Sunday, July 15, 2012

Book #4- Why Are You Atheists So Angry?

Title- Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless
Author- Greta Christina
Series- None
Genre- Atheism
Pages- 366
Pages to date-1,852

The Good:
Greta Christina's writing is smooth and interesting. She presents many well-founded arguments and empowers like-minded people to speak up.
She is very careful to explain every single point in a civil manner, but remains emotional enough to make sure the message will hit home with every reader.

The Bad:
At times, the writing can be a bit choppy, but in nearly every case this is forgivable because it is done so for the sake of humor.

The Verdict:
This book is an excellent resource for nonbelievers, giving their thoughts a voice, as well as for believers, providing a well-rounded, thoughtful argument against religion.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Book #3- Storm Front

Title- Storm Front
Author- Jim Butcher
Series- Book 1 of The Dresden Files
Genre- Fantasy/Mystery
Pages- 355
Pages to date- 1,486

The Good:
There are many things to love about Storm Front. First and foremost is Jim Butcher's choice of setting and situation. Placing an openly practicing wizard into the city of Chicago is a bold move, but it works. It is also a fresh release from fantasies set in other worlds or in hiding.
Harry Dresden is a great character. He has many interesting flaws and knows himself very well. This opens up the book to deep mysteries and plot twists, both of which were thrilling and suspenseful.

The Bad:
There isn't much to say in this area. I found the book compelling and well-written. I found a few comma errors, but they don't at all detract from the story. I suppose the one thing I would change is Harry's use of magic. I wanted more. A little more backstory might be cool too, but there are many more books, so I am assuming more of that comes together further on.

The Verdict:
Storm Front is a great read for any fantasy fan. The blend of the supernatural and detective genres is superb.