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Dead Beat (The Dresden Files #7)

4.42 of 5 stars 4.42  ·  rating details  ·  56,830 ratings  ·  1,757 reviews
There's an entire world that exists alongside the everyday life of mankind. There are powers, nations, monsters, wars, feuds, alliances - everything. Wizards are part of it. So are a lot of other things you've heard about in stories, and even more you've never heard of...Vampires. Werewolves. Faeries. Demons. Monsters. It's all real.

Harry Dresden knows full well that such
Kindle Edition, 408 pages
Published May 2nd 2006 by Roc (first published 2005)
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"Polka will never die!"
Book Twenty-five

Dead Beat by Jim Butcher

"Hell's Bells" count - 13

While I was on my long commute to work (not so bad, as it affords me more reading time), I wondered what the Harry Dresden from Storm Front would have made of the Harry Dresden from this book. I imagine he probably would have been scared. And to be honest, I don't think I would be able to blame him.

There's necromancy afoot in Chicago, and as much as he doesn't want to be, Harry is in the middle of all of it. He's been charged by on
David "proud member of Branwen's adventuring party"
The chaotic events in his life may have Harry Dresden feeling Dead Beat...but his books have never been more energized!

As an accountant, when I have a bad day at work, it often means I spent hours poring through various mind-numbingly dull spreadsheets trying to rectify a discrepancy. Now here's Harry Dresden's version of a bad day at work. One of his most dangerous enemies has pictures that could destroy the life of Harry's closest friend and ally. In order to stop the evil vampire-sorceress Ma
10/30/13: The one with lots of necromancers. Also the one where the series really solidly shifts into higher gear, in my opinion.

8/25/11: I noticed something about this character last night that I think speaks well of Butcher as a writer: he's managed to write a somewhat sexist character but not sexist books. It's not just because the character admits to being somewhat sexist, but because it's just the main character who has those views. The narrative and development of the supporting characters
About halfway through this book, I was finding myself sneaking in chapters when I was supposed to be doing other things. It was very, very bad of me, I know. I've commented on several aspects of the series in reviews of the other books. One of the things I like is that each story is complete, but each builds on the last. This is the first book in the series that really depended on a knowledge of what had gone on before. I do think Butcher does an excellent job of tickling the memory about refere ...more
Alex Ristea

That alone made this an awesome read for me. (An inside joke for those who have already read the book, but then again most of my reviews are meant for post-read discussion anyway.)

The Dresden Files has always had a great cast of supporting characters, and Dead Beat is no exception. I like how they switch around between novels too. For example, not a lot of Murphy and Michael in this book, but we get to explore Butters and Thomas more deeply.

We see (yet again) the brilliance
David Sven
The thing I'm really loving about this series is how Butcher manages to produce something new with each successive book while at the same time adding these threads of lore and story that carry over with each new book. While the first several books still felt somewhat episodic, by this book, all those little threads have now cumulated to evolve such a cohesion with the previous books that the depth of plot and character and world building make for some very satisfying and rewarding reading.

And I'
Executive Summary: One of my favorite books in the series. It might possibly have the most memorable sequence of all 14 books thus far.

Audio book: James Marsters continues to be excellent as the reader for the audio book. Of particular note, I really enjoy his voices for Butters and Ramirez.

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So what a long way we've come. Wizards, Werewolves, Vampires, Fae. What's left? Why Zombies of course..

