Backup (The Dresden Files #10.3)
Butcher takes full advantage of the opportunity--in addition to giving us insight into how Thomas sees the world and making us privy to certain supernatural information Thomas must keep secret from his little brother, B...more
I did enjoy the short story, but I would have really felt ripped...more
Now I'd love to see a novella told by Karin Murphy.
This novella/short story is based in the Dresden universe, but it narrated, and is focused on, Harry's vampire half-brother, Thomas Raith.
Sure, you get an insight into how Thomas thinks and feels. However, his description of the demon within? Just too Buffy-like for my tastes. And the entire story? Kinda lame.
The worst offence, however, was on the last page: three times in two sentences, "altar", as in sacrificial altar, was misspelled "alter...more
Unlike the other Dresden novels, Harry barely appears at all in this story, having a scant sentence or two of dialog through the entire thing. The action centers around Thomas, Harry's brother, and a vampire of the white court.
This is exactly the kind of non stop no holds barred fantasy romp filled with magic and things that g...more
First, Thomas's narrative voice sounds an awful lot like Harry's. A little blander perhaps, and certainly with fewer nerdy pop culture references, but still possessed of the same manic dry wit enough that it was hard to think that I was reading another character.
Second, the narrative is fairly "day in the life of + small adventure", but a major scene in the middle hinges around a detailed ex...more
Let it be said that the Stygian Sisterhood are not a cheery little g...more
Il racconto di per sè è molto gradevole. E' bello per una volta vedere le cose da un punto di vista diverso da quello di Harry. E' bello soprattutto vedere cosa pensa Thomas del fratello, e cosa deve patire ogni giorno per tenere a bada la sua "fame" da vampiro.
E allora perchè 2 stelline?
1)- Il racconto è molto, molto, molto, molto breve. E il volume m'è costato 19 euri.
2)- E non venitemi a dire "bè, ma ci sono le illustrazioni di Mignola"
Thomas is contacted by his sister. Apparently Harry has been set up by some evil witches and Thomas, as a soldier in the thousand years old Oblivion Wars, needs to save Harry and get rid of the threat that the witches pose.
The story starts off with the arrival of Lara Raith, his half-sister and the woman in power behind the White Court throne. She is using her power to get him to do some work for the court. She has some concerns about a case the Harry is working on and its ties to an ancient war. The war is one...more
As far as the whole Dresden series goes, it's worth a gander if you like that whole fantasy thing. I'm not much into fantasy, but I like how this brings that concei...more
Raith takes on a battle of a secret wa...more
The best I can say about this little novella is that if you are a fan of the series, you'll enjoy it for the different angle on an event you're already familiar with. If you're collecting the series, it *might* even be worth the exorbitant cover price to own it.
For everyone else - borrow it from the libra...more
Just as Thomas in the normal Dresden book...more
Second of all; It's written by Butcher pretending to be Thomas Raithe pretending to be Harry Dresden. The writing style, vocabulary and inflection doesn't change at all from the Dresden series. I know Thomas and Harry are brothers, but they grew up completely separately and had nothing to do with each other or even knowledge of one another's existence for decades. There's no way Thomas, a White Court vampire with sophistication, education, and a general style Ha...more
I wondered as I was reading this whether it was plotted in from an early stage, and its format a foregone conclusion, or how much Butcher had to fret over what format to put this piece of writing in. It was a brave decision to publish a very short story like this as an entire book in it...more
So what's it about? Thomas Raith, one of the most int...more
White Court vampires: now much much creepier than I remember. Much. I approve.
Oblivion: interesting! Heavily spoilery, though, so not getting into that.
A very fast read, but a fu...more
SPOILER NOTE: If you aren’t up-to-date on Butcher’s Dresden Files (at least up to Death Masks) now would be a could time to stop reading this review.
The titular wizard from Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files is mostly absent from Backup, a short novella available from Subterranean Press, which instead focuses Thomas Raith; Harry’s vampiric half-brother. It is a standalone story that does little to advance any of the plots from the main series but manages to flesh out Thomas as a...more
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