

      Jim Butcher had a couple of life changing experienced. He got remarried. He tried to build a new house. He used the wrong contractors. Yeah, that’s now squared away, the new book is coming.

      Larry Correia took the longer approach in building his new house (indoor rifle range included) and I think 2 years into his process, they’re actually putting up the frame of the house (permits and the fact that they have to build quite a bit of infrastructure out to the side of the mountain).

  • acat says:

    I’ve been debating starting a new series, and .. the only thing about this one that scares me is it’s been goin’ a while.
    .
    From comments here, the first two will be great for my next scheduled flights ..
    .
    Mew

    • BigFire says:

      I highly recommend the audiobook version of Dresden Files.

    • nicklevi86 says:

      If you need something more…. fresh, Larry Coreia’s Son of the Black Sword is quite good. The second book is coming next year, and the first was quite good with similar pace to Butcher and great world building.

      • BigFire says:

        The Forgotten Warrior (Son of the Black Sword is book 1) is a fantasy India with bureaucracy replacing religion (and they have good reason for it). I also highly recommend his Grimnoir Chronicle, which has the benefit of being finished. 1930s magic tech with X-Men like superpower and a far far worse WWI.

        • Moe_Lane says:

          I had to freeze into humiliated silence some poor kid half my age who felt the need to make a comment on my reading SotBS at WashingCon a couple of years back. I almost felt bad about it, but then I was trying to get a damned bagel because there was nobody else open and serving food, and I had a game to run in a half hour. Besides, I didn’t bloody well ask this kid for somebody else’s opinion about Larry Correia.

          • acat says:

            Larry Correia’s ‘Grimnoir’ is a great reimagining of history. His ‘Son of the Black Sword’ is a solid and very different world, and then there’s Owen the beast-mode accountant… and The Christmas Noun….
            .
            Having finished Storm Front, I see why the upthread warnings – but the world has *potential*….
            .
            Anyone else tried Coe’s weremyst series?
            https://www.baen.com/spell-blind.html#
            .
            Mew

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