One of Harry's enemies is back in town and blackmailing him to find something called the Word
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Deborah Markus
If you've seen my reviews of previous Dresden Files novels, you pretty much already know what I think of this book. I'm worried I might start boring people because my adores and complaints don't change from novel to novel, and your eyes will start glazing over as I launch yet again into the usual blah blah awesome world-building blah blah laugh-out-loud snarky humor blah but DAMN could he stop being sexist and calling it chivalrous blah blah oh and please, people are not that skeptical when it c ...more
I could mention what every other review has mentioned as a reason to read this book. I could point out that Harry is an everyman, and he is not really special in the way that other female paranormal characters tend to be (he's not the most powerful whatever, he's not the only something). I could point out his reactions are full of everyday common sense. I could point out that Butcher makes excellent use of pop culture. I could point out that Butcher's excellent charaziation extends to dog and ca ...more
I was not sure whether with book deserves 3 or 4 stars until I was introduced to Butters and Sue. Thanks to Sue, the book has the most epic ending of all Dresden Files books so far; the rating jumped to 5 stars - the highest of all Dresden Files book for me.

It starts innocently enough. Mavra, a vampire from Black Court (think Dracula on steroids) who happened to be one of the most powerful Dresden's enemies made an offer to the only official wizard which cannot be refused: find the last book of
4.5 Stars!

Another winner for Butcher! Ahhh, to see the extraordinary evolution of Harry Dresden's character is a wonderful thing to experience! Butcher's imagination never lessens - especially not in this installment! I love the breadth and depth of Harry's world, how the space that he occupies and inhabits continues to expand like an ever-widening universe full of strange, wondrous, deadly, horrible, and beautiful things. The character of Butters totally stole my heart, and Mouse simply endears
Ben Babcock
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The Flooze
Necromancy! Dinosaurs! Polka?!

Dead Beat isn't my favorite of the Dresden Files, but it had a rousing conclusion and countless developments that will affect the rest of the series.

Harry battles a pack of power-hungry necromancers in this one, and where death magic is involved, what are we likely to see? That's right, folks. Zombies! Butcher's version are all about obeying the will of the wizard animating them, an aspect that is more terrifying to me than the thought of a mindless, brain-lusting
Michael David Cobb
Harry Dresden is an instinctual hero, and he is so because he survives. He is a blockheaded, stubborn, self-absorbed, overpowering man guided by simple instincts - to protect the weak- who is beleagured by his burden and often overwhelmed. But he manages to triumph against all odds by being resigned to his mortal fate. He is not angry, nor vengeful. He is not often misunderstood. He is only awkward from having been orphaned and has come to love the people of the city of Chicago as his own withou ...more
Duchess Nicole
I've had such a great run of reads lately, and this was no different. I love Harry! His chivalrous nature and tender heart are revealed only to the reader, which is one of my favorite things about him. To the masses, he is badass wizard extraordinaire. Only to a few very close friends does he reveal the real Harry.

In Deat Beat, he is once again fighting against seemingly insurmountable odds. His sidekick is Butters, the mousy little mortician and one of Harry's truly genuine buddies. Since Kare
Dead Beat is probably my favorite read of the series so far. You can actually see Butchers writing and character development skills improves as he goes with this. I feel that we are embarking on a whole new level of story telling.
Gone are the shallow, resolve in half hour stories, in comes foreshadowing, character building and relationships worth reading. What hasn't changed is that Dresden spends two days getting his ass kicked, nearly dies half a dozen times and has to fight all level of bad
Harry has been though so much crap since book 1, and yet he just keeps fighting. He's had his hand burned to a crisp, his girlfriend Susan was partially turned into a vampire (and as much as she's fighting the change, it seems like its rather killed their chance at happiness together), and now he has the fallen angel Lasciel inside his mind.

Now Harry is being blackmailed by Mavra, a particularly nasty black court vampire, who threatens to release pictures of Murphy killing humans (they were min
4.5 stars


Another great installment in the series. These books are gradually getting darker, which seems hard to imagine when you think that the first one started with a murder by ones heart exploding out of their chest in a black magic rite, but they are.

Harry's getting a little fuzzy 'round the edges, and he's being pushed in directions he's been determined to never go out of necessity. Does that make him bad, or just human? I'm not sure, but I love him either way.

