Dresden Files Anonymous

Discussion in 'Fantasy / Horror' started by Wayne Batson, Jan 7, 2011.

  1. GilesHash

    GilesHash Registered User

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    "Something Borrowed" was the best story in "My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding" in my opinion, so that doesn't surprise me :)
     
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    It was solid, better than what else I've read from the Anthology, but one of my least favorite TDF short stories. There didn't seem to me to be as much characterization as I'd have liked.
     
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    Over the past month, I have blown through the 4th, 5th & 6th books. I enjoyed Summer Knight quite a bit, it was probably my favorite Dresden novel since the first one. However, I felt Death Masks and Blood Rites stepped it up a notch even more and really have taken me from enjoying these as quick, breezy reads to completely hooked.

    I also have a better appreciation for the 2nd and 3rd books than I did initially, as they were setting the stage for characters and events that would make the series as exciting as it is now.

    I am forcing myself to take a break though..after reading three books from the same voice, I need a break to recharge. It also helps build up the anticipation more too, so I can prolong the current enjoyment I am getting from the series. Even though I am reading something else now, I still find myself thinking back on the events from the first six books and speculating where I think the series will continue to go from here. It is nice to have this level of excitement with a series. :D
     
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    When I was reading through the series the first time (and the second), I was not able to take a break in between books. :p

    Reading some Dresden fan fiction now - too bad the (female) author made Harry more clueless, weak, and lame in the humor department. In other words, like just about every other urban fantasy series out there...

    I do tend to notice a correlation between female authors and my list of unenjoyed urban fantasy. Some exceptions, but too many of them seem to feature dumb main characters and romance that distracts from the main plot.
     
  5. MattNY

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    I can understand why most people wouldn't..it is just that I rarely read the same author even back to back. Series like ASOIAF, Wheel of Time, Mistborn, First Law, etc, I have read one book, took a break and then continued in a month or two. So three in a row is a ton for me. :D
     
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    I don't know that I've had that experience with Urban Fantasy, but I'll keep an eye out for it as I sift through new books.
     
  7. LaserWraith

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    Experience will vary. For example, I felt that in Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assassin books, the main character isn't that tricky. Most of the plot is her with friends, or her bragging and then being stupid and losing.

    At least it doesn't feature the annoying cliche of mysterious hot man rescuing the supposedly tough girl from something she cluelessly and shortsightedly ran into. That happens much to often. (Kate Daniels series, I'm thinking of you.)

    And then the romance seems to add another plot to the story, taking time away from the plot I really care about (the mystery, adventure, whatever).

    However, a few male UF books seem to break this pattern, including Dresden and the Peter Grant series, the Iron Druid, and a few more.
     
  8. Contrarius

    Contrarius You talkin' to me??

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    Some of my favorite secondary-world fantasy authors are female, but I also prefer male UF authors for the most part. Rob (Robyn) Thurman is an exception for me, and perhaps KA Stewart (the jury is still out, her series only has two books so far).
     
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    Non-UF can be a whole different tale. I love Lois Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga (sci-fi), for one.
     
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    Contrarius You talkin' to me??

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    Thanks for the update! I don't follow Butcher's web site any more -- it took up waaaaay too many hours of my day -- so it's nice to get the info!
     
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    No problem. You can actually sign up for occasional email alerts, which is what I did: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jbannounce/
     
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    reading so much about the DF I'm thinking this has to be must read material
     
  14. Mithfânion

    Mithfânion Lord of the Wild Hunt

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    The UK synopsis for Cold Days, a bit different:

     
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    Thanks very much for that! Based on the other synopsis I had a strong suspicion that Demonreach was going to play that part in this book, but had no way to verify it. Obviously this does that.
     
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    Wayne Batson Tolkien Disciple

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    Cold Days looks very cool. As much as I didn't really get into the last one, this one seems to promise a more cohesive story.
     
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    In what way did you find Ghost Story not cohesive?
     
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    I personally did not like Ghost Story as much as the other (later) books in the series. The main reason is because I like to associate myself with the main character, kind of pretend I'm him (which is the biggest reason I hate POV changes...). I enjoy when the MC is pretty smart and powerful*, like Harry. But when he became a ghost, he wasn't as powerful.

    The book was still better than most any other urban fantasy (save maybe Simon Green's, which also tend to have a strong MC without much romance distracting everyone from the main plot).

    That is one reason I'm looking forward to Cold Days so much - Harry just got a nice power boost! :)


    * Note - I usually don't like when a character is so powerful there are no difficulties or plots (although...Belgarath the Sorcerer was very interesting even though almost no one could directly challenge him...his difficulties were in other areas). But with Dresden, the problems just get bigger as he gets stronger, and I love that.
     
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    Actually that was my biggest problem with Ghost Story as well, although I enjoyed it quite a bit. I think Butcher was giving Dresden a chance to use his non-physical powers and I bet we will see a lot of references to it in the future. Stuff like "Normally I would have just fuego'ed him, but my time as a ghost taught me to get the whole story first..."

    My biggest worry about Cold Days are the irrevocable changes made to Harry's friends. I *liked* that Harry was the leader and they had to go to Burger King when the adventure was over because Harry liked it. I'm not so sure they will all fall into line now that they have learned to do things by themselves. Will they become more like associates than followers? I'm not sure if that will be as fun.

    Also, Harry has no ties to Earth anymore. He has nowhere to live, or work. He doesn't need to work, and his friends don't really need him. How will he fit in? I think his next adventure will be to figure out all of the weirdness corrupting the Winter queen(s), but will it involve his supporting cast?
     
  20. Tim Marquitz

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    This is going to be a huge change to the series dynamic. Harry has had to struggle and scrounge and beg to get by, pretty much the entire series. Now that this isn't the case, I wonder how different Harry will be. I feel, this was a piece of the puzzle that kept Harry humble. No matter how many bad guys he whooped up on, he always had to come home and worry about paying the bills.