Meet Harry Dresden, Chicago's first (and only) Wizard P.I. Turns out the 'everyday' world isfull of strange and magical things - and most of them don't play well with humans. That's where Harry comes in.
Luckily, however, he's not alone. Although most people don't believe in magic, the Chicago P.D. has a Special Investigations department, headed by his good friend Karrin Mu...more
Dead Beat by Jim Butcher
"Hell's Bells" count - 13
While I was on my long commute to work (not so bad, as it affords me more reading time), I wondered what the Harry Dresden from Storm Front would have made of the Harry Dresden from this book. I imagine he probably would have been scared. And to be honest, I don't think I would be able to blame him.
There's necromancy afoot in Chicago, and as much as he doesn't want to be, Harry is in the middle of all of it. He's been charged by on ...more
Harry Dresden fans, do you know you can get special Dresden character tea blends like this Butters one?? Just food, er, drink for thought.
Wonder what he tastes like. Corpses??
I'm 100% in love with the audiobooks for this series. James Marsters gets better and better with each book, and I'm addicted to listening to him narrate. His character vocal differentiation is improving with each story, and his inflections are spot on. He is amazing, really amazing.
In terms of plot, this one was pretty fr ...more
Venkman: We have to drink every time we hear an F-Bomb.
Egon: Butcher has done another outstanding job explaining and expounding upon his paranormal universe, this time returning to many of the themes he explored in his third Dresden novel Grave Peril involving ghosts an ...more
"Because that Kemmler was a certifiable nightmare," Bob said. ... That got my attention. Bob the skull was an air spirit, a being that existed in a world of knowledge without morality. He was fairly ...more
The series follow a formula only in the broadest sense of the word. I wish to tell Jim Butcher to ditch his cliffhangers. I mean, by that, hi ...more
As an accountant, when I have a bad day at work, it often means I spent hours poring through various mind-numbingly dull spreadsheets trying to rectify a discrepancy. Now here's Harry Dresden's version of a bad day at work. One of his most dangerous enemies has pictures that could destroy the life of Harry's closest friend and ally. In order to stop the evil vampire-sorceress Ma ...more
About this book, it's like any other book of Dresden Files just nastier. When you think things cannot get any worse, all hell break loose something happens to worsen everything. And I cannot help but be surprised at how much will Harry has and how fa ...more
Harry, like any good noir detective, is a bit soft-headed when it comes to a dame. This gets him in trouble in every book and this one is no exception. His wry sense of humour helps him deal with the situations that his instinctive responses get him embroiled in.
At least in this installment, Harry gets to know members of the White Council better (and vice versa), finds out that he has fans among the y ...more
8/25/11: I noticed something about this character last night that I think speaks well of Butcher as a writer: he's managed to write a somewhat sexist character but not sexist books. It's not just because the character admits to being somewhat sexist, but because it's just the main character who has those views. The narrative and development of the supporting characters ...more
It took me over two months to get this from the library; some punk had it and returned it over a month late.
“In the action business, when you don’t want to say you ran like a mouse, you call it ‘taking cover.’ It’s more heroic.”
The book begins on my birthday (cool, eh?) and ends on Halloween night: Harry has three days to prevent competing necromancers from using an obscure book to summon immense power that would kill thousands in the process, etc.
With necromancers comes …
It starts innocently enough. Mavra, a vampire from Black Court (think Dracula on steroids) who happened to be one of the most powerful Dresden's enemies made an offer to the only official wizard which cannot be refused: find the last book of ...more
Needless to say we get ...more
I like all the fun twists that keep the story moving, often in unexpected ways. The w ...more
This is very nearly a perfect urban fantasy book. It comes soooo close. If it weren’t for Harr ...more
Is this a filler book? It feels like a filler book. The previous 2 books were terrific, this one didn't do much for me.
However it still had great moments and the ending was quite good.
Hoping it picks back up in the next book.
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This book made me really think about what I like about the Dresden files. The author develops multiple story lines and then weaves them together plausibly - at least as plausible as zombies in present day Chicago. The quest for the book of Kemmlar places Harry in a very bad position. Mavra is threatening to get Murphy arrested. Powerful necromancers are seeking to upend th ...more
Other than that, I had lots of fun and a good break from vampires, which I've felt have been a bit o ...more
And I' ...more
Its the best book in the series so far (and that extra half star is for Butters and Sue)!!
With Halloween just days away, Harry finds himself blackmailed by Marva into finding “Word of Kemmler”. But Harry even doesn’t know what “Word of Kemmler” is and what it can do or where to find it. If thats not enough three more wizards/necromancers who are powerful than Harry wants “Word of Kemmler” for themselves. And what follows next is endless action and fun.
This book was one hell of a ride right fr ...more
But let's be honest - we're all reading it for the ghosts, zombies, magic, fist fights and Dresden himself. And this edition doesn't skimp on any of it! The main action scenes toward the en ...more
Audio book: James Marsters continues to be excellent as the reader for the audio book. Of particular note, I really enjoy his voices for Butters and Ramirez.
So what a long way we've come. Wizards, Werewolves, Vampires, Fae. What's left? Why Zombies of course..
One of Harry's enemies is back in town and blackmailing him to find something called the Wor ...more
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Butters stared up at me, pale, his eyes terrified. "We're not?"
"No. And do you know why?" He shook his head. "Because Thomas is too pretty to die. And because I'm too stubborn to die." I hauled on the shirt even harder. "And most of all because tomorrow is Oktoberfest, Butters, and polka will never die.”