AND! This book had
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Quick review:

Cover: Fitting
Rating: R
Thumbs Up: 4.5
Overall: I really liked this installment
Characters: Well Written
Plot: Harry grows and extra pair and he’s not taking any shit
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Waldo Butters

SUMMARY (50 words or less)
First let me give a standing ovation to Murphy. I mean, I didn’t blame her at all. And poor Dresden, he has a hell of a time in this book. I have to say that Waldo stole my heart. He was such the little under dog. Go
This is the first Dresden book, of the series thus far, that is getting five stars from me. All the rest have been four.. Some pretty solid four's, some barely four's, maybe even some that were reaching towards five. But this one was a definite five.

I don't know if it's because I haven't read a Dresden book in a while, or if it was just a really good entry into the series... But it felt funnier, and wittier; it had that something extra that the first six didn't have, that undefinable element tha
Can you hear that? It's the sound of Jim Butcher swinging and sending one out of the park.
I have to wonder if the author can really keep upping his game this way?


Dead beat was anything but a dead beat, and was packed with everything you could hope for and more. There were Zombies, Dinosaurs, Vampires, Faeries, Necromancers, Demons, Goblins, Damsels in distress, Ghouls and even cats & dogs. And as expected - ROCK/Harry Dresden/HARD PLACE.




Dresden is getting more and more fleshed out as a chara
Kris P
In this book, 7th in the series, Mavra from the Black Court of Vampires threatens to ruin Murphy's life and career unless Harry recovers the word of Kemmler for her. Its a book containing various secrets, but Harry soon finds that there are others in town also seeking the word. These others are necromancers and Harry soon finds himself facing ghosts, ghouls and zombies. All set against a backdrop of Chicago celebrating Halloween. So once again it is down to Harry to try and almost single handedl ...more
What did I think?

I loved it of course!


Plus, so much epic humor!
I guess is an ode to Jim Butcher's talent and genius that I ended up liking the book and giving it four stars.

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Barbara ★
With every subsequent book, I think can Harry Dresden get any scarier? Well yes, yes he can! This book is amazing. Harry's growing power is incredible and oh so dangerous to both Harry and the world. What Harry gets put through (think violence against Harry) versus what Harry puts himself through (think mental torment about past decisions) really brings this novel together. I loved the addition of his brother Thomas (from the last book) as well as Waldo Butters (Harry's friend the Medical Examin ...more
Feb 22, 2013 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of urban fantasy
Shelves: ebook
Book Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of Urban Fantasy

My Thoughts: Things become really ugly in this book. Not to say life has been all roses for Harry up to this point, but... things are really becoming ugly now. Admittedly he has some help now, between Thomas and Mouse. On the other hand, there’s a lot of funny, like always. I always love anything Butters is involved in.

Part of the thing is that Harry has become harsher and harsher as time has gone on, betwe
Jeff Raymond
After being somewhat underwhelmed with book six, I'm extremely happy that book seven not only got us back on track, but is now probably my favorite of the series. How does this keep getting better?

So this one is really a lot of fallout, a lot of dark stuff happening, and, yeah, Harry's in trouble again. This one got really dark in places, with Necromancy and death and bindings and such, and it's really a somewhat fascinating shift even though we've previously had vampires and such. I didn't expe
4.5 stars!

While zombies aren't my favorite monster I really enjoyed this story. GO BUTTERS!
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Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and a new steampunk series, the Cinder Spires. His resume includes a laundry list of skills which were useful a couple of centuries ago, and he plays guitar quite badly. An avid gamer, he plays tabletop games in varying systems, a variety of video games on PC and console, and LARPs whenever he can make time for it. Jim currently resi ...more
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“We are not going to die."

Butters stared up at me, pale, his eyes terrified. "We're not?"

"No. And do you know why?" He shook his head. "Because Thomas is too pretty to die. And because I'm too stubborn to die." I hauled on the shirt even harder. "And most of all because tomorrow is Oktoberfest, Butters, and polka will never die.”
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