Short story compilations are always a part of the marketplace. Some writers work exclusively in this genre. I’ve often found anthologies of short stories to be a mixed bag. Sometimes there are some extraordinary stories to be found. Other times I get the feeling the editor put stories in simply to pad the size of the book. Jim Butcher’s Side Jobs doesn’t feel like that kind of anthology. While not all the stories are spectacular, there are enough great mini-adventures in the book for die-hard Dresden fans.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Whenever I read erotica, the first thing I look for are compelling characters. Sounds odd, doesn’t it? But when one thinks about it, if the characters don’t resonate with the reader, all the sexy dialogue and vivid descriptions won’t matter one bit. A Payment in Flesh by Clara River is a wonderful fantasy that has enough going for it to be an enjoyable read.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Friday, September 19, 2014
When Jim Butcher does wholesale change, he doesn’t mess around. Changes, the 12th novel of in The Dresden Files, is a book with twists aplenty and a story packing maximum emotional wallop. Many of the disparate threads from the previous 11 novels meet their end in this book. Like many books in this series, Changes is filled with explosive payoffs and tectonic shifts in narrative.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
As an unabashed lover of both Star Wars and the Bard, I simply could not pass up the opportunity to read a mash-up of the two. Ian Doescher’s William Shakespeare’s Star Wars is great fun to read. The author manages to capture the quintessential myths underpinning Star Wars and make them over using an Elizabethan idea of drama. All of the elements of good Shakespearian drama are present and Doescher uses the medium to explore the characters in new ways.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
When your most dogged detractor shows up at your door, half-dead, wrongfully accused, and asking for help, what would you do? If you’re Harry Dresden, you curse, take the poor bastard into your home, and you work his case. Turn Coat by Jim Butcher takes a few of the conventions used throughout the series and turns over on their ear, creating a tense who-done-it with style and sarcasm.