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Posted May 15, 2010
Loved this episode
Stumbled across Turn Coat two months ago and I've been voraciously consuming the series on audiobook ever since. Dresden is one of the more interesting characters ever devised in this genre (Gandalf meets Sam Spade with a huge dose of wise-ass) and James Marsters was the perfect choice as a reader for the series (as good, for example, as Patrick Tull was for the Patrick O'Brien Aubrey-Maturin novels). Although I've enjoyed all of the Dresden Files books immensely, this episode is among my favorite. Why? Well, it brings us Mouse, explains the Thomas-Harry relationship, gives us a glimpse into the Murphy family, and reveals what a cold monster Papa Wraith really is.
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Posted May 18, 2010
Posted June 17, 2014
Awesome twists, turns and character development
There was a lot more to this book than any of the others so far. It had the funniest opening up to this point, the biggest character development for several main characters, and a lot of action. Awesome book. Well worth staying up until 2:30 in the morning to finish.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 14, 2014
Oh, Harry, how we love thee. *Book source ~ Purchased at Audibl
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*Book source ~ Purchased at Audible
Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only wizard and a private investigator, agrees to take a job recommended to him by White Court vampire Thomas Wraith. Arturo Genosa, film producer, appears to be targeted by an entropy curse and Thomas would like for Harry to protect Arturo & the people on the set and find out who is behind the curse. Since Thomas had helped Harry rescue a litter of Tibetian Temple puppies from a pretty dicey situation, Harry agrees to look into it. Little did he know he would end up with a puppy, working on the set of a porn film and getting in the middle of White Court vampire politics. Some days he really shouldn’t leave his apartment.
A ~ my 16-yr-old daughter
T ~ my 14-yr-old son
K ~ my 13-yr-old son
I think, by far, the most favorite addition to the growing cast in the Dresden Universe is Mouse the puppy. Everyone loves him. There’s news about Thomas that was a surprise, but everyone cautiously likes, Ebenezer and Kincaid are back and still favorites though Kincaid is a mystery that needs solving and Anna particularly liked meeting Murphy’s family though no one liked her sister. They thought it was interesting to see Thomas’s Hunger and the whole bit in the picture gallery was a big surprise.
The fight with the Black Court vampires was a hit and we thought the part where Murphy had to take her pants off was funny. It really is. You’ll see. A & T did not like what happened to Harry during the fight (his injury), but K did. When asked why his reply was: “It looks cool and I know what happens in future books.” Well, ok then. :D
A ~ meeting Mouse or any part with Kincaid in it. (Hmmm…)
T ~ the conclusions to any and all fights
K ~ when Trixie died because she was really annoying
Favorite quotes has a tie:
“Everyone stopped to blink at that for a second. I mean, come on. Impaled by a guided frozen turkey missile. Even by the standards of the quasi-immortal creatures of the night, that ain’t something you see twice. “For my next trick," I panted into the startled silence, ‘anvils.”
“An errand is getting a tank of gas or picking up a carton of milk or something. It is not getting chased by flying purple pyromaniac gorillas hurling incendiary poo!” ~ Thomas
Posted August 20, 2013
In Blood Rites , the sixth book of The Dresden Files
In <i>Blood Rites</i>Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
, the sixth book of <i>The Dresden Files</i>
series of urban fantasy books by Jim Butcher, more of Harry's back story is delved into. Of note is that this is different from many times a character's back story is explained in the course of a series in that usually the character him or herself knows their own history well. Harry, at least for the parts about any family he may or may not have, <i>doesn't</i>
know his own history.
As the story begins, White Court Vampire Thomas Raith, sometimes ally of Harry and his friends, has accompanied Harry on a mission (okay, so Harry tricked him into it). After they successfully escape the bad guys, Thomas asks Harry to help a friend of his, Arturo Genosa. From there on, this story's (and Butcher's) trademark of hilarity, danger, and suspense goes on a roll.
As he takes on the mission of saving several women who have been marked for death by some paranormal nasties, Harry discovers that Thomas and him have a connection that changes everything about how he viewed the world and his lonely place in it.
