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message 1: by Jen (new)

Jen I got to that part last night and was very amused. :)


message 2: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya Alan wrote: "a copy of this arrived in the mail today. My first Butcher book."

Your first Butcher book? Wait, if you haven't read the first thirteen, I don't think this one would be a good place to start, awesome as it is.


message 3: by JoJo (new)

JoJo Laforte I would also recommend reading the series from the beginning, but Butcher's writing makes these very episodic and they can stand alone. Everything important will be restated before it becomes important so you wouldn't feel lost.


message 4: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya JoJo wrote: "I would also recommend reading the series from the beginning, but Butcher's writing makes these very episodic and they can stand alone. Everything important will be restated before it becomes impor..."

The first four or five - yes, but the later ones, especially the last three-four, have been way more connected to each other and most of the plotlines are no longer nicely recapped.


message 5: by JoJo (new)

JoJo Laforte I'll agree that they get a little less standalone as the series progresses.


message 6: by Jason (new)

Jason I can't believe you are still reading these Dresdens! You go, girl.


message 7: by Erika (new)

Erika Did you love the first book? I didn't, but everyone keeps talking of how awesome these books are that I'm very interested. Do you think it gets better with every book, or if I didn't like the first book I won't like the rest either?


message 8: by Regina (new)

Regina Erika, they start getting awesome at #3. You just have to commit to getting through the first three. Numbers 1 and 2 are mediocre at best. I listened to the audio to help me get through them. 3 is better. 4 is good and 5+++ are greeeat! :D


message 9: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya Erika wrote: "Did you love the first book? I didn't, but everyone keeps talking of how awesome these books are that I'm very interested. Do you think it gets better with every book, or if I didn't like the first..."

Like Regina said - they get better as the series progresses, but they are quite fun from the start. I think Butcher wrote the first one for a writing class or something of the sort, and got much better as he kept developing the world he created.
I'm actually listening to White Night right now (Dresden Book 9) - got it free from Audible as so couldn't resist ;) - I love the narration! It's nice to see how things used to be back when Harry was just a PI and a Warden.

Jason wrote: "I can't believe you are still reading these Dresdens! You go, girl."

I am - and I plan to read all of them, however many there end up being.


message 10: by JoJo (new)

JoJo Laforte Nataliya wrote: "I am - and I plan to read all of them, however many there end up being. "

From what I heard in one of his interviews there will be 23. 20 of them will be in the format of the 14 that are out so far and the final 3 will be much a much larger epic trilogy.


David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party Awesome review as always, Nataliya :) I read the first 6 books in the series, and then got sidetracked when I took time to check out some other authors...your review has inspired me to get back on the Dresden train!


message 12: by Michael (new)

Michael Captivating review. A recent and growing addiction for me. Nice to know there is some evolution in Harry. The problem is that there seems little basis to select the top handful, leaving one on a path to commit to eating one's way through the whole menu.


message 13: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya JoJo wrote: "Nataliya wrote: "I am - and I plan to read all of them, however many there end up being. "

From what I heard in one of his interviews there will be 23. 20 of them will be in the format of the 14 t..."


Oh, that is really great! That's quite a few Dresden books to look forward to - and that makes me happy.


message 14: by Search (new)

Search Awesome Review.


message 15: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya @ David, Michael and Fantasist - thanks!


message 16: by Megan (new)

Megan Add this to another series your reviews have convinced me to read! Great review!


message 17: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya Megan wrote: "Add this to another series your reviews have convinced me to read! Great review!"

Yessssss!!!! I think you will love this series. It starts off fun and okay, and gets so much better as it progresses. The audiobooks narrated by James Marsters are excellent - I just discovered the audio, and I'm really happy with the quality and the interpretation of the character.


message 18: by Sean (new)

Sean I love this series. I really enjoy the Mother characters and hope they appear once or twice more in the series and we learn who/what they are. It is clear that the power centers of the Fae Courts were not always what they are now. I want to know more about the Mothers! I also have a theory about Mother Winter's missing walking staff.


message 19: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya Sean wrote: "I love this series. I really enjoy the Mother characters and hope they appear once or twice more in the series and we learn who/what they are. It is clear that the power centers of the Fae Courts w..."

