Unafraid to read from any genre.
There are so many praiseworthy elements to Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series. Time to note a couple of them that I haven't mentioned before:
1) JB knows how to steal from the best. I think all writers steal - all artists, for that matter - and the best do so in such a way that the audience doesn't mind a bit. J.K. Rowling is an excellent example of this. She stole all sorts of plot elements from things she'd read along the way (sorry Ursula K. Le Guin). Here, Butcher steals from her. Isn't the world full of lovely karma?
2) James Marsters. Marsters is so good, such a wonder with intonation, accents - he does things with lines that are utterly unique, things that I'm certain the author never anticipated. This duo of author and narrator are perfect for one another, and it's impossible for us, at this point, to accept anyone else as Harry's "voice."
Harry is a wizard whose powers seem to be limited at most times. His favorite spell is "fuego" which seems to be one of the few spells he can do. If someone holds a gun on him, he's trapped and at a lost for how to get out of the situation. Other reviewers said the series gets better and book 5 was fairly interesting, however, Book 6 was a huge disappointment.
I wouldn't call Harry a Wizard -- amateur magician is a better description.
Not another Dresden Files book! I've read through Book 6 hoping the series would improve. Time to move on to another author!
*Book source ~ Purchased at Audible
Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only wizard and a private investigator, agrees to take a job recommended to him by White Court vampire Thomas Wraith. Arturo Genosa, film producer, appears to be targeted by an entropy curse and Thomas would like for Harry to protect Arturo & the people on the set and find out who is behind the curse. Since Thomas had helped Harry rescue a litter of Tibetian Temple puppies from a pretty dicey situation, Harry agrees to look into it. Little did he know he would end up with a puppy, working on the set of a porn film and getting in the middle of White Court vampire politics. Some days he really shouldn’t leave his apartment.
A ~ my 16-yr-old daughter
T ~ my 14-yr-old son
K ~ my 13-yr-old son
I think, by far, the most favorite addition to the growing cast in the Dresden Universe is Mouse the puppy. Everyone loves him. There’s news about Thomas that was a surprise, but everyone cautiously likes, Ebenezer and Kincaid are back and still favorites though Kincaid is a mystery that needs solving and Anna particularly liked meeting Murphy’s family though no one liked her sister. They thought it was interesting to see Thomas’s Hunger and the whole bit in the picture gallery was a big surprise.
The fight with the Black Court vampires was a hit and we thought the part where Murphy had to take her pants off was funny. It really is. You’ll see. A & T did not like what happened to Harry during the fight (his injury), but K did. When asked why his reply was: “It looks cool and I know what happens in future books.” Well, ok then. :D
A ~ meeting Mouse or any part with Kincaid in it. (Hmmm…)
T ~ the conclusions to any and all fights
K ~ when Trixie died because she was really annoying
Favorite quotes has a tie:
“Everyone stopped to blink at that for a second. I mean, come on. Impaled by a guided frozen turkey missile. Even by the standards of the quasi-immortal creatures of the night, that ain’t something you see twice. “For my next trick," I panted into the startled silence, ‘anvils.”
“An errand is getting a tank of gas or picking up a carton of milk or something. It is not getting chased by flying purple pyromaniac gorillas hurling incendiary poo!” ~ Thomas
The book holds your interest, but I have read several of his other novels that were more engaging. Several times during this book I wanted to fast forward. I really wish he would get a girlfriend. And he gets beat up and hurt a heck of a lot in this book. Overall, he prevails, battered and worn. What's up with a hero that is always getting jacked up? If that keeps happening he'll be dead and the series will end. The narrator as always is great. You learn more about the main character's past. That's good. Some good surprises and some bad ones in the book.
In my opinion, this is probably Butcher's best Dresden story. The combination of having both White and Black Vampire Courts in the book was cool. Plus, we get a lot more background information about Harry. I like when Butcher moves Harry's character along and we learn more about him and his past. Plus, he throws some great twists in which make this a great read.
James Marsters performance of this book was still not great, but, it was better than the last book. Maybe he's growing on me. Much better work this time around.
Avid fan of sci-fi and James Marsters, I use audio books to inspire me to exercise, taking them on morning walks. It's a perfect combo!
James Marsters performs every book brilliantly. He is the most talented of narrators, putting his entire heart and soul into the reading. I have not found any that I enjoy more or who can pull you into a story as well as JM. He is enthralling, entertaining, and masterful.
The normal smart-ass-ness of Harry Dresden is punctuated in this book by a revelation that brings tears to the listener's eyes and rips at our hearts. James Marsters is always wonderful, but he performs this scene masterfully! His voice cracks,his throat tighetens, you can *feel* the tears in his eyes, and it makes the moment all the more pungent and heart-wrenching. As good as the writing is, James Marsters performance *always* brings this flawed character to life. He makes you ache for him, laugh with and at him, and cheer for him as he tries so hard to do the right thing. Bravo!
I am easily amused!
Awesome, I love everything Butcher writes. Each story has been action packed and cleverly written and this was no exception.
You just can't go wrong with Jim Butcher; You just can't go wrong with Harry Dresden...they prove it again here. I have read one of these in text but they are sooooo much better on audio. Marsters has Harry nailed & his other characterizations are wonderful.
Thankfully, we get deeper into Harry's relationships and deeper into the histories of these characters....very interesting Blood Lines!
Do not miss this story!
Jim Butcher does it again! I do not wish to give any of the plot away.Well done as usual,Can't wait till the next book,I hope that all The Dresden Files end up on Audio.Looking to read more about Thomas and the Puppy.Name of puppy withheld,he doesn't get a name til the end of the book.A must read.
I'm still in the very beginning and he is not dissapointing. Dresden's back up to the old tricks! If you have loved the first five books then you don't need me to tell you to get this one!!! If you're new then give it a try. The only way it will hurt you to try it is if your cheecks ache with laughter!!!