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The eagerly awaited new novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Dresden Files series.

When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin.

But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who...

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Overview

The eagerly awaited new novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Dresden Files series.

When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin.

But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own.

To save his friends-and his own soul-Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic...

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When last seen, wizard detective Harry Dresden was in a most unenviable position: he was dead. This predicament, not to mention the loss of his magic, doesn't however deter our hero from overcoming his enemies in the Windy City. Fantasy noir suspense of the highest order. Bound to be a bestseller.

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Butcher's 13th supernatural crime novel featuring Chicago-based wizard Harry Dresden (after 2010's Changes) is less accessible to newcomers than many of its predecessors, though longtime fans will be gratified. The current volume opens with Dresden in a limbo-like state, after "a long, long day, battling the forces of evil, destroying the Red Court utterly, rescuing my daughter and murdering her mother—oh, and getting shot to death." Police captain Collin J. Murphy, the late father of Dresden's longtime ally Karrin, explains that an "irregularity" with Dresden's death requires him to go back to Chicago to solve his own murder. Dresden obligingly returns to the world he'd just left, experiencing a steep learning curve as he adjusts to his incorporeal state. The usual plot twists and high-stakes combat with an assortment of supernatural beings ought to hold Butcher's fans for another year. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451463791
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/26/2011
  • Series: Dresden Files Series , #13
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Butcher

A martial arts enthusiast whose resume includes a long list of skills rendered obsolete at least two hundred years ago, Jim Butcher turned to writing as a career because anything else probably would have driven him insane. He lives with his wife, his son and a ferocious guard dog.

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  • Posted June 4, 2011

    To The Book People!

    Stars & stones (to borrow from Harry)! Not to offend anyone but this is to rate and review the BOOK not the prices. They have a link where you can log complaints and that will probably get you a lot better success than posting here. Not to offend, just simple truth.

    So, as to the book series...AWESOME!! I love Harry, his dry sense of humor, how he always falls into the hardest situations no matter how small they seem to be and how he handles it and never gives up. I am going crazy waiting for this book to come out. I've been an avid fan of this series ane they only keep getting better and better. Very few authors can carry off such a long series without people getting bored with the story but not this series, just better and better! Hurry up July!!

    53 out of 65 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2011

    holy bejeebus!

    ive read the first chapter off of penguins website and holy jeebus is it great! It starts with a bang and can only get better from there! five stars!

    32 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2011

    Negative Reviews are NOT the way to protest Nook Prices!!!

    While I understand the frustration about the prices of the Nook Books please stop giving the actual books negative reviews because of it! Makes no sense and the books rating should not have to suffer for it. I'll give it a 5 star rating even though I haven't read it to counter some of the "bad reviews".

    20 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2011

    WOW - Consequences of Changes come home to roost.

    I managed to buy a copy of this book four days early and finished it in one sitting. I will do my best to not give out any spoilers. Harry still can't catch a break. He is just an incorporeal soul without a body who must go back to solve his own murder. To make matters worse, he is told that if he can not do this, three of his closest friends will be hurt horribly. Harry sets off with no body and no magic to unravel the mystery. We meet old friends and old enemies, angels, wraiths and other assorted baddies. (One problem, Thomas does not get enough page time.) Harry also learns how big of a shadow he casts over Chicago and just how important he was to the friends around him. This book is not exactly "newbie" friendly. If you are new to the series, you really should read the others of the series first. I highly recommend this book

    17 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2011

    READ THIS BOOK!! Literate adventurers will NOT be disappointed!

    True escapism occurs in the mind! Jim Butcher has given us perhaps the most creative, imaginative and intriguing world to plunge ourselves into since we went to Mordor and beyond! As a literal world traveller, time spent on planes, trains and buses can be absolutely gruelling. The writing in this series is so adventurous, compelling and humorous that it actually provides comfort during uncomfortable times. The literature is what it is all about! Harry rules! I am in love with Murphy and I really need to meet Mouse! Jim's writing allows me to see them and know them clearly and vividly! Rock on True Believer! Oh yes, for those dweebs whining about the prices, SHUT UP! Tech costs! Literature Costs! If you don't like, give back and whine in your own soup so the rest of us do not have to listen to your drival!!

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 6, 2011

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    Love the series

    I lucked into the Dresden Files by mistake. Now, I calendar the release date for each new installment. "Ghost Story" carries on the excellent story telling of Jim Butcher. As odd as it sounds, with Harry being dead, this book is a little less dark than some of the recent ones. We discover, as does Harry, how the other side sees our world. And it is, at times, funny in a way that only the Dresden Files can do "funny as dead". The characters are the same but there is a shift in who takes the lead with Butters and Molly (and a couple of new ones) having significant roles. I don't do synopsis of a book because you can get that anywhere and because I don't like spoilers. As a ghost, Harry has to contend with not being able to be seen or heard, an inability to touch or be touch, and the usual evil-ness that seems to inhabit the areas near him. Because the characters have changed, even in the 6-month-book-world of "Ghost Story", the series MUST be read in order to get full enjoyment. And, as always, Butcher ends with a cliffhanger, not a cheesy old Saturday serial one, but one that lets him segue into the next book. There is so much that can be said about the Dresden Files, but only one thing matters. You need to read them.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2011

    Must Read: keeps you glued to the book.

    Dresden Files are always great for taking you into another world. I never want to put my Dresden file down and I'm anxious to get the nest installment. This is great mystery, action, suspense, magic; Complete with tragic hero.

