Can’t-Wait Wednesday – 1st July, 2020 #Brainfluffbookblog #CWC #WOW


Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week’s Can’t-Wait offering – Peace Talks – Book 16 of the Harry Dresden series by Jim Butcher – release date, 14th July, 2020

#urban fantasy series #troubled hero #wizard investigator

BLURB: Harry Dresden is back and ready for action, in the new entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling Dresden Files series. When the Supernatural nations of the world meet up to negotiate an end to ongoing hostilities, Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, joins the White Council’s security team to make sure the talks stay civil. But can he succeed, when dark political manipulations threaten the very existence of Chicago–and all he holds dear?

By contrast to many of my recent Can’t-Wait-Wednesday offerings, this is revisiting an author whose work I fell in love with some 20 years ago – see my reviews of Turn Coat, Ghost Story, and Skin Game.

And nope. I’m NOT going to join in the chorus of readers stamping their feet and yelling at the Moon because Jim Butcher didn’t deliver this one when expected. I’m sure he wasn’t happy about it, either. But Life happened in a major way to him and one of the first things that happens to writers when things like divorce, losing a much-loved pet and moving happens – they lose the ability to write. There is only so much headspace available for processing stories and when you are stressed and overwhelmed, your writing mojo is one of the first things to disappear – and the last to resurface, again. Which has always seemed the height of unfairness to me, but there it is…

So I’m just celebrating that he has now got things under sufficient control that he is once more able to write. And I’m looking forward to diving back into this world that defines a part of my life I look back on with great affection. I nearly didn’t get this one for that very reason, but that’s cowardly even for me. So looking forward to this one with some trepidation… Anyone else waiting for Peace Talks?

22 responses »

  1. This is a series that I need to catch up with – I think I got as far as 8 or maybe 9 and then I tailed off for no reason in particular – I need to get back onboard.
    Lynn 😀

    • Oh yes, it is an iconic series for me. Himself and I were both blown away by it and used to save up the books for when we were going away on holiday – so these books hold a host of happy memories:))

  2. I hope this is a good read. I fell out of like with this series awhile ago — i can’t believe it is still going strong!

    • I found Ghost Story and Cold Case rather grim reads – but after a looong delay, this next offering is now available:)). So I’m hoping it’s a good read, too.

  3. The author is totally new to me. But it sounds good and your explanation about writing and when life gives you lemons to deal with – does make sense. So thank you for that. When I look at my current TBR I am getting overwhelmed myself *sigh* Happy reading and stay safe and well.

    • Thank you, Vi. I know what you mean about the TBR – but this year, I’ve decided not to bother about its teetering height and go with the new shiny! I hope you have a lovely reading week:)

    • There are a couple of entry points – but to be honest, I do think it’s best starting this one at the beginning… So I understand your reluctance to get stuck in.

    • Thank you, Hayley. To be honest, I haven’t exactly been on the edge of my seat for this one – but I’m glad he finally managed to get it written:))

  4. I didn’t know he’d been going through a rough time. Poor guy. I love Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files, but am sorely behind (I have a literary crush on Harry).I hope you enjoy this one when you read it, Sarah.

  5. This is definitely on my tbr as well. It will probably be a while before I get to it. I’m on book7. Hope you enjoy it and thanks for coming by Through Raspberry Colored Glasses.

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