Conjure By It At Your Own Risk by brandiyorkart

One of the best Dresden pics I’ve seen yet. great work. Love that Bob, Mouse and Toot are in it as well. I like the tombstone as well and the blue beetle. The empowered circle is a nice touch too.

And no hat!

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“Yeah, yeah, yeah,” Thomas said, when I finished the briefing. “Have you seen her yet?”

I scowled. “Seen who?”

“You tell me,” he said.

“Just you and Molly,” I said.

He gave me a look of profound disappointment, and shook his head.

“Thanks, Dad,” I said.

“You’re alive,” he said. “You owe it to her to go see her.”

“Maybe when this is done,” I said.

“You might be dead by then,” he said. “Empty night, Harry. Didn’t your little adventure in the lake teach you a damned thing?”

I scowled some more. “Like what?”

“Like life is short,” he said. “Like you don’t know when it’s going to end. Like some things, left unsaid, can’t ever be said.” He sighed. “I’m a freaking vampire, man. I rip out pieces of people’s souls and eat them, and make them happy to have it happen.”

I didn’t say anything. That was what my brother was. He was more than that, too, but it would have been stupid to deny that part of him.

“I’m mostly a monster,” he said. “And even I know that she deserves to hear you tell her you love her. Even if she never gets anything more than that.”

I frowned. “Wait. Who are we talking about here?”

Jim Butcher, The Dresden Files: Cold Days.

“You should have talked to me,” he said.

“Thomas.”

“You should have trusted me,” he said. “Dammit, man.”

The memory of those desperate hours hit me hard. I felt so helpless. My daughter had been taken away from her home, and for all the times I had gone out on a limb for others, no one had seemed willing to do the same for me. The White Council for whom I had fought a war had turned its back on me. Time had been running out. And the life of a little girl who had never known her father was on the line.

“Why?” I asked him tiredly. “What would it have changed? What could you possibly have said that would have made a difference?”

“That I was your brother, Harry,” he said. “That I loved you. That I knew a few things about denying the dark parts of your nature. And that we would get through it.” He put his elbows on his knees and rested his forehead on his hands. “That we’d figure it out. That you weren’t alone.”

Stab.

Twist.

He was right. It was just that simple. My brother was right. I had been self-involved and arrogant. Maybe it was understandable, given the pressures on me at the time, but that didn’t mean that I hadn’t made bad calls of colossal proportion.

I should have talked to him. Trusted him. I hadn’t even tried to consider anyone other than Maggie, hadn’t even thought to start seeking support from my family. I’d just moved right along to the part of the plan where I hired one of the world’s premier supernatural assassins to whack me. That probably said something about the state of despair I’d been in at the time.

But it didn’t say as much as I had about my brother. He was right about that, too. It wasn’t something I had ever consciously faced before, but I had told Thomas, with my actions, that it was better to be dead than a monster-a monster like him. And actions speak far more loudly than words.

I always thought it would get easier to be a person as I aged. But it just gets more and more complicated.

Jim Butcher, The Dresden Files: Cold Days.

“You look better than the last time I saw you, kiddo,” I said.

She grinned, briefly. “Right back atcha.”

I snorted. “It’d be hard to look worse. For either of us, I guess.”

She glanced at me. “Yeah. I’m a lot better. I’m still not …” She shrugged. “I’m not exactly Little Miss Stability. At least, not yet. But I’m working on it.”

“Sometimes I think that’s where most of us are,” I said. “Fighting off the crazy as best we can. Trying to become something better than we were. It’s that second bit that’s important.”

She smiled, and didn’t say anything else.

Jim Butcher. The Dresden Files: Cold Days.

UFC 187 Cormier vs Johnson.

Jones is his own worst opponent. Now that Jones is stripped of the title and suspended indefinitely, the new main event is even more interesting.

It will definitely be just as big of a fight and still a great card. Especially with it not being a interim title, the title is vacant and the winner will be the new champ. Despite some saying the winner will be a paper champ until Jones is back, I think it will be good and refreshing change for the light heavyweight division just like when Anderson Silva was defeated and changed the middleweight division for the better.  

Hunger Games Trilogy.

I finished the audiobooks for all 3 the other night, my expectations of a series of young adult novels was considerably low but I was still pleasantly surprised with the quality of the writing and the narration.

I never really got into reading a lot as a kid to a dude in his mid twenties and when I read it mainly due to course work in university. Now that I’m considerably older I read and listen to audiobooks pretty regularly now. I think that if i had books like these to read or listen to when I was younger it would be a real eye opener and I might have started to read more.

With all that said, I was kinda expecting it to be more of the will she or won’t she with Gale and Peeta that was present in the second half of the first book, the slow start of the second book and the end of the last book. I was happy to be  disappointed in that it avoided most of the teenage melodrama romance and it was limited to those small parts of the 3 novels. And admittedly it wasn’t too bad.

I also really like the more military themed 3rd book and liked the rebellion building. It was also decent with the intrigue between the 2 presidents.

Overall, it was worth it, although I will probably avoid other young adult unless it is exceptional in some way.

The Dresden Files: Ghost Story.

I just finished the audiobook and James Marsters really is as good as ever doing the narration. I was extremely impressed. He really is the voice that makes the series and it was definitely a great idea to re-Marsters the story. While Ghost Story was a good a story and Glover’s narration was okay, I found it was definitely not something I listened to a lot. With Marsters doing the narration though, it really brings something more to the table. Marsters really can bring the emotion out in those moments that Butcher really can pull on the heart strings on and it is definitely something I will re-read (re-listen really) instead of passing over like I did previously.

Now for the wait until Peace Talks or the rumored Brief Cases.