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* I didn't like it | ** It was OK | *** I liked it | **** I really liked it | ***** I loved it

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Hounded (Iron Druid Chronicles, #1)Hounded by Kevin Hearne

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is an urban fantasy about a 2000+ year old Druid, Atticus O'Sullivan (not his real name but the one he uses), who lives in Tempe, Arizona with his Irish wolfhound, Oberon, and runs a new age bookstore/tea shop. He has a vampire for his nighttime lawyer and a werewolf for his daytime attorney. He dislikes and distrusts witches, and he mixes it up with deities from the Celtic pantheon, one of whom summons the horseman Death from the Christian Hell who basically does nothing but giggle and drag someone to Hell.

Not what I would call epic fantasy, but a quick and fun read. It makes for an enjoyable diversion.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Dirty Streets of Heaven: Volume One of Bobby DollarThe Dirty Streets of Heaven: Volume One of Bobby Dollar by Tad Williams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed the book tremendously. It is a little more earthy than Williams' more recent books, including colorful expletives to highlight moments of tension and a couple of adult scenes to establish the power and significance of a relationship.

In simplest terms, the book is an urban fantasy about angels and demons who advocate, each for their own side, for the souls of the dead, and what happens when a soul disappears and a demon advocate is killed and an angel advocate becomes curious about those events.

This is the first book of a new series. Although most of the questions that come up in the course of this story are answered by the end of the book, there is one question, in two parts, that is left unanswered, and it is that question, I think, which will tie the series together.

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