The only book I actually finished. Not as compelling as the epic narratives that comprise the Dresden Files novels, still, the stories in this collection mostly satisfied. The only two that didn't quite ring true were the two that were narrated by usually secondary characters Karrin Murphy ("Aftermath") and Thomas Raith ("Backup"). The stories themselves were fine, and each did its part to further the overall narrative of the series and fill in gaps between the novels. However, each was--as all of the novels are--a first person narrative. And although Butcher is a terrific writer, and Harry Dresden's narrative voice is pitch perfect, he's apparently not quite accomplished enough to create distinctive and engaging voices for these two very important characters; their stories would have been much better served by third person narratives. Still, I'm fired up for Ghost Story, which is due in March of next year.
From Margaret Millar, a chilling psychological thriller. Threatening phone calls lead to deaths all over L.A. Introverted heiress and her family are the key.
Eric Nylund's Mortal Coils is also California-set, but this one is an urban fantasy about siblings Fiona and Elliot Post and their crazy extended families. Crazy powerful, that is; their mother was a goddess, their father a fallen angel.
What kept me so busy (and so tired) this week? Big new releases, for one thing.
As I predicted earlier in the week, the Wimpy Kid's sales far outpaced anybody else's; 375,000 on its first day of release alone, compared to the far smaller--though still respectable--220,000 pieces moved by the former president (20% of which were virtual books). How does this keep a bookseller moving? Gotta keep putting those books on tables, guys.
And today our store was visited by Baba Booey himself, Gary Dell'Abate. Visiting Gary were legions of rowdy fans, some of whom were waiting at the door when the opening crew arrived at 8:00 a.m. (two hours before the store was to open). Between selling the books and herding the crowds, a bookseller's little feet were throbbing by the end of her day.
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