An OK book to read once you’re done with the Dresden Files—but just that: OK.
The main thing going for this book is that it’s pretty funny. Perhaps not as witty and sophisticated as you usually see, but I definitely burst out laughing more than a few times.
It’s simple writing for a simple story, which happened to be perfect since I listened to this in audiobook. At times though, the plot felt contrived and there wasn’t much conflict. I never felt as if our hero was in any real danger.
Honestly, there were two main problems, and they were both with dialogue:
– Why are there no contractions? Everyone speaks without an apostrophe in sight, and it’s infuriating to read. It doesn’t fit the tone of the book at all.
– There is no subtext. Every character says exactly what they think, and even enemies have long conversations where everything is laid out plainly. It reads like first draft material for most of it.
Yes, this series gets compared to Jim Butcher, and rightly so. They’re both first-person, funny, action-packed urban fantasies.
I will be continuing the series though, since Jim’s first book wasn’t that great either, and I’m hoping that Kevin’s writing improves. And of course for Oberon. What a cute dog.