Sean, I'm positive we will see more of Mother Summer and Mother Winter as the series progresses. I'm also hoping to learn more about Mab - she's fascinating, and given the turn of events at the end of this book, we'll be seeing way more of her in the future.


message 20: by Clouds (new)

Clouds I held off reading the review until I'd read the book, and had to hold off reading the book until I'd moved house and finished the Baroque Cycle - but I can finally say: great book, great review.

Go Harry!
Go Nataliya!


message 21: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya Clouds wrote: "I held off reading the review until I'd read the book, and had to hold off reading the book until I'd moved house and finished the Baroque Cycle - but I can finally say: great book, great review.

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Haha, thanks, Clouds!


message 22: by Sean (new)

Sean Nataliya wrote: Sean, I'm positive we will see more of Mother Summer and Mother Winter as the series progresses. I'm also hoping to learn more about Mab - she's fascinating, and given the turn of events at the end of this book, we'll be seeing way more of her in the future.

I agree Nataliya. I hope we learn more of who Mab was before she received the Winter Queen mantle of power. I also think Harry will probably be used by Mab more as a general/special agent in the conflict with the Outsiders than as a mortal hitman.


message 23: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya Sean wrote: "I agree Nataliya. I hope we learn more of who Mab was before she received the Winter Queen mantle of power. I also think Harry will probably be used by Mab more as a general/special agent in the conflict with the Outsiders than as a mortal hitman. "

I would be really excited to see that, if that ever happens. I went from despising Mab to seeing her as one of the most fascinating characters in this series, and I would be very curious to see where she's coming from. As for Harry and the Winter - there will be some very interesting dynamics in the near future, and I just can't wait to see in which direction Butcher takes it. I'm a huge fan of Molly, so I'm really curious to see how he develops her character now, after the events of this book.


message 24: by Claudia (new)

Claudia Nataliya wrote: "Sean wrote: "I agree Nataliya. I hope we learn more of who Mab was before she received the Winter Queen mantle of power. I also think Harry will probably be used by Mab more as a general/special ag..."

I definitely agree with you ... Mab is an interesting revelation. I absolutely loved this book ... Harry and Winter are an interesting pair, so there will be a lot of dynamic in the future here.


message 25: by Nataliya (new)

Nataliya Claudia wrote: "I definitely agree with you ... Mab is an interesting revelation. I absolutely loved this book ... Harry and Winter are an interesting pair, so there will be a lot of dynamic in the future here. "

I'm looking forward to seeing more of that relationship fleshed out in the upcoming books.


message 26: by Claudia (new)

Claudia Nataliya wrote: "Claudia wrote: "I definitely agree with you ... Mab is an interesting revelation. I absolutely loved this book ... Harry and Winter are an interesting pair, so there will be a lot of dynamic in the..."

yes definitely ... I also liked the new tone in the relationship between Harry and Murphy ...
an interesting revelation was for me how Thomas saw things .. quite interesting ... and maybe a chance for Thomas to be the older brother


message 27: by Monica (new)

Monica Rodriguez Nataliya, your review ROCKS. And it says everything I loved about Cold Days. You've covered the book in all its awesomeness in such an eloquent manner - and then the quotes - with pics! - were perfect. I don't feel I can add anything with a review of my own.

I too expected this book to be more about his struggle to outsmart Mab and get out of his obligations. But Harry decided to pay the consequences of his actions.

My only point of disagreement (not a quibble, more of a countertheory) is in the idea that Harry will continue to prevail over the seductive power of the Winter Mantle. He's already struggled with the lure of its power, and he's only been under its influence for a couple of months. How will he fare after six months? I'm afraid that his will to resist will weaken and he may change. I hope that you're right, and he will continue to keep a hold of himself and not become more Winter Knight than Harry Dresden, Wizard. But I see a continued struggle with that coming. I'm not sure which way that will go.

And there's such a LONG wait until we find out! :-(


message 28: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Excellent review!


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