Friday, July 29, 2011

Weekend Reading: Ghost Story Jim Butcher

I won't actually be reading this over the weekend because I bought the book (the actual book?!?!) on Tuesday and stayed up nearly all night reading it. My name is Liz, and I have an addiction. Ghost Story is book thirteen of the Dresden Files series. If you haven't read the previous twelve then I recommend starting at the beginning not at book thirteen.

Dresden Files is about a wizard named Harry Dresden who lives in Chicago and consults with the Chicago PD. No wizards are not widely known about or accepted though Harry does have an ad in phone book. Dresden is sweet, quixotic,scrappy, and has a knack for finding oceans of trouble. The paranormal world is cleverly blended with pop culture references and a hard-boiled detective tone. There is everything you could ever want from a paranormal series: vampires, werewolves, fairies, fallen angels, ghosts, assassins, zombies, etc.

I can't actually tell you anything about Ghost Story because if you haven't read the previous twelve books I will be spoiling them for you. I will just say that Dresden Files is the only series I legitimately wait for the release date and purchase the book immediately only to be disappointed I have to wait an entire year for the next installment. I care about so many of the characters and their well being that anytime any of them die it breaks my heart. The series does a wonderful job building on itself, and it often surprises me in the direction it goes. I highly recommend it to anyone, male or female, who enjoys paranormal and detective novels. 

2 comments:

Andrew said...

I've only read through White Night, but I think they're great. I love that he doesn't keep things static like so many other authors of series fiction. I need to get out to the store and pick up the next couple of these, but I've been side-tracked with other things for a while. Also, I need to pick up his fantasy series.

Lizzie's Blog said...

I haven't read the fantasy series. I love Dresden though. Funny enough I read the books completely out of order. White Night was the first one I read and I liked it but I didn't get a lot of it. Then I read I think book 4 next. Finally I figured out my issue and bought them all and read those in order. I really love Dresden. It is such a great series.

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