So Good. This was a very uneven book, with lots of filler material Harry lives to fight again It s as if he never left It s as if we re back to square one Shoot, Jim Butcher has officially exhausted any permutations of wisdom that used to guarantee 5 stars from me This book such a bland book with a sugary end tacked on One piece of advice to demanding readers you ll enjoy the rest of this series only if you lower your expectations as much as you can. I love Harry I love Bob I love Molly I love the new and improved Butters I loved seeing Daniel Carpenter I love this series It just is such a comfort read for me I had forgotten how much I love this series until I started to read this book The mystery and quest were interesting and unlike much urban fantasy, it was unique nothing I have read before Maybe a little of Harry Potter, but I am okay with that One of the things that is so fantastic about this series is that there are consequences Consequences to dying, consequences to losing loved ones, and consequences to killing Harry is self reflective and looks back on his actions he considers what he should have done and questions his own actions He has regret This is such a rich, beautiful story Action of course there is action, but now too much Some of the Dresden books have too much action in my opinion, but this one has a great balance Some of the characters reactions to situations frustrated me, but they were reacting in a very human way I also enjoy how Butcher revisits past baddies In most books, the baddies die and everything is solved and the heroes move on to their next quest Not in this world In this world, it isn t that the baddies don t die, but there are reverberations so that past decisions to take out the bad guys or remove them have caused new problems to arise Butcher has gotten better at describing Chicago, but I still saw some factual inaccuracies that drive my crazy For example, when he was examining a priest s night table he notes that one of the only earthly goods the priest ones is a King James bible, but Catholics don t read the King James bible and in fact the Catholic bible is slightly different than the protestant bible Minor, but I am shocked an editor or Butcher didn t catch this I just like being immersed in a story but when there is a glaring factual error, it takes me out of the story However, I loved this story so much I am still giving it 5 stars More New Updates woohooo Our GHOST STORY preview continues with Chapter 3 you missed last week s post, you can check them out here ll be posting 5 chapters in all over the coming weeks, plus video of Jim reading chapters 1 4 at the NYCC Fan Dinner last October With a little over a month remaining until GHOST STORY s release, it s time for some sample chapters Chapter 1 2 all, we ll be posting five sample chapters, plus bonus audio of Jim reading the first four chapters at the NY Comic Con Fan Dinner NOTE You should definitely read the text version before listening to Jim read He was reading from an earlier draft, and some aspects have changed slightly They will be posted on the following schedule June 28th Chapter 3July 5th Chapter 4, plus the audio for 1 and 2.July 12th Chapter 5, plus the audio for 3 and 4.July 26th Release day You can pre order GHOST STORY from our store or through the Virtual Signing, which now also includes the DFRPG Our Store Virtual Signing don t forget that the Virtual Signing for Codex Alera map posters ends on June 28th, just over a week away If you want a map signed by Jim and Priscilla, the artist, get your pre order in soon.http priscellie.com store can also download GHOST STORY desktop wallpaper here the month leading up to the July 26th release, we ll have even GHOST STORY goodies for you, here at Jim Butcher.com In all, we ll be posting five sample chapters, plus bonus audio of Jim reading the first four chapters at the NY Comic Con Fan Dinner It will be posted on the following schedule June 21 Chapter 2June 28 Chapter 3July 5th Chapter 4, plus the audio for 1 and 2.July 12th Chapter 5, plus the audio for 3 and 4.July 26th Release day New release date July 26, 2011Following an in interview announcement by Jim at MarsCon over the weekend, we ve updated the site to reflect the new release date for Ghost Story July 26, 2011.Said Jim paraphrased It came down to, readers could either get a half assed story in April, or a full assed one in July Freaking bananas amazing.Utterly brilliant, perfectly done, with a flawless audiobook narration, the best I ve ever heard from James Marsters One of the reasons that this book was narrated so flawlessly, I think, is that it was very recently re done by Marsters after fans revolted when originally another narrator read this story Marsters brought his A game, and listening to this book was better than watching any movie Marsters did an incredible range of voices, read with perfect inflections, and simply RUINED me for other narrators It was so good that I listened to almost 18 hours of audiobook in just under 3 days Picture that, my friends The story I have no words Just flawless, woven brilliantly, and crafted expertly I bow down to you, oh Jim Butcher, for creating something so magical for me to enjoy. When We Last Left The Mighty Wizard Detective Harry Dresden, He Wasn T Doing Well In Fact, He Had Been Murdered