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url 2018-02-11 13:56
47 New Releases in Book Series out Feb. 13
The Traitor Prince - C.J. Redwine
Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Dog Men - Mark Powers,Jim Butcher,Diego Galindo
Honor Among Thieves - Rachel Caine,Ann Aguirre
The Rogue Queen (The Hundredth Queen Series) - Emily R. King
The Kremlin's Candidate - Jason Matthews
My Weirdest School #10: Miss Newman Isn'... My Weirdest School #10: Miss Newman Isn't Human! - Dan Gutman,Jim Paillot
More Than Love You (More Than Words) (Vo... More Than Love You (More Than Words) (Volume 3) - Shayla Black
Night Moves - Jonathan Kellerman
Over the Moon (Lorimar Pack) - Hailey Ed... Over the Moon (Lorimar Pack) - Hailey Edwards,Brittany Pressley
Shot on Gold (A Play-by-Play Novel) - Ja... Shot on Gold (A Play-by-Play Novel) - Jaci Burton

For full,list, visit the Fictfact.com Book Release Calendar and click the date.  (If unfamiliar with FictFact, it's for tracking/viewing book series.)

Source: www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar
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review 2018-01-25 03:11
Death Masks by Jim Butcher
Death Masks: The Dresden Files, Book 5 - Jim Butcher

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I really enjoyed this book! This was a re-read for me and I liked it just as much the second time around. I did remember some parts of the book from the first time I read the story but I had forgotten most of the details. It has been about a year and half since I listened to the last book in this series and I really enjoyed spending a little bit of time with Harry Dresden once again. This is the fifth book in the series and I do recommend that this series be read in order. This was a book that entertained me from beginning to end.

Harry has a lot going on in this book. I don't even know how he is able to keep everything straight. He has a vampire from the Red Court that wants to duel him. A priest wants his help in finding the Shroud and a few other people would like to get their hands on it as well. An old girlfriend is in town to keep things interesting. Plus there are all the other situations that Harry seems to regularly find himself in. If you are looking for a book with a lot of action, look no further because this book really never slows down.

The characters in this book almost feel real to me. One thing that I love about reading a series like this is how well you get to know each of the characters. It is almost like they are old friends and you can somewhat anticipate how they might react in certain situations. I do think it is also a lot of fun to re-read a longer series like this because the groundwork for future events is being laid. Having already read the later books, I know that some scenes will become more important later on. There are a lot of characters featured in this story that have been very important to the series. I liked seeing Michael and his family as well as the other Knights of the Cross. Thomas, John Marconi, Susan, and Karin also play important roles.

James Marsters takes this book to a whole new level. I originally read this book on my kindle but if I had known how good the audiobook was, I might have went that route the first time around. I think he does a fantastic job in bringing Harry to life. I know what Harry is feeling at times because I can hear it in his voice. I think that he does a great job with all of the characters and the dialogue in the story flows very nicely. He has a very pleasant voice that was easy to listen to for hours at a time.

I do recommend this series to others. I like that it is a fairly complex story with some humor worked in at just the right moments. Harry is a character that is easy to cheer for because in the end he really is a good guy. I am looking forward to continuing with my re-read of the series very soon.

Initial Thoughts
This was a re-read for me. I remembered parts of the book but no details. I think that Jim Marsters narration brings Harry to a whole new level. Lots of excitement in the one with appearances by most of the key characters in the series. 

Book source: Audible purchase

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review 2017-11-11 15:15
Dresden is being drawn into a fight
Small Favour (The Dresden Files, #10) - Jim Butcher

A bad guy is missing and Dresden is being forced to find him.


Then there are more magic people involved. Summer Council, Winter Council.


So there is a lot of running around, either he is chasing someone or being chased. 


The story is good enough. Not sure why it got so low rating. 


It is a story about Molly and Michael and how Dresden handled his magic and his relationships. 


Interesting enough for me to read the next one. 


4 stars. 

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review 2017-09-12 02:08
Same ol' same ol: Rock|Harry|Hard Place -and it's great.
Summer Knight: The Dresden Files, Book 4 - Jim Butcher,James Marsters

So, we get more information on the White Council (not just the vague references in the first couple of books and our buddy Morgan the Warden), as well as our introduction to the Fae Courts. Throw in everything we learned about Marcone in book 2, vampires in book 3, and what we're about to learn in book 5 and we'll have fully established the world of Harry Dresden. And wow, what a world.


But I'm getting ahead of myself. We start off with dealing with the war Harry was tricked into instigating in the last book, he's got assassins after him -- but thankfully, Billy's got his back. A friendship has developed between Harry, Billy and the rest of Billy's pack since Fool Moon which is pretty cool to see. Even if Harry's too blinded by his obsessive need to cure Susan's vampirism to see things like friendship, self-destructive lifestyle, and whatnot. Billy's also minding the store for Harry and has made an appointment for him to meet with a new client.


