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Death Masks by Jim Butcher
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Feb 15, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: urban-fantasy-paranormal, vanquished_2010, owned
Read on February 15, 2010 , read count: 1

Death Masks maintains a breakneck pace throughout. Like in any other of the Dresden Files, Harry faces impossible odds. The war with the Red Court of Vampires is escalating and a duel to the death may mean a truce--or the demise of Harry and his friends. While preparing for the face-to-face, he's dodging hitmen, chasing thieves, and battling hellish creatures of fascinating variety. Add some heartbreak into the mix and, needless to say, Harry's having a hard time of it.

Death Masks stands separately from the other books though. It's not just another example of Harry's determination, but also a turning point for him. Seemingly unrelated factions finally coalesce to create a bigger picture, revealing Harry's allies to be more numerous and more tricksy than he imagines. He's starting to truly realize that he can't always manage on his own. Even if he tries to, he's now made enough friends and impressed enough people that they'll probably interfere anyway.

Although Harry faces some hard truths in Death Masks, he also comes out of it with a better knowledge of himself. He seems a little less impulsive, a little more cunning, and a lot more understanding of what he can and can't change. In other words, he's growing up.

Harry's increased maturity and self-awareness is a positive thing. It comes just when I'd begun to think Harry would never stop beating himself up over every little misstep. He lives in a world of greys and can only do the best he can. Hopefully, it'll be enough.
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Quotes The Flooze Liked

Jim Butcher
“Sleep is God. Go worship.”
Jim Butcher, Death Masks

Jim Butcher
“So. You get handed a holy sword by an archangel, told to go fight the forces of evil, and you somehow remain an atheist. Is that what you're saying?”
Jim Butcher, Death Masks

Jim Butcher
“Sullen monosyllabism, a sure sign of sleep deprivation.”
Jim Butcher, Death Masks

Jim Butcher
“It isn't good to hold on too hard to the past. You can't spend your whole life looking back. Not even when you can't see what lies ahead. All you can do is keep on keeping on, and try to believe that tomorrow will be what it should be—even if it isn't what you expected.”
Jim Butcher, Death Masks

Reading Progress

02/15/2010 page 1
0.23% "They're like Pringles..."
02/15/2010 page 276
63.89% "Oh no, he did not just mention Salt-N-Pepa. Youngins must get so confused reading these books."
02/15/2010 page 284
65.74% "Earth to Larceny Spice, come in Larceny Spice."
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