Saturday, March 15, 2014

Fire & Ash

There's nothing like finishing a series you have loved. I always feel adrift and need to read a palate-cleansing book, something like a professional development textbook, to prepare me to enter a world different from the world I've been enjoying. I feel really fortunate to have discovered Jonathan Maberry's Benny Imura series after they all have been published, so I could plow through them. I loved watch this group of teenagers mature, be challenged, and save the world.

When reading a series, I have to wonder if the entire thing was plotted out in advance. Did Maberry always plan to have Benny mature from a lazy, whiny goofball to a genuine samurai? I tend to like the villains in novels, but with this series, I loved them all and all the shades of morality that they represent.

I don't want to give any spoilers because these four long books are an investment and it would be a shame to spoil that for others. I will say that I am so excited to learn that there is an entire series based on Joe Ledger, one of my favorite characters from these books. So, I guess I don't have to cleanse my palate quite yet!

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