Bittersweet Accomplishments

Readingis a passion of mine.  There is a problem.  When you find a character you love, you tend to read all the books.  While they last this is great.  In the last few years, I have enjoyed Ian Rankin’s Rebus, Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden, and Barry Eisler’s Rain.  When the book supply is finished, you’re left without a character to read.

In the above examples, there will be other books.  Maybe every year or so, the author will write one…maybe.  I guess I should consider myself lucky.  When I came upon these authors they had written quite a few books, so it took quite a while to get through their catalogue.  However, now I am caught up, and there will be a long wait between books.  Before, as soon as I finished one, there was another one waiting for me.  Now, I will have to wait a year or so.

Luckily for me, my bus is full of commuters who also like to read, though I am noticing more people doing “work” on their tablets or laptops.  By work I mean Candy Crunch, but that’s another story.  If I have the courage, I ask them for recommendations.  If I feel shy, I just try to read the title or author and remember what they are reading for the next time I go to the library.  I probably won’t hit upon the literature I read for my degree, but it should be passable commuting fare.  Since I’ve read all the classics, and quite a few post-modern tomes, some escapist fiction won’t kill me.

Recently I have been reading the Inspector Banks series by Peter Robinson.  One of my commuter buddies recommended it.  He said that the first few were a little slow, they would pick up later.  I have read ten of them, and the last few have been really good.  Happily, I have at least ten more to read.  That should get to spring, especially if I read a couple of other books between those adventures.

There is a great sense of satisfaction when you come to the end of a series, but there is also a feeling of loss.  Bittersweet is too romantic a word,….but it seems to be fitting.  Maybe I need to go back and read all the Musketeer’s books.

Feel free to recommend some book series to me.  I will need something for late spring.

The Dresden Files

Readingis one of the joys of my life.  I love books and bookstores.  I love going to the library–since the books are free there.  I have written about reading as though it were a hobby, but I really feel that it is so much more.  It is more of lifestyle.

I have enjoyed reading Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files books.  They are an interesting blend of modern mystery and fantasy.  I would not really consider myself a fantasy reader.  I have only read two of the Game of Thrones books, after all and I have not read any of the Lord of the Rings (stop gasping….I will read them someday…..I have the books, I have seen the movies…sorry.  Don’t run away!)

Back to Jim Butcher.  I have read almost all of the Dresdenbooks, though I have read them out of order and am slightly confused, I have enjoyed all of them.  I took some time to check Wikipedia and discovered that they had made a television series out of the books, and shot it in Toronto, and even had the beautiful Joanne Kelly appear for a couple of episodes (okay, I am totally smitten with her…If I knew where they filmed Warehouse 13, ….I had better stop now before the restraining order gets filed)

Now, I’ve lost my train of thought…..Joanne Kelly….beautiful……ah yes, the Dresden Files.  So, basically, I bought the DVD’s of the series.  Sadly they only made one season.

I have watched two episodes, and I can only conclude that they had some difficulty bringing the story to the screen.  The production isn’t bad, but they were certainly hampered by budget, and by trying to cram dense storylines into 40 minutes.  The acting is good, but character development seems to have also been hampered by time.  Too often the conversations were stilted because they had to give away parts of the plot.  I know writing is difficult, but that kind of thing can be tough on a series.

It seems to me that the show could have been fantastic.  There are moments when the potential is obvious.  The source material is excellent….I guess it just wasn’t meant to be.

If you have the time, read the books.  If you’ve got even more time, check out the series.