Sunday, May 18, 2014

White Night: Dirty Harry Strikes Back

By the time the audience meets Harry Dresden in White Night, the 9th book in Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series, our hero has been exposed to nightmares galore. Combine the events of the previous books with the seductive whisperings of a Fallen Angel and the recipe for breaking the hero is almost complete. White Night is a grim story dealing with the cost of and manipulation of power. The deck continues to be stacked against Dresden, leaving the hero dragged down by hard choices.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Shakedown: Dirty Deeds Done Decadently

Only James Ellroy could take an unscrupulous scandal-monger like Fred Otash and make him an entertaining character. For those familiar with Ellroy’s decadent dialect, this book serves up a fictionalized version of history. Fascinated with the sleaze of 1950s Hollywood, Ellroy uses Shakedown to plum the same territory as his most famous novels. It’s scandal rags, salacious behavior, and smutty situations. It’s also a good read with the kind of characters one can be simultaneously repulsed by and engrossed with.