Entries in fantasy (5)
Readers' Annotation: Harry Dresden, a wizard, consults with the police on a gruesome, double murder.
Summary: Harry Dresden is a wizard for hire. There are some things he won't do and others he can't. Harry is strapped for cash and takes on Monica's request to find her husband with some hesitation because her husband had been experimenting as a wizard. The same day the Chicago P.D. has requested his assistance on a gruesome double murder that could only have been done with magic. When it rains it pours, now Harry must balance the separate cases and expectations.
Evaluation: A unique private detective, Harry Dresden, will surprise readers with his dark sense of humor. Fans of straight up mysteries will enjoy Storm Front even with the fantastical lean. Butcher has created a strong and likable character in Harry Dresden.
- Fantasy - Supernatural
- Fantasy - Urban
Series: Dresden Files
- Storm Front (2000)
- Full Moon (2001)
- Grave Peril (2001)
- Summer Knight (2002)
- Death Masks (2003)
- Blood Rites (2004)
- Dead Beat (2005)
Proven Guilty (2006)
- White Night (2007)
- Small Favor (2008)
- Turn Coat (2009)
- Changes (2010)
- Ghost Story (2011)
Related: Backup (2008); Side Jobs (2010)
Readers' Annotation: Abraham Lincoln's secret life as a vampire hunter is revealed.
Summary: The story begins during present time, with an unsuccessful writer given the gift of a lifetime--the secret, personal journals of Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. Early in Lincoln's life, he realizes the bad things that have occured can be traced back to a vampire. He vows to kill all the vampires in the country. On his quest Lincoln encounters a vampire, Henry, that has a similar goal--to kill vampires. Like humans, there are good vampires as well as bad. Henry shares the weaknesses of vampires with Lincoln to train him to overcome the vampires' excessive strength. Lincoln remains true to his vow until he has a family, but he is drawn back into vampire hunting when the tensions between the North and South heat up.
Evaluation: Seth Grahame-Smith weaves together the real life of Abraham Lincoln with Graham-Smith's imagined one flawlessly. On more then one occassion, I had to remind myself I was reading a work of fiction. The author's writing style reinforced the feeling of a non-fiction book. I appreciated how much fact Graham-Smith intertwined within the fiction. Readers who weren't interested in the life Abraham Lincoln prior to reading this book may be inspired to read more on the real man. I think this book will draw historical fiction fans that want something a bit different as well as those drawn to the supernatural elements.
- Fantasy - Supernatural
- Horror - Supernatural
- Historical Fiction - Alternative History
If you like Abaham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter try...
- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
- The Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer by Lucy Weston
- The Stake by Richard Laymon
Readers' Annotation: Thursday Next, a literary detective, must save Jane Eyre from being erased from her own novel.
Summary: Thursday Next moves back to her hometown after a tramatic even in which she almost dies. Her future self suggests she take position with the Special Operative LiteraTec Department. Thursday must travel in and out of literature and through time to save some of the great pieces of classic literature from being changed by villians like Acheron Hades. Hades possesses fantastical powers, which have allowed him allude death for years. He has finally met his match in Thursday. She has vowed to take him down and save Jane Eyre from extinction.
Evaluation: Prior to reading The Eyre Affair, I was dreading it. I love to be proven wrong. I couldn't put it down; I wanted to know what happen next. With that said, I did have some issues with it that I believe will also deter other readers. If readers are unfamiliar with Jane Eyre and even other classic British literature they may find it a bit confusing. Fforde employes an army of characters to tell the story, and I often found myself looking back to figure out who was who. I think the novel will appeal to many readers because it has a bit of everything in it: humor, romance, time travel, mystery and more.
Series: Thursday Next Novels
- The Eyre Affair (2002)
- Lost in a Good Book (2003)
- The Well of Lost Plots (2004)
- Something Rotten (2004)
- Thursday Next (2007)
- One of Our Thursdays is Missing (2011)
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
- Grab your current read
- Open to a random page
- Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
"As she walked, she touched the trees one by one as if she were marking the path, as if her handprints left glowing traces on the bark. She felt a little guilty because she had lied to the huntress, and she wondered if the huntress had known, for Ash had not been lost that day."
p. 135 Ash by Malinda Lo
In the sequel to The Ranger's Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan and the second book in the Ranger's Apprentice series, Will and Horace join Gilan in a mission to warn Celtica of the impending war. Things are not as they should be in Celtica and the group must split up. Gilan rides ahead to warn the King's army while Will and Horace follow with a girl who is not who she appears to be. Will, Horace and the girl encounter a group of wargals causing them to change their plans. With action at every turn Flanagan entices the reader to turn the page. This book will make the readers of this series want more. Readers will want to read The Ruins of Gorlan prior to The Burning Bridge. Readers will also want to make sure they have the third installment in The Ranger’s Apprentice series, The Icebound Land on hand after finishing The Burning Bridge.
Readers who liked The Burning Bridge may also like Frank Beddor's Looking Glass Wars and Seeing Redd.