It’s been a while since Skin Game was published, and with no release date for Peace Talks in sight, Harry Dresen fans such as myself have been feeling a little despondent. We all miss our crazy, tall, smart-aleky wizard. Thankfully, Brief Cases has come along, and while most of the stories have been published previously, some have been hard to get, making this a very welcome release for the deprived reader. I think I’d read just over half the stories before, so I was personally covering a lot of old ground. To make re-reading a little more interesting, I […]
It feels like a very long time since the last novel was published in the Dresden Files (Skin Game) and with there still being no release date for the next one (Peace Talks) this anthology of short stories forms a much needed chance to at least read something new! I should note that some of these stories have been published in other anthologies so it’s worth checking that before buying but there is one completely new novella included. These stories are set at varying points during the history of the Dresden Files and from various perspectives. Whilst in most Harry […]
See, this is why we need half stars. This book right here. This is not a five star book for me, but I liked it better than four stars, also, and feel weird rating it the same as other books I’ve rated four stars and enjoyed less. It is a perfect encapsulation of the 4.5 star book. So round up or down? Up or down? It is a terrible decision. Don’t read on if you haven’t read through book twelve. Spoilers ahoy. A little bit of the luster wore off this on re-read, so I’m feeling like maybe I should […]
Short review for this re-read. I wrote a monster one last time. As always with this series, there are little small moments where I have to stop and mentally finger wag at Jim Butcher, mostly to do with Harry’s sometimes sexist-attitudes, but overall this book really is a masterful piece of urban fantasy. It works as a standalone story, but mostly it works as the pivot point in this ongoing twenty-three book series. You don’t really know how literal the title is going in, but you soon find out. This whole book is an epic mess of Jim Butcher burning […]
Some overall reactions to my re-read of this book: The Gruffs are still great. Just the perfect amount of gravitas combined with ridiculousness. There are still too many fight scenes that go on for too long. (My mind wanders during fight scenes unless something else is going on.) And there are some things in here that read differently when you know what’s coming! Spoilers ahoy. For instance, there are about three references to Harry semi-jokingly noting that Kincaid could shoot him from very far away, one even from on a boat! (One of which is followed by a “joke” that […]
It turns out I didn’t remember most of this book, and I think that’s because, well, it’s not really that memorable? Unfortunately this has turned out to be the one book in the series so far that I haven’t liked more on re-read. In fact, I may have liked it a little less, what with not listening to the audio this time around, and it feeling sort of sloggy. It’s not that what’s here is bad, just, I don’t know . . . not super compelling? I’m not even sure I can put my finger on why, just that, meh, […]
I read the first in Jim Butcher’s new series and kinda liked it, so I figured I’d check out his other stuff. I read the first Dresden novel, and though it was only ok. Then I saw that multiple people were saying that the Dresden series only gets good after about book 4. My local library does not have the entire series thus far, and the branch near me does not have all of the book in the order I might want them (chronologically). So I’ve been reading them a bit out of order. This seems to work out ok, […]
It’s for these reasons, as well as the increased confidence Butcher shows in the writing that Summer Knight is one of my favorite in the series, (the rest of which are constantly shifting in rank as they are reread). As a person who likes to start a series in the beginning, it’s startling to consider that this book is probably the best place to enter the Dresden Files series of books if you want a delicious serving of adventure without the early-days problems that dog most series.