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Changes (The Dresden Files, #12) (The Dresden Files #12)

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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.

Paperback, 543 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Orbit (first published January 1st 2010)
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Marcus Perhaps the first five-six books and even that wouldn't be advisable if you want to get the most out of the series. Once certain events start gaining…morePerhaps the first five-six books and even that wouldn't be advisable if you want to get the most out of the series. Once certain events start gaining momentum and becoming main story arch, reading Dresden files out of sequence is just foolish.(less)
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Dana Stabenow
May 16, 2010 Dana Stabenow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Kevin Hearne
Apr 11, 2010 Kevin Hearne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

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
Jan 13, 2016 Luffy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dresden
I'm feeling quite happy, fresh from reading Changes. Had I read it faster, I would have given it less than 4 stars. So who knows, if I'd read it slower, maybe I'd have rated it a perfect five. But I feel that though I can't ignore the flaws of Dresden's episodic epics, I realize that for a book that provides so much fun, it's okay for part of it to be mindless.
Apr 28, 2010 Kevin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!!!!

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

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
David Sven
Nov 14, 2013 David Sven rated it really liked it  ·  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
"Laugh whenever you can. Keeps you from killing yourself when things are bad. That and vodka."

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.

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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
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
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.

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Oct 10, 2014 Shandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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.


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
Beanbag Love
Apr 04, 2010 Beanbag Love rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 19, 2015 Deborah Markus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 13, 2010 Valerie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
David Sarkies
Sep 15, 2015 David Sarkies rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Harry Dresden fans
Recommended to David by: Stewart Wymer
Shelves: fantasy
Harry's got a kid
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
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
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The Flooze
There has never been a novel with a more apt title.


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
Dec 01, 2012 Gabriel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sonja Arlow
3 1/2 stars

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
10/11 Re-read:

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!
Jul 24, 2015 Darren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Put simply - started very strong and ended even stronger. And I really do mean that.

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),
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
Jun 05, 2010 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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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“The man once wrote: Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger. Tolkien had that one mostly right.

I stepped forward, let the door bang closed, and snarled, "Fuck subtle.”
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