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Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15 | [Jim Butcher]

Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15

Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.… Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it… Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.
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Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.…

Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful.

He doesn’t know the half of it.…

Mab has just traded Harry's skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry's most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

It's a smash-and-grab job to recover the literal Holy Grail from the vaults of the greatest treasure hoard in the supernatural world - which belongs to the one and only Hades, Lord of the freaking Underworld and generally unpleasant character. Worse, Dresden suspects that there is another game afoot that no one is talking about. And he's dead certain that Nicodemus has no intention of allowing any of his crew to survive the experience. Especially Harry.

Dresden's always been tricky, but he's going to have to up his backstabbing game to survive this mess - assuming his own allies don’t end up killing him before his enemies get the chance.…

©2014 Jim Butcher (P)2014 Penguin Audio

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    Chuck United States 08-28-14
    Chuck United States 08-28-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Good book, exactly what you'd expect"

    I love this series (and I really liked this book) and Butcher is an amazing author, but the Dresden books are starting to become a little bit of rinse and repeat. Let me explain, I love how Harry's story (and the stories of all his supporting characters) advances with each book. We learn more about Harry and the further down the rabbit hole we go the better the story gets. However, Butcher seems to be following a pattern lately, Harry gets into situations that are seemingly impossible to get out of, gets physically and mentally injured to the point of not even being able to maintain consciousness most times, and always gets out of the situation (although never unscathed, which I understand is part of Harry's character developing, the plot moving along, etc.). I don't have a problem with this scenario in general as long as it doesn't happen that often. The problem I have is that it seems to be happening with more frequency in the Dresden books, like two or three times a book, and it's getting a little old, and in Skin Game, I felt like there was a bit of deus ex machina which rubbed me the wrong way. Don't get me wrong though, I still thought it was a really good book and can't wait for the next installment in the series.

    James Marsters IS Harry Dresden. There is no other way to put it. He was made for this role and his performance on this book was as amazing as all his others.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Deming Huntsville, tx, United States 07-15-14
    Eric Deming Huntsville, tx, United States 07-15-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Gold."

    This book both feel unique from the rest of the series while delivering everything you love about the series.

    This is book 15. You must read previous books to enjoy this one. You could jump into the series as late as Book 9... but most consider book 4 the best starting point.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alvin 06-02-14
    Alvin 06-02-14 Member Since 2007
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    "GREAT FUN from beginning to end"
    If you could sum up Skin Game in three words, what would they be?

    Harry gets into jam after jam and he is able to skirt death by the skin of his teeth. Mr. Butcher brings all of Harry's friends along for a fantastic roller coaster ride that makes you buckle up and hang on through every chapter.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Skin Game?

    Butters is the surprise character that makes you stand up and clap putting evil in it's place.


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

    James Marsters as always does an outstanding performance for Harry Dresden. He's able to bring this character to life and simultaneously brings the whole world of Jim Butcher Dresden files in to existence with such clarity that few other narrators can. I can't imagine anyone else narrating this great series of books.


    Any additional comments?

    A Great book. A Great addition to my library.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory MD 06-02-14
    Gregory MD 06-02-14 Member Since 2008

    I listen to a books while riding my bike, driving, running or working around the house. Keep your mind active.

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    "Harry is Back!"

    I stumbled onto Storm Front four years ago and was immediately hooked. Since devouring the first dozen books, I have waited with the rest of Butcher’s readers in anticipation of the next book in the series. After the last few books, I was not sure where the series could go, but Jim has done it without losing the feel of the characters or this series.

    Skin Game includes some of my favorite characters including Murphy, Michael and Butters. You even get a chance to spend some time with Mouse.

    Marsters is an amazing narrator and as always he does a fantastic job capturing the sarcastic nature that makes Harry one of my favorite characters in fiction.

    Jim ends this book with some very interesting avenues for Harry’s next adventure. Now all can do is wait, and maybe go back and listen to the last few books again. A must buy If you enjoy Dresden.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen United States 06-02-14
    Karen United States 06-02-14 Member Since 2011

    BigZ's Mom

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    "Harry Dresden Rules!"
    Would you listen to Skin Game again? Why?

    Yes, I will. I went back and listened to the pervious book before this one came out. It's hard to remember all the details otherwise.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Skin Game?

    Spoilers!! Harry meeting Maggie.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Waldo Butters, Jedi Knight.


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

    No, but I was happy to have some forward movement on a few of the sub plots. I was going to be disgusted if the whole Harry/Karrin thing didn't see some resolution.


    Any additional comments?

    Not enough Bob. And James Marsters doing a southern accent was DIVINE.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Horsley San Rafael, CA United States 06-12-14
    Mark Horsley San Rafael, CA United States 06-12-14
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    "Skin Game indeed!"
    Would you try another book from Jim Butcher and/or James Marsters?

    Yes, unless its about Dresden


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jim Butcher again?

    Yes, unless its about Dresden


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

    James Marsters does an amazing job with the different voices in the book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Cringing at every description of super model women. Good lord, Butcher isn't 16.


    Any additional comments?

    Why oh why does every female character in the book have to be a super model? Why does Harry have human magic and fairy magic, super boss swords, staffs that kick ass, coats that repel bullets, friends that are LITERALLY angels, and yet he still has trouble winning fights. Oh, and those fights? He usually wins by the skin of his teeth, yet he has help from Norse Gods, Greek Gods, Fairy Gods. I miss the Dresden that was a down on his luck wizard just trying to make a buck in Chicago as a detective, helping people as he goes.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon 07-01-14
    Sharon 07-01-14
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    "Same ole same ole"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. I lost interest when it continually got bogged down in all the analyzing of Harry's thoughts and actions.


    If you’ve listened to books by Jim Butcher before, how does this one compare?

    I have listened to all the other 14 books and they were fun. This one is just boring with the same tired jokes and monsters.


    Have you listened to any of James Marsters’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Marsters does a good job as usual and has become the voice of Harry.


    Did Skin Game inspire you to do anything?

    Yes. Find something else to listen to.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Matt Danville, CA, United States 06-13-14
    Matt Danville, CA, United States 06-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Getting a bit tiresome, but ok"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yeah, I suppose. The book had more than a few clichés, but the story was reasonably well crafted


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

    I think he needs to back off the super hero aspects. Would be nice to go back to his original stuff, where Dresden was a private investigator.


    Have you listened to any of James Marsters’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He's good


    Could you see Skin Game being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Maybe. A bit over the top, but maybe


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    S. Z. Montsaroff 06-04-14

    Swimming Bear

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    "Great Narration, Poor Text"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Marsters is very solid in his reading, giving more depth to characters than does the author.

    Butcher seems to believe that he has to share some moral insights, and loads the book down with this. The insights are neither novel nor interesting.

    The plotting is clumsy and not driven by any real underlying idea, with 'twists' that are to convenient, too predictable, or not relevant.

    I should also add that Dresden seems to be getting stupider in dealing with people, with pointless tactlessness -- there has to be a better way of setting up a fight scene.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jim Butcher again?

    Probably


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    His clear delineation of different characters, and ability to imply depth. As a cheeky 'sod you' tone.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Butcher would concentrate on adventure, detection, and wise cracking. Skip moralizing and work on plot.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Whitehouse, TX, United States 11-23-14
    Amazon Customer Whitehouse, TX, United States 11-23-14 Member Since 2009
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    "I love Butcher's titles."
    What did you love best about Skin Game?

    The dresden files are so fun to read. Butcher is hilarious. Start at the beginning so you can really enjoy this book completely.


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

    He is Dresden...period.


    Any additional comments?

    Great read....keep them coming.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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