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I'm reading Jim Butcher's newest Harry Dresden book--Turn Coat. I love The Dresden Files series--the books are funny and fast, and the writing is beautifully tight and trim.

But I'm being reminded once again about a particular aspect of Butcher's brilliance--the way he gets the entire relationship between two characters (or three) into a scene. He knows his characters so well; he knows who they are, who they've been, and how they have connected with each other over all the years of their history. And with a few lines of dialog and action and humor, he layers it all in.

This is not just because the book is number 11 in the series. This aspect of his writing, this storytelling skill has been present in all of the books, since Book 1, Storm Front.

If you want to see how a master craftsman plays with his characters, I can't point you in a better direction.

Back to the book!

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beckylevine
Jun. 23rd, 2009 06:41 pm (UTC)
Any time. Has your husband not read them? I'd think they'd be up his alley. :)
lizannewrites
Jun. 23rd, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
You've got me curious. . .

I looked them up in the library catalog . .

What's the title of book 1 in the series ?

Thanks =)
beckylevine
Jun. 23rd, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
Re: You've got me curious. . .
Storm Front. It's great. They're all great. :)
amygreenfield
Jun. 23rd, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC)
You've done it again! My must-read pile continues to grow...
beckylevine
Jun. 24th, 2009 02:16 am (UTC)
Oh, good! Always happy to add to the risk of one of those piles toppling over. I hope you like it. :)
ext_158080
Jun. 24th, 2009 02:19 am (UTC)
Wow, I've never even heard of Jim Butcher! But if you're recommending, it must be good!
beckylevine
Jun. 24th, 2009 02:22 am (UTC)
A niece started me on his books about 10 years ago--I read a few and loved them, then thought of them again for son. Heads up before handing to your 9-year-old, there are usually a few scattered scenes of "maturity." :)
ext_158080
Jun. 26th, 2009 10:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the caveat :)
beckylevine
Jun. 26th, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I almost typed, and your son will love them, too. Because I think he will/would. But then I remembered that other bit. :)
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