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Dead Beat by Jim Butcher
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Feb 10, 11

Read from February 01 to 09, 2011

This was actually my favorite Dresden Files so far. Butcher has been raising his game and upping the stakes for Harry and his friends. This one had the same complex plotting and fantastic world-building, but it continued the trend of the last book of forcing Harry to make sacrifices to accomplish his goals. Also, and maybe this is just from quickly going through the books, but I had a more emotional reaction to certain scenes in this one.

As the climax was, well, climaxing, I experienced the same disinterest from the previous books - once the great big plot was revealed, the ending battle seemed to just go through the motions - but then, to my surprise, things continued to turn, and I was sucked back in (where in previous books I had mostly fallen out of the story). So, again, improvement.

And again I have to give high marks to James Marsters who not only nails Harry's voice (frankly that's the voice I'll always hear now) but has a vast repertoire of other character voices. His Butters voice doesn't even sound anything like him.

Oh, and one more thing - Sue rocks.

Onto the next...
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