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April 26, 2007

The Name of the Wind and White Night

I actually have been reading lately, though my current project is starting to get more hectic, cutting my time in front of the pages down a bit. I have a few recent books to add to the shelf, however.

Last week, I picked up and devoured Pat Rothfuss'

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, Day 1)
Amazon Price: $24.95/ $16.47
ISBN/ASIN: 075640407X
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and am totally pissed that I will have to wait a year to continue the story. The writing is dense and descriptive, the characters are sympathetic and the use of tradgedy to motivate plot is wonderfully implemented. Go and get it, read it and lament with me while we arduously wait. Also, check out Pat's blog.

Right now..go...go.

Now that you have read everything Pat Rothfuss (this is your last chance...), know too that I have consumed Jim Butcher's most recent offering

White Night (The Dresden Files, Book 9)
Amazon Price: $23.95/ $16.29
ISBN/ASIN: 0451461401
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and, as always, was completely engrossed for the three hours it took me to read it. Jim's style is like an old friend, no matter how long it has been since you've seen him, it's always good to hear his voice and find out what he has been up to.

I could go on and on about the new Dresden Files TV show, but this isn't the place and plenty of others have said what I think. I will say, however, that I like the show a lot, subscribe to it on iTunes, program it into my DVR, etc. but will always like Jim's version more. There is so much missing when you don't get to hear the constant inner monologue that is Harry's life.

Too, I like the fact that when penned by Jim, Harry (while certainly in a constant state of some level of ass whupped) still manages to deal it out on a level higher than he received. "TV Harry" (as I like to call him) seems to be constantly flinching away (sometimes literally). And not ONCE have I heard him bellow a "fuego!!". C'mon, just gimme one.

Finally, I picked up John Scalzi's final(?) installment in the Old Man's War series and haven't even cracked to the dedication.

The Last Colony
Amazon Price: $23.95/ $16.29
ISBN/ASIN: 0765316978
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I bought it along with Pro WF with the intent of reading it while at the gym over lunch this week and the WF book in the evening over dinner, but developments at work have kept me both out of the gym at lunch and at my desk until 11pm or so in the evenings so there it still lies, in the dark and unopened. I might have some time this weekend to start it, but we are finally moving into the house tonight and tomorow, and I suspect I will have other duties to keep me busy, so we'll see.

Posted by Chuck Charbeneau at April 26, 2007 09:17 AM
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