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2011

    Weak Entry to an Excellent Series

    This is the weakest entry to the Dresden Files series since books one and two. The excessive amount of angst distracted from the plot, the female characters were seemingly totally lost without Dresden in their lives, and the entire thing came off as written by an emo teenager.

    The last hundred pages or so improved sharply, but I still came away greatly disappointed in the story and characterization. "Improving at the end" should not have had to happen.

    I'll keep reading the series after this-- but I seriously doubt that I will re-read this particular entry.

    7 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2011

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    Another Great Story . . .

    Picks up up right where we left Harry . . . Dead. Fast paced and witty, with Harry's iconic one-liner's. Read it in a day and a half. Already looking forward to #14 . . .

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2011

    You can skip this one

    I read all the Dresden files about once a year. So I have read them 5 or 6 times. I love the series. However, I was very disapointed with this book. You can safely skip this book and go on to the next without missing anything. It was B.S.

    6 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2011

    Must read

    I am a long time fan of the Dresden series, therefore i purchased my book as soon as i was able to (12:20am EST to those who care).

    All I can say, was that the delayed release was well worth it. The book is amazing and far exceeded my expectations. I don't want to give any spoilers so I'll just say that this kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time i was reading it. Fans of the Dresden series will LOVE this book

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2011

    Really starting to dislike this series.

    After 12 previous books this series is starting to seem like the author wanted to be a superhero so wrote a book about himself as he would like to be. And how many times can you reference other people's content. On one and a half pages we get to hear about Iron Man, Iron Fist, Silver Surfer, Green Lantern, Knight Rider, and the list goes on. Then we get to hear the whole Grasshopper thing for Harry's apprentice, and a Star Wars quote by someone every other paragraph. WE GET IT! The author likes Star Wars and comic books and so do most of the readers but that doesn't mean you have to use the same hook every freaking paragraph. Maybe describe things on your own instead of having to fall back on calling someone bald saying they have a "full on Charles Xavior".

    The story itself is interesting, I like the idea but the series has become just the same kind of one liners repeated again and again so reading this book is like trying to watch an interesting movie but every two minutes someone interrupts it. Good movie but an annoying time trying to watch it. And that sucks because I really liked this series when it first came out but between 2 million comic and movie references and Harry stopping to talk about how noble he is but being sure to add that he isn't noble (fishing for compliments anyone) and then hearing about how tough Murphy is "for being a tiny blonde woman" over and over again just ruins the book, at least for me. The series seems to be turning into the novel equivalent of a bad stand-up comedian who keeps yelling out the name of the city he is in or the resident sports team just to get cheap cheers. If the things I have mentioned in this review don't bother you and you have liked the series so far then you will probably like this book a lot. If you are also annoyed by the things I have mentioned then this is the worst of the Dresden Files books so far just because of the constant repetition and hooks being bashed into your face again and again.

    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 4, 2011

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    A necessary evil

    It gets you from point A, where the last book ended, to point B, where the next book begins. Without spoilers, let's just say it clears up a pesky problem. There are some very good parts...and a lot of bad. This is the only Dresden Files book I did not enjoy.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2011

    Worst of the series

    The majority of the book is Harry's internal monologue and it goes on, an on, and on... Plus you can see the "surprise" coming from a mile away.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2011

    Was this book necessary?

    After the great novel and cliff hanger ending of changes i feel this book left much to be desired. While it was entertaining i dont really see how it developed dresden's character. The ending of ghost story could have been written as the ending of changes since dresden is inevitably left in the same predicament he had gotten himself into through changes. While the characters of mort and molly develop significantly the same development could have taken place in a story that developed dresdens character further. Coming off my favorite book in the series, changes, ghost story did disappoint a bit. Perhaps i will reread in some time and be more open to what this book offers, but for now this is my review.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2011

    Ratings

    I'm going to agree with Arcadia on this. Please don't give a book bad reviews because you don't like the price. After all, there are so many Free and low priced books they have to offer as well. Nobody likes high prices, but leave that for another discussion.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

    Dresden rules!

    I love all the Dresden books. I can wait to read this one. Dresde has brought me and my teenage boy closer together. We have reading wars to try to spoil the plot fornthe other. It's a lot of fun. He'll be like Mom have you gotten to the part where this or that happens to Harry? I usually answer and reveal the next perdicament Harry gets into. I am finding it hard to wait till July 26th!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

    Tick, tock...waiting for midnight!

    I'm a huge fan of the Dresden Files and I'm sincerely hoping that the 7/26/11 ebook release date takes effect at midnight! 2.75 hours to go!
    ...and, if it doesn't go on sale until the start of business tomorrow, I guess I'll just have to have one more night of good rest until I get my hands on my favorite page-turner of a series tomorrow.
    Has it really only been 13 novels? I feel like I've been with Harry through so much more than thirteen novels could contain.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2011

    SAY WHAT

    How is it Butchers fault what BN charges for a book,,, cmon leave him and others alone.. Im giving him a 5 stars. Ive never read one of his books. not my cup of tea...

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2012

    Left more questions than answers!

    Ghost Story provides a small token of relief from the craptastic ending that is Changes-but then Jim Butcher remembered that he totally hates Harry Dresden and provided a rich story that left even more questions and doubt in the minds of loyal fans everywhere. The only question is, when is the next one coming out?

    Damn you, Jim Butcher.
    Damn you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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