The Winter Queen of Faerie has manipulated Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden into accepting a case to solve a murder and stop a war between the courts of Summer and Winter that could have literally earth shattering consequences. His own soul is up for grabs. Dresden must dig deep to discover that at time a willingness to accept a little help from your friends, be they a cub pack of werewolves, old loves in sheep's clothing, or a battalion of pizza loving dewdrop fairies, is a very good thing.
Great book. Narrative is fun and full of twists and turns. Marsters’ audio performance is the sole black mark. He says “ruins and sea-gills” in place of “runes and sigils” (repeatedly) and “periphereal” instead of “peripheral.” Grr.
TL;DR version: Butcher/book good. Marsters bad.
"I'm Zoe Boutin Perry: A colonist stranded on a deadly pioneer world. Holy icon to a race of aliens. A player in a interstellar chess match to save humanity. Seventeen years old. Everyone on Earth knows the tale I am part of. But you don't know my tale: I'm going to tell it to you now, the only way I know how: not straight but true, the whole thing, to try make you feel what I felt: the joy and terror and uncertainty, panic and wonder, despair and hope."
I don’t understand why this book exists. Doesn’t add anything meaningful to the series (literally just rehashes The Last Colony) and did in fact turn me off of the Old Man’s War books.
There is another world than our own - one no closer than a kiss and one no further than our nightmares - where all the stuff of which dreams are made is real and magic is just a step away. But once you see that world, you will never be the same. Dreams and Shadows takes us beyond this veil. Once bold explorers and youthful denizens of this magical realm, Ewan is now an Austin musician who just met his dream girl, and Colby, meanwhile, cannot escape the consequences of an innocent wish.
Stuck it out for at least an hour, as is my rule, but could not stop and delete this book fast enough once I'd hit that mark. This is bad writing, plain and simple. Does not read as a YA or all-ages book but rather as a book written by a child--and I mean that in the worst way possible.
Definitely not recommended, neither the author nor the narrator.
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The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.
Book and narration are fantastic. Had to take a star off the Overall score, however, due to a few hiccups in the audio. There are a handful of garbled spots that are impossible to understand. The two that really put me off are a section title I couldn't make sense of and a few lost words in a bit of dialogue. Not an unforgivable offense, but it is something that knocked me out of the story once or twice and therefore had to be mentioned.
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