Changes (Dresden Files Series #12)

Changes (Dresden Files Series #12)

by Jim Butcher
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There has not been a bad Dresden Files book. Which says something because the author has to continually write better to top himself. With "Changes" Jim Butcher points to left field, calls his shot and swings away. Just a monster of a story. Incorporating fever paced emotion and solid suspense Butcher tells the story of Harry Dresden's most spectacular adventure yet. Personally I love the increased role that Mouse plays in this installment. A nice touch. Butcher brings back the core characters from this series and gives them front stage in a story that spans multiple countries and realms. I enjoyed watching as Dresden sees his life turned upside down and still keeps focused on the goal. The author may prefer writing pure sword and sorcery fantasy but this book again shows that he has a serious talent for writing this character. This series is in a league by itself. I hope we see more of Harry Dresden's adventures in the very near future.
harstan More than 1 year ago
To Chicago's only listed wizard Harry Dresden his affair with Susan Rodriguez feels like yesterday and eons ago. They were madly in love until she was assaulted by one of his adversaries Bianca coming after his Achilles' Heel. Susan fled Harry and the States for South America to keep as much of her humanity as possible while struggling with her new needs for blood and a thirst to destroy the Vampiric Red Court whose blood rage Bianca infected in her. However, Susan hid from Harry and the Red Court a tiny secret. Red Court Duchess Arianna Ortega learns that Susan gave birth to Harry's daughter Maggie. The evil vampiress realizes Maggie is an even better tool to destroy her group's greatest foe Dreden whom she holds responsible for her husband's death. She abducts Maggie planning on a ritual sacrifice with a death for a death. A distraught Susan turns to her former lover Harry informing him he has a preadolescent daughter and she has been kidnapped by the Red Court. Raging almost out of control, Harry ignores the White Council of Wizards who would prefer a half-breed to die for the so called better good mentality of maintaining the peace with the vampires who have wrecked South America. He is willing to go dark side to save his offspring's life. Jim Butcher is credible as this time Dresden is saving his child that he never knew existed. Fast-paced, but character driven throughout as the obsessed wizard seems almost over the edge, but long time fans will know his dark jocular asides prove he still is Harry; just with a personal mission. Changes is a great entry as Harry faces fatherhood if he can save his daughter's life from an equally raging vampiress. Harriet Klausner
Music4Chameleons More than 1 year ago
The Kindle version of Changes was just canceled yesterday. It's the same thing that happened to Kim Harrison's latest book. I think the publishers believe they will make more money by forcing people who want the e-book to either buy the hardcover or wait. This is somewhat puzzling since the e-book has no printing, shipping, or stocking costs. I've decided the only way to combat this practice is to wait for the e-book release. I love the Dresden books and I'm disappointed by this decision. I doubt that Jim Butcher had any say-so, it's all on the publisher. Bad Penguin Group, bad. The rating is me just trying to be fair to the author.
IrshLass More than 1 year ago
This book promises CHANGES and boy does Jim Butcher deliver. I found myself, as usual, laughing out loud at many parts of Changes: great snarky conversations, funny imagery, surprising turns of events... but it was the heartbreak and pain that Harry Dresden endures that had me aching. From moment one in this book it is clear that Harry is in for major upheaval and each event you think must surely be the last bit of destruction, the last loss he must endure, something tops it. As always, there are wonderful interactions with some of our favorite supporting characters: tiny but FIERCE Murphy, tragic and dangerous Thomas, Molly, Sanya, and great stuff with Lea, Mouse and of course Susan and Martin. This book is revelation after revelation and is incredibly thrilling. Another must read by Jim Butcher!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book makes me think of the movie The Empire Strikes Back. I was happy, sad, disappointed, and in awe of the things Dresden found out, choices he made, and what happened to him and the people he cared for. My favorite author for a hard-paced fast read, because they are that good.
