Dresden in the earlier books uses simple spells to track individuals and find lost items. Yet in book 7, he fails to consider anyone applying the same trick to him. Rather than using his friends, the Alphas or the Knights, to protect the medical examiner. He keeps him near himself. Why doesn't he use his "Sight" more? Or keep his dog "Mouse" with him to sense traps or ambushes? It's as if he has begun to trust in luck. As a result, he is manipulated throughout.
Throughout the book he is committed to giving the most dangerous magic book collection of all time to one of the worst baddies... Surely Murphy wouldn't approve. Why not consider an alternate solution? Finally, the incapacitation of the wardens so that Dresden must be the one to take on the Necromancer gang is a stretch. Fantasy is great. But it's better when the characters ring true.
If there is a heaven, I hope it looks like a Victorian woodland manor with a roaring fire in the hearth and and endless supply of books.
Very near the top
Dresden is such a fun character and in this book he becomes even more so.
Bob the skull.
Life is a journey, time is a river and the door is ajar. Best Dresden novel so far.
I heard these stories in bits and pieces on satellitie radio. When I first started listening to them downloaded to my device I can't get enough. James Marsters really makes you feel like you are there and it is real.If you love scifi and magic this series is great. Even if you don't it's funny serius and sometimes sad. Listen I don't think you will be dissapointed.
It was just a fun listen
He made you feel like you were there
The twist at the end was priceless but so Harry Dresden.
Mouse with Carlos Ramirez clinching the fave guest character. Mouse always seemed to know what to do and who to like and not like. Makes you wonder if he is more than just a mutt. Ramirez was fun to hear, loved the accent the reader gave to him.
Stones and bones, here comes Harry again.
All was well except for two seconds in the second part that was all jumbled up and unlistenable.
I find myself driving slower than the speed limit just to maximize my listening time. These books just keep getting better and better. James Marsters does a great job on all the voices and the storyline is very engaging. Thanks Jim Butcher!
In my opinion, this is the best Dresden book to date. I loved the story line and the dark and slippery slope that Harry seems to find himself on gets a bit more slippery. I also liked how Harry gets more entwined with the White Council's comings and goings.
One thing that didn't make sense to me, although I guess it ultimately went toward further defining his relationship with Murphy, was the inclusion of Marvra. Maybe Butcher is setting up future plot lines.
Marsters narration of this book was much much better than Book 5, and better than Book 6. He seems to be settling in to the role. He's still not my favorite narrator, but he did better this time around.
What fun to return to this entry in the Dresden Files. This was the first of the series I read years ago. Since converting to Audible I've been waiting for the Master's version to be released. Finally it has been and it's infinitely better than the auto-voiced version floating around out there.
Anyway, this story takes our hero into deeper water than ever before. It sets up many of the more interesting themes and relationships that Harry will wrestle with for the next handful of books.
Plus it's just a fun romp!
Not until I get the entire series completed. Then I am sure I will want to listen to them all again.
I am not sure I could single out one scene..
How many home runs in a row can Jim Butcher hit? I am just now through book 7 and have enjoyed the entire series thus far. I just keep waiting for that letdown but it never comes, each story is as good if not better than the last.
If James Marsters quits reading the series, I think I will have to give up audio books...he has become one with this series - fabulous job!
Was a great book. I just finished it and I am already down loading the next. Can't wait to start.
The part with the dinosaur.
Jim Butcher does a wonderful job of keeping you on the edge of your seat, and at the same time making you laugh. He has a wonderful way of letting you visualize the moment, and James Marsters does Harry Dresden like no one else.
The world and secondary characters keep me reading this series, and each book gets a little better, but over time, many things are wearing on me.
My biggest problem is the way Dresden stops everything in the middle of a fight to explain a bunch of stuff, some already previously explained, some already crystal clear in context, none of it necessary right that moment. Some of the explaining is necessary, but do the people trying to kill him really just freeze so he can stop and lecture the audience about what's about to happen or how it can? Kills the tension, breaks the believability bubble, and takes me out of the story every time. I look at my Kindle and ask who cares. If it were a book, instead of audio, I'd just flip forward to get back to the story. Huge chunks of this story can be skipped and that's a lot of fluff.
It's one of the poorest executions of first person narrative I've encountered. First person is as close as a narrative can be, yet he manages to distance it at every startling or crucial moment by showing himself blink instead of how he feels or how the info changes the game for him. It's the author's point of view, not the character's. Intrusive and jarring. Why does it matter that he blinked? Why is he so aware of his own every blink? What does it mean? So many exterior shots of himself lend a narcissistic quality to Dresden's character that I doubt Butcher intends him to have.
I'm still put off by his misogyny. That he needs to stop the action to justify it only makes it worse. He does at least seem to be trying to let the capable women be capable, but again, it's counterweighted by his need to stop and explain.
Everything is 'scratched AT', 'rubbed AT', etc. Rarely is it an occasion where the actions was intended but stopped before it could happen. He scratches AT Mouse's ears all the time. I bet that poor puppy wishes he'd actually pet him just once. Don't know why rubbing at his eyes a gazillion times matters enough to mention if he doesn't actually rub his eyes. Or why he's so focused on his own stage direction when there's so much going on around him.
The narration has improved greatly over the series, and I thoroughly enjoy the life he breathes into the characters.