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So I actually started reading Cold Days right after it came out (there was a delay of a day or two for reasons that still make me grumble) and I was tearing right through it... and then stopped. I was a little more than halfway done and I just couldn't bring myself to finish. It wasn't that I didn't enjoy it... in fact, I was liking it a lot. It's just that the angst level had already built pretty high and I knew that it was only going to get worse before the end (at which point I was a whole lot more likely to have my heart ripped out than to have a tidy ending). To quote the character Charles Gunn from the TV show Angel: "There's always more down."

Over the next month or so, I kept picking it up and putting it down and wondering why in the world it was so hard for me to finish. It's not like I didn't know what I was in for when I started it... and despite the fact that the Harry Dresden books have a history of heart-ripping, I really do love the series. And then I was talking to someone last week about why I'm not going to see Les Miserables in the theaters, even though in the lead up to it I was very excited about its release. I'm still reeling from my dad passing away right before Thanksgiving and still fighting off depression over it and I just don't want to deal with that level of sadness and pathos. And it was like a light went off in my brain... I was dreading that expected heart-ripping much MUCH more than normal. Once I realized what was going on, I found I had no trouble picking the book up and plowing through to the end.

And now, on to talking about the book (don't worry, it's non-spoilery). I liked it. It wasn't quite what I was expecting and in some ways is just another setup book for the larger plot, moving characters into new places for where they need to be in the greater storyline, but it has a pretty decent plot of its own to keep it entertaining. There were at least two points in the book where the writing got a bit awkward and it felt a bit like the writer had inserted a personal rant/lecture into the story (where it didn't really fit) and there were some moments where I felt like I must have missed a chapter or a page somewhere, because of conversations that made no sense referring to things I didn't recognize. I guess, to some extent, the writing didn't feel quite as tight as it has in the past... probably the best way I can think to describe it.

As I mentioned, the ending was much more satisfying than I was expecting... but it still left me wanting to go back and reread Storm Front or one of the other early books, because I really miss that Harry Dresden, when he was just a professional wizard for hire and this "larger storyline" stuff was much more in the background, just teasing us from time to time.

BTW, I *hate* that I'm being forced to use the new entry form here... it's horrible to use, doesn't give me all the options I want and sucks like huge sucking thing.

Crossposted from my Livejournal.

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