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Winter’s Warrior (Winter’s Saga #4) & Cold Days (Dresden Files) book “reviews”

Winter’s Warrior (Winter’s Saga #4), Karen Luellen- 4 of 5 stars

Liked it a lot! Until this book the series had a very Frankenstein feel to it… now the religious undertones are coming out a bit more than in the previous books. It’s not overwhelming, tho. Ther’es a good mix of romance (a little cloying at times) and action. I think this series is YA, and probably geared toward girls (d/t the romantic aspects). Over all I really enjoy the series, I love the strong characters, and how closely knit the family is. Alik is really stepping up and developing into an awesome character! And The “new” villain is excellent… I’m interested to see how Dr. Williams is portrayed in the next book. I know he’s still evil and all that, but… **SPOILER** he did “save” Meg, and it seemed like he really wants the family connection with her **SPOILER OVER** Finally, I’m very excited to see how Danny fits into the family, and can’t wait for the next book.

Cold Days (Dresden Files), Jim Butcher 5 out of 5 stars

I know, I know, I gush over and over again about the Dresden Files. I can’t help myself. Harry is one of my favorite characters in literature. I love Jim Butchers writing, in that there are enough twists to keep me interested, but it’s not over complicated. The characters continue to develop and grow. They story line hasn’t gotten stagnant like so many long series do (Sookie Stackhouse books). Umm… I don’t want to give anything away… So If you haven’t read Cold Days, go do it now, then come back and read my “review”.

So did you read it? Good. I was dumbfounded that Jim Butcher turned Molly into the Winter Lady! seriously, I hope she and Harry don’t “do it”. Charity would kick his ass. Not to mention I really hope that he would finally “get with” Karen. I mean, their sexual tension is KILLING ME. I was thrilled with seeing the regular crew get together… and my curiosity about MAc is peaked. WHAT is he!?

As usual with the series there are some things that got a smidge repetitive (I think there was mentioning of the Blue Beatle complete with description, again). My only other complaint is that I miss Mister. Is that weird? Oh well.

I’ve totes been slacking on reviews… and my only excuse is that I haven’t been reading any new books. I’ve been re-reading the Wheel of Time Series (Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson) in anticipation of the last book coming on next month. Seriously this series is my FAVORITE “High Fantasy” series ever. EVER. I love it more than LOTR or the Hobbit, more than Chronicles of Narnia… So I’m practically wetting myself in anticipation, and these are the only 2 new books I’ve read since I started the re-read… however Dad got me a KindleFire for my birthday so There will be LOTS of books in the upcoming year!

Happy Reading.

-Hey Waitress!!

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Sacre Bleu (Christopher Moore) “review”

 Ever since 2004 when I borrowed (aka straight jacked and read in 2 days) a copy of Lamb from my roommate (who kept it in the bathroom as his, um, business book), I’ve been in love with Christopher Moore’s books. His characters are fantastically funny/ sarcastic, sometimes dark, and always a little fucked up. I love it. Sacre Bleu didn’t disappoint. I gave it 5 out of 5 stars.
 
If you haven’t read it the rest if this post might be a spoiler (but probably not).
It was a bit slow to start. BUT…
I loved all the famous painters. It got me wondering what they where REALLY like.
Bleu isn’t what I expect a Muse to be. At all. I love her! The Colorman seriously creeped me out. He’s still funny though… “Penis”.
I seriously contemplated hitting my husband on the head with a baguette to test its freshness, while we were in the grocery store earlier today.
Even though it’s not as epic as Lamb, I loved this story.
 
Nothing else to say… besides “I am a force, the fearsome muse of creation. I am a fucking goddess!”
-Hey Waitress!!
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April & May Reads

 
 
Sookie Stackhouse Novels- Charlaine Harris… 2-3 out of 5 stars.
I did a re-read of these books in April… mostly due to boredom, and a lack of interest in anything in particular. I also read the newest book…
Deadlocked…2 out of 5 stars. This book was par with the rest of the series. I’m not sure why I continue to read them, I’m always unimpressed. They’re not bad, just not good. I find Sookie to be a bit annoying. Claiming to be independent but always running to one of the “men”, commenting about being a good christian. I also find Harris’ need to repeat stupid details annoying (example- how great Sookie’s tan is). Overall it was (just) fine. A quick and simple read.
 
Zomblog, Zomblog II, Zomblog: The Final Entry- T.W. Brown… 4 out of 5 stars.
I loved this Trilogy! TW writes fantastic Zombie Apocalypse fiction. I seriously felt like this COULD happen! I like that he’s not afraid to deal with the darker sides of people (and there is ALOT of dark, scary, bad people). I loved Sam, and Meredith is an awesome character. The only thing I didn’t enjoy was the ending of “The Final Entry”, I was really, really hoping for a happy ending. Or, at least as much of a happy ending as possible.
 
