Ghost Story (Dresden Files Series #13)

Ghost Story (Dresden Files Series #13) - 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!http://www.jim-butcher.com/books/dresden/ghost-story/ghost-story-chapter-3If you missed last week's post, you can check them out here: http://www.jim-butcher.com/books/dresden/ghost-story/ghost-story-chapter-1http://www.jim-butcher.com/books/dresden/ghost-story/ghost-story-chapter-2We'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: http://www.jim-butcher.com/books/dresden/ghost-story/ghost-story-chapter-1Chapter 2: http://www.jim-butcher.com/books/dresden/ghost-story/ghost-story-chapter-2In 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: http://www.jim-butcher.com/storeThe Virtual Signing: http://www.jim-butcher.com/posts/2011/virtual-signing-for-ghost-story-and-side-jobsAlso, 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/http://us.penguingroup.com/static/pages/extras/ghoststory/index.htmlYou can also download GHOST STORY desktop wallpaper here:http://www.jim-butcher.com/posts/2011/changes-paperbackIn the month leading up to the July 26th release, we'll have even more 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!”