©2003 Jim Butcher; (P)2009 Penguin Audiobooks
James does great as the story teller and I can't imagine the series without him! Great book, and well written, bidding me to the next in the series, while not leaving me insatiated.
Death masks was similar yet different at the same time from the other books in the Dresden series. The story seemed more about character development and set ups for future books which is expected at this point in the series. If there's one thing good about the story it's that it leaves you with anticipation at the end wondering what will happen next.
The Dresden series itself has a methodical story structure to each book and, regardless of what supernatural battle Harry might find himself in, it always seems that some miracle spell or last minute Savior jumps in the mix and save him. This book followed a similar structure but the character development of other people that I'm sure will be more prevalent in the series as it progresses, vmade for a more interesting read.
All in all, at the end of death masks,I am still left withy the same impression of the series. It's a great idea with excellent potential but is just missing something. Anytime Harry gets in a pinch, it just seems to be page after page of some useless Magic battle but there's no suspense because, in the end, you know he's going to live.
Really hoping there's a hook in the next book or two that will drive me to want to finish the 16 book series.
Having James Marsters as the reader of this series is awesome. I couldn't think of a better reader for the series. besides the reader the stories are fun entertaining and keep you wanting more. I've listened to all of them up into the newest book many times through. highly suggest the series to anyone who likes modern day science fiction.
I did not expect to like this series as much as I did. I got the first two audiobooks as a promotion and was so pleasantly surprised to really enjoy them! The narrator does a fabulous job of being a believable Harry. One of the things I am liking about this series the most is that the characters are all well defined, but the author doesn't feel like he has to use all of them in every book. A major character in one book may take a minor supporting role in another book but you don't feel "gyped" because he introduces you other great characters. I also appreciate that the author will allude to past adventures but does not feel he has to regurgitate the whole story. He instead makes you want to read it to discover the details. Glad there is a lot more in this series, I am ready to start the next one.
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