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Old 09-23-2011, 01:03 PM   #91
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Old 09-23-2011, 01:32 PM   #92
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Why I don't read them

I picked up on this series pretty early.

And I enjoyed the books, until I got to one that described Wrigley Field as if it were in the suburbs - stadium in the middle of a parking lot sea.

Well, it ain't. Wrigley is smack dab in the city. Sidewalks and streets on all four sides. A small parking area for ballplayers & management.

Even a Sox fan would know better.

Anyway, that ruined the books for me. Chicago is not a fictional localilty, and it shouldn't take much effort to get the facts right.
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Old 09-23-2011, 05:55 PM   #93
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And I enjoyed the books, until I got to one that described Wrigley Field as if it were in the suburbs - stadium in the middle of a parking lot sea.
That's in one of the shorts isn't it?

Personally I really like the series, one of the few cases where I really anticipate the release of the next book.

As to the Wizards vs. Tech thing.

There does seem to be a few minor inconsistencies when it comes to what does and doesn't work but mostly it works quite well for me.

I think some of that is explained in later books and at least one of the shorts, but most of what we know comes from Word of Jims (questions answered by Jim during Interviews or book signings) so I'll put it in a spoiler.

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- Only mortal magic users affect tech that way, Faeries and other supernatural beings don't have those problems. Apparently that's because humans are conflicted beings (due to having free will?) and are always "leaking" part of their magic.
- It's not equally bad for every magic user. Generally the more power someone has the more problems he/she has with modern devices. Harry is therefore an especially bad case.
- More complex things are more likely to fail, (micro)electronics are the worst.
- The mood of the wizard affects this. Angry Harry -> fried electronics
- It is somewhat possible to control it. You can suppress it, for some time at least, and it seems pretty easy to amplify it.
- It wasn't always like it is now. In "ye olde times" wizards made milk go sour for example.
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Old 09-23-2011, 06:03 PM   #94
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As to the Wizards vs. Tech thing.

There does seem to be a few minor inconsistencies when it comes to what does and doesn't work but mostly it works quite well for me.

I think some of that is explained in later books and at least one of the shorts, but most of what we know comes from Word of Jims (questions answered by Jim during Interviews or book signings) so I'll put it in a spoiler.

Spoiler:
- Only mortal magic users affect tech that way, Faeries and other supernatural beings don't have those problems. Apparently that's because humans are conflicted beings (due to having free will?) and are always "leaking" part of their magic.
- It's not equally bad for every magic user. Generally the more power someone has the more problems he/she has with modern devices. Harry is therefore an especially bad case.
- More complex things are more likely to fail, (micro)electronics are the worst.
- The mood of the wizard affects this. Angry Harry -> fried electronics
- It is somewhat possible to control it. You can suppress it, for some time at least, and it seems pretty easy to amplify it.
- It wasn't always like it is now. In "ye olde times" wizards made milk go sour for example.
Thank you for posting that. I can move past it now... and accept it for what it is -> Angry Powerful Harry = Boom!
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Finished "Grave Peril" this evening. The last few chapters were hard to put down. I've got a long list of TBRs and Harry will have to wait a while before I start "Summer Knight".
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Finished "Grave Peril" this evening. The last few chapters were hard to put down. I've got a long list of TBRs and Harry will have to wait a while before I start "Summer Knight".
That seems to be the way of the series...The first part is the set up and then suddenly you're in nonstop action mode, with no natural stopping point. It makes for fun but long reading sessions.
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Way down towards the end of her interview, Charlaine Harris mentions being a fan of Jim Butcher, among others.


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Absolutely, and let me say here that I do review books I've enjoyed on my Book & Blog feature on my website. I always read any Lee Child novel: and the list just goes on. I think Harry Connelly is very interesting, and I think Tanya Huff is great. Jeanne Stein, Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs . . . I could go on forever.
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i have no idea what you're talking about. of course that's one of the things that the quoting function is for.
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i was 'quick replying' to another post and the post ended up at the end of the list. which makes no sense. then i tried to delete. won't let me delete. sorry for the post.
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that's how it works with the software used here in mobilreread. the latest (last) post is placed at the end. and you can edit your post and remove all content or change it in some way, but a moderator (i'm not one) must delete it. enjoy
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i was 'quick replying' to another post and the post ended up at the end of the list. which makes no sense. then i tried to delete. won't let me delete. sorry for the post.
I would suggest that next time you quote the post to which you are replying; that way there will be less chance of confusion.

More than one moderator has said that they do not really like deleting posts. You can click on the "exclamation point" of your own post, however, and make a formal request. They might delete it.
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right now i'm reading the last battle in summer knight, i'll start death masks tomorrow
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You are too fast for me. I haven't made much head way on anything since reading Fool Moon. Guess I need to step AFK and get to reading!
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