They were called Dead Witch Walking and The Good, the Bad, and the Undead. And, yeah, the series continues with more hokey riffs on movie titles.
Good popcorn. Flirts dangerously with the protagonist-always-in-mortal-peril issue I have with so many urban fantasy novels, and just narrowly avoids starting down the power spiral that killed Anita Blake. (To me, I mean. She’s dead to me.) Quick, fun and always engaging, even when it meanders. A fortuitous accident has me in another city without the third book, so I won’t read too many of them in a row and burn out.
But I think after one book away, I’ll be back for another.
Any book with a programmer as the hero gets plus a million points for me. (That may explain why I loved Cryptonomicon but hated the follow-up trilogy. No programmers!) I really enjoyed this book, which starts with an executive calling the police after some orcs and a dragon raid a bank and snowballs from there.
Some things should bother me about the Dresden Files, but they don’t. Mary Sues bother me. Series that attempt to substitute repeated physical harm to the protagonist for actual drama and action bother me. Series that drift away from what they were originally about bother me.
I like the Dresden books enough to overlook all of this.
Young-adult popcorn. It got good buzz from Scott Westerfeld, and I was interested in the story idea, so when J– bought it I asked to borrow it. Pretty good, but so lightweight I blew through it in about two hours.