Harry doesn't want a new client -- but he's about run out of money and is looking at the business end of evictions soon, so he'd better. He doesn't want this new client either, for reasons you can read/listen to for yourself, but she doesn't leave him much of a choice.

Before he can get too carried away with dealing with this, he has to attend a meeting of the White Council -- where he will be a major topic of conversation, thanks to the vampire war. Which isn't going too well for the Wizards. We meet some great characters at this meeting, including Harry's [spoiler] and mentor, Ebenezar McCoy. McCoy is a hoot -- Marsters (no surprise) nails his character, by the way -- he's just one of those guys you like from the moment you meet him on the page and your appreciation for him only increases. In the end, the Council basically puts Harry to a test -- if he doesn't pass, they hand him over to the vampires; if he does, things continue on the way they are now -- and if he dies in the process, well, that'll be inconvenient. The test, naturally, involves him taking the above client he doesn't want.


In a nutshell, a member of one of the Fae Courts has been killed and Harry has a couple of days until the Summer Solstice to find out who did it. Otherwise, the balance of power between the Courts will shift and war break out. A war that'll pretty much decimate the planet's climate in ways that Al Gore couldn't imagine. Which is a bad thing for us humans. So pretty much, Harry has to solve a murder, stop a war/save the earth, while dodging assassins, skeptical wizards, and who knows what else or he'll be tortured and killed by vampires after being abandoned by his people. In just a couple of days.

Oh, and a long-lost (and assumed dead) person from Harry's past shows up in the middle of all this, too.


No big deal, right? Poor, poor Harry. It's a fun adventure (for the reader), the mystery story is decent, the adversaries are fantastic -- and the new characters (even those we never see again, sniff) are great additions to what's just a great cast.


I mentioned the friendship of Billy and Harry earlier -- we get a lot of it in this book, Billy's along for most of the adventure, and he's really turning into someone Harry can count on. Karrin Murphy gets some great action, too -- and Harry finally clues her into what's going on re: Fae, Vampires, White Council, etc. You know, keeping the promise he made to himself at the end of book 2. Well done, Dresden. I can't fail to mention Toot Toot -- he's come a long way since we met him in Storm Front, in no small way thanks to Harry.


I'm talking about an audiobook now, so I really should say something about James Marsters' work. I'm just going to sound like a broken record, though, if I do. I'm trying to think if I wasn't that impressed with anything, or if there was something in particular that I thought he did well, and I can't come up with anything. I really enjoyed his Bob in Summer Night -- nothing different in the characterization, I don't think, but it just came to life in a particular way. Also, he captured the very strong sense of fatigue, of being at the end of his rope that so defined Harry in these pages.


This wasn't my favorite book -- although I really enjoyed it on the whole -- and really relished reliving the establishment of the Council and Courts in the series. While I thoroughly enjoyed the stuff in Wal-Mart (for example), it went on too long and wasn't worth it to the story. There were a few too many moments like that in this book for my taste -- fun in and of themselves, but ultimately, time wasted, so I'll knock this down a star. Also, it proves that as much of a mindless fan-boy I can tend to be about this series, I'm a little discerning. A little.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/09/11/summer-knight-audiobook-by-jim-butcher-james-marsters
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review 2017-08-18 20:05
Meh on This Dresden Addition to the Series
Blood Rites - Jim Butcher

There's a reason it took me three separate borrow periods at my library to finish this book. It's just not that good. I have loved most of the Harry Dresden books, and this one, nope. It just read as filler from beginning to end. Then the book ends on a weird note and at one point I wondered if my Kindle was missing a page (yeah I don't know if this is possible, but I worried about it).


in the sixth book in this series, we have our man Harry, wizard extraordinaire, back in the saddle again. He gets dragged into a mystery to solve by Thomas, the vampire that he met in "Grave Peril" Harry Dresden #3. I can't even get to the plot with a straight face. Thomas, who is a White Court vampire (shakes head, no not getting into that mess here) asks Harry to look to find out what he can about a series of deaths on a pornography film set. I think that right there just turned me off. There are some cute moments here and there with Harry adopting a puppy, but eh. I just could not get into this one even though I really tried. It took almost three months for me to finish this one. I should have just DNFed it, but I am trying to get through all of the books in the series and post reviews.


Harry is Harry. I really don't think we get much development by way of anyone else in this one except for a reveal about someone and Harry in this one. I don't want to think too hard about it, cause if I do I may just pull my hair out.


There is some back and forth between the White Court and Black Court vampires in this one and we get some new characters who I am going to assume will show up in subsequent books.  


FYI, if I am going to make fun of Twilight for having a love shield, I am going to make fun of Harry for having one too. That whole thing was bonkers and didn't even make sense. 


And the soulgaze thing. Anyway. I need to move on since I want this thing to be over.


There are a lot of things in this one that as I already said are just setting up things I think for the next book. 


I have to say I have never been that interested in the goings on with the vampires in Harry's world and this book shows why. They really are boring. 


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