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Posted July 5, 2011
This is the first and only book I have ever read by Jim Butcher to date and I loved it. The story was funny, dark yet positive, and overall very intelligently put together. One of the most captivating things about this book/author is that scenes, people, and objects are laid it in such smart detail that it felt as if I was watching a movie of the book in HD with special effects and all. I could literally visualize ever magical event with no difficulty as I read. Excellent story to match too! I really think this book should be made into movies for an adult "Harry Potter" like series; it would be much better. Bucher made a fan out of me.
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Posted June 11, 2014
Another favorite in the Dresden Universe.
*Book source ~ Local library
Due to the War the ranks of the Wardens are stretched thin, so the White Council has been forced to hand Harry a grey cloak. Horror of horrors! Wait, that’s not all the horror in town. SplatterCon!!! is in Chicago and there’s trouble at the horror convention that seems to revolve around Michael Carpenter’s oldest daughter, Molly. Tasked by the Council to investigate dark magic in his town, Molly’s plea for help with her boyfriend’s arrest at SplatterCon!!! and imminent war between the fairy courts, Harry is feeling pulled in too many directions. Will he be able to fulfill his duties as Warden and friend without getting himself or anyone else killed?
My Guest Reviewers:
A ~ my 16-yr-old daughter
T ~ my 14-yr-old son
K ~ my 13-yr-old son
Is it a surprise if I say that we still love this series? Probably not. :D This time the trouble revolves around black magic and its use in Chicago. One of the jobs a Warden must do is track down users of black magic called warlocks and execute them even if they are kids who didn’t know any better. Harry loathes this part of his job and we can understand why. We don’t like it either even though it’s usually something that needs done because the kids are too far gone to be saved. It still sucks. Anyway, the mystery kept us guessing and the phobophages were pretty cool. Everyone liked the description of Arctis Tor, Harry’s replica of Chicago that he calls Little Chicago and A wants to know why Molly doesn’t have the same problem with electronics that Harry does. Hmmm…good question! Everyone also agrees that Charity is one badass and they like her better after this book than they did before. And even though it was hot in this book, T said Harry should always wear his duster. He loves the duster.
Everyone liked the ending with the Council and Harry’s conversation afterwards with Michael.
Also, the entire scene in Arctis Tor.
A said any scene with Michael in it is a good one. Hmmm…someone has a book crush.
Each book it gets harder and harder to pick a favorite, so…
“A bolt of warmth, fierce with joy and pride and gratitude, flashed through me like sudden lightning. I don’t care whose DNA has recombined with whose. When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching-they are your family. And they were my heroes.”
“Molly was arrested. Possession.”
I blinked at him. “She was possessed?”
“Murphy, you rock! Go Team Dresden!”
“Hey, I’m the one who rocks…Go Team Murphy.”
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Posted February 8, 2014
Just as fun, action and humour ridden as so many others in this series. If you love magic, suspense, underdogs, movie monsters, detectives or just a well written tale, this is a great series for you to read. Each book stands strong on its own, but as a series it shines!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted May 9, 2013
Egad! A plot line! It looks like the books are starting to set up another ongoing plot within Dresden's world. Which alters the flow of this book a bit. We hit the action movie moment of the story earlier than we have in the past. So I got this feeling of "Wait, the day is saved, but we still have half a dozen or so chapters to go?". My one worry is that the last ongoing plot that got introduced has been pushed into the background for the past several books. There are hints that that plot and this new one that's getting set up are connected in some way. Still, there's a part of me that's worried about another interesting plot line ending up as little more than background color.
As for the main plot for this and only this book, I'm a little fuzzy. Maybe I missed an important detail. Maybe it was being left a little vague because it's going to tie into a future development in the new ongoing plot. Maybe it was being left open because of the nature of the new supernatural creatures being used. I just didn't get the connection between the monsters and the person supposedly involved in summoning them. I mean, he provided a mastermind in there that could be to blame, but I still didn't get the connection between that guy and the person Harry sends the monsters after.
Still, Harry Dresden vs. the Monsters of Moviedom did have some pretty good moments. Felt a little odd that Butcher has been able to get away with specific brands of sodas, but when he pulls out famous movie monsters, he has to go with knock off names. But he's very good about providing a good enough description so that the reader knows what he's paying homage to every time.
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Posted April 13, 2012
My boss recommended this series to me and got me completely hooked! I am normally a much more supernatural romance girl but Jim Butcher makes up for thhat different with wit action and senual tension :-) picking up the next one nowWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 3, 2012
Paperback/Urban Fantasy: After some slow books in this series, the past two have been great. Like usual, the plot delves into several areas of Harry's world. I really liked the mystery, but I wasn't too crazy about the Fairy Politics. It was a little long, but I really enjoyed it.
Posted March 6, 2011
I am an avid fan of the The Dresden Files, and this book was one of the few that was actually scary. I am not that hard to scare though. It also keeps up the upbeat base of the other novels. In conclusion, I would recommend to fans of comtemporary fantasy to get this on your nookWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted May 14, 2010
when this series was first recommended to me, i was skeptical reading about vampires, but, Jim's characters have an endearing quality that kept me coming back for more in spite of the poor writing style of the first few books. his writing has improved tremendously with these last 2 books in the series and i intend to read the rest. Harry is a wizard who fights vampires, allies with werewolves and solves crime in Chicago of supernatural causes along with Murphy of the police force, who beleives in him. he now is mentoring a young wizard by teaching her the proper use of focus and magic. looking forward to book 9.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.