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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Read All The Things, Reading Recap Vol.5

In Pieces on the Ground is BtVS Season 10, vol 5. Demon invasions are wreaking havoc as Buffy and the gang attempt to battle three nasty villains. While Willow gets a new job and maybe a new love, Andrews is tempted by evil, Xander by Ghost Anya and Spike and Buffy continue to try and make their relationship work. Dawn has to make a difficult decision but it puts her in a place to be powerful for once even thought it is difficult for the others to handle.

I enjoyed this volume. Good story points and character progressions.

Final rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Own It is the final volume of BtVS Season 10.  The team is fractured literally and figuratively. Buffy searches for a way to bring them all back together even as her own personal life is spiraling out of control too. A new Big Bad makes a play for the Vampyre Book and Buffy has to trust in herself to make some tough decisions.  The group comes back together with some great surprises and intrigue for Season 11.

I thought this was a fantastic volume.  Excellent writing and fabulous Big Bad (no spoilers!)

Final rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This all new Dresden Files graphic novel story takes place after White Night and Downtown.  A bizarre double murder attracts Dresden's attention but as he investigates, he encounters more puzzling questions about the culprit. This journey leads him down a dark path which places him in the middle of Chicago's three most powerful factions.  Can Dresden save the day, call a truce and keep a war from destroying the city?

Amazing story, action and graphics. I liked the unexpected villain as well as the incorporation of long standing series favorites. Murphy always kicks butt! Love Thomas and cameos by Lea, Marcone and others.

Final rating: 5 out of 5 stars

In Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher tells the true and intoxicating story of her life with inimitable wit. This is a poignant, honest, and at times hilarious memoir from a true Hollywood legend born of equal celebrity royalty.

I'll miss Fisher greatly. Her voice, personality and willingness to speak the truth in her own way should never be forgotten. I can't recommend the audiobook enough.

Final rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Shadowed Souls is a dark and gritty short story anthology—featuring works from Jim Butcher, Seanan McGuire, Kevin J. Anderson, and Rob Thurman—nothing is as simple as black and white, light and dark, good and evil..

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what makes it so easy to cross the line.

Overall, I enjoyed the majority of the stories but do recommend readers have a background into the specific series represented by the authors.  I picked this up with the Dresden Files story, "Cold Case" is my sights. This follows Molly in her first official duties as the new Winter Lady post Cold Days. Excellent story from Butcher with humor, intrigue and some outstanding character developments.

I need a new book!!

Other highlights for me were the stories from Seanan McGuire, Kat Richardson and Tanya Huff.

Final rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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