Ghost Story is a prime example of why I love Jim Butcher's books. They are good books. They are great★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Some things, my friends, are worth the wait.
Ghost Story is a prime example of why I love Jim Butcher's books. They are good books. They are great books. They rock like an 80's 'big-hair' band. They are the books that everyone wishes their book could be. They are the Six Million Dollar Man of books. They are the MacGyver of books that can build a repelling harness out of a hair scrunchie, 3 earrings, and the elastic from a pair of boxer briefs. God is jealous that he forgot to create these books.
You see where I am going with this I'm sure. They are worth a minute or two of your time.
Ghost Story was amazing and I am in a daze currently. A wonderful, floating, dreamlike, haze of satiety fed by the fantastic power of The Word of Butcher....more
I, like many others, think this installment in the series is the best. My reason for this preference is fairly specific though. It was Ivy.
Too many auI, like many others, think this installment in the series is the best. My reason for this preference is fairly specific though. It was Ivy.
Too many authors have this 'Ivy' aspect in a series and it almost, without fail, drags on too long. The "I'm not sure, but I'll keep teasing at the relationship, but won't commit, but I'll beat myself up over it, then I'll embrace it fully, then I'll mess it up, etc." thing makes me crazy! Male, female, vampire, witch, demon, or rainbow-striped zebra, the indecision over Ivy had gone on for about two books too many and I expelled one gigantic sigh of relief to see it go. Finally!
I love many of the aspects that others do. The development of Trent's character and allowing him to interact in a way that portrays him as a man with individuality was a long time in coming. He has been the 'elf drug-lord' for so many books that I was begining to despair. He was allowed to become more in this book. (At last!)
Seeing the characters outside of Cincy was also a treat. Kim herself had mentioned that she enjoyed writing about this and I can see why. A nice change, both in physical and emotional scenery.
A few people have mentioned in reviews that they felt this book moved too slow and lacked 'action'. It should be acknowledged that since the majority of 'action' in this series has centered around Rachel fighting demons, this book would inevitably have considerably less action than others. This is the book in which she comes to terms, whether forced, implied, or chosen, with her biology, and she obviously won't be fighting as many demons if she IS one. Bad form to beat up your uncle at the family reunion you know. :)
The shift in relationship with Trent is also a welcome aspect in my book as it seems a requirement for the resolution of the series. When all the 'unknowns' come to a head in the series, the chance for history to repeat itself with elves and demons waring again is high. Having a leader figure from each camp, Rachel and Trent, become one on the list of partners, lovers, friends, etc. seems a vital aspect to take the story in a different direction. (My take on future action...probably wrong but it makes me happy!)
Overall I was ridiculously pleased with this book. It was a definite 'turning of a corner' and I look forward to the new landscape we will see in book ten.