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Reading: I finally finished Crime and Punishement which was interesting but very monologuey. I've moved on to Unshapely Things by Marc del Franco, which seems quite good but I have a feeling I've exhausted my patience for wizards in garrets brooding about their tragic pasts.

Listening: I just listened to the first of the David Tennant and Catherine Tate Big Finish audios which I enjoyed more than I expected to - although they paired Donna up with another London temp and I actually, on audio, found them quite hard to tell apart.

Watching: A mixture of Wallander, Killjoys, Yuri on Ice and classic Doctor Who. We're doing quite well for choice of viewing options at the moment.

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Date: 2017-08-25 12:17 am (UTC)
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I read the first two or three of the Unshapely sequence and one of a spin-off, but it was mostly spinning its wheels and there're better urban fantasies out there, IMNSHO. If you haven't tried them I recommend Benedict Jacka's Verus sequence (ISTR we've discussed this sequence on your blog before, though).

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Date: 2017-08-28 03:05 pm (UTC)
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Hmm, I don't know the Dexter series.
The Matthew Smith ones are interesting, but after three MS ones she veers into a different series, which I wasn't as fond of. The problem with having a god for a viewpoint character got a bit much, I think.
The Verus ones go interesting places - I've just got book 8 and am looking forward to reading it, after I go through the Peter Grants on a re-read (I fancied a re-read due to jet-lag).

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Date: 2017-08-28 03:30 pm (UTC)
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The Jim Butcher Dresden Files series?

Hmm, yes the Peter Grant books are a darker shade than some of the others. Not too dark for me, and I wouldn't call them horror. The "Nightclub of Dr Moreau" sequence, which is probably what you're thinking of, was clearly dark fantasy to me, since it left most of the action off-screen and didn't dwell on the details. For me, that's the difference between dark fantasy and horror - while the former will contain nasty stuff occasionally, it won't linger over it to deliberately invoked horror/disgust, but will use it for a purpose. In this case, to set up the antagonist as a truly evil person.

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Date: 2017-08-30 12:02 am (UTC)
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I really like the Dresden Files. I've read my way through the whole lot a number of times, and he's in the teens now. He's go a long term plan he's working towards, but they don't really gel until book 3. The first two are decent but are his first published novels and it shows. The world-building has really survived, though. Very few ret-cons. Lots of Chekov guns placed early and fired much later in the series.

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