Monday, August 27, 2012

Bookworming: Turn Coat

Turn Coat, Jim Butcher, ****
Number 11 in the Dresden Files. The pattern continues to hold. This one feels even more transitional than the previous installments, despite a few major character developments.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

The Brightshadow Memos: The Clintonville Incident

As you can see, sir, the media coverage of the mysterious ground events in Wisconsin has been effectively blanketed. The data provided by our friends at the “Geological Survey” were enough to fend off the reporters. Of course, a portable seismograph array happened to be in the area because of the leads we were following regarding a branch of the Cult of the Diggers. The actual size and boldness of the group, including dressing several of their actions to make it appear that their victims had simply moved away, not to mention the palpable evidence of their near success, should show once again that such things are a clear and present danger to the country. This is real terrorism of an even more horrific sort, and even harder to predict to boot.

Once again, I urge you to allow Project Brightshadow a freer hand. The Digger cults in particular have been more active of late, and the assets we have are stretched very thin. Cleanup actions such as this consume valuable resources. Might I suggest that the continuous deadlock on budgetary matters in Congress be viewed as an opportunity rather than a hindrance?

Bookworming: White Night and Small Favor

White Night, Jim Butcher, *****
Small Favor, Jim Butcher, ****
Still catching up with The Dresden Files, and they are still excellent. The great strength they have this far in, aside from Butcher's excellent writing, is the ability to derive much of their plot momentum from organizations and actors already established in the world of the series. Obviously that great strength would be a great weakness to anyone who tried to pick up the series nine-plus books in.

The buildup of a major shadow force in the setting continues. Harry's power level is creeping up again, as is probably necessary given the antagonists arrayed against him, but the urge to continually top the last outing is always a danger in genre series. So far the suspense remains mostly intact, again due to the strong world-building that has grounded Harry's motivations. Both are excellent entries in the series, and White Night gets the five star nod for resolving long-standing plot threads while having a well contained story itself.