**spoiler alert** I only just realized that I never wrote a review for this book. I probably figured that I would get to it later, and well, if a few...more**spoiler alert** I only just realized that I never wrote a review for this book. I probably figured that I would get to it later, and well, if a few months are "later," I guess I was right. Unfortunately, that means that most of the finer details of the story are gone from my memory.
I guess the only thing to do then is leave some general observations.
1. I hate the direction that Harry's character is going. I despised Harry and all his selfish "let the world burn" crap in Changes, but Ghost Story gave me hope that Harry had learned the consequences of that kind of attitude. Unfortunately, any growth that Harry's character had undergone throughout any of the previous books was completely wiped out in Cold Days. So instead of smart, capable Harry who understood how his actions affected the well-being of his friends, we got bumbling Harry who stayed about two steps behind the bad guys for most of the book and couldn't stop himself from thinking about raping every women who walked within two feet of him.
2. And speaking of rapey-mantle Dresden, I don't care if it's the stupid Winter Mantle giving him these urges, how am I supposed to related to and root for a character who is making my skin crawl? Harry Dresden should not be skeeving me out and I am so angry with Butcher for introducing this aspect into the story. I sincerely hope that this particular characteristic is fixed or at least toned down in the next book, or I might seriously have to give up on this series, which would make me incredibly sad.
3. Jim Butcher is turning Harry into a caricature of himself with these stupid pop-culture references. They were amusing before, when they were occasional, but in this book it seemed like Harry had to drop a reference into every conversation.
I'm being ranty here, I know. Months after the fact, most of what I can recall are the things that made me angry, but it was not a bad book. It was a enjoyable read (minus the rapey thoughts) and as exciting as most of the earlier books in series, even if not on par with the best ones (Dead Beat for example).
My love for this series has never really recovered from Changes, but I keep anticipating the next installment anyway. How long that will last, I'm not sure. But I just can't stop hoping.(less)
This was an engaging book with an interesting protagonist. The mystery stayed intriguing throughout, despite the fact that I figured out the big twist...moreThis was an engaging book with an interesting protagonist. The mystery stayed intriguing throughout, despite the fact that I figured out the big twist fairly early. The high points of the book were the chapters dealing with the terrible childhood memories of the hero. These weren't pleasant chapters, but they were so well done that my stomach would twist in knots at his pain. The lowest point was the confrontation with the killer, which was cartoonish and absurd. However, with everything else going for the book, that one bit of nonsense is fairly easy to overlook. *3.5 stars*
I got this book because I was looking through the free Kindle downloads and it looked cute. In the end, that's exactly what is was: cute. I enjoyed it...moreI got this book because I was looking through the free Kindle downloads and it looked cute. In the end, that's exactly what is was: cute. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would, especially after the first 1/2 or so.
The protagonist is likeable enough, although some of the supporting characters weren't as fleshed out as they could have been. Also, a couple of the conflicts were solved a little too neatly to be entirely believable. Still, this was a nice, light read and funny enough in places to get a chuckle out of me. There's no sexual content, but there is enough sexual innuendo to make me say that it's not for younger teens.
In end, the book was a fun, quick read, and I'd probably grab something by this author again if the price is right.(less)