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Blood Rites (The Dresden Files #6)

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For Harry Dresden, there have been worse assignments than going undercover on the set of an adult film. Still, there’s something more troubling than usual about his newest case. The film’s producer believes he’s the target of a sinister curse-but it’s the women around him who are dying.

Harry’s even more frustrated because he only got involved with this bizarre mystery as a
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Hardcover, 370 pages
Published July 6th 2010 by Roc Hardcover (first published August 1st 2004)
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Christie Buchovecky Apart from the obvious Harry reason of him still thinking of them as kids, most of the Alphas are gone by this book (drifted apart after college…moreApart from the obvious Harry reason of him still thinking of them as kids, most of the Alphas are gone by this book (drifted apart after college except Billy, Georgia, Kirby, and Andy). Besides, wolves are close-quaters fighters and it's made pretty clear elsewhere in the book (i.e. Thomas getting beaten up) that a black-court vamp getting their hands on you leads to broken bones or worse - Murph and Kincaid for firepower actually does make more strategic sense.(less)
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Stephen
Stick a fork in me, folks…I’m done. My relationship with the Dresden Files has officially hit rock bottom.
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This is one review I've been dreading to write, both because A LOT of my friends passionately love these books, and because there are so many aspects of the series that are praise-worthy and enjoyable. The world-building is terrific, the magic system is well constructed, and there are host of likeable supporting characters, such as Thomas, Kincaid, Bob, Michael, Ebenezer...just to name a fe
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Will M.
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Urban Fantasy readers
Urban Fantasy is the genre I choose when I'm in the mood for a light read, and The Dresden Files is my number 1 choice in that particular genre. I like the characters, plot, and writing. This series keeps getting better along the way, but sometimes it tends to feel like it has a routine.

No money. New enemies. Girl problem. New job. Almost died. Didn't die. Saved the day.

That's the particular routine of The Dresden Files, and it's slowly starting to get boring. Sure I like reading about Dresden,
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Celeste
Jan 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, paranormal
Full review now posted!

It’s a thankless job, being Chicago’s only professional wizard. But it’s what Harry Dresden signed up for, and he is up to the challenge. Usually. But for someone always so swamped with work, the poor man never has two quarters to rub together. That lack of funds always ends up getting him in trouble, whether because of the jobs he takes to get some cash or because he ends up owing some sketchy people money.

This book opens with Dresden rescuing puppies from demonic purple
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seak
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can honestly say, Blood Rites is my favorite in the series so far. Now, this was also my first audiobook of the series so that could have something to do with it. It's hard to tell at this point, but either way, I highly enjoyed Bood Rites.

At first, I thought Marsters was a bit too serious for Harry, at least the Harry I had in my head, but the more I read, the more I realized Marsters is pretty much as perfect as you can get. Harry's wit and constant one-liners were actually made more hilario
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Steven
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reread, read-in-2017
Rereading with the Lobster. :)
Lindsey Rey
Jul 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2015
[4.5 Stars]
Rick Riordan
Nov 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My guilty pleasure reading is the Harry Dresden series, featuring Chicago’s only professional wizard. Butcher has the first-person hardboiled narrator voice down pat, and throws out one-liners and rock ‘em sock ‘em action with equal abandon. Harry Dresden’s world gets increasingly complicated in this book with new allies and new enemies, and I’m glad I went back and started at the beginning of the series. This book, like the rest of the series, offers a wild ride and lots of fun.
Chris
May 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, wizardry
Book Twenty-four
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Blood Rites by Jim Butcher

"Hell's Bells" count: 19 [1:]

As far as I know, The Dresden Files is an open-ended series that Butcher will continue to write until he decides to end it, which is fine with me. He's set up a universe that has endless possibilities to it, from simple mysteries to humorous romps to soul-searing betrayal and heartache. Can't go wrong with all that, and if Butcher wants to just keep putting out Dresden books every eighteen months or so, I'll happ
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Gergana
Many gave up on the series after Blood Rites and I can see why...


No, it wasn't Harry that I had problems with (I'm actually quite loving his chivalrous tendencies). Nor was it the porn movie plot or the inconsistencies. It's just so... predictable . Not the plot, but the structure. Each book has all of the following:
- 1. There is a main case that, eventually, threatens the general public, so Harry gets hired to solve it. (view spoiler)
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Carmel (Rabid Reads)
I've been enjoying this series thus far, but this installment really brought it! The porn star murder mystery had barrel-of-laughs written all over it, doubly so with Harry Dresden on the case. BLOOD RITES put a lot of the characters' roles into perspective; Murphy tries being a vigilante on for size, Ebenezar is not what he seems, and Thomas—I did NOT see that one coming. This book was a turning point for THE DRESDEN FILES, and... PUPPIES!
Ashley
Re-read, February 2017: So far on this Dresden Files re-read of mine, I've liked all the books better (some significantly so). But this one gave me feeeeelings. I mean, I mostly remembered it for the Harry-goes-undercover-on-the-set-of-a-porno plot, so to say that these feeeeelings were unexpected was a bit of an understatement.

So Harry goes undercover on the set of a porno! His White Court vampire acquaintance, Thomas, has asked him for a favor, to take the director on as a client, to protect
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Tosh
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best of the series so far!

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Kelly H. (Maybedog)
Despite the fact that this book needed an editor to point out places where the character gets up from a chair twice in the same paragraph without ever sitting down again or when he eats 3 breakfasts at three different places while seeing a doctor at the last minute between the last two (er, what time is breakfast at the last place?) without ever even mentioning he was full... Okay I'm going to pause there and add a period because even though that isn't a complete sentence, it's too dang long.

Any
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Jim
It was a pretty good romp in many ways, but I was highly ticked off my numerous logical flaws, especially around the middle of the book. Harry's staff is very important, but through sheer sloppiness, Butcher manages to have it in two places.

