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I have way too many series' of books that I am following.

The good news is that some of them have books coming out soon: The Black Dagger Brotherhood and The Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood books to mention a couple that I have marked on my calendar. You gotta love authors who can crank out a book a year. (Stares at Outlander books and A Song of Ice and Fire books collecting dust... Remind me not to get into another series where the books are all over 1000 pages.)

I have just finished Changes by Jim Butcher, the 12th and latest volume in the Dresden Files Series. OMG. The best yet in the series. Not that one could just read that volume and understand how great it is, because it is cumulative greatness that relies on all the info from the previous books. But honestly, it was so well written and the characters were all so well drawn and it was just emotionally deeper and more involved than some of the previous books. It was fabulous, and I was forced by life (mommy duties and a regional church meeting) to take it slower than I usually would have. I am so glad that I did. It will be hard to wait a year for the next book because the ending was a total cliff hanger, but the book itself was so completely satisfying that I don't even begrudge the author the cliffy ending.

I don't know that I have ever had that reaction to a book before, because this was the worst of cliff hangers, but I was so amazed and happy that I didn't even care. Or maybe the cliff hanger was just so completely in character for the series that I wasn't even suprised by the fact that the book ended on that note. For all the things that "changed" in the novel, it really was the most Dresden of the Dresden Files.

And now I am going to start the third Anita Black Vampire Hunter novel, I hear there are a ton of books in that series :)


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Apr. 14th, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC)
I just finished Soulless, by Gail Carriger. Victoria, a bit of steampunk, fluffy sarcastically witty were/vamp fun. Highly recommended. I've just started the sequel, Changeless.
Apr. 15th, 2010 02:40 am (UTC)
Changes blew me away. From the opening page—I had been waiting for Susan to re-enter the series, but I had no idea she was going to do it THAT way—to the cliffy ending, with a number of the choices that Harry made along way, I was breathless the whole way through. I need to reread it, because I know I missed stuff.

You're right—the characters have deepened, as have the plots; the first few books were great fun, but he's grappling with serious stuff here, and he doesn't back down. (He-Harry or he-Jim Butcher.)

I also thought it was fascinating that he added the presence of the child just enough to make me care, but not so much that I couldn't keep reading.

I actually found myself thinking about that cliffy ending quite a bit—both about what it actually means, and about how it might actually allow Harry to slip out of one of the deals that he made.... if he's around to try.
Apr. 15th, 2010 03:43 pm (UTC)
Jim Butcher did an online chat yesterday I think this is the link: http://bittenbybooks.com/?p=22804

I got a comment in but didn't really come up with a great question so I didn't get a comment back, but it was still cool.

He did answer that the title of the next book is "Ghost Story" and it really sounds like Changes is the mid point in the series. He said he plans to end with a three volume arc which will probably be volumes 19-21 or 20-22. He also said that there will be a Murphy POV novella titled "Aftermath" in the anthology of Dresden short stories that he is putting out in November. Most of the stories have appeared in other horror/fantasy short story compilations.

He also said that a piddly thing like death isn't going to get him out of his contract with Mab. He said something to the tune of "Like Mab has never seen that one before."

Another issue that he adressed was that without Harry acting as her mentor, Molly has no one standing between her and the judgement of the White Council.

I am more and more impressed with the scope of the narrative for this series and I think that Changes really showed how huge that is.
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