The Makers Fire Books I & II (Hemlock and the Wizard Tower, Hemlock and the Dead God’s Legacy)- B. Throwsnaill
book I gets 3 stars, book II gets 4. Overall I really enjoyed these 2 books. BUT, both books “tell” a lot, and don’t “show” much, it’s distracting. The quality improves in book II, and I enjoyed the little details. I had some trouble working out how the magic system works… I’m kind of a simple girl. I usually LOVE a female lead. In this case I found Hemlock a bit, ummm, annoying? I don’t think that’s the right word… I just don’t particularly care for her. That being said, I enjoy her back story. My favorite character is most definitely Merit.
 
Atlas Shrugged- Ayn Rand… 5 out of 5 stars.
Wow. This story really struck a chord with me. It’s totally relevant to today’s world. I know, I know… you’re ging to call me an idealist. But, really the story (to me) is about how capitalism works, and that the socialist ideals will only break the people. I dig putting an end to social collectivism (public school, property taxes, fed funded health care).  I didn’t particularly like how the “good guys” (Galt & his crew) could just give up, run away, and basically tell everyone to go eff themselves… I guess I’m not an Objectivist. Is there a dislike of God/ Faith in there too? I felt it.
The chapter of Galt’s speech was a bit tough for me. I wish She could have broken it up throughout a few chapters, maybe as the opening paragraph to each? I don’t like to be lectured, and THAT chapter felt like a lecture. Not so sure about the philosophy behind it, but it’s a good story. 
Now that I’ve finished my “review”… I noticed how contrary the reviews are. It’s either Loved or Hated…  
 
Happy Reading.
-Hey Waitress!!
 
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The Dresden Files 8-13

I’ve finally finished my re-read of The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher! And I enjoyed it as much the 2nd time around as I did the first. So, now it’s time for the rest of the Overly Simplified Plot Summaries and a favorite quote from each book!
 
 
Proven Guilty
  • Harry’s job this book is to figure out why the Summer & Winter Courts (Faerie) aren’t going to war with the Red Court (vampires), find out why there’s a new source of Black magic in Chicago, and help Molly from going “bad”. Movie monsters are coming to life at a horror movie convention. The Fae courts are going to war, because their Power is out of balance! Harry fights the movie monsters, gets kidnapped, escapes. Meanwhile the Carpenter house was attacked, and Molly taken by more movie monsters. Harry and crew go to the heart of Winter to rescue Molly, and realized they’ve been tricked into distracting Winter (by the Lady of Summer). Molly has magic, and turns herself over to the White Council, who don’t execute her, as long as Harry trains her. Murphy gets demoted.
  • “I got the sneaking suspicion that the vampire was a couple of Peeps short of an Easter basket.” -Harry
 
 
White Night
  •  “Suffer not a witch to live” Someone’s killing minor practitioners and making it look like suicides. Witches are disappearing with a man who looks remarkably like Harry (but it’s not). HArry tracks Grey Cloak, and finds out he’s working with a vampire. Some of the disappeared witches are safe (hidden by Thomas on his boat). Harry & crew battle some vampires. Harry wins.
  • “Nothing like a nightmarish near-death experience to make you appreciate the little things in life, like cleanliness. And not being dead.”
 
 
Small Favor
  • Harry & the Carpenters get attacked by some Gruffs (Summer Fae enforcers). There’s also chaotic magic afoot. Harry runs into Queen Mab (Winter), who “asks” him to protect Marcone. Harry ends up at a safe house belonging to Marcone, and finds Hendricks & Gard (who is wounded) there, they get attacked by some Denarians. They escape, and go to the Carpenter house, where Micheal will hide them for the time being. There is a War Council and Ivy & Luccio are coming to town. They also recovered one of the Denarian silver pieces. Murphy saves Harry’s ass from a Gruff, and he agrees to include her in the mission to rescue Marcone. Harry has to go to Union station to get some blood samples Gard was storing there, he takes Michael & Mouse. They get attacked by some Hobbs and the biggest Gruff. Everyone gets out! Including Ivy, Kincaid, and  Luccio. Harry has a meet with the Denarians at the Shedd Aquarium, shenanigans ensue, Ivy gets captured. Harry realizes his blasting rod is lost. The crew goes to a meet with the Denarians on a deserted island in Lake Michigan. Oh… the Knights of the Cross are in town, and Micheal is severely wounded. Harry has a guardian angel. Mab mind fucked Harry, but returned his rod.
  • “I’m not really sure where He stands on the Harry Dresden issue, and as a result my theological stance has been pretty simple: I try not to get noticed by anything Godly, godly, or god-ish. I think we’re all happier that way.”
 
