Well, I finally got the notice from the library yesterday the Ghost Story by Jim Butcher was ready to be picked up. I have been dying to read this ever since it has been published but being on a savings kick and only allowing myself a certain amount of dollars to put toward my reading addiction, I certainly could not afford a hardcover edition (not at Australian prices anyway)
So I put my name down for the book at my local library (yay Moonee Valley council – you rock) as they have a great range of SF/F and generally get the latest books in pretty quickly, but shock horror, I was number 5 on the list. When you multiply that by 3 weeks each person, it is generally a long wait to read it.
Instead of getting frustrated by just going out and buying it, which I nearly did but stopped myself in a dramatic moment online (well it was dramatic for me and I stand by that tale) I decided to reread the series from the beginning.
For those of you unfamiliar with the Dresden Files series, Jim Butcher has written one of the most wonderful Urban Fantasy series I have read in a very long time. Ever since I picked up the first novel at Borders (back when they had cheap SF and were still open) I have been obsessed with this series. Fortunately Jim Butcher is quite prolific and there is generally less than a year to wait for the next book.
It is also quite a long series, with Ghost Story the 13th book released. It is quite a task to go back and reread the whole series and I bogged down at book 4. Don’t get me wrong, I was still enjoying them, but I kept getting distracted by shiny new books that I hadn’t read before, and I kept telling myself that my booking of Ghost Story was ages away so I had plenty of time to get the rest read.
Well, I have it now, and I can’t decide whether to jump to the book preceding it and read that first or just go ahead and start it. The second one I hear you all calling out, why would you bother rereading something? The thing is, I read so fast and so many books, that a lot of it doesn’t really stick the first time out. I do like to revisit books, especially those I loved, and I continually find new and interesting things about the characters and the worlds the author has created.
This has been very much the case with the Dresden Files. Everytime a new book comes out I find myself revisiting the whole series. Maybe in this case, the anticipation will get the best of me, plus I only have the book for 3 weeks and if I don’t read it now I will find myself running out of time and not finishing it before it needs to be returned.
That’s it, I’m decided, I am reading it now, anticipation be damned!