The past couple weeks have graced me with the time to read some really good books. Some are by authors I’ve only heard of in the last year or so, others are books I’ve owned for years and somehow just never opened.
Way back in ’04 I won/purchased the first five Dresden Files books, autographed. Since then they have remained on my top shelf untouched, and something I wasn’t sure I’d ever get too. Fortunately, I snagged the first one to read after going through a couple of my favorite rereads. I’ve since read three of them, back to back. Really fun books. Readers may find the tone similar to Gaiman in the incidentals.
The two rereads were Lois Bujold’s Curse of Chalion, and David Weber’s Shadow of Saganami. What great books. Two very different styles of character creation, two very different worlds, and two books that have insinuated themselves at the top of my fave books by those writers.
Julie Czerneda’s A Thousand Words For Stranger came highly recommended, and has been pimped at various times by Lois Bujold. This of course made me highly nervous. Fortunately, the book lives up to tall the hype. And Julie is wonderful woman to meet.
Patricia Briggs wrote the wonderful “Steal the Dragon” all the intrigue and drama of the uber-fat fantasy’s in a slim volume complete with characterization done with efficient flair.
Ilona Andrews wrote the gritty, gripping “Magic Bites”, no saccharin sweetness to this skiffy morsel, and no pretentious literary nonsense either. Just good writing first to last.
As for where I’ve been. Rather sick. Nothing serious, just a nasty virus that put me in bed for a couple days and has made catching up an interesting proposition.