Friday, April 25, 2014

Proven Guilty: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

In Harry Dresden’s world, the good guys usually win. Winning doesn’t always entail victory, though. Over the course of the previous seven books it can be said that Dresden has only had 4 clean victories by the end of a given novel. The other three are arguably pyrrhic victories, where more was lost than gained. The best example is Grave Peril, which changed the tone and scope of the series going forward. In Proven Guilty, Jim Butcher advances Dresden in significant new directions, proving that after 8 books, there are plenty of new discoveries to be made.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Rerun: Accepting Your Fate

If you could see into the future or the past, what would you do with that information? What kind of burden would the visions impose on your life? Would you accept the fate you’ve seen or would you seek to change it? These are some of the questions raised by the premise of Rerun by Chris Manteria. The story concept is a great idea for fiction and the execution is good for an author’s first foray into novel writing. There are a few setbacks that keep it from being an excellent novel.