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Changes (The Dresden Files #12)

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Long ago, Susan Rodriguez was Harry Dresden's lover—until she was attacked by his enemies, leaving her torn between her own humanity and the bloodlust of the vampiric Red Court. Susan then disappeared to South America, where she could fight both her savage gift and those who cursed her with it.

Now Arianna Ortega, Duchess of the Red Court, has discovered a secret Susan has
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Hardcover, 1st Edition, 438 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Roc Hardcover (first published January 1st 2010)
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Dana Stabenow
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Mike (the Paladin)
Okay, full disclosure I love the Dresden books. If you have read my reviews of them you know this. This one is no exception and is possibly the best so far.

I can't say much about the book's storyline without spoilers, but there are parts of the story...threads if you will, that have been running through the other volumes more or less underneath other "Main story lines". (These books can really make you rethink the concept of a "fairy godmother" for instance) A lot of these come to culmination h
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Kevin Hearne
At first, I wasn't too sure the title was going to work out well. I couldn't think of it without David Bowie stuttering it in my head, and that didn't mix well with Harry Dresden—especially since we see him on the cover turning to face the strange ch-ch-changes. But as I read along, it became clear that this book couldn't possibly be named anything else. Harry has to deal with many changes to his life in this book, and one of the decisions he makes is going to have far-reaching consequences and ...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*Audiobook edition*

Holy F- balls, this book just made my all-time favorites list.

My heart? Through the ringer. My nerves? Shot. My mind? Blown.

This was me through the entire beautiful, horrible, intense, emotional, perfectly narrated audiobook:



Twists and turns like never before. Get ready for the ride of your life.

And that cliffhanger ending... just gut me now.



Perfection.
StoryTellerShannon
Harry returns in his 12th novel discovering through his old flame that he has a daughter. Along the way he avoids assassination attempts and hostile supernatural creatures in order to save the child. For those who have enjoyed the most recent two books it's more of the same old same old though I find the style diverting from the original first six or so novels. Harry gets into jam after jam and even though they get bigger and bigger it's gotten to the point where it's getting stale. True, the ol ...more
Dan Schwent
In the space of a phone call, Harry Dresden learns he has a daughter with Susan Rodriguez and that she's been kidnapped by the Red Court of vampires. The vampires are setting up a bloodline curse that will kill the child and everyone related to her. Meanwhile, the White Council of wizards seems to be buddying up with the Red Court to put an end to the war between the wizards and the vampires. Can Harry save his daughter and stop the bloodline curse?

I have mixed feelings about this one.
Pros: As u
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Kevin
Wow! I'll say it again, WOW!! Book 12 of the Dresden Files is the best one yet. I don't even know what I can say without giving it away. READ THIS BOOK!!!!

4/29/30
Okay, time to try to write an actual review. Warning!!!! May contain spoilers.

Harry gets a call from his old girlfriend Susan Rodriguez. "They've taken our little girl." Harry pauses for 5 seconds and then, "Um, what?"

For those who've read about Harry in the past you know this hit him like a nuclear explosion. He's an orphan. He has def
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Becky


Yup. That about sums it up. Holy craptoid this book was intense. I know that I said that I found Turn Coat to be predictable, but Changes was anything but. It started off with a Whopper and then added jalapenos and Sriracha and some pickled habaneros and holy shit is this going to be regrettable later. I never knew where this was going to go next, and each time another explosive ingredient was added, my intestines clenched.



And on top of that, this book was surprisingly emotional as well. EVERYTH
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David Sven
Nov 14, 2013 David Sven rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dresden Fans and Urban fantasy fans
Recommended to David Sven by: Rob
Forget about book cover blurbs including spoilers – this story has the spoiler tied up in it’s one word title - Changes. From the very first sentence we get hit with a jaw dropping revelation that will see Harry propelled into a quest to save the single most important thing in his life. And the lengths he is prepared to go to preserve that which he loves most will see him undergo a metamorphosis that left me in shock. You know how Harry is always fighting the temptation to access powers that wil ...more
Tim "The Enchanter"
Possibly the Best in the Series- 5 Stars

Wow! What a ride. Once again I am amazed at how Jim Butcher manages to make Harry Dresden more interesting as the series progresses. The name of the book foreshadows the events in the novel and presumably foreshadows changes in future book. This is the most epic of Harry's adventures. Without giving anything away, what Harry manages to do is historic, even by Wizard standards. It will be interesting to see where Butcher takes the series from here. Hone
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Shandra
Initial thoughts (see below for review):

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WHAT. THE. FUCK!!!!! I couldn't put this down!!! So much happened!!! Wow. Best book in the series so far!!! Review to come.

Review:

Actual rating: A five plus star book!! No story spoilers.


This is going to be a tough one to write. I've been reading this series since 2006. I've obviously slowly picked my way through these books. Sometimes it was because while I was into the series, I wouldn't have the push or desire to pick up the next book. Sometimes it
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Rob
Executive Summary: If you've been enjoying yourself to this point in the series, you should really love this book as much as I do. It's definitely the best book of the series so far.

Audio book: James Marsters seems to approach each book like a 1 man show now. He has distinct voices for all the major parts, and even most of the minor ones. It seems like he enjoys reading them as much as I do, and that comes through.

Full Review
I had originally reviewed this book on Living Social's Virtual Booksh
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Angela
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Beanbag Love
Frustrating, disturbing, elegant, overwhelming, heartbreaking, and brilliant.

And that's about it.

Wait. Some things bear repeating. Heartbreaking. Brilliant.

Now that's really it.
Deborah Markus
Public Service Announcement: This book ends on a cliffhanger. Like, a lot. You'll want to have the next book on hand well before you finish, in case the bookstore or library is closed when you turn that last page, forcing you to scream and throw things and maybe lose your security deposit.

