Skin Game (Dresden Files Series #15)

Skin Game (Dresden Files Series #15)

by Jim Butcher
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderfully entertaining page-turner as usual from Mr. Butcher!! I enjoyed the book and am looking forward to the next installment already :). That said, it's a pity the rating has some low stars due to some electronic pre-order issues... the issues were certainly not the author's fault and thusly shouldn't earn 1-star ratings. Regardless, I greatly enjoyed another romp in Harry Dresden's world.
XXXOOOBookwormOOOXXX More than 1 year ago
This book was really exciting, gripping, and a true nail biter. I wasn't sure where Butcher planned to go with this one putting Nicodemus front and center. Either we'd finish the book with a better understanding of the character (potentially liking him more) or we'd see Harry do away with him once and for all. He is definitely a character you love to hate. Harry, as part of his duty as Winter Knight, is required to work with an old enemy, Nicholas Archleone, the chief Knight of the Blackened Denarius. Sure, it's a set-up that's been used time and again in fiction and film, but Jim Butcher is, in my mind, very good at taking tropes and running with them, in making them fun to read even though you know you've read something very much like them before. So Harry and Nicholas and assorted allies of dubious loyalty are going to break into Hades's vault and steal an item Nicholas is particularly interested in. Nicholas has the assault fairly well planned out and has recruited each ally based on his or her special skills. We've met some of the allies before, and others are new (a few may become recurring characters in the series at some point in the future).  If you have gotten to this point in the series, you probably like these books anyway and would read this one, regardless. (That happens to describe me.) If you're new to the series, you'd be better off starting with volume 1 (Storm Front). If you lost interest somewhere along the way, this book probably won't change your mind, although I think this happens to be one of the better books in the series (but you would need to read all of the books to understand all the details).  
Robotica83 More than 1 year ago
Butcher's writing has become better over the years. He still delivers a ton of action, but has the maturity of the whole series behind him now, allowing him to explore darker avenues in his world and plenty of moral ambiguity to his main characters. I love how the storyline continues to keep us guessing and throwing surprises despite having seen so much already. Introduction of one awesome new character in this book and some cool new things from our old loved characters. Did well moving the plot toward our next volume. Can't wait to see what comes next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another masterpiece by Jim Butcher.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great one for us Dresden fans! I don't think I'll ever get tired of this series. The writing is crisp, the twists come, and the storyline is sharp. Thanks again Jim Butcher! And btw, I think I may have been the only person with no preorder problem. It worked out fine for me.
BC1130 More than 1 year ago
I loved every page, every word of this book! I didn't think Jim Butcher could write anything to top Cold Days but he did it!  He had my stomach tied in knots with suspense and he effectively had me teary eyed and wiping my eyes to keep reading the heart wrenching scenes. I know I will be rereading it several times between now and when the next one comes out.  I just hope he HURRIES with it and doesn't make us wait a year and a half! I want to address the people who put negative ratings on the book just because they are upset with B&N.   It lowers the average rating. That is unfair to the book and author. 
