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Dead Beat (The Dresden Files #7)

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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
Mass Market Paperback, 513 pages
Published by Roc (first published May 3rd 2005)
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Jun 26, 2012 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Polka will never die!"
Jul 16, 2009 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, wizardry
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
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**Audiobook edition**

Harry Dresden fans, do you know you can get special Dresden character tea blends like this Butters one?? Just food, er, drink for thought.

Wonder what he tastes like. Corpses??

I'm 100% in love with the audiobooks for this series. James Marsters gets better and better with each book, and I'm addicted to listening to him narrate. His character vocal differentiation is improving with each story, and his inflections are spot on. He is amazing, really amazing.

In terms of plot,
Lindsey Rey
Aug 20, 2015 Lindsey Rey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2015
This had one of the most creative and fun uses of magic I've ever seen without creating an entirely original magic system! Also some serious character development and story progression!! You rock, Jim Butcher!
David "proud Gleeman in 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
Faye, la Patata
Oct 17, 2015 Faye, la Patata rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Did I say the last book was the best installment yet? I WAS OBVIOUSLY KIDDING. No, THIS books is the best installment yet. What is it about this series that just keeps getting better and better and better and better? I just adore how the stakes keep getting higher, and how our dear wizard Harry is always overcome with hurdles that even I am biting my nails in suspense, unsure if he'll even come out of it in one piece. And when he does overcome them in unconventional means, I can't help but sigh ...more
Oct 30, 2013 Meg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-urban, 2011, 2012, 2013
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
May 25, 2016 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I have two GR friends who have said that this series gets better and better with each book. I believe that to be true because these books really do get better, probably because I already love the characters. Harry is a great character. He is constantly evolving and I like that I'm learning something new about him with each new book. The new characters are also just as fascinating, as well as the returning ones.

I like all the fun twists that keep the story moving, often in unexpected ways. The w
May 17, 2015 Luffy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This seventh book in the Dresden Files series, took me on a roller coaster ride tread by many of the fans, yet managed to make the experience nearly pristine and virginal. The book was at first a slow starter, then became a precocious child, then became an overachiever, then, a late bloomer. The entire novel was the work of a workaholic, of that I'm sure.

The series follow a formula only in the broadest sense of the word. I wish to tell Jim Butcher to ditch his cliffhangers. I mean, by that, hi
May 27, 2013 Evgeny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Mr. Matt
Sep 01, 2015 Mr. Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-urban, 2013
This was without a doubt my favorite of the Dresden files. It had everything - especially zombies, and lots and lots of them!

This book made me really think about what I like about the Dresden files. The author develops multiple story lines and then weaves them together plausibly - at least as plausible as zombies in present day Chicago. The quest for the book of Kemmlar places Harry in a very bad position. Mavra is threatening to get Murphy arrested. Powerful necromancers are seeking to upend th
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.

Full Review
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 Wor
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'
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
So, this audiobook was pretty epic. End review. No, but seriously there's Necromancers, a zombie t-rex, Harry gets a wizardly promotion, there's a weird love triangle going on, although I don't think anyone is actually getting any, Bob gets kidnapped, and then there's the whole Lasciel thing. I loved this installment to bits; there was action to the max, tons of future possibilities open up for this series, and I bow down to James Marsters' grasp of Dresden's character. Butters made for an aweso ...more
Mar 08, 2015 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy

Awesome, the whole thing was awesome! It’s never going to win any literature awards or be viewed as high brow but on the entertainment scale this is as near to 10 as I’m going to give. The series as a whole has fully developed for me and it now has the feel of joining friends for a beer at the pub and passing tales between one another. The narration is the usual top notch, easy banter style which flows from page to page and picks up the plot and goes from 0-60 before you could put on all y
Sep 09, 2009 Sandi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2009
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
Sep 28, 2009 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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⊱ Irena ⊰
I loved this book. It has everything I love and lacks exactly the thing I dislike in this series (Murphy and her self-righteous attitude). I still remember how she ruined the second book for me.
It took me quite a while to start reading Dead Beat because of the blurb. Since the starting point is a blackmail connected to Murphy I expected her to play a greater role here. Fortunately that's not the case. Murphy lovers will be disappointed to find that she appears only in two scenes, one in the beg
Deborah Markus
Nov 28, 2014 Deborah Markus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
"Because Thomas is too pretty to die. And because I'm too stubborn to die. And most of all because tomorrow is Oktoberfest, Butters, and polka will never die."

This must be my favourite Dresden book yet.
The formula is the same. Action packed, as usual. The plot is convoluted to say the least, as Harry moved back and forth between encounters with known characters and new ones. There are a dozen villains (really, a lot of them) but the main antagonists of this book actually impressed me this time:
harry dresden photo: Dresden scariestperson.gif

Normals looked at me like I was insane when I told people I was a wizard. People who were in the know didn't look at me like I was insane. They looked at me like I was insanely dangerous.

So, Harry's been through a lot through the last few books. He's almost been killed so many times that the Grim Reaper is sick of seeing his face. "I'm not coming again until he's been dead for a few days. I'm sick of these false alarms!" Because of all of this, Harry is a little bit on edge - like possibly l
The one where it really starts to get good. Has several priceless scenes, especially in the last third, that had me re-reading this book. Best dinosaur scene ever.
Ben Babcock
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Mar 11, 2016 Carolyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Life is never easy for Harry and it seems to be getting even tougher. He's lost his girlfriend to the vampires and just when he's showing an interest in Murphy she disappears on holiday with Kincaid. He loves that he has discovered he has a brother but having to share his small apartment with such a slob is hard going. He is still grieving the near loss of his hand, now burnt and useless and has been unable to use fire since the fight with Mavra's vampires. On top of that the necromancers have c ...more
Oct 12, 2014 Victoria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Dresden Files (1 - 10 of 17 books)
  • Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1)
  • Fool Moon (The Dresden Files, #2)
  • Grave Peril (The Dresden Files, #3)
  • Summer Knight (The Dresden Files, #4)
  • Death Masks (The Dresden Files, #5)
  • Blood Rites (The Dresden Files, #6)
  • Proven Guilty (The Dresden Files, #8)
  • White Night (The Dresden Files, #9)
  • Small Favor (The Dresden Files, #10)
  • Turn Coat (The Dresden Files, #11)

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“Life is a journey. Time is a river. The door is ajar” 795 likes
“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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