Death Masks (The Dresden Files #5)
Meet Harry Dresden, Chicago's first (and only) Wizard P.I. Turns out the 'everyday' world is full of strange and magical things - and most of them don't play well with humans. That's where Harry comes in.
Harry Dresden should be happy that business is good - makes a change. But now he's getting more than he bargained for: a duel with the Red Court of Vampires' champion, wh
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I mostly like this series. However, I'm certainly not a die hard "Dresdenite" from the Church of Harry. Dresden is NOT my literary BFF and, truth be told, spends far more time languishing under the heading OAA (Occasionally Annoying Acquaintance). I like the stories (so far), but that enjoyment comes with some mondo qualifications and some serious groans. However, before I rail against the main character's penchant for lame cheesy-flavored popCORNY, I'm going to begin with what I think are the ...more
The plot tried to be more action packed but ended up on the mild side. The new enemies presented were quite interesting but honestly were all over the place. They weren't intr ...more
Poor Harry Dresden.
You sweet, oddly sexy, powerful wizard. You just CAN'T catch a break!
I adore this series and I adore listening to it on audio. I think James Marsters just keeps getting better and better. I can hear a wider range of voices in this one than in the previous books, and he is so SO DAMN PERFECT as Harry Dresden. I could listen to these books all day, every day.
Interestingly, a lot is left hanging at the end of this book. I can't wait to see where the next few books take me!
3.5 Who Else Could Want To Kill Harry Stars
Five books in and the world and characters keep expanding a little at a time. I enjoy reading this series to a certain extent but the thing is Harry isn’t the reason. Mostly I like all of the side characters more than him. Each doesn’t get a lot of page time but the glimpses I see of them…well usually the side character steals the show from Harry, at least for me.
It isn’t specifically Harry’s fault ...more
The Dresden books are some of my favorite novels...bar none, hands down. These are great brain candy. They're pure escapism, total Urban Fantasy fun, comic drama that do several things very well. Each novel tells it's own story making them individually readable and enjoyable while in the back ground evidence and details mount to tell a larger more involved tale.
Here we open up with Harry broke (not that unusual) and in a spot he isn't all that happ ...more
1. Harry Dresden is a believable character. He learns, he grows, but he does not gain a new power every book. In fact, he doesn't seem to gain any power in any of the books. He gains awareness and knowledge.
2. Susan is cool, but flawed like Harry. Love her.
3. Godfather with a helicopter.
4. One of the best love/sex scenes I have ever read. Butcher could write a good romance novel.
5. Good female detective who has smarts.
6. Vampires with bite.
7. Butcher knows his myth, le ...more
I do appreciate how Butcher keeps building on the existing lore of the series. We learn a bit more about Harry (view spoiler)[ Harry’s not a mortal!? And he has siblings somewhere! (hide spoiler)] We get some new secret organisations, The ...more
"I get more threats before nine a.m. than most people get all day."
...the risk of imminent death just didn't hit me the same way it used to...
Susan asked, "Do you really think you can win?"
"Yeah. Hell, Ortega is only the third or fourth most disturbing thing I've tangled with today."
"But even if you do win, what does it change ...more
This was a reread of sorts for me, the little lady was at this point in the series is doing them on audiobook and we had a journey up to Edinburgh so decided to do it together. I was keen to hear James Marsters narrate and when I originally read this book I was on holiday in New England and my reading concentration was way down.
The story is interesting enough but it's not up in the top reaches of the series, in fact due to the stellar stories in this series this could be seen as one of the w ...more
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Fifth book of the series. A new case and problems from the previous books to solve.
So Harry’s journey covers a dual challenge from vampire Ortega (red court battle), finding the stolen shroud (case), return of his half-vampire girlfriend Susan (surprise) and his fight with supernatural creatures (his usual stuff).
Michael made his came back in the book with other two kni ...more
So many different storylines converged here, and it was SO EXCITING! I seriously didn't want to put this one down.
That is all.
Wait, no... The only thing I think would have improved this book would be to scrap the recap of past books and the way the world in the series is. This is book 5... Pretty sure I get it that Harry's a wizard by now.
Otherwise, I seriously reall ...more
I have heard regularly that Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series only really kicks off from the 3rd, 4th or 5th book, depending on the opinion giver, but damn! Book 5 really reached a whole new level of awesomeness when compared to its predecessors.
This book was action packed, funny, well written and kept me guessing as to how it all would end. What more could a reader ask for? Suffice it to say that I'm diving straight into the next one. In fact, I already paged to the first chapter bef ...more
This was an interesting installment. I really enjoy Jim Butchers work and when I am in a slump reading I always find myself gravit ...more
Audio book: James Marsters gets better with each book. His Russian and Japanese accents are enjoyable in this one.
While the book still follows the format of Harry gets a case and mayhem ensues, we at least break from the mysterious attractive female bit.
Someone has stolen the Shroud of Turin, and apparently fled to Chicago with it. The ...more
What I will say is, up to this point I wasn't sure what was wrong with me. Everyone, and I seriously mean everyone, goes on about how this is one of the best series out there. Well, previous to Death Masks, I didn't see it. It was enjoyable sure, good characters, nice plot, but I had read other UF series that ripped my guts out more. I think I just didn't connect to Harry the way I w ...more
The story: Professional wizard Harry Dresden finds his life spiralling out of control when the Red Court of Vampires' champion sets out to kill him, professional hit men use him for target practice, the Shroud of Turin goes missing, he becomes involved in ...more
In this book Harry Dresden has even more crap heaped on his plate. Not only does the Red Court of Vampires want him dead, he is tasked with the challenge of recovering the Shroud of Turin. In the midst of all that he is challenged to a duel to the death, he accepts because he is hop ...more
I'm really starting to like Harry. He was okay before, but frankly I was getting a little sick of him blaming himself all the time for every single little unfortunate event that befalls his friends. I'm glad he's finally ...more
*Breaks into song* "I'm just wild about Harry! And Harrys' just wild about me!!"
Sorry, but this series is getting better and better. More bad guys, more Michael (swoons), Marcone being evil & suave at the same time, Harry rescuing everyone and being rescued. A. Lot. All of this craziness over a piece of cloth.
If that is not something to get killed over, then I don't know what is. Great story-line and non-stop action. For those who hate religion, this story ...more
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