The Series that Started it All
Must Read , Review , Slider , Urban Fantasy / February 10, 2017

Welcome to my first “Baseline” review.  Why baseline?  Well, in any scientific experiment you need to have a Control, ie. a Baseline.  Something that is a given quantity that you can compare all other against.  For us Storm Front is that baseline.  This is it, the series that started it all.  The very first Urban Fantasy novel. Also, you will find if you read my stuff long enough that I love, L – O – V – E, kicking hornets nests.  Next I’ll be comparing PC to Mac and Ford to Chevy.  Ok, ok, ok, simmer down now.  No, TDF (The Dresden Files), as this series is referred to, was not the first UF novel.  It’s not the best, it’s not the most popular.  Honestly it’s not even that creative.  Seriously, the first book in the series, SF, is a tired cliched, paint by numbers, “It was a dark and stormy night”, noir, PI novel except the PI is WI-zard and no, he’s note joking about it. It says it right there in his yellow pages add.  For those of you young enough to not know what the Yellow Pages were, just imagine the Craig’s List services section as a…

Philosophy of Use
Blog , Slider / February 10, 2017

It is my belief that for a review of any kind to be relevant you must first have an understanding of the reviewer and how his or her views relate to your own.  I would have said that this goes without saying but… well I just said it so…. Ok, so who is Darkley Urbane and why do you give a crap about what he says.  I must admit, I’m outside the bounds of your typical UF reader.  First I’m not female and secondly in my worldview Vampires only sparkle when lit on fire.  So there’s that.  But I do have quite a background with this subject.  I’ve been an avid reader since I was about 12.  We had a book report assignment but the choice of the book was left open to us.   I can still, to this day, remember picking up this book from a grocery store shelf and looking at it in wonder.  I had never seen a book like this before.  It was dark, foreboding and exciting!  It was King’s Blood Four by Sheri S. Tepper and I was hooked.  After that I became a regular at my local Waldenbooks and B. Dalton.  I eventually…