“Me, I used the pentacle, because that was what I believed in. The five-pointed star, to me, represented the five elements of earth, air, water, fire, and spirit, bound within the solid circle of mortal will. I believed that magic was a force intended to be used to create, to protect, and to preserve. I believed that magic was a gift that had to be used responsibly and wisely - and that it especially had to be used against creatures like Drulinda, against literal, personified, evil, to protect those who couldn’t protect themselves. That was what I thought, and I’d spent my life acting in accordance with it. I believed.”
Harry Dresden is one of my favorite characters in Urban Fantasy. He is broke. Half the world is trying to kill him. His world fascinates me. So I was very excited when I finally got my hands on Many Bloody Returns. I liked all the stories in the anthology, but wise, good and—not so—old, Jim Butcher and charming Harry took the cake with “It’s My Birthday, Too.”
I enjoy the reality of Jim’s fantasy. I mean, go back and read that quote *waits for Wicked Darlings to reread the brilliant quote* Great, doesn’t he have a special way of bringing magic to life? He is freaking hilarious, too. I haven’t read many authors who can write characters that can effectively make a joke while someone is trying to kill them; Jim does it and he does it wonderfully.
If you have a chance pick up a copy of Many Bloody Returns. If the chance spreads grab one of Jim’s books and devour it’s yumminess. Then go ahead and click here to add your witchy thoughts, quotes... for the month of May ;-)
This drawing is not related to the short story or the anthology,
but I think thegryph is brilliant and I wanted to show off the piece.
And yes, you are right; it’s all about Jim’s eyebrow.