Mercurial_Golem More than 1 year ago
Big, big fan of the Dresden novels in general. This book left me a little disappointed. Or, it might be that it just left me with a bad taste after the last page of the book. Had I not read that and just waited for the next book to come out I think my review would be better. Interesting happenings with Mouse that could have been further explored. Interesting happenings with Molly that need to be dealt with. Revelation about Harry's family. Thomas got really one dimensional. A lot of interesting reoccuring characters got left out. Relationship with Murphy got stagnant, sort of. A lot happened. I'm not one of those people who has to have a happy story book ending, but an author doesn't always have to deprive the main character of everything, it just gets depressing. Hopefully there will be some bounce back here now that Harry has at one point or another lost everything, including himself, except his friendships. Or perhaps those will be stripped away too... Do I bother reading another one?
Miz_Ellen More than 1 year ago
Jim Butcher, long the master of magical suspense, turns up the heat on his hero Harry Dresden with the very first line: -I answered the phone, and Susan Rodriguez said, "They've taken our daughter."- The rest of the book asks: How much will Harry sacrifice to rescue this daughter he has never met? The answer is everything. The title CHANGES is a clue to the reader of what to expect. All the props and touchstones of Harry's life from the dingy basement apartment, the long leather coat, the battered VW Beetle--everything he has goes on the line and the sacrifices don't stop there. Butcher keeps upping the ante. The vampires holding the little girl are plotting an act of ritual magic so black that the threat embraces both Harry and his half-brother Thomas. The White Council is riven by treachery and dissent. Harry is a man with legendary cards up his sleeve but events force him now to put the whole deck on the table. He's always been at peace with laying down his life for a good cause but giving up his integrity? This is read-until-three-in-the-morning plotting. And it is not until the very last page that Butcher reveals just what a devil's bargain Harry has struck. This is a no spoiler review so I can't say much. I hate how this book ends, but hope this isn't the last word on the subject. The main fault with this book is that it is not self contained. It can't be. Fans of the series will rejoice in the appearance of many of the regulars and one needs to be a fan to catch all the references. But die-hard fans are unlikely to to be content with where Butcher leaves us. This isn't so much a cliff-hanger as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle pushing Sherlock Holmes over the cliff...enough said.
CJPierce More than 1 year ago
I've only read the first four chapters so far, which were released as a preview, but those four chapters promise a book every bit as good as the very best Dresden Files novels. Harry is poised to make a big step forward as a character, and the emotions behind it seem realistic and unforced. The action is already rolling and unlikely to slow down. All in all, it looks a like a must-read for fans of any kind of hard-boiled detective story or urban fantasy series. A stand out in it's genre, Changes looks to drive the series forward and keep it going for many more novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
J. Butcher develops his characters and plot so that you can read any of the Dresden Files books and enjoy it. However, to get a better perspective on all the characters and the continuing story lines, and to get a feel of the growth of Dresden himself, it is best to start with book one and read them sequentially. In the early books Dresden is brash, immature and not very likeable, but he is a product of his childhood. One wonders how he survives his adventures. Yet, he learns from his experiences and from the responsibilities that are thrust upon him and he evolves into a person you really like and want to succeed. J. Butcher does a wonderful job of weaving magic into the world we know. He also has a refreshing philosophical acceptance of religions and magic; weaving them both into significant roles in his stories. 'CHANGES' has wizards, a priest, knights of the cross, vampires, half vampires, fairy creatures, demi-gods, conventional weapons, magic, action, and plans that sometimes work but more often get derailed and require quick thinking and great magical feats to overcome the situation. If you want a fast paced magical fantasy to escape your everyday existence then 'CHANGES' is a good read.
