One night when I couldn’t sleep, I mentioned to Michael that I was worried about the repercussions of my workings, the harmful magic I had dished out. I worried that it was going to come back to haunt me.

“I’m not a philosopher, Harry,” he said. “But here’s something for you to think about, at least. What goes around comes around. And sometimes you get what’s coming around.” He paused for a moment, frowning faintly, pursing his lips. “And sometimes you are what’s coming around. You see what I mean?”

Jim Butcher, The Dresden FIles: Grave Peril.

Bianca’s eyes widened. “You are mad,” she said. “You would flirt with chaos, destruction – with war. For the sake of this one wounded soul?”

I smote my staff on the floor, reaching deep for power. Deeper than I’ve ever reached before. Outside, in the gathering morning, the air crackled with thunder.

Bianca, even Ortega, looked abruptly uncertain, looking up and around, before focusing on me again.

“For the sake of one soul. For one loved one. For one life.” I called power into my blasting rod, and its tip glowed incandescent white. “The way I see it, there’s nothing else worth fighting a war for.”

Jim Butcher, The Dresden Files: Grave Peril

Woken Furies

I just finished the audiobook for Woken Furies and I said I’d defer judgement until I listened to it, while the reverb heavy effects for some of the flashback inner monologue stuff is jarring and done badly the book itself is in line with the other 2. Meaning that it is just as good and definitely worth the buy.

The story is good, the characters are good, and how the story unfolds is good. I like the issues brought up by the book, in particular how an oligarchy controls a society and how desperately they want to maintain that control or how religion is used to oppress and control. A quote from the book describes this pretty well:

“..I’m calling you a gutless betrayer of your sex. I can see your husband’s angle, he’s a man, he’s got everything to gain from this crapshit. But you? You’ve thrown away centuries of political struggle and scientific advance so you can sit in the dark and mutter your superstitions of unworth to yourself. You’ll let your life, the most precious thing you have, be stolen from you hour by hour and day by day as long as you can eke out the existence your males will let you have. And then, when you finally die, and I hope it’s soon, sister, I really do, then at the last you’ll spite your own potential and shirk the final power we’ve won for ourselves to come back and try again. You’ll do all of this because of your fucking faith, and if that child in your belly is female, then you’ll condemn her to the same fucking thing”

Richard K. Morgan is now an author I want to read more of or check out his other works (Crysis 2 and Syndicate, his Black Widow trade paperbacks, his A Land Fit For Heroes series and his 2 other books Thirteen and Market Forces.)

The Takeshi Kovacs trilogy is very good and is definitely part of my favorite series now. If I had to rank it I’d put it like this:

  1. The Dresden Files
  2. The Dark Tower
  3. The First Law series
  4. The Takeshi Kovacs trilogy
  5. Dune
  6. A Song of Ice and Fire

A couple screenshots of my female Dalish Mage Inquisitor, Ciara.

My first real character of my first playthrough of Dragon Age: Inquisition.

Horns

I picked up the Bluray for it today and enjoyed it. It’s one of the better adaptations of a novel and I thought it well done. The novel by Joe Hill is also good and worth checking out if you liked the movie. A lot more detail is there for you to enjoy and I thought the ending of the book was well done, the movies ending while decent left some stuff unresolved.

Daniel Radcliffe is pretty good in the movie and his accent is great. He plays Ig Parrish wonderfully and faithful to the book.

It’s filmed in BC here and is shot to highlight the beauty of environment here.

Definitely worth checking out for anyone curious about it and if you liked it, it’s also worth picking up the book to read or the audiobook to listen too.