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Grave Peril (The Dresden Files #3)

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Harry Dresden - Wizard
Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.

Harry Dresden has faced some pretty terrifying foes during his career. Giant scorpions. Oversexed vampires. Psychotic werewolves. It comes with the territory when you're the only professional wizard in the Chicago-
Paperback, 378 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by ROC
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Dec 06, 2010 Casey rated it did not like it
Hey Dresden Files,

Listen. I know my trusted friends set us up, and they have really good taste and usually know what I like, but it's just not going to work out between us. I like awesome, interesting female characters, and while I will give you that Murphy is awesome, the rest aren't cutting it for me. (Never mind that every time a female character DOES show up, no matter how dire the peril, Harry makes sure to describe the precise way whatever she's wearing cups her breasts. If she is, in fact
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
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BR with my peeps at: Buddies Books and Baubles

Specifically: Robin (Bridge Four) , Jenny , Lila , and Steven

3.5 stars

GRAVE PERIL was a kind of awkward installment.

A year has passed since the end of FOOL MOON, and in the interim, not only have Harry and Susan stayed together and are now in a committed relationship, but at some point Harry and our favorite officers of law enforcement have taken down a Bad Guy sorcerer who was using a demon, teenagers, drugs, orgies, an
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)

Jim Butcher How Could You Do This To Me Buddy Read (JBHCYDTTMBR) with my slightly unhinged MacHalo Freaks wife/sister/aunt Shelly

Who are you and WHAT THE BLOODY FISH have you done with Formerly Awesome Happy Dresden (FAHD)?!

Was this really written by the same author as books 1 and 2 in this series? It sure doesn't seem like it. I started thinking about DNFing it around the 20% mark, and it's nothing short of a miracle that I eventually made it to the last page. Skimming rocks.

You're lucky, my
Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨
Things I'd rather do than read this book:

1) Clean the toilet.
2) Listen to Justin Bieber.
3) Read the dictionary in a language I'm not fluent in.
4) Watch a political debate.
5) Sit in rush hour traffic.
6) Stare at the TV while Netflix buffers over and over.
7) Watch Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
8) Eat plain unsalted rice cakes for lunch every day for a month.

I just can't do it anymore. I recently DNF'd another book called Deadly Curiosities. I don't know which is worse.

It's not that there's anyth
Mar 21, 2016 HFK rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasies, audio
Re-audiobook experience.

In my first review for The Dresden Files I threatened to send my underwear collection to Jim Butcher as a heavy fangirl thank you for creating something so mindblowing than our boy Harry. This caused one fellow reviewer to speculate that perhaps I did not go through with my threats as Butcher never blogged about receiving a collection of quality lingerie. This is something I gotta agree with. My delicates would without a doubt be something to write about, which is why I
Will M.
Jan 04, 2015 Will M. rated it really liked it
The spirit world has gone postal over Chicago, and ghosts are causing havoc. Tormented, violent, and deadly ghosts that only Harry Dresden can stop. First thing he needs to do before stopping the madness would be to find the one causing it.

The first two novels were good, but this third one was even better. Dresden should be likable by now, and so should the other recurring main characters. Michael was a great addition to the team. I'm not sure if he's in it for the long run, but the Harry-Micha
Robin (Bridge Four)
Buddy read April 20th on Buddies Books and Baubles with Jessica, Ashley, Lege, Steven, Sh3lly & oOSarahOo they is a little behind but still here, and Jenny as out official stalker this time.

Everyone says just wait they get better. Everyone says by the end of book 3 you will see….This is one of those times that EVERYONE was right.

Before this book I was really sorta thinking what’s all the hype. I mean I liked them well enough but I really preferred two other series that were similar Charming
Nov 30, 2016 Philip rated it liked it
3ish stars.

An improvement over the last book, but still not quite making good on the promising potential of the first book.

I definitely like this better than Fool Moon. I feel like it flows more naturally... Or maybe the story itself is just more interesting? I mean, it isn't great and I tend to prefer series that are more serialized than procedural as this one is but that's just personal preference. The central plot here introduces just another freak of the week. I do appreciate the introductio
Grave Peril
3 Stars

Many have stated that Grave Peril is the turning point in the series for the better. After considering the plot and the characters, I must confess that I found Fool Moon to be far more entertaining.

