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Wizard at Large

(The Dresden Files Omnibus #3)

4.61  ·  Rating details ·  1,145 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Contains Blood Rites and Dead Beat.
Hardcover, 740 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by SFBC Fantasy
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EA Solinas
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Harry Dresden's life is basically an example of the ancient curse, "May you live in interesting times." And nowhere is that more evident than in "Wizard At Large," an omnibus containing Jim Butcher's "Blood Rites" and "Dead Beat" -- two wonderful books that fling Harry into the fun world of vampires, zombies and necromancy. Also, ZOMBIE T-REX.

"Blood Rites" has Harry being hired by the quirky vampire Thomas Raith. Apparently a porn director (who works for the Raith porn empire) is being hit by an
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
2012 reread:

We pause from our regularly scheduled Red Court vs. White Council program to give you the following updates: family history, vampire jobs, Bob's history, sexual tension, temptations, and a zombie T-Rex. Thank you for your patience.

Despite the general information necessary to really enjoy these two books (Blood Rites and Dead Beat), these are two of the books that argue against the "reading in order" theory. Sure, we have some revelations in them, but they are generally fun. They have
Mike (the Paladin)
Mar 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I mentioned that these (the first 4 omnibus editions from Science Fiction Book Club) are the way I first read the Dresden books that were out when I discovered Jim Butcher's Professional Wizard for hire. I was hooked on the books right away. This volume is the third omnibus edition and has books #6 and 7 (Blood Rites and Dead Beat) in it.

Blood Rites is a sort of "interlude" in the flow of events with us moving back into Harry's investigator gig. Of course the job he's involved in (seeking out wh
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have to be completely honest, if I judge books by their covers, The Dresden Files wouldn't interest me at all lmao. The 4 Omnibus Volumes published by Science Fiction Book Club Fantasy, however, have book covers much more appealing imo. So yeah, if I were to physically own books from this series, this edition is the most ideal... So sad they didn't continue publishing the remaining series (as of now.)

My reviews for individual books included in this volume:

Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Entertaining as all get out, though I'm sad to say the character of Dresden is mildly problematic. The older I get the more I see the creepy fedora neckbeard "m'lady" maladaptive traits and it makes me sad. Hopefully it's just the earlier works and it gets better because I have so many fond memories of the series. ...more
Michael Brown
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: series-reading
Rainy day reading.
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Jul 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Rereading Blood Rites and Dead Beat again helped me gain new insight to Harry's character and principles. In Blood Rites, we see that Harry gains something that he's longed for family ~ a brother in Thomas Raith. Harry is also tested in this capacity too, how much does family mean to him and what he is willing to do. We also see the estrangement of Harry and his mentor McCoy which shakes the very foundation of everything that Harry believes in about magic and himself. In Dead Beat, we see anothe ...more
Sep 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
BLOOD RITES: 4 Stars - Not the best Dresden story like Summer Knight, but still a really good book. Once started, you are not able to put it down until you’ve finished it. I believe that Blood Rites is the story that needed to be told for a while now.
Harry is hired by Thomas, a vampire of the White Court, to help the target of an entropy curse. Bonus!!! The target is the producer of adult XXX films. Dresden’s investigation puts him in the house of a vampire family, where he'll learn about his p
Greyson Simon
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People with a strong eyeroll or tolerance for misogyny disguised as "chivalry"
I just, I can't y'all. I tried. I tried so hard. I love the world that Jim Butcher has built. I love the supernatural system and the secondary characters and the factions. I love everything about it-- except Dresden. Dresden, as a character, I enjoyed for the first few books. But as soon as Jim Butcher started doing more of the "nice guy chivalry" shit, I can't handle it. I pushed through the porn company story, hoping that Dresden's "nice guy" bullshit would have worked itself out, but then, in ...more
Two more books in the entertaining Dresden files series. Somehow I came to own the omnibus of the sixth and seventh books rather than the individual paperbacks. In any event, I enjoyed both of these books, either of which could be read as a standalone. Neither Blood Rites nor Dead Beat really spent much time on the larger story arc of Dresden's political intrigue with the paranormal universe. Instead, both were solid installments of the wry, aw-shucks, wizard-for-hire investigative business that ...more
Dec 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
I am completely enchanted with Butcher's universe. The more of the Dresden novels he turns out, the more complex, fleshed out and realistic-feeling it becomes. I love the way that Harry has developed as a character -- he's a wiseass anti-hero, and yet, he's also vulnerable and lonely and honor driven to protect people. The relationships that have developed between him and Thomas, Murphy, and the rest of the regulars have a very realistic feel to them as well. I have especially enjoyed Butters, t ...more
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Dresden books never disappoint when it comes to over the top plots, action and some of the most fascinating magical characters in fiction. In this volume, Harry discovers he has a brother, his enemies are even more pissed off at him and are dead set on destroying all the things he holds dear. Unlikely allies spring up all over the place, most deadly and dangerous, but our crazed hero seems to be falling deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole, and where he lands is anyone's guess at this poin ...more
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Butcher continues his blend of the genres of detective fiction and fantasy in this collected edition of the 6th and 7th "Dresden Files" novels. Butcher strikes the right balance between paying homage to both his genres and developing an interesting, flawed, but ultimately heroic protagonist. A fun read, overall. ...more
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I had read both of these books before but I certainly did not remember every event. Re-reading made sense of things in other books that I had forgotten. Plus, I enjoyed reading them again immensely. Can't say that I won't do it again sometime, just for the fun of it. ...more
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
book started out good but it got really boring after the first hundred pages most of the big words arnt even used right some parts sounded like they were wrote by a two year old "my feet where nocked out from under me and i fell down" really? ...more
Aug 06, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I enjoyed these two novels, and I felt they weren't as formulaic as some of the others in the series. At one point in the first novel, I thought I had stuff figured out, the way it all ties together; but I was wrong. That's a good thing. ...more
Kat  Hooper
Sep 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've reviewed these separately at FanLit: ...more
Mar 10, 2018 added it
Shelves: enjoyed
The image that got me reading the Dresden files in the first place. Comes from a great book. Go Waldo!
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Just finished reading this book and I have only one thing to say. I like Butters.
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This volume collects books 5 & 6 of the series, and Harry coming a bit more into his own power as a character. I've reviewed these books individually. ...more
Jul 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
This was one of the really good books in the series. All I have to say is zombie dinosaur.
Nancy Laney
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
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Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and a new steampunk series, the Cinder Spires. His resume includes a laundry list of skills which were useful a couple of centuries ago, and he plays guitar quite badly. An avid gamer, he plays tabletop games in varying systems, a variety of video games on PC and console, and LARPs whenever he can make time for it. Jim currently resi ...more

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The Dresden Files Omnibus (4 books)
  • Wizard for Hire (The Dresden Files Omnibus, #1)
  • Wizard by Trade (The Dresden Files Omnibus, #2)
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