Top Ten Tuesday: Auto-Buy Authors

Top Ten Tuesday“Top Ten Tuesday” is a feature started by “The Broke and the Bookish“, in which people list their top ten books that match some given criterion. It changes every week, and happens on a Tuesday. Lots (a frankly ridiculous number) of bloggers take part.

This week’s topic is auto-buy authors – authors who you automatically buy when a new book comes out because you know it will be worth it. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Auto-Buy Authors”

The Iron Druid Chronicles – Books Four to Six

TRICKED-cover-178x300A short while ago, I wrote about the first three books in Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles. Now I’ve finished the next three, and am currently reading the seventh – book eight isn’t out yet.

The main character (Atticus) is still a druid, still caught up in events he only half-understands, still trying to balance survival with his obligations. He has roughly the same supporting cast of characters too – though some have died and some have changed and some are added in the later books. The series is still recognizably the same, with the same hallmarks – it annoys me slightly when a long series shifts over time, and you end up reading something that should by rights be a new idea. But this series doesn’t do that – if you liked the first three, you’ll like the second. They’re just as tense, just as exciting, and just as filled with druids, dogs, and deities.  Continue reading “The Iron Druid Chronicles – Books Four to Six”

The Iron Druid Chronicles – Books One to Three.

220px-Hounded_coverOver the past two weeks, I haven’t had much opportunity to read, and what I have been reading has all been the same thing – successive books of Kevin Hearne’s The Iron Druid Chronicles. I’m on book five now, working solidly through them whenever I have a spare moment. It would be deeply repetitive to write about each book separately; each review would mostly just be a repeat of the one before. Instead, I think it makes much more sense to write about the series so far as a whole. Continue reading “The Iron Druid Chronicles – Books One to Three.”

Hounded – Kevin Hearne

I put off readingHounded, Iron Druid, Kevin Hearne these for a while; they seemed to be shoddy rip-offs of Jim Butcher. I don’t mind that particularly – Dresden owes a lot to Constantine and so on – but the “shoddy” bit made me less than enthused. Add to that, druids just seem inherently less interesting than wizards, and I anticipated it being less fire-throwing and more hippy balance magic.

In an unguarded moment last week, bereft of better fiction, I bought Hounded. The books kept showing up in my Amazon queue, and it seemed that the quickest way to get them out of there was to read one and find out if I wanted the next one. Continue reading “Hounded – Kevin Hearne”