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Mean Streets

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A book by Jim Butcher

Readers will be delighted with this collection of original novellas tied to popular crime/fantasy series. The standout is Sniegoskis Noahs Orphans, in which angel PI Remy Chandler must solve the murder of the biblical Arks builder, whose battered corpse … see full wiki

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Author: Jim Butcher
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Publisher: Roc
1 review about Mean Streets

Familiar faces and intriguing introductions

  • Jul 20, 2010
Okay, I confess. I'm a Harry Dresden addict; so much so that I fear I'll soon end up shelling out for hardbacks instead of patiently waiting for paperback editions. Still, in the meantime, Mean Streets is a set of four novellas that includes a Harry Dresden tale, so it was a good option to keep both me and my husband happily reading.

The Warrior by Jim Butcher provides a satisfying transition between heroic Michael's accident and his subsequent, possibly more normal life. Harry Dresden is still the faithful friend, still reluctant keeper of the sword, and still the target of dangerous foes. I really enjoy the way the author weaves glimpses of truth and forgiveness into his stories of magic and fear, and I enjoyed his portrayal of religious fervor gone right and gone wrong. I'm still desperately awaiting my next paperback, but I'm glad I didn't allow myself to miss this tale.

Simon R Green's John Taylor is another fun character. My husband doesn't like him (yet) quite as much as I do. Maybe the dream-like quality of shifting rules and realities is harder for a scientist to absorb than Harry Dresden's world. But I love the characters and dialog and the wild imagination. And I love the way the reader gets to put together the clues in Simon Green's tales. The Difference a Day Makes was quite definitely wild and odd, but it made its own kind of sense and I really enjoyed it.

Harper Blaine is fast catching up with Harry Dresden as one of my favorite characters. Kat Richardson's tale, The Third Death of the Little Clay Dog, takes her to Mexico and invests the "gray" of her paranormal sight with all the colors and delights of the Day of the Dead. I loved the way a different attitude to life and death was portrayed and incorporated into her mythology. And I loved the dog. (Don't worry, no animals were harmed, etc...)

The final story in this set involves a character I'd not met before, fallen angel Remy Chandler. He's certainly a fascinating guy, inhabiting another fascinating world, just a stone's throw from our own. Combining Noah's flood with refurbished warehouses in Boston is no mean feat, and the tale was complex and intriguing. I suspect I'll be looking out for more of this author's books soon.

These Mean Streets certainly have a lot to offer any reader of paranormal mysteries, whether or not you've met the characters before--fine additions and fine introductions for your reading pleasure.

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