This was a fast-paced, but albeit <i>different</i>
book. It had two concurrent plot lines. One of them was the main story about the mystery and vagaries of Arturo and House Raith, while the other one involved a battle against the Black Court Vampires (think Dracula or Nosferatu), and the various fallout and revelations therein, especially about Dresden's idol, mentor, and father figure Ebenezar McCoy. Something similar occurred in the fifth book, but not to this extent. That book's plot line of a duel with a Red Court vampire was very much a subplot. Here, the battle against this other vampire court took up quite a bit more of the book, in an effort to set up the plot for future books.
The part I liked best about this was that, with the exception of some of the Harry/McCoy story, and some of Murphy's emotional strains, this was a story in the series with a reasonably <i>happy</i>
ending. For this reason, like I did with <i>Summer Knight</i>
, I enjoyed this one.
Another part I liked was that I got to know more of Harry's history. Sure, having less of an air of “mystery” to a character can be a bad thing at times, but not when the author handles any reveals so skillfully, as Butcher did here. We learn about the history alongside of Harry on a way that sets up future plots. Butcher did a fantastic job here.
I suppose that the one thing I didn't enjoy was the vagueness of some of the details, such as Harry's mom's actions in the past that set up the novel's main plot, and so on. But that is a small quibble to have.
Jim Butcher has delivered yet another fantastic page-turner that I heartily urge folks to read.
Posted February 16, 2013
My favorite Dresden book so far!!
This has been my favorite Dresden book so far! Many questions were answered & additional information on the world & life of Harry Dresden comes to light.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted February 25, 2012
Dresden Files are always a sure thing
Every book in this series is excellent, and Blood Rites is no exception. Jim Butcher knows how to mix action and humor, and while the premise of the book starts off innocent enough (by Dresden standards, anyway), by the end you can't help but be ensnared by Harry's problems. Blood Rites is not my favorite of the series so far, but it's still a great book and a fun read. I always recommend any of the Dresden Files books, and I feel that the series as a whole just keeps getting better.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 11, 2012
great Butcher spins
As usual Jim Butcher keeps you guessing and spinning in this tale of of intrigue and family background. How does Dresden mannage to survive all the suspence and tragic happenings in his life?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 29, 2011
My favorite (so far) of the series
This was perhaps the wittiest of all the Harry Dresden books. It kept me laughing out loud at some of Harry's antics and comments. Don't get me wrong, it's a great story and I loved the plot, but it was a good funny read. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves Harry as much as I do!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted January 4, 2011
Another book in the Dresden series. Like the others, this does not disappoint. In the 6th book Dresden is asked to get involved in a case by the vampire Thomas. He is going to help stop a curse that is killing off people around an adult film director. At the same time Dresden is also looking for a nest of Black Court Vampires. Even though the book is very long, the fast passed action draws you in and before you know it the story is over. The beginning of the story opens up with monkey like demons throwing piles of flaming toxic poo at Dresden as he rescues a set of dogs that were descended from the Tibetan Foo Dogs. I love how you are drawn into a story part way through. It shows how Dresden's life continues, even when we are not reading his story. I look forward to finishing this series.
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Posted September 8, 2010
The story of Harry Dresden continues
Harry Dresden, the only wizard to advertise his services in the yellow pages, begins this story with a small "errand". Soon after, one of the most colorful and explosive phrases ever written will be forever etched in your memory, and the introduction of one of the most endearing characters in the Dresden Files will be made. Jim Butcher excels at creating page turning antics, followed up by Harry's sarcastic wit. This story reveals yet even more about Harry's past, and a family he never knew he had.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The Dresden Files are worth reading over and over again, and Blood Rites is an adventure that will not disappoint.
Posted May 8, 2010
The sixth book of the Dresden files series doesn't disappoint. I've come to expect fun, fast-paced and interested stories from Jim Butcher and this is just that. It helps, greatly, to have read the previous ones, but I think you could jump into the series with this book. However, why would you want to? And miss out on all that came before? Don't cheat yourself. Start with Storm Front. You won't be sorry.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 21, 2010
WISH THERE WERE MORE AUDIO!
A great book in the series. Wonderful narration--the whole series should be narrated. Half of the series is but some are missing! Very interesting book with great characters!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.