First let me start off by saying you should not read these short stories (at least not all of them) before you read the series up to the book Changes. If you do the last couple stories will be a real spoiler for you. Second, I want to say that if you are a Dresden Files fan then this book is worth having. While it is short stories, there are some that will really make your day. Stories from the prospective of Thomas and Murphy are a couple good ones. Also it does well at filling in the gaps between books. Well worth the cost or credit.
First thing you need to know. This is a stand alone book, which is something that I love.
Second thing you need to know. This book is character driven. It is not depended on fighting and action, although it contains those things at points. It is not dependent on magic, even though magic is an important part of the story. No, this book is about people and how they act and react to each other on the individual, group, and societal level. It address ideas such as beliefs. But it isn't boring. It is compelling. Brandon Sanderson is a master craftsman of telling stories. He knows how to draw the reader in and make you feel like you are a part of the story. If you give this book a chance, you will see what I mean. Enjoy!
The thing I love about all of Sanderson's works is that they are all character driven. I could go on and on about the world that Sanderson has built, or the plot of this book and how the mystery was a complete and total "WHAAAAAA?!?!" moment for me when it was revealed, but Brandon Sanderson's greatest strength in writing is his character driven stories. Real, believable people doing what they can in the world they are in. This book may be the first in a series, but it is just another addition to the many masterful works he has done. It is very much worth your time to read or listen to this book. Especially if you are a fan of fantasy or the superhero genres. Enjoy!
An excellent continuation of the Dresden Files series. This book reveals much while bring up more questions. As a series and as a book the Dresden Files and this book are amazing. Some of the best Urban Fantasy ever written. It is a pleasure to have James Marsters back in reading the series. The last book, Ghost Story was read by another reader. That other reader did an amazing job, but Marsters has become the voice of Dresden and will always be. If they ever do the Dresden Files movie or try to do the TV series again he will have to play Harry!
Book 2 in the Dresden File series, this is one of the classics of the series. While I can listen to the entire series over and over, this is a particular favorite. Butcher does a great job making the mystery come alive. He keeps you guessing while spinning a tale with many twists and turns. As always he keeps the story lively with great first person narrative (which I usually dislike) while developing not only the main character, but secondary characters along the way. That is no easy task when your writing in first person. In either case, this second book is a wonderful encore to the stellar first novel Storm Front.
If you enjoy a good urban fantasy this book will whet your appetite for more. Jim Butcher introduces to us a wizard named Harry Dresden who is a hard boiled detective of the magical sort. The neo-noir style writing combined with a fascinating world and mystery screams for you to read more. Luck for you the Dresden Files is one of the most popular series of its kind, so sit back and enjoy book one knowing there are many more to fill you days.
This book is a well paced sequel to A Hymn Before Battle. Like with the previous book the focus of this one is characters. It also contains the tactical crunch that one looks for in a good Military Science Fiction as well as the science fiction aspect. Still, the measure of a good story is in how it flows around the characters. This is a good one. I do suggest you read the series from the beginning. While John Ringo does a good job recapping, I feel someone starting with this book will miss some really important stuff.
This book is a good example of a quality military Science Fiction. While it contains both the military and science portions of the genre, it also is well designed in that it focuses on what truly drive the plot which is the characters. The story is intriguing and well written. John Ringo has done it again!
The author is meandering. The story is jolting. The read is long. I really had a hard time 1) keeping track of all the characters and 2) staying awake. I enjoy a good history book and I've read all of the Wheel of Time series. Initially I thought it was me, but then I realized that it was the book. I am sure some people would love this book, but after nearly 30 hours of listening to be greeted with a cliff hanger ending! No! Not a good book in my mind!
Good Lord Almighty this book is boring! I have tried so hard to listen and enjoy it. I love a great sci-fi, but the author jumps to so many different characters and so many different stories that it makes the Wheel of Time series look easy to read and I've read all of that series! The performer is good, but the material is not. I had a hard enough time staying awake through book one. This second book is the last straw! No more of this author!
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