Monday, July 25, 2011

Ghost Story: a Book Review

Ghost Story
Dresden Files 13
By Jim Butcher
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When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin.

But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger.

Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own.

To save his friends-and his own soul-Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic...
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For the first time in a long time I finished a book in one day. (There are minor spoilers for previous books in this blog post).

Yay me!

Unfortunately it means I am now probably going to have to wait something like 18 months for the next Dresden Files novel... but at least this book didn't end on a cliffhanger the way Changes did.

Butcher continues his masterful job of building a world in which magic pulses like blood in the veins. The fallout from the destruction of the Red Court has caused as much upheaval in the world as the war they fought with the White Council. New enemies are emerging from the sidelines and fighting over the territory the Red Court has left behind, and Butcher weaves intrigue and possibility onto this canvas with breathtaking excitement.

I'm not going to talk much about the plot if the book - you get all you need to know about that from the blurb. What I love about Butcher's writing is how real  everything feels. The magic he paints onto the canvas is not unsubstantial, it is incredibly solid and I would dearly love to get my hands on his notes (if he uses any). It would be quite easy to turn the Dresden Files into a soap opera (and I love a good soap) yet Butcher is inventive enough that he doesn't short change the reader by pulling his punches or taking an 'easy route'

The Sidhe play a part again - namely Dresden's faerie godmother - and I am in awe at how he makes them so alien and so convincingly powerful.

I desperately want to play in Dresden's world lol.

I am so looking forward to the next book.

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