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July 10, 2014 / TeknoKai

2014 – The Summer of Sizzling Reads!

Hey, fellow Netizens!


Teknokai here again from the heart of Mississippi.  And here in the South, the temperatures aren’t the only things that are sweltering!  

Today I’m here to tell you about not 1, not 2, but 4 new books that have come out in the last couple of weeks or so, by four of my all time favorite authors in the Urban Fantasy genre.  There are so many great books dropping that I’m calling 2014 the “Summer of Sizzling Reads”! 

First, back at the beginning of June we got the 15th novel in the Dresden Files series by author Jim Butcher, “Skin Game”.  If you aren’t familiar with this series, I highly recommend it.  It’s my favorite all-time Urban Fantasy series, and it centers around Harry Dresden, a Chicago Private Eye who also happens to be a practicing wizard.  He’s even in the phone book-under “Wizards”.  The Dresden Files has seen him through the last 15 years or so of his life to date.  And boy, what a life it has been!  From an all-out vampire wars with the Perilous Red Court to till today, and Harry’s current status as the Winter Knight to none other than Queen Mab of the Unseely Court of the Fae, it’s a thrill ride you won’t want to miss!

Secondly, is “Shattered”, the 7th novel in Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles.  The Iron Druid Chronicles centers around Atticus O’Sullivan, the last living Druid – or, at least he was, for the last 2,000 years!  Now he has successfully trained his apprentice, Granuelle McTiernen, as well as saved his Archdruid 9the one who taught him Druidry) Owen O’Kenneady, from stasis on a time frozen island in Tier Na N’og where the Morrigan had left him for the last 2,000!  Atticus has maintained his (and his friends’) youthful forms using a drink concoct called “Immortali-Tea” (something I wish I could get ahold of!) and he and Granuelle are accompanied by their faithful Irish Wolfhounds, Oberon and Arla, whom they have forged telepathic bonds with and taught English.  This audiobook is especially special to me because it is narrated by the ever wonderful Luke Daniels, and trust me – nobody could get Oberon down quit like Luke has.  

Thirdly in this massive Summer of hot novels is the crew of Monster Hunter International, by the awesome Larry Correia.  Monster Hunter International focuses on a crew of Internationally Professional Monster Hunters based in where else, but Alabama.  Here in their 5th outing, “Monster Hunter Nemesis”, they are back again to travel the world, basically kill Monsters, and collect US Government PUFF – money from the Perpetual Unearthly Forces Fund set up from before America was a country almost, and set aside to pay the bounties on Monster Heads.  This series is always funny, always extremely fast paced, and a genuine gem of Supernatural goodness!

Fourth in my list, but by no means last, comes an offering by the great Molly Harper, the only female author in this list, “Better Homes and Hauntings”.  I don’t think this book exactly falls into either of her main story lines, the Jane Jameson, Vampire series or the Half-Moon Hollow series, but I have to include it because Molly Harper has become to me the Goddess of Snark – a true Queen of Comebacks.  No one else that I have ever read has managed to keep me rolling on the floor laughing at a simple quip or return like she does.  For that, she deserves her own pedestal among all my other favorite authors.  But she is, first and foremost, a Mississippi Girl as well, and you know what they say – you can take the writer out of Mississippi, but…

Anyway, that’s it for today’s update.  Now that we’re kind of caught up with literature – my next update will probably be about all the delicious anime piling up in my Crunchyroll queue – or may about all the TV shows I’m behind on in Hulu Plus.  Regardless, it’ll be worth watching for at least a laugh or two.  I may even get my nephew to do a cameo – if I can get him away from Minecraft for long enough!  Either way, it’ll be something good to talk about until October, when Supernatural returns to TV on the CW and the lovely lady Anne Rice releases her newest offering, “Prince Lestat”. Now, that’s one that I’ll definitely be waiting in line for!

Till next time,



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