DresdenFan66 More than 1 year ago
The twelfth book in a series, many authors begin to paint themselves into a corner. They play out the character and abuse their allies to the point that each new book has a hard time being fresh. Butcher had done a remarkable job of introducing entirely new storylines, characters and plots that he could have just been dialing in the last few books (and the next couple), but with Changes we finally have some absolute, irreversible (as irreversible as anything in a world where magic exists) CHANGES that may upset a number of long-time fans, but the story is still everything you could want from Harry. In fact, I would argue that this story is the culmination of lot of the texts before it. When we began this journey with Harry, he was still a bit of a young pup. He had few allies in the world and few real friends to call on. Over the course of the past 11 books, he's built a group of friends up, culling favors and trophies and an assortment of marks to call. Well, he calls them all in. And when he does, Butcher delivers a final battle that rivals most in this type of literature. The remarkable thing with "Changes" also is that Butcher has wiped the slate clean a bit. He given himself a decent reason to bring Harry down to the absolute minimum and start an entirely different story arc -- and where he will go with these stories next, I cannot wait to see. "Ghost Stories" (Book 13) is too far away!
blackthorn21 More than 1 year ago
Butcher is one of my favorite authors. He has produced book after book that are all page turners. However, this episode has a Perils of Pauline ending. Some of your favorite characters are left out in the dark. Mister the cat escapes a fire, but then Butcher leaves the poor cat lost, dead or whatever. The great characters of Mouse is left on a boat with Molly, and then left there. Michael is lost and forgotten as if dead. Michael would make an appearance because his daughter was in super danger. Harry is homeless, losing a great and somewhat safe house, his workshop, and a very dangerous coin. He lost his landlady, a cool character. Finally he is now the Winter Knight, as he murdered the previous Winter Knight....There was just too much left untold. Butcher better hurry up with the next book. I can hardly wait for Christmas.
TheArchive More than 1 year ago
Jim Butcher has, book after book, enthralled his readers. This is another great installment of Harry Dresden. I must say this is the first time in the series that Butcher has left you hanging at the end of the book. I am longingly looking forward to reading the next book.
ElGuapo More than 1 year ago
A great read. More of what you love of the series with hints of even more delicious story to come. If you have ever been to the actual site which serves as the locale for the last few chapters, it makes it all the better.
Abbyloudaisy More than 1 year ago
I started reading the Dresden Files after reading "It's My Birthday, Too" last year. I love Harry's character! The plots are well-concieved, organized, and cohesive throughout the series. Butcher does an excellent job of maintaining the reality he established in the first book and remaining consistent to previous established characters and mythology. Harry is well-written, snarky, witty, and the consumate tragic hero. He understands and challenges his own flaws throughout the whole series. Harry constantly fights his inner demons to be the champion he feels he should be. To quote Peter Parker, "With great power comes great responsibility," and Harry knows this and lives this. "Changes" picks up the series with the remarkable opening of "I answered the phone, and Susan Rodriguez said, 'They've taken our daughter'." From that moment forth, the drama is intense. Plot points are continued and expounded upon from "Death Masks". Harry's struggle protecting his small family, "his blood" and the darkness it brings out in him is the centerpoint of the plot. If you are familiar to the series, you know that Harry struggles with his abandonment issues of growing up an orphan. This is compounded by his love for Susan. Answers to previous presented plot twists and questions are revealed, as well as a big bang of a question caps off the book. I highly recommend this book to any and all of the Dresden Files fan base. To anyone who has not yet indulged in the world of Harry Dresden, the only professional wizard in the Chicago phonebook, I recommend starting today with Storm Front. You won't regret reading Harry's witty repartee and seeing the world through his eyes.
kaycashman More than 1 year ago
I began reading the Dresden series right after JK Rowling published her seventh and last book in the Harry Potter series. I was looking for something to replace it. Jim Butcher's Dresden series fit the bill. His latest book was fast-paced, riveting to the point I finished it in one sitting. And then read it again a second time. I love Butcher's treatment of the subject of magic, of where it comes from, what it does. It's part of what makes his books seem so real and yet fantastical. The ending of "Changes" worries me a bit. I hope he isn't tiring of writing this series because I and my grandson are not tired of reading it. If you like "Changes," I suggest reading the entire series, starting with Book One -- AND renting or buying the one-season television series by the ScyFY (sp?) channel that was based on the book. I'm a journalist, so I realize this is more of a recommendation than a book review, but it's all I have time for. If you liked Harry Potter, you will like the Dresden series. Isn't it worth a try? After all, "Changes" in number 12 in the series. Think of all that great reading you have ahead of you!
