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09 May 2010 @ 08:21 pm
Book recommendation  
After having been a fan of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files for some years, I finally picked started The Codex Alera. I've finished the first book, Furies of Calderon and am maybe a quarter of the way into the second, Academ's Fury. (Furies are essentially elementals -- earth, water, fire, air, metal, and wood -- that can be controlled by Alerans.)

It reminds me strongly of George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire sequence, albeit less depressing (in the words of 1776, "That man could deprrrrress a hyena!"). It is nothing like the Dresden Files except well written; the characters, setting, voice, pacing, etc. are all completely different.
The Broad Majestic Shannonms_interpret on May 10th, 2010 12:33 am (UTC)
I love the Codex Alera books. Love. :) The Dresden books... not as much. I still like them, and will read them all as they come out, but I don't find them nearly as compelling as the Alera books. I'm one behind on Alera and I'm just itching to get it. Soon. :)
Fat Fred the Otter and Skippy: iotterfatfred on May 10th, 2010 01:01 am (UTC)

I enjoy the Dresden books, but I just could not get into the Codex ones.
I read and enjoy Fantasy, and I like Butcher's writing, but I got about a third into the first book and could go no further.
Dunno why.
Janet Miles, CAP-OM: resolutions_excusesjanetmiles on May 10th, 2010 10:55 am (UTC)
Different tastes, I guess? I apologize if I caused offense.
Fat Fred the Otter and Skippy: iotterfatfred on May 10th, 2010 01:48 pm (UTC)

Yes! Different tastes!
Shoot, No offense at all!
I work in a Library. I'm constantly amazed at the stuff people read.
BaronLawbaronlaw on May 10th, 2010 02:15 am (UTC)
What's nice about those books is he has "finished" the series.

Or at least part one. ;)
Mr. Whitesir_goober on May 10th, 2010 09:26 pm (UTC)
Whereas this could be construed as a spoiler, it's really not, insofar as the titles themselves constitute spoilers if you didn't read the series as it was published.

Astonishing writing and world-building, some of my favorite fantasy.
George Andersonstdharma on May 10th, 2010 04:32 pm (UTC)
The fact that Mr. Butcher set it in a fantasy Roman Empire setting doesn't hurt either, considering that (to my knowledge anyway) that type of setting hasn't been done before, or hasn't been done as much.

Stormy Weatherororo on May 10th, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed the Alera Books (finished the series this December when then-roommate bought the last one). I get the impression that this series was what Jim Butcher always wanted to write, and while he likes Harry, Tavi and company are his true love.

I could, of course, be full of horsefeathers.
Janet Miles, CAP-OM: resolutions_readingjanetmiles on May 10th, 2010 09:01 pm (UTC)
You are correct -- Butcher has said at Q&A sessions that he really wanted to write high fantasy, couldn't get it to sell, and was able to go back to it after developing a strong fanbase with the Dresden Files.

I just wish David Weber could convince his publisher to let him write the rest of the books he has planned for Bahzell Bahnakson.