I found another great book in my couch. This one shouldn't have been a surprise though, because it was my absolute favorite book all through high school. I hadn't wanted to try and reread it, because other attempts to reread books I loved when I was younger only made me realize how much I've outgrown them and how many bad writing habits their authors indoctrinated into me. But this one
is still just as awesome as I remember it being; the characters are interesting and believable, the dialog is funny, the plot keeps going strong for 800+ pages, and Rawn put a lot
of effort into building but not overbuilding the world. It's got strong female heroes and
strong female villains. Why aren't there more fantasy novels like this? And for god's sake, why has Rawn still not finished this incredible series? It's a book I can really just curl up with and enjoy
. It was the kind of book I always wanted to write, and what made really want to start writing (well, that and avilina
I feel like talking about books today. I'll probably swing back around eventually, and go back to rambling about programming or linguistics or religious philosophy, or whatever it is I usually post about, if I post at all. I've hit a roadblock in reading, but I've still managed to finish some new books.( Collapse )
Speaking of wizards named Harry, despite all the terrible things I said about Harry Dresden, and I went and bought the second books and read it. I'm really getting to like his world, now that he's getting into the rules behind it. I mean, it's exactly the kind of urban fantasy that sets out to explain how mythological creatures could possibly exist in the real, non-mythological world, and succeeds in fascinating ways. The style is not my favorite, but it's growing on me. The main characters still aren't thrilling me, but the minor characters are actually getting to be likeable. Even Dresden's hopelessly cliched mission to save the mundane world from evil magic-users is getting more depth. And Jim Butcher writes really awesome monsters, even if seeing the hero constantly getting the crap beaten out of him is not quite so cool.
I think the moral of this post is that Dresden > Potter. And I will be buying more Jim Butcher books. And that I have yet to find a fantasy adventure story that is better than Melanie Rawn's (still unfinished) Exiles trilogy.