DesertLizzie More than 1 year ago
I have not reviewed any of the other books in this series but I have loved every one of them. I started reading them at the suggestion of a co-worker who had the first four books in the series. I was instantly hooked by the characters and the amazing world that Jim Butcher has created. I enjoy revisiting characters from previous books and love the way they move in and out of Dresden's life. This book is no different, but Mr. Butcher has moved beyond regular series authorship into a whole new level. This installment is bold and gritty. The title seemed, at first, to be a bit of a snoozer, but it didn't take long for me to get the irony of it. When Jim Butcher decides to clean house he does it with a vengence. As always the dialogue is witty and interesting. As always the characters are fully developed and real feeling. And again - as always - I found myself upset that the book was over. One more thing: as a veteran reader of The Dresden Files series of books I have to say that I am impressed that the author has grown with his writing experience. Storm Front was a great read, but if you compare the writing of that book to this one you can see the maturity of the writer. Ok - one final thing, I promise: I hate fight scenes! With a passion!! Except for anything Jim Butcher writes. I can't explain it, but he does it so well and I find myself picturing exactly what's going on in my head as something more than fighting - it's a magical dance and is so interesting that I love the fight scenes every bit as much as I love the quick humor of the book. Very well done Mr. Butcher! I can't wait for the next one!!
Cliendorie More than 1 year ago
The books brings several long time elements together to be a turing point in Dresden's life. His personal past, Winter Queen, Red Vamps, Molly and more are all there complicating his life as usual. Most of the twists are predictable given the characters. Final part of the end is disappointing because it feels like a cop out. No this this not a happy ending story - nor could it be. But a 1940 matinee cliffhanger is just not appropriate. The ironic twist would have just stopped a page earlier with him waiting for Murphy. One of the best endings of an erieir books was meeting with the Were's and playing DnD and stating he just wanted to play a dumb barbarian fighter...that I could emphaise with. This resolves some majr issues and refines the relationship with Mcoy, but I am unsatified. More or less just would have been better.
smanke More than 1 year ago
Fans of The Dresden Files have a new adventure in their hands. April 6th was the release for book 12 of the series chronicling the supernatural exploits of wizard and private detective, Harry Dresden. Dresden is the worlds only publicly practicing Wizard. Don't believe it? It says it right there on his business card. But while earlier books were more centered on cases brought to him as a private investigator, Changes is entirely focused on Harry's personal life. The Dresden Files has been one wild adventure after another. Vampires, trolls, werewolves, wizards, fairies, and all manner of mystical beings congregate around modern day Chicago. And where supernatural forces frolic, supernatural bedlam often ensues. And over the years Dresden has made powerful friends and even more powerful enemies. This time around Harry's personal life catches up with him. And in the course of the tale, author Jim Butcher does an amazing job of pulling in characters from novels past and linking them all into a potent and action packed crusade that will change the future of the Dresden character forever. Every previous book literally brought Dresden to the events detailed in this book and the consequences of this edition threaten to have far-reaching ramifications. It's hard to review the story without giving away twists or turns critical along the way. It's impossible to mention the peripheral characters that come into play without giving away information that is key to the resolution of the story. I consider this a mark of the true craftsmanship that Jim Butcher employs when telling his tales. The characters are compelling and long lasting as they are developed further from one book to the next. Later books directly reference the outcome of events that were important in earlier books and surprisingly consequential in continuing storylines. Without giving anything away, its safe to say that book 12 is an amazing work of fiction that was nearly impossible to put down. The mythology of Dresden's world is compelling. The writing throughout the series is consistent and has all led up to what happens in this book. Changes proved to be a great addition to the series and, much more than past release, really leaves the reader anxious for book 13. And there is good news on that front as Side Job, book 13, is scheduled for release in November of 2010. Its unusual for Butcher to