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"Everything we read stimulates our mind to think, and what we think determines what we desire, and desires are the seedbed of our actions. Given this iron law of human nature--from reading to thinking, to desiring, to acting--we are shaping our destiny by the ideas we choose to have enter our minds through print." - Fr. John Hardon, S.J., The Catholic Lifetime Reading Plan

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Monday, May 28, 2007

Literary Compass Meets Harry Dresden

I can take a hint.

First, there was the big display at my local Hastings store: Jim Butcher. Harry Dresden. I ignored it. After all, Hastings gets paid to display products.

Then, I saw a few respected bloggers mention the names and I thought, "Hmmm, maybe I should check this Harry Dresden thing out." So I did. The next time I was in Hastings I picked up Storm Front and started paging through it.

It didn't take long for me to make up my mind. In fact, I can tell you the exact phrase that sold me. And it wasn't "Think Philip Marlowe meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer." No, it was a little phrase the postman used to ridicule Dresden on page 2. The postman asks if Dresden is an actual wizard. "Spells and potions? Demons and incantations? Subtle and quick to anger?" And there it was. Subtle and quick to anger. Any book in which the postman quotes Tolkien can't be all bad.

So I bought it. I'll let you know how I like it.

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posted by Nick Senger at 6:30 AM

Comments on "Literary Compass Meets Harry Dresden"

 

Anonymous Maureen said ... (Monday, May 28, 2007 7:32:00 AM) : 

Looking forward to your book review. Please include your thoughts about suitability for junior high/high school readers too!

 

Blogger Julie D. said ... (Monday, May 28, 2007 4:11:00 PM) : 

Woohoo! Hope you like it. Keep in mind that the story builds as the series goes on ...

 

Blogger Nick Senger said ... (Tuesday, May 29, 2007 5:27:00 AM) : 

Maureen: I'll let you know.

Julie: Thanks for the tip.

 

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