Don't get me wrong. Harry and his quirks are very endearing but a number of issues irritated me in this installment. First, Murphy barely makes an appearance and the absence of a strong willed, take no prisoners, female character detracts from the overall effect of the story.

Mar 08, 2016 Apatt rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I rarely feel the urge to read books in the “urban fantasy” subgenre. An awful lot of them seem to be “paranormal romances” which are anathema to me. I think I have only read a few urban fantasies, American Gods, China Miéville’s Kraken, and Clive Barker’s classic Weaveworld spring to mind. The Dresden Files series has quite a reputation though, it has a rabid fan base and it is often recommended in SF/F online forums. However, even fans of the series tend to agree that the first couple of bo ...more
Feb 27, 2016 Conor rated it really liked it
In the third installment of the Dresden Files ghosts are terrorizing the streets of Chicago and with the Ghost-busters nowhere to be found Harry Dresden is called upon to swing into action.

This was the strongest installment in the series so far for me. The first half dragged in places as I missed some of the cool secondary characters from previous books (Murphy and Johnny Marcone being the most notable). However the second half of the book picked up in a big way: the vampire ball sequence was pr
Jul 11, 2008 Doreen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I will probably have to find a print version, as I kept getting distracted from the story and am fairly certain I missed huge chunks of plot. My boyfriend found this gripping and has taken to listening to it on his own, but I personally found myself irritated by Harry. Honestly, he behaves too much like the stock hero of a romance novel, only with wizardly powers. Speaking of stock, am I the only person unimpressed by the story-line? It's a fairly middling urban fantasy plot: I actually ...more
Jordan Price
I loved aspects of this story and hated others. I adored the magic, the description of how power worked, how Harry created his spells. I also loved how he got put through the wringer and had to really be willing to sacrifice himself for the survival of the people he loved.

I hated the female characters. I hated that their breasts were described at every available opportunity, particularly the villains. During a climactic fight scene, a female villain was "distracted" by a vampire sliding his hand
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

Every once in a while the right combination of things come together perfectly. This audiobook fits that description. I enjoyed this book the first time I read it years ago but listening to James Marsters perform this story really takes it to a whole new level. The series seems to really be taking off at this point and the story was very well done. I completely enjoyed every moment that I spent listening to this book during my re-read.

Harry Dr
ETA 9/29/11 Re-read:
I am moving this up to 5 stars. This is a fantastic book. So many good things. The book turns the corner for the series and becomes interesting, dynamic and introduces a story arc. Really cool, really cool characters are introduced -- Mavra, Leea, Thomas, Charity, Michael, the spirit communicator (forgot his name), and the Carpenter clan. And existing characters are profoundly changed. At the end of this book, Harry is permanentntly altered -- both in his talent and power and
S.A. Parham
This is probably one of the saddest Dresden books thus far, but proves that Butcher is not enamored of his character and can let him evolve through strife as well as success. Harry's quest to seek out what is torturing ghosts leads him to various dead ends before he finally puts the puzzle pieces together (nice of the police and Susan to withhold that information for him for so long). The vampires re-emerge in the series, and I love that Butcher's vampires aren't really human at all. He does a ...more
Mary Beth
Oct 20, 2016 Mary Beth rated it it was amazing
Oh Wow! I loved this book more than I ever thought I would. It was just perfect for Halloween also! One of my favorite fantasy mystery series.
Jul 08, 2009 Chris rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, wizardry
"Hell's Bells" count: 26

If you're reading this series in sequence (which you absolutely should be, or things will stop making sense very quickly), you've got a good handle on how the world of Harry Dresden operates. He's a lone wolf, so to speak, standing up to the Occult Forces of Chicago with only the support of his contact in the Chicago PD, Lt. Karrin Murphy. There's also intrepid investigative reporter Susan Rodriguez, for whom Harry's feelings are slightly more than professional.

There's a
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

You know when you are reading a story and you are thinking, "There is just NO way the characters can get out of this jam!! They are for sure going to die!!" And part of your brain knows that they can't die, because there are like, a bajillion more books in the series, but the action is so intense that you are at the edge of your seat, trying to figure out how the MCs are going to get out of that mess? That is what this book was for me.

