Monthly Archives: August 2013

Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood

I was deliberately looking for a bit of a change of pace after reading too much fantasy and what have you, so I decided to head back to the shores of the island of Margaret Atwood, to check out one of her non-fantasy novels. I think this is the fifth Atwood book I’ve read now, and as far as I can recall all of the previous four have had some sort of fantasy element: the various dystopian aspects of The Handmaid’s Tale, Oryx & Crake and The Year of the Flood, and the story-within-a-story in The Blind Assassin.
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Blood Rites by Jim Butcher

Dresden Files 6, here we go. This feels a bit like a watershed book for the series. Up to this point, the overarching plot, established from book three, is that the wizards are at war with the Red Court of vampires. Thus far, this has been a bit of a cold war, and its only really been mentioned in passing during the books since then; it wasn’t 100% clear whether Butcher was going to fully commit to this as a major plot point, especially as bits and pieces of the previous books were looking at ways that either side might be able to get out of the war with their honour intact. However, from Blood Rites, it definitely feels like the Red Court war will remain a major plot point going forward.
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