What *didn't* I like about it?
The characters were complex having more than a single motivation each.
Loved the Lovecraftian elements.
Creepy small town vibe was great.
Well written and clearly well thought out.
Highly recommend this one!
Definitely. I'm always impressed by the little things I notice during the second time through a Jim Butcher novel.
Silly question. This is a Dresden novel. All the characters are awesome.
James Marsters brings himself and needs to bring nothing more. The only better reader I've ever encountered was Jim "The Man" Dale, reader of the entire Harry Potter series, who won two Grammy Awards for such and earned two Guinness World Records also for his work on that series. So that's the company Mr.Marsters shares.
If I had the time I would have.
I was given one spoiler before reading this book and I seriously appreciated it so I'm going to give it to you. This book is *not* an escalation. The last several books in this series have been escalation on top of escalation, all of it pushing forward the central Dresden story. Skin Game is a return to the earlier episodic (ie, a "Monster of the Week" story, to put it in X-Files parlance) form of the Dresden series and this is a *good thing*.
If the escalation continued at the previous pace indefinitely Harry would be playing croquet with the planets in the solar system or something in very short order. If he's to remain an accessible, understandable, human character his life needs to be more than a steadily rocketing expansion of power and scope in all directions. He needs to reconnect with friends, make the occasional trip to the bathroom, and deal with normal problems of (relatively) limited scope. The world can't end every day if the threat of such is to retain its gravity.
Keep that in mind and you won't be disappointed that this book doesn't simply pick up where the last one left off with the same story at the same pace with all the same players. Other things happen. Accept that and if you liked the earlier Dresden novels, you'll like this one. I did.
People who read and liked Twilight.
The reader read it. It was the book that was awful.
There are three types of books that tend to get the "Horror" label: 1) Mislabeled Supernatural Romance (everything from vampire erotica to Twilight), 2) Mislabeled Supernatural Adventure (Dresden Files, Harry Potter, etc), 3) Actual Horror (Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft, etc). This book was solidly in the Mislabeled Supernatural Romance section. Solidly. Audible you have fooled me again with your poor labeling.
Readers, if you are looking for Horror, you're in the wrong place with this book. If you're looking for a poorly written female lead who (despite being the single most powerful witch in the world by birth) pines for a normal life and yet wants into the pants of the tall, mysterious, vampire with the graceful hands and aquiline profile who wants to *eat* her... look no further.
Meaningful glances? Check. Coy flirtation? Check. Violent over protectiveness? Check. "Romantic" breaking and entering to watch the object of a murder based obsession sleep? Check. An evening of wine tasting complete with lines like "What do you think I'd taste like?" Check. Interesting story? Sorry... must have misplaced that somewhere...
Probably try it. Maybe the author hits their stride later on. The readers were great.
The characters were largely uninteresting and the steam-punk and zombie elements seemed to me like the author had written a late 19th century novel and their publisher asked, "Say... Zombies and steam-punk are big now. Think we could throw some of those in?"
Also the characters were kind of one dimensional. Each of them felt like they could be defined in a single paragraph and a short one at that. No one displayed any complex emotions or ever seemed to be more than just a card-board cut-out of a person.
Definitely not. I didn't finish this one.
Not sure yet.
Nothing. Not the narrator's fault.
Primary complaint: I was misled by Audible.com. This book was listed as a Horror novel and it isn't. So I'd cut the tag "Horror" from it on your site.Secondary complaint: Boring. I mean I got through a good chunk of it and absolutely nothing happened. Kids wandering around. Adults having unimportant conversations. I mean I like some good character development as much as the next guy, but a story needs a plot.
This book is listed under Horror and it is not.
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