Book review: The Dresden files

If you’re a fan of the fantasy genre as I am, then the Jim Butcher series “The Dresden files” are for you! On the hunt for a new fantasy book to read, I picked up the first of the series, called “Storm Front” not long ago.

Harry Dresden is a wizard and the only wizard in Chicago. He’s out of a job and a bit broke, but every now and then the Chicago Police Department call upon him to come and deal with  bizarre crimes they have no explanation for. In each novel (so far I have read the first three) Harry uncovers some magical force behind the unsolved crimes, and battles it out until near death, before triumphing.

It took me a while to get into the first novel, but the action is good and so is the magical/fantasy element. Admittedly, Harry’s powers are not the most amazing you will have come across, but the magical monsters he are up against are fun. You have some traditional vampires, werewolves and other beings, and some other less traditional ones that crop up in the stories. Although Butcher’s literary style is not always my favourite, sometimes weighing in with sentences like “excuse the pun” that I find unnecessary, his books are nevertheless catching. Once you start it is hard to put them down as you want to know what happens to Harry. Butcher builds upon certain characters which recur each book, making you want to follow them and their life stories other than Harry’s.  This also allows you gain in familiarity when picking up the next book in the series, taking up where you left off. There is a decent amount of action, magic and weird creatures involved, and even some romance.

I would definitely recommend the Jim Butcher series for anyone who is in search of light but gripping read in the fantasy genre.

Book review: Deliver us from Evil

Looking for a new thriller after the Millenium series, I happened upon this book “Deliver us from Evil” by David Baldacci.

The book is an excellent thriller, with a good and gripping plot. Not the investigative type, as in the Millenium series, but instead a story of revenge, hit men going up against dangerous criminals and merciless killing. The story is easy to follow, with two main characters whose stories intertwine nicely. A man and a woman are both sent to kill the same target, a dangerous and psychologically deranged man who is known to have killed and tortured many people in his lifetime without an ounce of regret. We follow our two main characters on their path to kill their target, and are witness to their encounter whilst on the job. Whether or not they are aware of each other’s mission is unclear, as is whether or not they will succeed. There is a good bit of intrigue and suspense, leaving us unsure of the fate of our two heroes until the very end.  It also contains some light romance, lightening up the atmosphere of the rather dark story, and making our hit men seem a bit more human as opposed to killing machines. Aside from a gruelling torture scene that I could not bare to read (I had to skip to the next section) this book is prefect follow up to the Millenium series and provides an easy but gripping read.

If you like a good bit of action and revenge, then this is definitely the book you would want to pick up!

La variation des voix

Today I have the pleasure to announce the launch of Jonathan’s book “La variation des voix”. For me it represents years of work and reflections that have all culminated in this collection of poetry/short essays. You can find it and order it here.

Aujourd’hui j’ai le plaisir de vous annoncer la sortie du livre de Jonathan appelé “La variation des voix”. Pour moi il représente des années de travail et de réflexions qui ont culminé en cette collection de poésie/nouvelles. Vous pouvez le trouver et le commander ici. Pour en savoir plus, voici la description qu’en fait Jonathan:

“C’est l’aventure de mon premier livre qui sera disponible le 20 Septembre dans différents points de vente. “La variation des voix” évoque une recherche entre l’écriture de fiction et l’oeuvre de poésie, sans détails de temps et de lieu, imaginant les histoires qui traversent les creux de la robe de Margarita, au bar de l’avenir, dans les profondeurs de mon imagination.”

Bonne lecture et n’hésitez pas à nous faire part de vos commentaires.