The premise that there is a real Wizard working as a private eye in Chicago is brilliant. The execution of the story and the performance by James Marsters is similarly near perfect. There is a gritty film Noir feel to the story which makes it at once credible and compelling. It has amusing moments and enough adult content for this not to be a great read for the Harry Potter crowd. The action (of which there is a great deal) feels very cinematic; you can imagine Riddley Scott doing a great job with the mayhem and monsters. I came to this series from the Iron Druid Chronicles which I have seen described as “Dresden Light.” That’s a pretty fair assessment, the villains are darker, sexier more violent and less funny in Dresden; it’s a different kind of story. If Iron Druid is ‘Twilight’ Dresden is ‘True Blood’. That’s probably a bit unfair to the ‘Iron Druid’ as ‘Twilight’ is horrible and ‘Druid’ is terrific...but you get my point. If I have any criticism of Dresden (and it’s slight) it’s that the hero almost never has a good time. There seems to be a rule in fantasy writing that along with fabulous magical ability comes a generally horrible life …to quote the Genie in Aladdin “Phenomenal cosmic powers! Itty bitty living space.” Beyond that tiny reservation, this is a terrific story and performance which I can highly recommend.
This book is great…it’s Disc World great, it’s PG Wodehouse great, it’s Tom Sharpe great. It’s as British as Chicken Vindaloo or Soccer Violence. As an ex-Brit, raised in London now in SoCal this book hit me like the smell of damp overcoats on the underground or fresh fish and chips. If you are a follower of BBC America or PBS and have already found and enjoyed "Doctor Who", "Luther" or "Top Gear" I invite you to shout “Yipee” and jump in the deep end. This is a funny, gripping and fiercely entertaining romp through modern day London where the ghosts are as real as science, led by our reluctant hero; a junior policemen with unexpected magical powers. If Harry Potter had joined the London cops after Hogwarts this is what might have happened.
If you are an American, not quite so well versed in the parlance of London and its police force then you may be a little confused by the pervasive used of London and Police vernacular....but read this book anyway. It's brilliantly narrated by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith whose accent is 100% authentic London street…and Kudos to the producers for not attempting to “RP” it up. Its basic premise is at once completely silly and absolutely sublime. The characters are authentic and in many cases hilarious.
It’s not often that I find myself gushing …but I simply have to in this case. To find a new, funny, authentic and creative voice in the often ghastly genre of urban magic is refreshing and encouraging. This book is everything the dreadful Stackhouse or True Blood books aren't. It’s funny and credible, without taking itself too seriously. I tried this book as a special offer from Audible which promotes the first book of series presumably with the aim of hooking me in… and it worked. I invite you to follow and enjoy this exercise in Britt-erati at its best.
To say I’m a bit of a fan of Terry Pratchett is to understate my affection considerably. However the part of the Pratchett cannon that I have never been that keen on are the “Witches” books. It’s not that they aren’t entertaining, I just never found them as compelling as others. So I picked up this edition with slight trepidation. As it turns out I need not have worried. This book is a terrific read; it stands well on its own and is better than any of the previous Witches novels. Pratchett weaves together magic, psychology and medicine together into a completely believable self consistent world which touches on many other aspects of Disc. Like most Pratchett fans I was concerned to read about the health problems he is having, but it appears that it hasn’t impacted his ability to tell a funny, clever touching and compelling story which entertains all ages. I have always found the Nac Mac Feagles the most annoying of the Disc World characters. In this book however they are enormously entertaining; they even make a strange kind of sense. There is a segment where they wreck a pub causing great trouble for our heroine Tiffany. To set things right they completely rebuild it…back to front. If you are a Pratchett fan you will love this book, if you aren’t, read this and will rapidly become one.
Kresley Cole is a true talent in this paranormal romance genre. Untouchable is the story of the fourth Wroth (vampire) brother who finds love. It's the usual suspects...sexy brooding vampire, sexy feisty female, and the strangest obstacles and circumstances within their Lore world that threaten to keep them from realizing their dreams together. The plot was a little thin and there was quite a bit of weaving situations and specific scenes from previous books where Murdoch plays a role into the present day of this story, so if you've never heard some of the other stories you're good and caught up by the epilogue. I laughed, and got the warm tingly's :-) throughout this one, so for me that's a winner! The other stories in this series are well worth the listen, and have a lot of depth. If this is your first venture into paranormal romance, you won't regret getting this and others like it.