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Nechama Brodie

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Jim Butcher, and the magic detective

Just finished reading Jim Butcher’s latest Harry Dresden mystery, Turn Coat. Harry Dresden is a wizard who works as a PI for paranormal “stuff” in Chicago – Mike Hammer meets Harry Potter, maybe.

Butcher’s books aren’t bad – started reading them a few years back, and they’re engaging little reads. Appropriately dry (necessary for a nice detective story), lots of scary creatures (vampires, werewolves… and those are just the good guys, well sometimes), and a well-constructed alternative reality, one where wizards and faeries and spirit creatures battle it out for the streets and souls of Chicago and, occasionally, the rest of the world. Dresden’s become one of my favourite recurring bookshelf characters – to the extent that I ordered the latest edition as an import, from

Turn Coat is the first adult book I’ve read in a week – after a weekend binge on the latest installments in PC and Kristin Cast’s House of Night, and books 4 and 5 of Garth Nix’s Seventh Tower series (the latter, btw, was published several years back, and is now being re-released after Nix’s success with the lovely Sabriel series). I find that, as much as I love the kiddy’s section, it’s all-too-easy to devour more than one book in a sitting.


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  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Sally</a>
    July 1st, 2009 @09:53 #

    I see your'e a fan of the YA section. I would definately recommend the Mariah Mundi series by G.P Taylor. Divinely dark with the occasional slice of humour wedged in. Who wouldn't delight in downtrodden orphans been sold off to shifty hotel owners in Brighton? He also pens the occassional graphic novel which I grab as soon as I see, despite the hefty price tag. Since you are kind enough to review the books you read, dare I recommend my own novels, which can also be found in the colourful depths of the YA shelves?

    ~runs away~

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    July 1st, 2009 @10:17 #

    Hey! More YA fans! I grew up on K.M. Peyton and Jane Gardam, and never lost the taste for a good book that can be read in its entirety in the bath. Personal faves: Gary Paulsen, John Marsden, Cynthia Voight, Garth Nix and Philip Pullman before he got famous. Yes, Nechama, do read the dark works of S.A. Partridge, you won't be disappointed (although there are no werewolves or vampires in her ouvre...yet).

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Sally</a>
    July 1st, 2009 @10:35 #

    I grew up on Nancy Drew, the old ones with the yellowing pages. I moved on to Agatha Christie as soon as I was old enough to get an adult library card. I was a strange child.


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