Favourite genre is Science Fiction/Fantasy; authors being Jim Butcher for the Science Fiction side & J.R.R Tolkien for Fantasy! Faroth fea-
Okay, so here's the thing: Jim Butchers is it. You want your new science fiction novel, your new detective thriller, your whatever. This book, this series has done the most amazing thing that can be done in this world. It changed me, made me feel something that's too deep and human for simple explanation. Too pure for some science to explain how it's specific hormone floods the brain at this specific time. It stirs you, makes you just feel things that are more important than anything this world is made of. Butcher is my favourite modern author and I will undoubtedly continue reading and re-reading this wonderful and fantastic series for the rest of my days, to my children, and to my friends. Harry 's (main protagonist) one lesson that has been his staple is something every man, woman, child, heck human being, needs to understand in this world. The world is getting darker, crazier, madder, sadder, tiring every dang day. People continue to drone on about these problems and issues that are blown out of proportion to no avail. But, at the end of the day, you're not going to win every battle, you aren't going to win every person's heart, but that doesn't mean just give up. Life goes on, make the most of it. Stand up, not for some person, or code, or anything. Stand up for truth, honesty, and the pure goodness that the world needs these days. Thank you again Jim. Thank you.
I am really selective about what I read or listen to. Jim Butcher's writing and James Marsters reading is always worth the time. Jim's novels are always exciting, quite funny and capture the human element that I find easy to identify with.
Michael Carpenter is my favorite character in most books, however, he was notably absent in this one. No mention of how his recovery is coming. In this book, my favorite character was either Harry or Billy Borden. I find that I admire "try" much more than I admire "ability". Bob and Butters also tend to make me smile as well.
It is hard to put your finger on it, but I don't think I would enjoy any other reader as much. Perfect inflections and at times you can almost hear him smiling as he reads. I guess you could say that James really captures the emotions and the intensity of the diverse set of characters.
Certainly, but I doubt that I could sit for that long.
Keep'em coming guys.
Avid Reader of Fantasy and Historical Fiction. Actually looking for new Historical fiction to follow. Well versed in the worlds of Dresden, Rachel Morgan, Sookie Stackhouse, Anita Blake, and Merry Gentry.
James Marsters continues to impress and improve with every book. I've read all these boks, but there has been something special to listening to them!!#
A dam good mystery that easy to fellow but at the same time not too simple that the listener can finger everything at beginning. As always James Marsters dose an amazing job with
all voices witch makes the reader fall in with characters even more. All around a dam good read but an even better listen!
Note: I feel that Death Masks, Book 5, is where reading this series out of order starts to do you an injustice. This book does work as a stand alone to some extent, but you will get major spoilers for the previous books in the series and it also pulls in characters we have met before. So I recommend reading the previous books before you jump into this one.
Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only wizard PI, was quite surprised to find Warden Donald Morgan on his doorstep asking for his assistance. Even though Morgan tormented Harry for years, Harry can’t help but be curious. Morgan has been accused of treason by the White Council and Harry has a limited time to figure out who really did the deed.
For all those who wondered what Harry and Morgan could accomplish if they could set aside their animosities and suspicions, this book contains the answer. I loved the set up for this book. Harry and Morgan have detested each other for years and Morgan has tried to execute Harry every chance he got. Now Morgan is forced by circumstance to go to Harry for assistance. Haha! I think it’s Harry’s deathwish-cat level of curiosity that makes the decision for him to take up the challenge of hiding Morgan while trying to uncover the real culprit.
Harry and Morgan aren’t the only two that harbor suspicions – this book brings in various characters that distrust one another. Harry trusts Molly to tend to Morgan’s wounds, but Morgan has just as much dislike for Molly as he does Harry. Then Thomas is brought into the mix – and Morgan can’t contain himself when it comes to vampires, even White Court vampires! Luckily, Mouse, Harry’s dog, has the most common sense and forcibly quells disagreements a few times. Mouse is my hero!
Something horrible is tracking Morgan, besides the White Council wizards. I don’t want to spoil what it is, so I’ll just use Harry’s petname for it- Shagnasty. It’s strong. It’s brutal. Morgan defeated one once, but it took great timing and a serious bomb. Harry might not be able to pull off the same. Butcher does a great job of getting across just how evil and dangerous this thing is! Billy and the college campus werewolves make an appearance in this book and they take their first hard hit in fighting Shagnasty. A bit sad. But that just fuels the fire for taking out Shagnasty.
I do believe this is the first full length novel we meet the mortal, every-day kind of PI Vince in, though I think he appears in one of the earliest short stories. Vince isn’t willing to give Harry much info. However, he’s probably no match for Molly. We also have our first introduction to Binder, a low-level magic user with one trick, though it’s an effective trick. He wreaks havoc on Harry’s attempts to keep Morgan hidden and to keep his apartment in one piece. Toss in the on-going tortured love between Thomas and his mortal girlfriend Justine, a deceptive yet stupid cousin of Lara Wraith’s, Shagnasty capturing and torturing one of Harry’s companions, the distrust of Antonia Luccio, and then Harry has his work cut out for him!
The ending to this book surprised me the first time I read it. During this reread, it still hit hard. I can see this as one of those turning points in Harry’s life. He spent a chunk of his teen years and his early adulthood fearing and hating Morgan. Now, as a wizard in his own right and a man who has been through a lot of scary stuff, he still had all this emotional baggage towards Morgan. Yet he helps him because he believes in doing what is right. There at the end, Morgan asks Harry to continue to do what’s right even though that means covering up the truth for now. It was a bit of a gut-wrencher but very worthy!
Narration: James Marsters, our Harry Dresden incarnate, continues to do the character justice. I’ve always liked his stern voice for Morgan; in this book, we get to see more sides to Morgan and Marsters does a good job of keeping that stern voice while also letting some other emotions creep in. Shagnasty’s voice must have done a number on Marsters vocal cords! It was so harsh and creepy!
I know the people have to change, and some die for the "story" to progress. But why wait so long to do it? Why make it so much the end of a chapter in his life? Getting dark, and seeming to get darker.
but there are few things i don't understand. Harry never asked molly about how was her father, Michael was almost dead in the last book. Lara never suspected her father was part of the conspiracy, with one of her family involved. Odd.
I have listened and am now re-listening to all of the Dresden files and continue to marvel as Harry goes from one deadly adventure to another, trying to just survive while resolving all too familiar personal and moral issues. You become swept away by the story, the various plots that entwine, the marvelous characters, and the attempt to answers some of life's more difficult questions such as love, moral responsibility, and why to continue going on in face of deafening odds against you. Each story is a treasure that keeps on giving no matter how many times you listen to it. I envy first time listeners or readers!