Tag Archive: Jim Butcher

What is the purpose of science fiction? In many respects, it is a commentary on our society, who we are, and where we could be going?

I discussed some of these things in my last post, but I feel this is worth discussing further. For the record, this isn’t something that’s happened since Donald Trump was elected President of the United States.

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Damn, I Hate Fairies

Ask anyone I talk to about books, or read my thoughts about Felurian or the book Ghost Story.  I hate fairies.

Maybe I should clarify that a little.  I hate the fae.

No, I can do better than that.  I hate when the fae show up in fantasy books that I’m really enjoying.  They ruin everything.

And yet, I’m almost 400 pages into Cold Days, the latest fae-saturated book in The Dresden Files.

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What Makes a Villain?

A few nights ago, business was slow and I ended up having a lengthy discussion with my store manager about villains.  Not simple bad guys or characters who are shades of gray–villains.  He and I discussed movies, but, being a writer, I thought it would be much more interesting to turn that question toward books.

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The Voice

I’ve heard a writer’s voice is one of the most important things about their craft.  You always know when you’ve read on of Neil Gaiman’s metaphors.  You know when the text is phonetic and southern, it’s Mark Twain.  If you see a lot of second person or exceptional detail describing hand-to-hand combat, it has to be Greg Rucka.  Should you be reading prose that paints a setting out of emotions as well as visuals, you have to be reading Guy Gavriel Kay.

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Ghost Story

It’s been a bit of a wait, but the newest volume of the Dresden Files has arrived.  It took me a while to get it because of some extenuating circumstances, but now that I’ve read it, let me share my thoughts.

Also, before going on, I should point out that I’m going to reveal many core plot details in this review since I don’t know how to discuss Ghost Story in a spoiler free manner.  If you’re planning on reading the book, then wait until you’ve finished before you Continue reading

Writers Can’t Write Fast Enough

In the past few days, I’ve been forced to wait longer, much longer than I would like to get my copy of Jim Butcher’s Ghost Story, a Dresden Files novel I pre-ordered and paid for at the beginning of June.  Usually, the book would have come out at the beginning of April, as most Dresden Files books do.  This one didn’t because Butcher wanted to take some time to make the book good and really worthwhile.

Of course, in the business of selling books, that just makes a lot of readers wonder what’s taking so long.  So I ask, why can’t writers write fast enough?

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Being a Book Snob

I admit it, I’m a book snob.  I wish there was a better way to describe it but there’s not.  This isn’t a minor thing either, but a major note on who I am, both in how I read and how I write.  Plus, I read slow, so my time is precious.

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