This re-read has been a success so far. Weird, but good weird. It was weird revisiting the first three books, which I originally didn’t like enough to continue the series, on audio for the first time. I knew that James Marsters was a huge part of the reason I ended up liking this series so much, but I don’t think I realized just how much until starting this re-read. I liked the first three books more on re-read in large part because I’m invested in this world and these characters now, but it’s also just super fun to listen to James Marsters read me stories. He brings Harry to life.
Which is all just a lead up to me explaining that I’m reading the rest of this series on this re-read in hard copy, because I have OCD and each book has to be read each way at least one time. I did 1-3, 13, and 15 in hard copy the first time around, so they get the audio treatment this time, and vice versa. And I missed the audio SO BAD. I still liked this though, to be clear. In fact, I liked it about the same amount I did as when I read it in 2010.
I still loved the introduction of the Faerie courts, and Harry’s relationship with Toot-toot the fairy. I still liked the way this book inched closer towards expanding Harry’s circle of people he trusts instead of making him continual loner man. I think I actually liked the stuff with the White Council better this time, now that I have a firmer grasp on what their whole deal is. I can’t frickin’ wait for Harry to calm the hell down about women, though. When does that happen again? I feel like it’s not until halfway through the series, at least.
Anyway, it’s been two months since I read this, so more detailed thoughts have escaped me. Maybe I’ll make up for it in the next one, since I didn’t actually write a review for that one the first time through.