By An Unknown AssassinBut Being Dead Doesn T Stop Him When His Friends Are In Danger Except Now He Has No Body, And No Magic To Help Him And There Are Also Several Dark Spirits Roaming The Chicago Shadows Who Owe Harry Some Payback Of Their OwnTo Save His Friends And His Own Soul Harry Will Have To Pull Off The Ultimate Trick Without Any Magic Harry Dresden, wizard for hire, is dead And he still has to save the world by discovering his killer How is that fair Maybe I was dead, but I was sure as hell not ready to go I had to make sure the people who d helped me take on the Red King were taken care of. pgs 32 33He quickly discovers that magic and dead people don t mix Now, instead of taking on god like enemies with the backing of the Winter Queen, he can t even pass through thresholds without permission.It s frustrating for both Harry and the reader I didn t realize how much I enjoyed reading about Harry blowing stuff up until he couldn t do it any One of the things a lot of people don t understand about magic is that the rules of how it works aren t hard and fast they re fluid, changing with time, with the seasons, with location, and with the intent of a practitioner. pg 179 And if you re alive or dead.We spend a lot of time in Harry s mind and memory in Ghost Story and less time in action Frankly, it s not as much fun as the other books in the seriesYou have entered a new world Your old life is no You cannot be a part of it any longer The wide universe stretches before youpg 185I also didn t realize how much I enjoyed the give and take of the characters in this series until the main character couldn t interact with most of them any Ghosts who weren t supermighty manifested all the time It wasn t a question of raw power, and it never had been it was a matter of desire You just had to be crazy enough to make it happenpg 550That being said, the ending of this book was strangely satisfying And I cried at the part with Mouse Overall, I m glad I read it, but I m not of the opinion that it was the best in the series.I would have already started on the next book but there s a wait list for the digital copy Library user problems, sigh. Okayso I m a Dresden junkie I got the book yesterday and finished it this time LOL at 1 30 this morning.The book picks up pretty much as the last book ends and NOTE THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR THE LAST BOOK, CHANGES I WILL BE ASSUMING THAT IF YOU ARE READING GHOST STORY YOU HAVE READ CHANGES..Okay, as I was saying, the book picks up pretty much as the last book Changes ends, though time doesn t run in death as it does here.Don t ask me, I don t know why.Harry having died is probably a little relieved that he might get to lay back and rest in peace though his ultimate after life disposition does concern him a bit He s still a little preoccupied about leading everyone who cares cared about him on what seemed pretty much a suicide missionoh and murdering his child s mother But hey everyone has a bad day now and then right Unfortunately upon arriving at Between that s apparently between life and death though Harry never really gets a straight answer to that either , Harry finds that he s not moving on to anything as simple and restful as hell, no there were irregularities about his death.So what else is new for Harry Should he or for that matter we have been surprised or expected anything else Anyone who s read many of my posts knows that I am a Jim Butcher fan And while there could be said to be some issues with the books it says something that none of them are deal breakers for me For example, don t get your theology from novels I have read all these books and most of the Codex Alera books, a few of those still to go I snap up the Dresden books as soon as I can, and I recommend them There will always be a matter of taste with any book or series of books I enjoy Mr Butcher s turn of phrase, I enjoy his sense of humor and I enjoy his story telling This book has all those things and moves our main character into a situation or set of situations that is are not typical of what we ve seen before.What s good and what s not so good here Well, on the not so good side there may be a bit of a feeling that things are moving a bit slowly By that I don t mean there s a lack of action, anything but I mean that for those of us who see the Story moving or trying to move forward there may be times that it starts to feel that we re sort of taking a couple of steps back before we move forward And I m not really talking about the flashback sequences there Personally I thought Harry himself moved forward a bit slowly here There were for me a few times I felt a little like I was circling, but be aware, it didn t really gripe me The story flowed and the gaps were are getting filled in There is obviously a saga building As one character says I won t say who as that might be spoilerish it s one of those it s about the journey not the destination things.You are going to find out a bit about Harry s background here, get a look at a couple of things we ve only seen mentioned in passing before and also begin considering things from a totally different perspective Sogood book Highly recommended, as a matter of fact, my highest brain candy recommendation.I ll list it among my favorites along with the rest of the series I m