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Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14 | [Jim Butcher]

Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.
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Publisher's Summary

Harry Dresden lives!

After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness.

After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long. And now, her word is his command, no matter what she wants him to do, no matter where she wants him to go, and no matter who she wants him to kill. Guess which one Mab wants first?

Of course, it won’t be an ordinary, everyday assassination. Mab wants her newest minion to pull off the impossible: kill an immortal. No problem there, right? And to make matters worse, there exists a growing threat to an unfathomable source of magic that could land Harry in the sort of trouble that will make death look like a holiday.

Beset by enemies new and old, Harry must gather his friends and allies, prevent the annihilation of countless innocents, and find a way out of his eternal subservience before his newfound powers claim the only thing he has left to call his own… his soul.

©2012 Jim Butcher (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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    Daniel Corona, CA, United States 11-29-12
    Daniel Corona, CA, United States 11-29-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Best series EVER!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Cold Days the most enjoyable?

    Nothing


    Which character – as performed by James Marsters – was your favorite?

    I am very glad they brought James Back.. He delivers the best performance.


    Any additional comments?

    Very simply, PERFECTION.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Heather DE PERE, WI, United States 11-29-12
    Heather DE PERE, WI, United States 11-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Best Dresden Book Yet"
    What did you love best about Cold Days?

    I don't want to be a spoiler!


    What other book might you compare Cold Days to and why?

    "Summer Knight" which WAS my favorite book in the series until now.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, two.


    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Toronto, Ontario, Canada 12-05-12
    Mark Toronto, Ontario, Canada 12-05-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Not what it used to be"

    I have loved this series, but am losing interest. Butcher's expositional style, his pausing to explain and belabour every point is getting pretty tiresome.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John Denver, Colorado, United States 11-29-12
    John Denver, Colorado, United States 11-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Very good, but with some reservations"

    If you are new to the series, this is potentially a good place to start if you don't want to start with book one.
    If you are returning to the series, I don't see why you are bothering to read reviews. This is a very good series and (in my opinion) this book is good, equaling and possibly exceeding my other favorites Dead Beat and Ghost Story.
    Specifically about this book, much like Changes, things change. We start to learn the scope of the Black Council. The ending was very, very well done. I felt bad for the antagonist, which is to say I empathized with him/her/it. Finally for the good parts, I feel Butcher finally allowed Mab to show her less-murdery side, and he sold it well.
    One of the initial bad things I noticed was that Butcher didn't really set up well the ending. He could have done more for-shadowing.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer BRONX, NY, United States 11-28-12
    Amazon Customer BRONX, NY, United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A Strong Start To The Second Half"

    Jim has outdone himself with "Cold Days" the 14th book of The Dresden Files. for me i found 2012 as a slow year for science fiction and urban fantasy books; with only a few authors rising to the challenge of excitement, plot drama, and taught provoking characterization etc. Jim not only wrote an interesting and well taught-out continuation within an epic series, but as also taken the characters within Cold Days to another level of maturity, knowledge, and power. The Best S.F/Urban Fantasy Book of 2012.

    In "Ghost Story" we saw the death of harry, and how his friends and family has grown and changed without him been there to support them; we also saw the many consequences of his actions in previous books, with the worlds of magic and the many territories belonging to the supernatural changing rapidly; many things were also eluded to and explained. book 13 was the beginning of the metamorphosis of the dresden files.

    The Second Half
    i found that all the characters in "Cold Days" were more mature and natural, allowing the story to flow at an easy, well develop pace; we saw many new beginnings, second chances and endings; also the expansion of the Dresden universe where many mysteries dealing with the island Demonreach, the courts of faerie, and finally the outsiders were explained.

    i was happy to see how molly as turn her life back on track and as matured into a caring person, and competent wizard. BIG CHANCES FOR HER

    His half-brother Thomas has also grown in support and love for is brother, it was funny listen to them argue. A WELL BALANCE LIFE

    but the crown goes to the queen of winter Mab, who for me was the best character written about in the story; i now see her in a different light and dimension, showing the complexity of Jim butcher's Characters. JIM NEVER DISAPPOINTS HIS READERS....

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Richmond, VA, United States 11-28-12
    Steven Richmond, VA, United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Development of the Series Storyline"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cold Days to be better than the print version?

    My favorite part of the the Harry Dresden story is how complex the series story line is. And I found my biggest disappointment from Ghost Stories was how little I felt the overall series story line moved forward. In Cold Days I totally enjoyed in how much the story is tied to the series story line.

    I am attracted to stories with a large amount of character development. And I am finding the same attraction with the Dresden Series that I found with Buffy the Vampire Slayer series. The characters continue to grow, to examine their actions and make new mistakes.

    So if you are listening to the series you are going to enjoy this book. If you have not start at the beginning so you can enjoy this book with all the pleasure that I did.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Character Development and Movement on the Series Story line.


    What does James Marsters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The Characters are not the same when this book is read or someone else preforms the story. comparing Ghost story to Cold Days:
    Bob the Skull: Has humor and is funny when James Reads while John Glovers reading was dull
    Maab has totally different character and James shows the complex nature she has.
    Butter, tutu, the Alphas developed much richer personalities when James is reading. Dresden Stories lend to James Master strength as a performer. Having listened to other works he has read He is not as strong as when he is doing the Dresden characters.

    So this is much more the right performer for the right books and I would prefer that he keeps reading for this series. His performance is tied to my enjoyment of the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the Climax of the Story and the resolution


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine Cooper DENVER, CO, US 11-28-12
    Catherine Cooper DENVER, CO, US 11-28-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Just me?"
    Any additional comments?

    Is it just me or does James Marsters sound different from all his other readings?

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Houston, TX, United States 11-29-12
    Ryan Houston, TX, United States 11-29-12 Member Since 2010

    Doctor. Triathlete. Fairly new to the audiobook game, but have gone through 200 in past 18 months: addicted!

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    "Loved it"

    Great book. The Dresden Files is my wife's favorite series, and when I started reading them last year, I wasn't sure. However, Jim Butcher has gotten better and better as the series has gone on, and the last 3 books have been enthralling.

    You have to read these books

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    James L. Bacon Los Alamos, NM 12-05-12
    James L. Bacon Los Alamos, NM 12-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Harry should have staid dead."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is a post mortem. Butcher could have pursued high fantasy but instead balked midstream and ran as fast and hard as he could to near advertizement pablem. To say this book is a disappointment is like Harry might say " Golly that sucks" and go ahead and bake my head. God I don't know what I ever saw in these books but it is gone now. Can I puke out my giant hairball that is not a harball but a bunch of bones. Can I puke in peace. There is bad and there is bad this is worse than bad. I wish I had a spell to make me forget it. " Forgetus your annus". How's that.


    What could Jim Butcher have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Dropped dead and died before he wrote it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    no he is very good. but you could tell he thought it was bad too.


    What character would you cut from Cold Days?

    How about Harry and the entire cast.


    Any additional comments?

    God, it sucked.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    jean United States 11-28-12
    jean United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "You have GOT to be kidding me!!!!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cold Days to be better than the print version?

    Don' know yet. Waiting for my copy from Dogearredbooks to arrive - I'll get back to you on that.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cold Days?

    Toot Toot & friends driving a car.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Haven't finished it yet - I'll let you know.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    yes - yes - & yes!


    0 of 8 people found this review helpful
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