 
Turn Coat
  • Morgan’s on the run from the White Council and comes to Harry in desperate need of help. He’s been accused of murdering a Senior Council member. There’s a Skin Walker in town, and HArry is severely disturbed when he looks at it with his Sight. The Alphas get hurt helping Harry fight the Skin Walker. Harry goes to a night club, gets hassled by Madeline Raith, then by Luccio (she thinks Morgan still wants to kill Harry). Harry enlisted the crew for help, including Murphy, Thomas & Molly, they take Morgan to a secret hideout, and it gets discovered by a bad guy. Thomas disappears while they’re all escaping. Binder gets taken downtown to the police station. Harry needs more power, so he performs a gnarly spell on the mysterious island in Lake Michigan, and names the spirit there Demonreach. Harry calls all the bad guys (including the White Council) to the island for negotiations. Something bad happens. Later, Harry finds the traitor in the WC who framed Morgan. The traitor escapes, and almost kills Harry. Morgan sacrifices himself to save Harry. Cristos wins the Senior Council seat because it was rigged by the Merlin to prevent a fight within the council. McCoy and Harry are quietly dredging up support in their fight against the Black Council, and now call themselves the Grey Council. Thomas was tortured by the Skin walker and has given in to his inner demon.
  • “You,” Madeline said, her voice hollow and wheezing, “are like a bad case of herpes, wizard.  You’re inconvenient, embarrassing, no real threat, and you simply will not go away.”  
 
 
Changes
  • Susan and Harry have a daughter (Maggie)! She got kidnapped by the Red Court vampires. They blow up Harry’s office building, right after they attack Harry, Susan, and Martin. Harry goes to the White Council for help, but the Red Court duchess is there making a peace treaty, and the council won’t help him. Harry is implicated in th bombing of his building, and the FBI search his apartment. His mother left him a magical “map” through the Ways of the Nevernever. After some investigation Harry winds up going to see Odin (yes, the god). It’s discover that the Red Court is using Maggie to start a bloodline curse. While staking out Rudolph’s house Harry& friends get attacked by the Eebs, and an “Ick”, later the Eebs bomb Harry’s apartment, and Harry breaks his back saving the neighbors. He does something very desperate for help. Susan gets arrested, Harry goes to the FBI building to “rescue” her, there’s another Red Court attack. Harry & Susan win a fight against them in the Nevernever. Back in Chicago, HArry & friends get ready to go save Maggie. There’s a HUGE FIGHT, and all three Swords of the Cross are involved. I’m not saying any more because this is an awesome fight, and you really need to read it, I’ve already spoiled enough of the book!
  • “You don’t take your cat with you when you go bird shopping. Not because your cat isn’t polite, but because he’s a cat.”
 
 
Ghost story
  • Harry’s in the In-between, not alive but not dead either… His friends are barely holding it together. Molly’s gone off the deep end. He needs to figure out who killed him, and keep all his friends safe. Mort’s helping im as much as possible. Harry finds out he knows his killer. Corpsetaker is the super bad guy, and she/ he/ it has kidnapped Mort. To save everyone, Corpsetaker and  Molly battle for Molly’s Mind. Harry helps. Eventually he has flashbacks and remembers his death. Uriel (the angel) shows HArry all his loved ones, so he can “move on”. He wakes up on Demonreach being cared for by Mab.
  • This was  least favorite Dresden book, so far. I don’t feel like spending too much time on it. I’m not sure what my issue is with this particular book, but even reading it the second time, I’m just not thrilled with it. Maybe it’s because I liked Changes so much, this book felt like a bit of a let-down.
  • It was never too late to learn something. The past is unalterable in any event. The future is the only thing we can change. Learning the lessons of the past is the only way to shape the present and the future.”
 
 

People I love. I mean, I like them all (for the most part), but I’m particularly fond of:

  • Harry. Obviously. I enjoy that Butcher isn’t afraid to let him “grow up” and change. I love his sarcasm, and the chivalry… I don’t find it to be chauvinistic at all, but I know some people do. I enjoy Harry’s “Old Fashioned” ways.
  • Bob. He’s a horny air spirit stuck in a skull, with a sense of humor, forced to do the bidding of whoever possesses him. whats not to like!?
  • Michael, Molly and the Carpenter family. Their Faith is a really great addition to the overall story, I feel like Michael balances Harry’s dark side. I like seeing Molly develop emotionally along with her magic.
  • Marcone. He’s a “bad” guy, heartless while running the Mafia, with a stong honor code and a soft spot for kids.
  • Toot-Toot. How can you dislike a pizza-loving Farie who leads the “Za Lord”‘s army and cleans the apartment?
  • Butters. He’s a coward, but still manages to be there to patch up Harry and the crew.
  • Morgan. He’s a good guy, a stickler for the rules, who dislikes Harry. By his end, he sacrifices himself to save the person
    he most dislikes.
  • Mouse is a dog with Foo ancestors, the ability to detect supernaturals, the ability to comprehend speech and emotions, who scares the crap out of Vampires and the Fae. I want one!
  • Mister is a typical self obsessed cat  except he’s slighty smaller than a mountain lion.
 Other neat peeps: The Alphas, Thomas, Kincaid, Ivy, McCoy, Mort, Sanya …
Honestly… I don’t love Murphy. She’s Ok.
 I also don’t LOVE the bad guys. The real bad guys. They’re all good characters, but (obviously) I wouldn’t want to drink a beer at McAnally’s with them.
 
OVERALL likes:
The  storylines
Magic (not only Harry’s, but the Fae & vampires, too)…
McAnally’s Pub
 
I really think you should read this series!
-Hey Waitress!!
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