Friday, July 10, 2015

Skin Game (The Dresden Files #15) by Jim Butcher

Only a sample of this book was included in the voter’s package. This nominee is the 15th in a series I hadn’t even heard before, but it is apparently pretty popular. The book got its’ nomination through the puppy lists. I read the sample, and if I would have been very impressed I might have bought the book. The sample was ok, and I got something about it, but being totally unfamiliar with the backstory and the characters, I didn’t really get into it. And I am reluctant to give money to a puppy favorite if there isn’t a compelling reason to do so, so I am not going to buy this book and finish it. The genre of the book is urban fantasy – something I am not familiar with at all (or have much interest). The hero is some kind of super powerful warlock / private detective. He has some sort of supernatural parasite inside his head, and he must perform a task which might be too much even for his powers. But he gets help for a few sexy women, who have magical powers themselves. The beginning felt extremely pulpy and straightforward with a hero who is throwing away cute quips and ogling beautiful ladies. Fun and stupid, but certainly not impressive. This wouldn’t be a Hugo worthy book even if it weren’t the 15th part of the series, which disqualifies it anyway in my opinion.

86 pp (the sample included in the Hugo package)

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