VIDEO: The October Daye Series

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For Ursa’s second anniversary, she has absolutely no special guests. Or cameos. Or even cake. But she does have a spoiler-free* review of Seanan McGuire’s October Daye fantasy novel series, about a private investigator named October “Toby” Daye who happens to be a changeling, i.e., half human and half faerie. Ursa delves into the books and draws comparisons between Toby and… John McClane?

[*nothing you wouldn’t read on the back of the first book, anyway…]

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  • danbreunig

    Wow, quite an analysis there, Sursam, especially for a title and/or series I’m not sure I ever even heard of before. I wouldn’t mind giving those a look; and alas, my bookworm days are behind me now–and I still have one more shelf of my own to go through.

    I’m glad to see you and also Full Of Questions bringing book reviews into the mix on this site in addition to the regular film and TV fare. For the record, back in 2006 Albert wrote a review here for Steven Seagal Energy Drinks– so kudos for occasionally mixing it up!

    “I really love stories where gender isn’t an issue.” You and I both–and I’m a guy saying this.

    And I noticed a fib in the description–yes, even guest reviewers’ sets themselves count as cameos! Well, they do when they’re as iconic as the reviewers themselves…

    So…Kansas is big in the U.K.?

    • $36060516

      The Horror Guru has done a few book reviews too (well, comparing the books to the movies)!

      • danbreunig

        I knew I’d mess up somewhere–I know Ursa and FofQ aren’t the only ones with book reviews. And I forgot about the movie-to-book comparisons Guru’s done, so…yeah, thanks for reminding me.

        • $36060516

          Not a big deal at all — just thought of it and dropped the plug as I liked those too.

      • Jason Withrow

        I’m glad Ursa’s format works well with books, and that Horror Guru has found a format that works for him as well! Books sort of stonewall the traditional video review process by their lack of visuals, you can’t even really Linkara-pan across valid sections of the text because the panning would scuttle anyone’s attempts to read? Unless you’re trying to review a series with a bevy of fanart or a visual adaptation, you’re nearly out of luck! Still, I appreciate everyone’s attempts to try find something that works.

    • Jill Bearup

      I don’t…think so? I was trying to think of background music and then I remembered that Seanan McGuire listened to Carry On My Wayward Son quite a lot while writing the series, so it seemed the natural choice. 🙂

  • Thomas Stockel

    Happy 2nd, Ursa! I might give this series a try, seeing as how we have a mutual love of David Weber/Honor Harrington. 🙂

    • Jill Bearup

      Who you will see quite soon indeed! She’s my birthday episode topic.

      • Thomas Stockel

        Awesome! I just checked the latest book out of the library and am devouring it.

  • Mister Shoebox

    I might check this out! Imma big fan of the Dresden Files and Cal Leandros books, and this seems like this is in that same genre! Thankies for bringing this to my attention! 🙂

  • JamSanJose

    Great review! You should do more of these book ones. I read Discount Armageddon last year and it really was enjoyable. Now I’ll have to check out this series, since it’s the same author, and you recommend it.

    • Jill Bearup

      I love Discount Armageddon (my favourite bits are the random quotes from family members at the start of each chapter) though I do love Toby more. 🙂

  • edharris1178

    Awesome stuff, though I’m not sure being better than the writers of the Die Hard sequels is that hard. I’d also love to see more book reviews from you.

    • Jill Bearup

      Thank you! And yes, OK, not that hard, but shhh. 🙂