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Cold Days by Jim Butcher

Dresden Files 14, and I review it with a hint of sadness, because it’s the latest book in the series to date, with the next not due until January 2014 at the earliest. I’m not sure I’ll be able to cope with the withdrawal.

As with recent books in the series, discussion of the plot is kind of a problem, due to the massive amount of spoilers that even setting out the background to the plot would entail.

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Ghost Story by Jim Butcher

Right, seriously. It’s tough to review the later Dresden Files books, because I want to avoid spoilers. So recently I’ve avoided all but the barest sketches of plot and just focused on writing about things I’ve found interesting in the series. Read the rest of this entry

Changes by Jim Butcher

Holy shit. Where to start. In my last Dresden Files review, I suggested that Turn Coat, the eleventh book in the series may be a decent starting point for people who were interested in the series, but didn’t fancy the slog of getting through 14 books (to date, with a plan of around another ten according to the author!). I take that back. Changes is a phenomenally good fun book, but it builds so intrinsically on the foundations laid in the series to date that not reading the other ten books would be hugely damaging to it. Otherwise it’s like taking a helicopter up to the top of Kilimanjaro to meet a climber: sure, you’ve reached the summit, but reaching the summit isn’t really as satisfying if you didn’t earn it. Read the rest of this entry

Turn Coat by Jim Butcher

At some stage it becomes pointless to write further actual reviews of the Dresden Files series. This is the eleventh book of the series, and at this point in my reviews either you’ll be convinced to read them, or you’ll just skip right on by. You don’t need another review of me saying how much I love the characters or mythology, so instead of just doing a straight review explaining what’s good (almost all of it) and what’s bad (very little) in Turn Coat, I figure I’ll instead concentrate on some stuff that I found interesting. Read the rest of this entry

Small Favor by Jim Butcher

Small Favor is the tenth book in Dresden Files series. I’ve reviewed the first nine, so I shan’t cover the basics. Things get off to a pretty sharp start here, as Harry is quickly attacked by three Billy Goats Gruff (I’m not even kidding). Following that, Mab, Queen of Air and Darkness, Queen of the Winter Court, and part-owner of Harry’s soul pops up to remind Harry that he still owes her two favours. And she’s calling one in: rescue Chicago’s pre-eminent gangster, Gentleman Johnny Marcone, who has been abducted forces unknown, using magical methods chaotic enough that they almost bring down an entire building to get at Marcone. Read the rest of this entry

White Night by Jim Butcher

I’d been so good at rationing myself to only reading a Dresden Files book every other book, rather than just ploughing through the whole series in one big binge. But Proven Guilty was so good that I had to read White Night straight after.

Bah. White Night was a step back from Proven Guilty. It’s still good, and has an excellent finale, but the first couple of acts are pretty slow, so that even with a great final act, as a whole White Night is a definite step back from the last few books in the series. To be honest, its probably the weakest in the series to date. Read the rest of this entry

Blood Rites by Jim Butcher

Dresden Files 6, here we go. This feels a bit like a watershed book for the series. Up to this point, the overarching plot, established from book three, is that the wizards are at war with the Red Court of vampires. Thus far, this has been a bit of a cold war, and its only really been mentioned in passing during the books since then; it wasn’t 100% clear whether Butcher was going to fully commit to this as a major plot point, especially as bits and pieces of the previous books were looking at ways that either side might be able to get out of the war with their honour intact. However, from Blood Rites, it definitely feels like the Red Court war will remain a major plot point going forward.
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Death Masks by Jim Butcher

Dresden Files 5, so lets make this snappy. If you don’t what the deal with the Dresden Files is yet, read my other reviews. Death Masks opens with Harry in unfamiliar, uncomfortable ground: being interviewed on a TV show about occult matters. One of his fellow guests is a local psychic, Mortimer, who is the reason Harry is on the show. Mortimer won’t meet Harry in private, given the still-existing risk that the Red Court vampires might try to kill Harry at any moment. A safe public meeting ground is needed, hence meeting via the show. Read the rest of this entry

Summer Knight by Jim Butcher

Summer Knight is the fourth book in the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher, starring the only wizard with an advert in the Yellow Pages, Harry Dresden. Much of what I’ve written in my previous reviews applies here, and my recommendation isn’t going to be much different than my recommendation for those three books. But if you want a specific review, fine, read on.

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Grave Peril by Jim Butcher

Yep, another Dresden Files book, number three in the series. You can read my reviews of books one and two here and here. My enjoyment of those should make it clear why I went for book three of the series.

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