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[PA Comic] Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - Plus A Zookeeper

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    EnlongEnlong Registered User regular
    On the subject of Song of the Sorcelator; it took me years to find out that the whole "Wizard's ambulatory dresser" thing was likely a reference to Discworld.

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    CorpsegoddessCorpsegoddess Registered User regular
    Don't bother with Dresden--they're repetitive, dreary, and awful. If you want something in the same vein, but that's well-written and *fun* (I actually laugh out loud reading them), then pick up the Iron Druid Chronicles, by Kevin Hearne. I can't recommend them enough.

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    ThanatosiaThanatosia Registered User regular
    Well I would argue it's more of an animated skeletal T-Rex than a true zombie . . .
    He had to have butters provide it with a steady rythmic audio beat to keep it focused/under control just like the human zombies introduced earlier in the book, so I think it's the dresden-verse version of Zombie.

    Also - for people looking for books similar to Dresden Files (Which I absolutely loved), another good serries to look into is Grimnoire Chronicals by Larry Correia (book 1: Hard Magic). It's set in an alternate history where WW2 never happened because the appearance of magic during the Civil War kind of set history off the rails.

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    OrphaneOrphane rivers of red that run to seaRegistered User regular
    edited April 2015
    Well this comment thread didn't take long to descend into book elitism

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    ShadowhopeShadowhope Baa. Registered User regular
    Don't bother with Dresden the Iron Druid Chronicles--they're repetitive, dreary, and awful. If you want something in the same vein, but that's well-written and *fun* (I actually laugh out loud reading them), then pick up the Iron Druid Chronicles, by Kevin Hearne the Dresden Files, by Jim Butcher. I can't recommend them enough.

    You somehow accidently swapped those series. I've fixed your post.

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    GaslightGaslight Registered User regular
    Well this is productive.

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    CorpsegoddessCorpsegoddess Registered User regular
    edited April 2015
    SHADOWHOPE wrote:
    You somehow accidently swapped those series. I've fixed your post.
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    Look, I realise that I am one of approximately 6 people that loathe the Dresden Files. That being said, the main difference between the two series is that I HATED slogging through Dresden, while Druid was a delight to read. There's so much different stuff that happens in Iron Druid from page one, whereas Dresden, to me, reads like this:

    "Beginning of Book: 'Hi, I'm Harry Dresden. I'm a wizard. I am a magical luddite.'

    Second chapter or so: 'Something small has happened. Crap. Something big just happened to complicate the small thing. Just let me catch my brea—CRAP. ANOTHER THING.' Rinse and repeat.

    Third chapter: 'Blue Beetle. Not blue.'

    Fourth chapter: 'Chivalry isn't dead, it's just in a coma and I don't care kthxbai.'

    Fifth chapter through end of book: LOTS AND LOTS OF STUFF THAT NEVER STOPS HAPPENING.

    End of book: 'Hi, I'm Harry Dresden. I'm awesome, but I also screw up.'

    Of course, the latter books try to distract you from this formula by occasionally throwing in a dinosaur, or something super-meaningfully "emotional" that happens, but that's the series right there.

    Oh, and also--talking, witty Irish wolfhound trumps EVERYTHING.

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    ORPHANE / APRIL 2
    Well this comment thread didn't take long to descend into book elitism
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    What--so because I don't like a series and offer an alternate one, that's elitism? Everybody else seems to be able to gush about how much they love Dresden; I'm simply providing an opposing viewpoint. It's called discourse.

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    Caulk Bite 6Caulk Bite 6 One of the multitude of Dans infesting this place Registered User regular
    edited April 2015
    SHADOWHOPE wrote:
    You somehow accidently swapped those series. I've fixed your post.
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    Look, I realise that I am one of approximately 6 people that loathe the Dresden Files. That being said, the main difference between the two series is that I HATED slogging through Dresden, while Druid was a delight to read. There's so much different stuff that happens in Iron Druid from page one, whereas Dresden, to me, reads like this:

    "Beginning of Book: 'Hi, I'm Harry Dresden. I'm a wizard. I am a magical luddite.'

    Second chapter or so: 'Something small has happened. Crap. Something big just happened to complicate the small thing. Just let me catch my brea—CRAP. ANOTHER THING.' Rinse and repeat.

    Third chapter: 'Blue Beetle. Not blue.'

    Fourth chapter: 'Chivalry isn't dead, it's just in a coma and I don't care kthxbai.'

    Fifth chapter through end of book: LOTS AND LOTS OF STUFF THAT NEVER STOPS HAPPENING.

    End of book: 'Hi, I'm Harry Dresden. I'm awesome, but I also screw up.'

    Of course, the latter books try to distract you from this formula by occasionally throwing in a dinosaur, or something super-meaningfully "emotional" that happens, but that's the series right there.
    I disagree with this general view, but respect your right to have a different opinion on stuff I like. I'm sure shadowhope was just kidding, but I'll let them decide whether or not to dig that hole.
    Oh, and also--talking, witty Irish wolfhound trumps EVERYTHING.

    Mouse the temple hound would like to contest that.

    As an aside, quotes in bbcode are probably easier to do than tildes as separators.

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    OrphaneOrphane rivers of red that run to seaRegistered User regular
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    ORPHANE / APRIL 2
    Well this comment thread didn't take long to descend into book elitism
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    What--so because I don't like a series and offer an alternate one, that's elitism? Everybody else seems to be able to gush about how much they love Dresden; I'm simply providing an opposing viewpoint. It's called discourse.

    do we really need to discuss how
    Don't bother with Dresden--they're repetitive, dreary, and awful.

    is not meaningful discourse? You could have just left off that entire first part and nobody would have said anything

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    gekkobeargekkobear Registered User regular
    I hadn't read the Dresden Files books, or been interested; but someone mentioned it recently knowing I'd watched it on Netflix.

    Realizing it might be like the "Something from the Nightside" series by Simon R. Green it seemed worth a try to grab a few books for a trip I was taking.

    Well worth reading so far (4 books in) have to get the next few books now.

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    YoungFreyYoungFrey Registered User regular
    For a similar (but older and inverted) take on fantasy PI. Glen Cook's Garret books are about a hardboiled detective living in a straight up fantasy world. They hew much closer to their inspiration than Dresden does. Lots of dangerous dames, chin music, and hard drinking. I like the Dresden books more, but still liked Garret.

    Aside: one of my Dresden copies has a pull quote from Glen Cook along the lines of "Fantastic idea, I wish I'd thought of it"

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