Tom Recommends: The Dresden Files

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My very first Gabbing Geek column was on urban fantasy.  Anyone who follows that subgenre knows who the 800 pound gorilla is for fans, the one all other urban fantasy characters will be compared to.

That would be Harry Dresden.

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Geek Lit: Among Others

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Over a six month period from late 1979 to early 1980, Morwenna Philips writes about her life in a diary.  She ran away from an insane mother to live with her father, fleeing her home in Wales for the unusual culture clash of an upper-class English household and boarding school.  She barely knows the father who abandoned her when she and her recently deceased twin sister were babies.  The two share a passion for science fiction and fantasy, and little else.

Oh, Morwenna, Mor to her friends (oddly enough, also her late sister’s nickname), believes in magic and fairies.  She claims her mother tried to cast an evil spell and it was stopping her at the behest of the fairies that got her sister killed and permanently damaged her one leg.

Is that the truth?  Jo Walton’s Hugo award winning novel Among Others follows Mor during this period.  Spoilers and a review after the cut.

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