dfuf More than 1 year ago
Parkour with snark.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read every book of this series and enjoyed them, the books keep getting better and my only complaint, is having to wait for the next for the next one :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent addition to a great series
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Dax01 More than 1 year ago
I have been a long time reader of the Dresden files, and this doesn't disappoint. The only downside is that Harry seems to be a bit less powerful than before, and a bit more unsure of himself in some aspects, which is skillfully addressed in surprising ways within the books. One thing I do like about TDF is the good guys show up, sometimes win the day, but the downside is the (always stupidly constant in any genre) the obfuscated "rules" they must follow. If I had one wish, it would be to see Harry be able to go off the deep end in a good way, the people he trusts be able to do the same. Being good doesn't mean you can't get dirty. This book keeps having Harry beat up constantly. Doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me, but I did enjoy and recommend this highly, it simply does not disappoint, no matter my wheedling points. :)
Sedonex More than 1 year ago
Looked forward to this since the last book, and wasn't disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I repeat. Loving it.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Harry Dresden is off on a classic quest, with a team of characters drawn from his past, like figures in a complex board game. Skin Game centers on the plot and counter-plot of successive trials, all nicely told with that laconic self-deprecating humor characteristic of the protagonist. He’s sure he’s messing up again, convinced his earlier betrayals will grow, and deeply hurt by the thought that he might end up being one of the bad guys. But someone else is still convinced there’s plenty of goodness in Harry, as the team of light is pitted against the dark in a haunted and scary Underworld. Nice hints of wisdom hide in the dialog of Dresden with his friends. Curiously thought-provoking mysteries surprise the reader with enticing threads woven into the tale. And a sense of something larger continues to grow from the pages as the overarching story progresses. Skin Game is a fun book just for itself—cool characters, mysterious quest, scary bad guys, and Dresden plotting to maybe succeed and survive. But you should probably read at least a few of the earlier books first, or you’ll struggle to know why who would be suspected of betraying whom. And there are more than plenty betrayals in this tale! Disclosure: We waited for it to be out in paperback and bought it straight away.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Jim's novels and enjoyed them, and especially the Dresden series. This book was another excellent entry, but I didn't feel it offered much expansion in the series (other than the revelation of Goodman). The book reminded me of reading some the earlier novels when Butcher was still "cutting his teethe" so to say, which is not a bad thing, but makes it fall somewhat short of the standard that has been set in some of the previous Dresden novels (i.e. Cold Days, Changes, Summer Knight, and White Night). This is just my view. Still a highly recommended read, just not 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this book. I love the Dresden Files in general but I felt that this one was especially good. If you read the series, go ahead and get it! But if you have not had the pleasure yet, I would start at the beginning.
franm More than 1 year ago
Like wizards? Like magic? Like Chicago? Then you must read Jim Butcher's series of Harry Dresden. This series is brilliantly written with strong characters and unbelievable situations, and they are very funny!!! What more could you want in a book??? LOVE Harry!!! Please keep the books coming Mr. Butcher!!!!!
MaKai More than 1 year ago
I started this series in late November and could not put it down until I ran out of books. I had to wait two (yes two) whole months until this was on the market. Took me two days to read it and I still want more. Yes, you too can become a speed reader. Purchase the series, fill your fridge, take your phone off the hook, only take baths so you can read in the tub, and you too can be sucked into the world of all things Dresden. I can still hear the faint sounds of Parkour in the middle of the night.
Nikkon More than 1 year ago
Another home run in Jim Buthcher's Dresden Files series. Hooks are great, plot is great as always. I love the wit and dark humor that is always brought to the series, as well as the references to past and present culture. I think its brilliant.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Harry Dresden is a great character, and Jim Butcher's plots are still fascinating. His latest in the Harry Dresden series is remarkable for both the on-going plot and character development and for the twists and turns that you just can't see coming. I was so glad to get reacquainted with some characters that we hadn't seen recently, too. If you like urban fantasy, you can't beat the Harry Dresden series, and Skin Game is the best yet. And, incidentally, hooray for Waldo Butters!
Ignite_the_Night More than 1 year ago
NO SPOILERS, just my opinion. I have read all the books. Pre-ordered this one and eagerly awaited it's arrival. I can normally finish a novel in a few days. It took me forever to read this one...and I was on vacation, with lots of free time. If it had been a stand alone book, I doubt I would have finished it at all. There are too many good books to waste time on bad ones. This just did not grab a hold of me and draw me into the story until close to the end. I finished because I wanted to know the fate of the characters I have grown to love. I hope this was a "get us to the next place" kind of book and the next one will be more engaging. He opened up some interesting possibilities. If you are a Dresden fan, yes, you will likely want to read it...or read some of those reviews that explain all the plot points.
2cquarterhorses More than 1 year ago
I know I say this with every book, but this is my favorite, no, really, I mean it this time. I loved the story and how Jim Butcher answered so many questions, but still left enough mystery to keep you waiting for the next book. As usual it was witty, fast paced mind candy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this can't wait for the next.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Harry Dresden gets better and better!!! I especially loved the similarities between Harry and Hades!!! I can’t wait for the next book!!
Anonymous 5 months ago
Jim Butcher doesn't disappoint in this latest installment!