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I go through reading spurts.  Often I'll read a book or two and then not read anything for a month or so and then pick up another and the cycle continues.  I'm not sure why it works that way but for whatever reason that's what my pattern tends to be.  Lately, however, I've been tearing through novels left and right.  Per a recommendation I picked up the first novel of the Dresden Files a while back (Storm Front) and enjoyed it.  Scratched the Buffy itch that is a gigantic hole in my often cold and, unfortunately, underused heart.  While I typically don't care for books done in first-person (it's an odd thing with me that I've never quite figured out), the Dresden series is a definite exception to this.  The writing is just witty enough and the sense of humor near to my liking that I can't help but get pulled in.  Butcher, the author, has some really great visuals and the personality he injects into Dresden greatly helps set the mood and for fans of wizards and vampires, werewolves and faeries, I highly recommend them.  I'm almost finished with Grave Peril now - the third - and am already looking forward to jumping into the fourth.  I think there are maybe 13 or 14 total so far with a handful more to come so I have a bit of catching up to do, but I'm fine with that.

My brother has also been pushing a series by F. Paul Wilson involving some dude named Repairman Jack.  I had been looking for The Tomb (the first in that series) for a while now having trouble tracking down the newest version (apparently Tomb came out in 1984 with the second not following until quite some time after so he decided to "update" it) though stumbled across it at the used book store when searching for the above Dresden Book.  It may also be called Rakoshi at this point.  I'm not sure.  Anyhow:  read through it last week and enjoyed it as well.  Wilson's writing irks me to a degree - at least, it did in the only other novels of his I've read (The Keep and Midnight Mass) as it tends to jump around from character to character within the same chapter which is a little off-putting to me.  I don't really want to know what Jack's girlfriend is thinking of Jack right after listening to an inner-monologue from Jack about her.  Almost like in a film where people talk about not breaking the 180 line or whatever - it's just an awkward perspective shift to me and one I have trouble dealing with on occasion.  Not a deal-breaker by any means and I plan on reading the others as I really liked the character and the world, but still.  So track down that too, if you can.

After I finish Grave and then the fourth Dresden book, I think I'm going to hop back over to R.R. Martin and read A Feast of Crows.  Yes, I realize he jumps from character to character but the dude does it properly and his series is the reason the word "epic" was invented and then used in the first place.  Maybe after that, I'll hit up the second Jack novel.  We'll see.

And finally, I'm relying on Joe's assistance for this so it may or may not work.  On my end I can't post images in the body here but for some reason Joe can (technology eludes me). I've been warming up before drawing P3 lately and doing so with FF9 characters given that it's my game of choice currently and I wanted to share a few with you.  They're not great, but they're fun.  I'll post another Friday but for now, Vivi.  And if this doesn't work, just look him up.  Cause he's awesome.

Peace out.

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