Sheila Deeth, October 18, 2013 (view all comments by Sheila Deeth)
Dresden is back, and the dangers are bigger, the monsters badder, the threats to society greater, and the global implications ever-more scary and universal. If Ghost Story didn’t grab you, don’t give up--Cold Days is stronger, faster, darker and far more intriguing. But it’s not a return to the life, story, or Dresden of earlier volumes. This Dresden is bleaker and more powerful, gradually learning his place in a much bigger world, still as tortured by human loyalty and as faithful to those he holds dear, but battling larger issues and more willing to risk those he loves. This Dresden still has far to go, but his path has changed, and his future’s deeply in question.
While many threads seem missing from earlier story arcs, it’s easy to see Cold Days as a step to greater things, and there’s an intriguing feeling that even all this magic and mystery is only one more facet of what lies beyond. I’m looking forward to enjoying more of the series and learning more of the overall story arc as the tales progress.
Disclosure: We waited for the paperback, but it was hard!
dovewiregirl, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by dovewiregirl)
It may not be high lit. or prose to swoon over, but this latest installment in the Dresden series kept me glued to my overly-cozy reading chair from the opening sentence to the last. In a year of uber-heavy reality, I found the page-turning, hilarious-familiar character-unbelievably non-stop now what?! creative conundrum the perfect anodyne... Grin restored. Grateful reader.
dorranqueen, January 9, 2013 (view all comments by dorranqueen)
Jim Butcher just keeps getting better and better - especially at twisting up the life of his primary character, Harry Dresden. Having just recovered from being a ghost and the special "recovery" assassination attempts from Mab, Harry gets his first assignment as the Winter Knight - kill one of the deathless fae. How he manages the political twists of the Winter Court and revealing his resurrection to his friends and family makes up the bulk of the book. The ending was totally unexpected to me, although in looking back over the last two books, it made perfect sense, but again completely complicated Harry's world. And is Harry doomed never to get together with Karrin - seems totally unfair to me, but Harry has come to expect that anyone he loves can be used as a hostage against him (although Karrin is perfectly capable of taking care of herself). I can't wait until the next year for the next book - this is one of my favorite series and authors!
THULA, January 5, 2013 (view all comments by THULA)
Any of Jim Butcher's HARRY DRESDEN series is a good read. Most of the time, the anticipation of the release of a book is more exciting than actually reading the book. Not so with Jim Butcher. His books are always worth the wait. It's difficult to be specific about this particular book without spoiling any plot lines, though. His characters are well rounded, and always developing and changing. His plots are well written and keeps this reader on her toes. I love how he tosses in references to movies (not just star wars or star trek), video games and other books - especially when I 'get' the references. I've introduced a lot of people to his books, and they love them - and for different reasons. One man is from Chicago, and can relate to the locations, one man is a video games player, and enjoys the references to his favorite video games. I myself like the character of Harry Dresden, and the people he surrounds himself with. The humor, wit and integrity of these characters always makes me want to never stop reading about them.
by Washington Times,
"What would you get if you crossed Spenser with Merlin? Probably you would come up with someone very like Harry Dresden, wizard, tough guy, and star of [The Dresden Files]."
by SF Site,
"This imaginative series continues to surprise and delight with its inventiveness and sympathetic hero."
by Library Journal (starred review),
“Offbeat humor, a hard-boiled style, and rich detail.”
"Good fun for fans of dary fantasy mystery."
by Best Reviews,
"As usual in Butcher's books, the action begins on page one and moves rapidly from there."
by SF Revu,
“Harry Dresden is perhaps the best-written supernatural detective working today.”
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