He also puts a manual car - one that has been a stick throughout the series & we just read was hard for Harry to drive due to a wounded leg - into 'drive' instead of first. A sentence or two later, he shifts into second.

Power is out in the city - a big
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Joseph
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Chicago's favorite wizard is on another case. This time he helps out a white vampire "friend," Thomas, after saving a bunch of puppies, Tibetian temple dogs, for a Tibetian monk. There seems to be some problems in the adult film industry. Someone is trying to kill Arturo Genosa's stars and Dresden is hired to find out who is doing the killing and stop it. Also in this story, the Red Court vampires still want Dresden dead. The Black Court is actively working to kill him and although Thomas is his ...more
Israt Zaman Disha
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like the previous books of the series it's pretty exciting. Dresden gets tangled in several threatening problems. I was wondering, why does all the problems have to fall on him at the same time? He gets really beat up and I feel bad for him.

This book is a little off than the previous three books of the series. I feel that it's too melodramatic. At one point Harry himself admits that it's more melodramatic than a Hollywood film. But when I see some possibilities between the most badass man and w
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Richard
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
9/10

This was probably the best outing in the Dresden world for me to date. The series could have gone one of two ways really; tedious and repetitive with stale characters with a too jokey style or an ever increasing amount of world building with entertaining characters with a whimsical style that amused. Luckily, the later seems to be more apt for me and I love that with each novel there is more information provided, like a slow drip feeding, about the world and characters to draw you in further
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Jason
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2015
4.5 Stars

Blood Rites is the best Harry Dresden book so far. I have pushed the Dresden Files series to the side since I have found a new love in everything Urban Fantasy, mostly due to it's PG nature. Harry is simply too good of a guy bordering on goodie goodie. I have really enjoyed the series up to this point and let it be known that Butcher and Dresden were the only ones keeping me even the slightest bit interested in the Urban Fantasy genre.

This book is a book about curses, vampires, and blo
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Nicole
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Karla

5 Stars!

Loved this one! Lots of Lt. Murphy, which is always a plus, there's plenty of action, humor and secrets about Harry's family are revealed. It was emotional for him and for me. This wizard has captured my heart!

James Marsters...delicious narration!

Steven
I fricking love Jim Butcher. I love Harry Dresden, I love Karrin Murphy, I love Thomas Raith. I love Mister and Mouse, Bob and Ebenezer, and every single thing about this series!

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Rob
Executive Summary: Mr. Butcher ramps things up with this story, and continues to break away from the formulaic style of the previous novels.

Audio book: Nothing really of note for this book, although James Marsters does get to try his hand at a Greek accent, which to me sounded pretty good. At this point in the series, I can't imagine anyone else reading it.

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So for me, the turning point for the series starts with the last book
Death Masks, but if that one didn't impress you, this one
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Shari Kay
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr-uf
3.25 ✭ I just can't go higher for a book/series that continues to depress me. It's not really Grimdark, but it's always grim. Dresden is broke...as always...gets in over his head magically and fails to save good people...as always...fumbles and bumbles around...as always...gets betrayed...as always...gets the shit beat of him... etc. etc.

In BR, his semi-friend/white vampire, Thomas, asks him for a favor; there is a death curse involved. Being broke and all...Harry takes the job and ends up under
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Faye, la Patata
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holy shit, one of the best installments yet. This series keeps getting better. Hope it doesn't stall anytime soon...
Jody McGrath
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was wonderful as usual, but for some reason I felt like I was missing something. Like their was a short story or something that they kept alluding to. It was pretty annoying. I usually don't read the short stories in series, I only read the main books. It seems like major stuff happens in these short stories though. I hate buying a book, when I only want to read a third or a fourth of it.

The story was great though. It seemed like although it had a happy ending, there was also an air of sadn
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Jilly
Have you ever seen the famous Leeroy Jenkins youtube video? There is a group of gamers getting ready to do a quest in World of Warcraft and they are standing outside the gates and talking on their headsets, coming up with a complex gameplan on how to get in there and beat all of these monsters. But, suddenly, in the middle of the discussion, Leeroy decides that he's had enough talk and just takes off, charging into the city gates, screaming his name, "Leeroy Jenkins!!!!". The rest of the group i ...more
Skylar Phelps
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars
Apart from a few awesome events and revelations, I feel like Blood Rites was a small step backwards for the series.
The plot failed to ensnare me like the past couple of novels and it seemed like Harry’s handling of the conflict was a bit sloppy. Dumb luck seemed to pull him through too many of the plot twists instead of good planning or the quick thinking I would expect from him.
The humor also suffered somewhat. It was less witty and more sexually thematic, making it feel cheap.
Now,
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Martha
Jul 16, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I first heard of the Dresden Files when the Sci Fi Channel made a show about it. I watched all the episodes, and no, it wasn't the greatest show, but I was intrigued and hoped that it would come back a little cleaned up (I believe it's been canceled.) It turns out my parents are big fans of the books, so I thought I'd give them a try.

I should say that I read a couple of the books already, I think #1 and #3, both of which I thought were decent. Not great, but not bad either. This is not a series
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David Sven
This is probably my favourite Dresden novel so far. The plot was tight and well paced. The sub plot/side story enhanced the main story instead of competing with it (like the last book instalment). The story just flowed smoothly and James Marsters has the audio narration down pat making for an overall enjoyable reading/listening experience.

This book we learn more about Harry’s past and more about his family, his mother in particular. There are some juicy revelations that continue to build Harry’s
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)


*4.5 stars*

Another AWESOME addition to The Dresden Files series. I'm SO in love with these audiobooks. Must. Keep. Listening.
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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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