The Mercy Thompson books aren't like other horror/fantasy books with sex, sex, and more sex - the small am...moreAnother lovely installation of this series!
The Mercy Thompson books aren't like other horror/fantasy books with sex, sex, and more sex - the small amount of it in there is barely mentioned at all, let alone detailed. The character development is superb and the plots are very involved with lots of twists and turns that's sure to leave you intrigued and wanting more.
This particular book delves into Mercy's relationship issues with Samuel and Adam, and explores the fae quite a bit more than the blurb on the back of the book implies. I definitely can't wait for the next book!(less)
Man. Another great Dresden book. I'm a bit upset that he touched on Harry's migraines and never got back to them again. I hope they deal with that soo...moreMan. Another great Dresden book. I'm a bit upset that he touched on Harry's migraines and never got back to them again. I hope they deal with that soon.
I really liked the plot and how the other wardens are always perpetually surprised at the impossibilities that Harry always manages to accomplish - barely. It isn't like he pulls things off easily without a sweat. He nearly dies when he does it and gets through horrific events by the skin of his teeth. You've always got to wonder if, someday, that just won't be enough. (less)
This was a refreshing change for me as far as paranormal-mystery-romance books go. Most of it was the setting, of course, since I tend to go more cont...moreThis was a refreshing change for me as far as paranormal-mystery-romance books go. Most of it was the setting, of course, since I tend to go more contemporary than steampunk, but I loved the snarky writing style and the universe in general.
I like how the werewolves work in this world, with them being completely mindless on the full moon and actually dangerous rather than them still retaining some sense of self and just giving in to instincts. I was also pleased with the reason why there are so few supernatural creatures and I liked the pack and hive dynamics.
It was nice to read about a girl who, though unique with a nifty power of her own, definitely has a bunch of disadvantages that mostly stem from her gender and social status keeping her from realizing her full potential. It was also fun to see how she doesn't let those things keep her down and doesn't conform to the norm just because society dictates you should. I'll definitely be checking out more of this series.(less)
I really enjoyed this novel, even though someone had spoiled me for the Big Event at the end (I gave him a stern talking to). It sort of felt like the...moreI really enjoyed this novel, even though someone had spoiled me for the Big Event at the end (I gave him a stern talking to). It sort of felt like the end of an era for the Dresden books, and I really hope that the next one isn't even darker than this one was - or at least not for too long. The frequency with which poor Harry's life goes to shit is very sad, especially when he doesn't deserve all the strife he's gotta go through.(less)
Fantastic collection of short stories. They only got better as they went - I especially enjoyed from Thomas' story onward.
Thomas really deserved his l...moreFantastic collection of short stories. They only got better as they went - I especially enjoyed from Thomas' story onward.
Thomas really deserved his little "behind the scenes" action in Backup, and as Jim Butcher mentions just beforehand, it was a great way for him to reveal a piece of the world he created that he previously couldn't talk about because Harry is unaware of it.
The Warrior was fantastic. I loved the little bit of insightfulness Harry gets about all the good he does without even knowing it, because that's just who he is.
Last Call: Okay, what retard would be stupid enough to screw with beer in a bar that Harry Dresden goes to? I don't care what kind of baddie you are. Don't screw with people and places Harry likes, you idiot. You deserve all the hurtin' you get. XD
Love Hurts: Just...just wow. Really makes the end of Changes more meaningful.
Aftermath: OMGWTFBBW. Loved this POV for Murphy after the end of Changes. It was nice to see her get some stuff done on her own.
If you are one of those silly people avoiding this book because of how the last one ended, I have three words for you: GET OVER IT.
This is going to be...moreIf you are one of those silly people avoiding this book because of how the last one ended, I have three words for you: GET OVER IT.
This is going to be lightly-spoiler-filled review after this sentence, so I'll say to those who don't want spoilers that Harry needed events to unfold as they have to grow as a character, and you wouldn't let what YOU think should have happened to him make you avoid finding out what actually does happen to him as books progress and are still awesome. =D
And now the real review begins! There's not too many specifics, but you've been warned.
(view spoiler)[So. What do you do when your character sells his soul, becomes ridiculously overpowered, and manages to wipe out the entirety of a powerful, supernatural race?
If I were playing a D&D game, my dungeon master would take control of that character and make me roll up a new one. Or he'd find a way to kill me off, or gimp me somehow.
Luckily, what Jim Butcher does is a lot more fun. Harry is forced to, in his words, "be the new kid" again. He's plopped into what essentially is a new realm and has no idea how anything works or how to defend himself. He has to re-learn how to rely on others. He has to re-learn magic. He has to re-learn his limits. And the nature of his new self means he gets to re-live his memories with crystal clarity and see where he made flawed decisions.
We're told right from the beginning that Harry's death was essentially not supposed to happen, and things were thrown off balance because of it. "They cheated," Harry was told, but nobody would tell him who "they" might be. And so Harry is sent back to Chicago from the almost-afterlife to find out who his killer is...six months after his death.
The city's in chaos. The WORLD'S in chaos, and it's all Harry's doing. Killing off the red vamps threw all the lesser baddies into an insane power struggle, and Harry's absence from Chicago meant that a whole bunch of things that were too afraid to go there before are turning up there now. And some of his former friends aren't really doing so hot.
But Harry's a ghost. Most people can't see or hear him, and he can't really interact with the physical world, either. How can he possibly help his friends and find his killer in such a situation?
That's what makes this book such an awesome read. We get to see how Harry figures out how to do things once again and regains the power initially stripped from him. We see him realize what his flaws are as he's swept away by memories, because memories are all he IS right now. We watch as he grows into a stronger character for all he's been through, right up until the end of the book.
So what if Harry's dead? This book is just as awesome - if not MORE awesome - than all the ones that came before it, and I think it's proof of Jim Butcher's prowess that he can pull this off without everything being cheesy and cliché. Well, except for some of the stuff that comes out of Harry's mouth!
But in all honesty, the Dresden Files, to me, are stories about Harry overcoming adversity against all odds while still keeping true to himself. And if you didn't see from the very end of the last book that death is just another adversary, then you obviously didn't know that Butcher has this planned to be a 20 book series. ^_~ (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)