Bam! Another book of The Dresden Files under my belt. I didn't like Proven Guilty quite as much as Dead Beat, but writing a reanimated T-Rex rampaging through the streets of Chicago has to be some sort of author-ly peak. I felt the same way after reading Gateways by F. Paul Wilson. The Repairman Jack/Adversary Cycle series never quite had a moment as awesome as when Oyv the Chihuahua chewed his way out of a mutant alligator in book seven.
|Read these books. Read them and love them.|
I already had Shakespeare on the brain from watching Shakespeare Uncovered, so I thought about this for a while. I came to the conclusion that maybe I have been looking at The Dresden Files all wrong, and that maybe I should have more faith in Jim Butcher as an author, and trust that the issues I have with Harry Dresden will resolve themselves in the grand scheme of things.
In Shakespeare's tragedies especially, something momentous happens at the end of each act. There are usually five acts in a Shakespeare tragedy and the end of the third act is the major turning point in the play - i.e. where something so irreversible happens that there's nothing the protagonist can do except ride out the consequences of his or her actions. Romeo kills Tybalt in the third act, Hamlet kills Polonius in the third act, Antony dies in the third act, Regan and Edmund gouge out Gloucester's eyes in the third act, Titus Andronicus cuts off his own hand in the third act, etc.
|Anthony Hopkins makes this pie at the end of the movie Titus. Guess what's inside of it?|
|Thank you, Allie Brosh, for creating the original "all the things" meme.|