release two Dresden books in the same year. But with the recent conclusion of his Codex Alera series it seems he has dedicated his creativity fully on Harry Dresden. As an aside, those not familiar with the Codex Alera works, the 6 novels comprise a mind-blowing work of fiction in their own right. The Dresden Files is a series of stories told from the first person perspective of Harry Dresden himself. Due to the craftsmanship of Butcher's work, it's crucial to read the books chronologically in order to truly appreciate the development of the character and his history. Each book builds on the characters and events that came before it. And the history of the series makes for an interesting and exciting journey. I have never regretted starting Storm Front, book one, less than two years ago and I anxiously anticipate the release of Side Jobs, book 13 in November.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is as good as his last 11 were. I care about harry Dresden, and what happens to him. The character of mouse is funny, and so true of dogs. His cop friend is lovable in her own right. Jim can diffently write funny. I laughed out loud, when reading Changes, which I dont normaly do. I could not put the book down, it was so good. It is like the X files meets the fantacy novels. It is amazing to me how much dresden gets hurt, in this book, and still comes back for more. He is deffintly a super hero. The end is a suprise ending, that makes you wonder what is going to happen in his next book. The only crequ I would give Jim Butcher is his rudentness in the book, that he says in all the other books. Im looking forward to reading the next Dresden files book. I am sure it will be just as great as his twelve other ones have been.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely the best in the series. If you like fantasy at all the series is wonderful, but this one in particular is the best of all of them. It made me laugh out loud as well as cry. I pumped my fists in the air in triumph and it left me wanting more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While watching the sadly short lived series on SciFi, I checked out the books and got totally hooked! Every time a new book is coming out i read the books over again, that's how much I love this series. This series is wonderful. They are so well written, the characters and plots original and give me everything I want in a book - I laugh, cry, am excited, can't wait to read the next page and think about the books before during and after reading them. This book was no exception. All I can say is please Jim Butcher hurry with the next Dresden book!
IlikeJims More than 1 year ago
I have to admit, this is the first book I've ever had listed on my calendar of things to remember. I wanted to make sure that I got it as soon as possible and shelled out the $20 bucks GLADLY! As a professional penny-pincher, this is telling. I COULD NOT wait for the paperback, library, etc. I caught myself reading the book in the parking lot when I just wanted to see the first page, really! I LOVED THIS BOOK. I ended up reading it until I finished at 4am. I wanted NOT to read it through. I wanted to SAVOR it over 2 days at least, but my fingers just kept turning the pages with a will of their own. And just as it was wrapping up and I was thinking that Harry was going to be OK afterall, I turn the last page and just LOST MY BREATH! Shock! JIM!!! What the? I remember in a blog, you said you had to deliver the goods at the end and make the reader happy if you wanted to be a successful author. JIM!! You FREAKED me out! I was up until at least 5am with my thoughts swirling, wondering what the heck you were thinking of now? Where was this going and WHEN IS THE NEXT BOOK???!?!?!?! I already DYING here! How long are you going to make us wait? This book really is about changes and Jim pulled together a LOT of strings together for a better glimpse of the big picture that I KNOW is out there. It was wonderful! I laughed out loud, I cried and had a great time rooting on Harry and his friends (and enemies!). THANKS JIM! (If you need to read more Jim Butcher, I recommend his Alera series. As I absolutely love the Dresden series, I admit, I was afraid to try the Alera series, but after about 20 pages, I was able to adjust to this whole new world and enjoyed it immensely! What a ride!)
JRick More than 1 year ago
Few authors take such delight in what they put their charactor and their fans thru like Jim Butcher. If your new to the series you need to pickup the other books...... Not because you have to to follow along (JB gives enough detail to catch you up), but because you will want to learn in full detail the events leading up to the cliffhanger ending of this book. If knowing something and giving vague answers is like heroin for a wizard, then The Dresden Files is the literary equivalent.
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