oh, I know! and it's as good an excuse for pseudo-Latin incantations as I've seen offered. it just, as I said about fuego, annoys me on a spiritual Latin-nerd level. :P I'm not sure he's entirely convinced he's cool? like that's one of those Adorable Squishy things, he is such a dork and reasonably self-aware about it. he isn't like, "yeah I'm a dork lol," but he also doesn't really seem to buy the coolness he's selling? doesn't take himself seriously, I mean. he would be really irritating if he did, tbh. DOES ANYONE HAVE QUALITY FIC RECS BY THE BY Spoiler yeah! honestly at this point I'm just "GIMME MORE FUCKIN' OUTSIDERS, DAMMIT." a good plothook, and the Gatekeeper is also a good, and god damn you Harry cut this "character interaction" shit and go fight some eldritch abominations. (I really love the character interaction too though, so. shrug?) further plothooks I wish to see pursued include the British dude in Demonwatch* and Molly as Maeve 2.0. it was really aggravating to have happily pursued the plot through 10+ books and then run up against the last-book wall. I am impatient. also re: Summer/Winter, I have been spoiled by Terry Pratchett (Wintersmith) and Susanna Clarke (Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell) as to dangers-of-Summer and faeries-aren't-evil-just-inhuman-and-terrifying, respectively, and I resent all failures to live up to their very high standards. :P *which reminds me of "Parkour." fuckin just. "Parkour!" Harry never change I still haven't gotten over this it is the single most quality and OP thing ever and. also, speaking of, I appreciate Butcher's willingness to tango with Christianity (maybe all the Abrahamic religions? I know the Gatekeeper is Muslim, but I'm not sure if the "White God" (snerk) is just the Christian one, or Allah and Yahweh too) in a supernatural setting. I spent a couple books going, "is he going to do this?? is he really going to do this???" and I can still hear conservatives screaming somewhere. :P just the. fuckin' mantle, man. I appreciate his complex and ongoing struggle against it, Spoiler and I'm still amazed he assassinated himself over it oh my God but he doesn't fucking need it, even. he feels guilty about all his boners, and there are more than plenty of those naturally occurring, because apparently in Harry-land "anything vaguely sexy" = GIANT FUCKING BONER, and he has that emotional-connection-before-sex-thing, which is sweet and all but apparently makes him feel guilty whenever he's aroused?? idk. and I am still baffled by the fact that his Approved Method For Dealing With All Boners is ignoring and/or cold-showering, which seems. possibly unhelpful in the long term? but. I have read Side Jobs (it's the only one I actually own :P) and, honestly, I've stopped paying attention to villainess descriptions at this point, because they're all Tall and Sexy, with inconsequential variations in hair and eye color. right?? right??? Harry, cut the "men aren't as much of a distraction" shit and go and smooch a guy, I know you want to, the only person you're fooling is yourself and that's because you're an idiot I mean, he's not homophobic or anything, like explicitly not homophobic, but I don't think it helps that he doesn't know bisexuality is a Thing? a Thing for people who are not sexy villainesses and/or succubi or-Murphy-but-he-is-going-to-ignore-that-because-it-does-not-fit-his-paradigm, I mean. it would probably help if he knew some bi humans kinda j chillin.'