Second Public Service Announcement: By "the next book," I mean Ghost Story, not Side Jobs. Ghost Story picks up where Changes leaves off. Side Jobs is a collection of Dresden Files-related short stories and may
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Valerie
Jul 13, 2010 Valerie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Ian
Shelves: vampires
Harry does it for me. Smart, nerdy, wiseass, with a self destructive desire to do the right thing.
Alex Ristea
Everything converges in this book, and I mean everything.

We've always known that Dresden was a powerful wizard, but he usually restricts himself and refuses to go down certain paths. However, with the kidnapping of his daughter, we get to see Harry on a rampage. It is beautiful, in a terrifying sort of way.

Almost all of the characters we've seen in the previous books make an appearance in this one. The plots, secrets, and pacts are perfectly woven together, and this culmination and convergence w
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Lightreads
I have realized that reading this series is a live fire demonstration of that definition of insanity about doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

By which I mean that this book is hilariously inept but enragingly compelling, with a gratuitous magical brawl every fifteen pages and towering manpain and the stakes on the battle against ultimate evil, take 12, this time with ultimater!evil cranked up yet higher. So business as usual.

Seriously, I could not put this
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Callista
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The Flooze
There has never been a novel with a more apt title.

Changes.

Holy. Shit.

It’s rare that you come across a book that can tear you through such a gamut of emotions with an intense ferocity capable of leaving you limp and dazed. It takes skill to create a character who demands that sort of personal investment. It takes balls to put that character through such agony as to elicit an empathetic welling of fear and sorrow from the reader.

Butcher is both a genius and a madman.

I came into Changes expec
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Gabriel
2012 Re-read
What has changed by rereading all these books in order is the following.

1 - the silly remarks Dresden makes (that I sometimes complained about, at least in comment sections of other people's reviews) has disappeared and lessened.
2 - The reminder paragraphs have also faded into the background.
3 - Overarching themes stand out a little clearer, story lines feel a bit more connected.
4 - This series has tightened up and just gotten better.

I'm not sure how, I'm not sure why. Maybe it's aki
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Regina
10/11 Re-read:

If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would. Absolutely fantastic the second time around.

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OMGGGGGGG???!!!!! Those of you who read it what do you think happened and by who?? So heart breaking .... how Harry was able to save you know who. :( I felt so bad for him and .... her. Review to come!
Rizwan
Without a doubt, THE GREATEST & MOST DEVASTATING Dresden story yet. Honestly, I'm still out of breath and out of words to describe properly my overwhelming feelings after finishing this roller-coaster ride of heart-wrenching emotional and beyond-thrilling journey. All I can say is: Rest assured, everything (and I mean EVERYTHING!!!) changes in this book that is titled CHANGES. Harry looses all that is near & dear to him, pushed to over the edge like he's never been pushed before and in t ...more
Suz
I'm torn on how to rate this one. I honestly think it's the best book in the series so far. The book is aptly titled because the things that occur in it are all astounding game changers. I spent the last half of the book in emotional turmoil on the edge of my seat, and laughing full belly laughs, too. Parts of the climax ripped my heart out.

The end, however, is a cliff hanger and I have this standing policy of giving cliff hangers single stars. I think it would be a terrible disservice in this i
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Richard
Jun 05, 2010 Richard rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone who has read the previous eleven in the series (duh!)
I wish I could give Butcher five stars, but I try to save that for books that changed my life, or made my jaw drop to the floor, or did something fundamentally innovative.

What Butcher gives us in Changes is a rollicking fine adventure. Of the the dozen books in the series, his skill has tremendously. His characters are more nuanced and their flaws and strengths are integrated better into the story. Only two missteps jarred me — Butcher sometimes gets a little preachy, letting Dresden spout on to
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Holly
Apr 06, 2010 Holly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of the Dresden Files/Jim Butcher/UF
I have never been more emotionally drained from reading a book in my entire life.

I'll keep this short and sweet: The 12th book in The Dresden Files is brilliant, unforgettable, and unbelievably heartbreaking. Jim Butcher is in a completely different class than anyone else out there writing Urban Fantasy/Sci-Fi.

SIDE NOTE: I do NOT like books that end in a cliff-hanger, and Changes offers one helluva doozy. And to think, we only have to wait until April 2011 to get the next installment. *angry fac
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Jackleen
5 stars plus plus.

This was the best of Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden of the series to date. And, what a wonderfully thrilling funny action packed series this is. There something about the month of February that demands a good series to help fight off the end of the winter (hopefully, will this winter ever end!) doldrums. Butcher, gives a reader interesting mysteries, ever expanding world building, a host of well drawn characters (even the dog, Mouse is a distinct character,) and, a very funny Harr
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Dan
4.5 stars. SHUT THE FUCK UP HOW IS THIS BOOK EVEN REAL?

This book was....rough. Rough for Harry, rough for me, rough for my tears (I actually cried and I don't do that often in books).

Everything in this book was freaking insane, amazing, action-packed, EMOTIONAL and spectacular. Jim Butcher stepped up his game in this book. I loved that the past 11 books just connected so well with this book. THE TITLE FITS SO PERFECTELY WITH THE BOOK because literally EVERYTHING changes during this book.

This boo
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Ery
Jul 20, 2013 Ery rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: audio
Where's the sixth star? I need another star!!!
Carol.
Enjoyable. Reads like an action film meets PI meets urban fantasy. Still getting beat up, only this time, his bouncing back means making some questionable choices. Still a sucker for the women in his life; thankfully the people around him are able to point out his misconceptions. It's less annoying than in the first books, when it was obvious to everyone, including Dresden, that he was being manipulated, but he was "unable to help it" and would lead him into disasterous situations. This time his ...more
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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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