Just got my copy today and whoo... it is going to be a very wild ride. I don't want to spoiler it, but there is an urgency in this book that hasn't been this intense in the previous installments. Harry's world is going to get a lot darker than it's ever been and Jim is not pulling the punches (not that he ever did, but he's got knuckle dusters on this time). I'm finishing up some carpe_ho_ras
tags before I head out to continue reading it; this is likely to be a late night, even though I've got work in the morning. Though I could give him a friendly wedgie for the "please don't feed the shippers" moment in the fifth chapter. And anything with well-placed Stuff Blowing Up as well as a laugh out loud reaction line at the end of the scene has a lot going for it.
Also some changes of my own: after the hair debacle at work, I got my hair cut, so now it's very short at the nape of my neck and tapering forward toward my jaw, somewhat like the Major's hairstyle in any of the incarnations of "Ghost in the Shell" (lacking the pouffy bangs, plus my hair is brown and not stylized purplish-black).
And on my list of "People to Dip in Honey and Throw to the White Court Vampires" is the author of the so-called "humorous" take on vampires "Dracula Was a Racist". I understand those who don't like vampires: that was me some years ago (thanks a lot, Lamer-ique: you know who you are...). However... please to not be mocking otherwise good vamp lit just because of trash like Twhinelite. We don't like it either, but we don't find your condescending attitude funny at all. And no, my sense of humor isn't impaired, I just don't like people being deliberately offensive and dismissing stuff that I like as "appealing to Asian-obsessed nerdom" (this directed at "Hellsing" and "Vampire Hunter D"; and it's people like you who send me right to the anime, since I like my animation with lovely artwork [eg. "Princess Tutu"], plots that challenge your mind [eg. "Evangelion"] and characters whose personalities and relationships tug at your heart [eg. "Yami no Matsuei"]) or calling it "too dense" and making snarky comments about "no one making their way through it" (this directed at "The Historian"). Rrrr... I don't get offensive mockery as humor. It's the second cousin to ethnic/racial/gender-related jokes, except it's not as pinpointed at one specific group. It's the kind of stuff that isn't politically incorrect, but which is definitely manners incorrect. It's different from snark, which is more mischievous and playful as opposed to condescending and nasty.
Well, enough ranting: I got myself a box of Tazo Green Tea Latte concentrate, which is utterly delicious -- and it's great to get green tea that is *GREEN* as opposed to green-tinted amber or pale green. I'm hoping, once I find someone who sells it, to graduate to matcha, or powdered green tea.