I'll admit, this one has a rocky start. The story takes off
Lisa Kay

(This is a review of the audiobook.) Narrated by James Marsters, who reads it well, with plenty of variation and differentiation in the voices. He doesn’t do the females great, but most male readers don’t. I understand Mr. Marsters doesn’t narrate the whole series, so I’m trying not to have his voice cement in my mind as Harry’s, since these books are in first person POV.

I think this installment in The Dresden Files is my favorite so far. (Or do I say that every time?) I know I sound like a bro
David Sven
These are definitely getting better. James Marsters’ audio narration has improved noticeably for a start. He’s mixing up his voice acting a bit more and his tormented spirit rendition was particularly good. Jim Butcher gives Marsters a real plug at the beginning which leads me to believe that there may have been a bit of flak received about the audio from the first two books.

Anyway, in this book Butcher manages to keep the plot elements fresh while continuing to develop Harry Dresden as a chara
Meh . . . I keep hearing about how awesome this series is, but someone needs to tell me when it gets good! Three books in and I am still not super impressed.

The first problem I have is that everything he makes up sounds so convenient and unbelievable. I know that fantasy/supernatural stories involve a lot of made up stuff, but usually the author makes it sound believable. With this book (and the previous ones) whenever the main character is in peril, the author would pull something out of thin a
I really enjoy these books. They are so easy and fun to read, and Harry Dresden is such a compelling and interesting character, I can't wait to read more of his adventures.

This book kind of felt a little bit separated from the previous books in the series, and I feel like there is backstory there that we haven't seen yet. I'm looking forward to that gap filling in, especially because I want to know more about Michael and how he and Harry came to be working together.

I really liked Michael. He b
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
I was informed by many a reader that this series found its legs in book 3, and there was even an intro from Jim Butcher to that effect. It's true! I loved this one to pieces! Many of the secondary characters came out of the woodwork in a big way, and a few new ones were added to the cast as well. I enjoyed the humour a lot more this time around, the multiple plot threads kept me engaged, and the main story arc is just getting started. Harry really defined himself as a protagonist in this ...more
Feb 01, 2016 Hunter rated it did not like it
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July 2016: My initial review of this book cracks me up (see below). Yeah, sure, Ashley. Final verdict. Not your cup. Woosh woosh woosh (that was the sound of time passing) oh wait, you love this series now, you bobo.

Since I finally fell in love with this series around book ten or so (it was just "like" from book four on), I've theorized that if I were ever to revisit the first three books I would feel differently about them, and that turned out to be true. I could see all the pieces being laid
Feb 07, 2011 Sara rated it did not like it
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Dec 15, 2012 Penny rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, series
I thought this was the best book in the series so far. It started in the thick of the action and introduced some new characters I'm looking forward to seeing more of in the later books.

As much as I enjoyed this book I do have some issues. It can take a while for my brain to process things but once it did I found there were a few things in the series that bother me. My number one problem is the rant near the beginning of each book against science and the age of reason. As if we're worse off for i
Nimrod Daniel
Dec 30, 2012 Nimrod Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
WOW, what a great book !!!
Fool Moon was much better than Storm Front, and Grave Peril is even better than Fool Moon.The series is definitely getting better and evolves to something bigger and very engaging,no doubt that Jim Butcher is a great author. That's an action packed book with lots of humor,magic and great characters. I really liked Harry's Godmother and Michael as a new characters, Harry and Bob are great (as usual).

Highly recommended !!!
Wow! I love Harry.

This was an excellent way to spend a snowy winter’s day, cuddled up in front of the fire with every light on in my house because I was so scared and creeped out by parts of this book. Think of every scary monster you know and pretty much they are in this book. There are ghosts, demons, different kinds of vampires, fae, and even a dragon.

Grave Peril is the third book in Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series. Each book is better than the previous book. If this trend continues, and
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“Holy shit," I breathed. "Hellhounds."
"Harry," Michael said sternly. "You know I hate it when you swear."
"You're right. Sorry. Holy shit," I breathed, "heckhounds.”
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