First of all, Happy Birthday to me!
That’s right, today is your loyal EIC’s birthday and I’m back with another batch of pop culture goodness.
It’s my gift to you. Let me know if you want to know where to send gifts to me.
Ever since John introduced me to The Dresden Files, I’ve been a fan of the urban fantasy genre. I dig the melding of magic, monsters and noir. Harry Dresden set the bar for what a hero of the genre should be. And, like Harry before him, Richard Kadrey’s Sandman Slim sets the bar for what an anti-hero should be. I first discovered the series when I saw the fourth book in the series, Devil Said Bang, on a shelf at a local bookstore. I read the back and realized I was going to have to start at the beginning of the series if I wanted to understand what was going on. Since then, I’ve been working my way through the series and I’ve reached the half way mark. Sometimes it feels like the books go on a little too long, but all in all I really enjoy the adventures of Sandman Slim, the monster who kills monsters. If you’re into urban fantasy and haven’t checked this series out, you owe it to yourself to give it a shot.
A while back I read Moonshine, a comic series that mixes prohibition era crime with werewolves. This weekend I read the first volume of Redneck which seemed to promise the same treatment, but with vampires in East Texas. Sadly, the results were not as good. Redneck wears its influences a little too prominently. The vampires live as a family in a small east Texas town and run a bar-b-q joint. Texas Chainsaw Massacre anyone? The book was okay and, truthfully, I may have enjoyed it more if I hadn’t read Moonshine first.
I rewatched Hamilton on Disney+ with my wife and mom yesterday. I enjoyed it every bit as much on the second viewing as I did the first. If you haven’t watched this yet, and why haven’t you, watch it as soon as you can. It’s pretty much how American history ought to be told at this point.