Another mythologizing animal sharing a spark of intellectual passion!
I found at least one of these female villains curiously unsatisfying for a slightly different reason, oddly enough. She was depicted as a goddess of both life and death, and while it wasn't an accurate reproduction of the actual Norse goddess, I found myself wondering: is the hero really surprised the goddess was working to [...]
I guess what I enjoyed most about the humor that worked for me was when it wasn't strained, nor about humiliating and belittling others. Humor that made me sincerely laugh, that arose naturally from the situation, worked fantastically well. Mercy's sly teasing, and Cassie's unintentionally hilarious dialogue (especially while under fire), both were genuinely funny. [...]
Mercy has two other elements in her story which I'm looking forward to seeing explored. First, she has at least one other person who is quite powerful, and who loves her romantically — but who knows she does not return his feelings. So far he seems fine with this, but it will be quite interesting [...]
Before we go on to discussion of my favorite heroine, here's an example of a heroine where I wasn't terribly impressed with the story's sexual tension, although to be fair I'd have to say it was likely quite true to life for some women. Kat Richardson's Greywalker series is about Harper Blaine — a woman [...]
In the end, it is true there may be folks associated with the allies of these female heroines who want these women dead. It's also true that is similar to but not exactly the same as Harry's murderous allies. This means the female heroines walk a different razor's edge than does the male heroine Harry. [...]
This collecting of unlikely allies into community — often in ways the various factions had never before envisioned — is nicely done in the Cassandra Palmer stories as well. Off the top of my head I remember one incident where Cassie had vampires, a ghost, some rogue White mages, three witches, and even some fae, [...]
I should note clearly here I'm not trying to show how Harry is "bad" and everyone else is "good" — because I think all four of the heroines I'm discussing extensively are good reads. What I'm trying to do with them, however, is clearly demonstrate, through comparison and contrast, what is to me a new [...]
Another curious case in point: the shadow of Lasciel the Temptress (an ancient and evil Fallen angel) seemed to succumb surprisingly quickly to Harry's sometimes, er… questionable "charm"! Even if we assume a shadow has nowhere the power and persuasiveness of the actual entity, I still found myself thinking that Butcher could have done a [...]
I find this fascinating for a number of reasons, not least of which is it matches my life experience, and seems to be reflected in the female heroines of which I read this last summer — but, curiously enough, not the male one. Having read all the books one right after another, I find I [...]
In his favor I should note Harry has more than once gone out of his way to help family, and rescue both lovers and those weaker than himself. He's done this even when he knows it may mean his death — even when it caused a war. I find that heroic. As Harry noted himself, [...]
Bestiaries depict mythical, moralizing animals, but are also potential allegorical sparks that can bloom into brilliant mental bonfires. My bestiary is this mythologizing animal's fascinated exploration of beauty & meaning in the wonder of existence -- in the hopes of inspiring yet more joyous flares of intellectual passion.
Help yourself & me too!