now awaiting the announcement of the release date for Cold Days Pathetic huh LOL view spoiler I had indulged in much discussion as to who was behind Harry s murder A friend here on Goodreads had suggested that Harry himself might have been behind it I had dismissed this because Harry had given the big promise to Mab that he wouldn t suicide The idea that he would ask Molly to mess in his head thus breaking the laws of magic and worse asking Molly to break the laws of magic also further damaging Molly was something I didn t think Harry would do I was of course, wrong I assume this is was all part of the Harry has gone too far Harry has crossed a line point Uriel opens a lot up for Harry when he lets Harry look at what he Harry said and did When Harry said he d let the world burn to save Maggie he was in effect saying he d let Molly burn and of course by extension Thomas, Butters, Mouse and Misterand Murphy burn Not to mention he had to realize that he was saying to save his daughter he would kill or allow to die a lot of other father s daughters.A lot still cominghow will he interact with Mab, what happened with Bob Who or what is the parasite who whispered in his ear Hope I live to see the series complete Come on Jim, I m closing on 60 LOL hide spoiler If I wasn t married, I d take this character home to meet mama and her sister.Course, they might scare him off Holey Moley At the end of Changes when wizard Harry Dresden is shot, I thought No, Harry can t be dead surely Jim Butcher will find some clever way to bring him back to life But I was very wrong, Harry is dead and in this book his ghost is sent back to Chicago to prevent the death of three of his closest friends and to find out who killed him.The Chicago Harry is sent back to is a very different one to the one he left six months before The vacuum he created by destroying the Red Court of vampires has been filled by malicious paranormal entities and the city has become a battleground His friend Murphy and apprentice Molly are both riddled with guild over his death and not in a good place As a ghost Harry has none of the powers he had in life as a wizard and has to learn how to use his spirit form to communicate with his mortal friends and to prevent being devoured by other spirits Harry being Harry comes up with various inventive ways of helping his friends in their fight against the forces trying to control their world.This book feels like a bridge to whatever is to come next in the series There is less action and introspection and reminiscing on Harry s part than in previous episodes where the action was pretty much non stop I think in some ways that was to give Harry a sense of closure of the important things in his previous life as the end of the book suggests that the next chapter in Harry s story will be very different but hopefully no less exciting. I can only give 2.5 stars plus 0.5 out of my respect for the series Harry was sent back to the world of mortals as a ghost to investigate his own murder When he came back, Chicago changed a lot and not for the good Yet another new enemies appeared, worse than the old ones as usual Oh yeah, we never actually see them Harry s friends changed, too.There are several problems with the book Harry is first and foremost an action hero constantly on his guilt trip, but when this trip happens to be between the action bits, it is not too bad This time he cannot do anything to material things, so what he does the whole book is talking a lot and feeling guilty for anything and everything I was seriously expecting him to find a way to blame himself for Crucifixion of Jesus I kid you not, I would not be surprise if he did The repeating parts of the series finally beginning to get old for me After reading description of Soulgaze for thirteenth time I can repeat it in my sleep I am ashamed to say, I was glad Harry s apartment was destroyed in the previous book as I hoped I will not have to read its description yet again Boy was I wrong Luckily where was nothing about his car in this book, which is a blessing, I guess I really did not like the way the characters of Butters and Murphy is developing Butters was great because he was never an action hero, just a guy with barely enough courage to do the right thing In this book, he is doing an action hero thing Murphy does not want to look into Harry s murder because she is afraid that she would find a proof of guilt of her boyfriend Is this the way a really strong woman should behave Is it too much to ask that villains killed by Dresden stay dead For now only good guys stay dead, almost every bad person entity comes back one way or the other.I might have read too many books of Agatha Christie, but I figured Harry s murder sometime in the first half of the book, so no big surprises in this case.All in all, I consider this to be just a filling material and hope the next book is better.
Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and a new steampunk series, the Cinder Spires His resume includes a laundry list of skills which were useful a couple of centuries ago, and he plays guitar quite badly An avid gamer, he plays tabletop games in varying systems, a variety of video games on PC and console, and LARPs whenever he can make time for it Jim currently
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