Changes (The Dresden Files, #12) (The Dresden Files #12)
Long ago, Susan Rodriguez was Harry Dresden's lover-until she was attacked and left struggling with the bloodlust of the vampiric Red Court. Now, she needs Harry's help. Harry's enemies have found the secret she has hidden for so long, and he will have to unleash the full fury of his untapped power.
Because this time, he's fighting to save his child.
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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 ...more
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.
I have mixed feelings about this one.
Pros: As u ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I need vodka for this review! I mean, I wanted some shake-up in this world but What-The-F*ck???? Jim Butcher??? It's like he decided to just burn the whole house down just for the hell of it.
there may be casualties, but I'm willing to let others pay that price...
I mean, sure, it was fun! When isn't it fun to watch things burn? Who doesn't like to throw things from a tall building just to see them sma ...more
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 ...more
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.
I had originally reviewed this book on Living Social's Virtual Booksh ...more
WHAT. THE. FUCK!!!!! I couldn't put this down!!! So much happened!!! Wow. Best book in the series so far!!! Review to come.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
15 September 2015
Okay, this has nothing to do with this book, but I must say that everytime I go on holiday something significant seems to happen. In 2011 I went to Europe and Colonel Gadaffi was ousted as president of Lybia. In 2013 I went to Hong Kong and a new pope was elected. Earlier this year I went to Thailand and suddenly the speaker of the Australian parliament was dumped because she took a tax payer funded helicopter ride to a fundraiser, and now I am in Sydney and su ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This is such a difficult book to review as it’s riddled with spoilers.
Especially when Suzan revealed (Spoiler) and then Harry (Spoiler spoiler) not to mention what happened with (Spoiler) at (Spoiler). See?? I cant.
What I can say is that we see Harry using some interesting new spells and not just the usual Forzareor Fuego. I particularly enjoyed meeting the Goblin King (even if his presence was contained in only a few pages) as well as the reappearance of Ebenezer. Some of the puzzle ...more
If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would. Absolutely fantastic the second time around.
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!
I've been riding the Dresden wave for the better part of a few months now, having only started the reading the series in chronological order (for the first time) this year, and aside from Dead Beat, I'd definitely put Changes up as my second favourite in the series thus far.
I was very impressed with the pacing and tension - how it climbed to a peak, hitting just before I thought it would (keeping me on my toes), ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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I stepped forward, let the door bang closed, and snarled, "Fuck subtle.”