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review 2017-10-09 02:23
Dresden is fighting ghosts
Grave Peril - Jim Butcher

Reading this for Supernatural square for Halloween bingo.

 

Dresden is in trouble fighting ghosts. It is not really his area of expertise. 

 

He has a partner Michael who is a pest also pushing his Christian religion to Dresden. I hope he got killed in the end as I really dislike this character. 

 

And he got an invitation to go to the vampire ball. Not a good thing as they are trying to kill him.

 

Butcher added a lot of details into the background to give the story environment some context and texture. Also, he tried to use humor in his storytelling. I don't know why this series is not more popular.

 

This is going pretty fast. Who is the behind stirring up ghosts for harm?

 

The elements come together, and there are a lot of fighting with magic and characters having their own agenda.

 

Good one. Solid 4.5 stars. 

 

 

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review 2017-09-01 04:13
Triumph and Tragedy Mark this Outstanding Book
Grave Peril - Jim Butcher,James Marsters

Wow. There's just so much going on in this book -- so much that sets things in motion that are still shaping the series. Once a series goes on as long as this one, it's easy to mix up your internal timeline about what happens when -- this reread really exposed how much I've done for The Dresden Files. I don't know how many times I asked, "Wait, what? That happens now? I thought it was ____"

 

Anyway, we start this one with Harry and Michael on their way to rescue a Maternity Ward full of newborns from a ghost. It takes practically no time at all for Butcher to establish Michael, his relationship with Harry, and place in this world. I gotta say, I was shocked at how easy Butcher made that look -- a sure sign that it wasn't effortless for him. Michael is one of my first examples to use when people tell me that paladins are dull characters. I could go on about this particular Knight of the Cross, but no one has that kind of thing.

 

It's not just the witch in the hospital, there are angry ghosts all over town -- and much more powerful than they normally are. Something's afoot, and Harry's having some trouble figuring out what. It does seem to be targeting Harry, Murphy and some others that were with them when they took down a criminal a few months earlier.

 

Meanwhile, Bianca is up to something, and Harry's too distracted by the ghosts to figure it out, which will prove to be very bad. On the other hand, he meets Thomas Raith because of this -- and that's good for us readers, as much as the rest of the night his horrible for Harry.

 

There is just so much that goes wrong here, you have to feel sorry for Harry. Which is not to say that everything goes wrong, Harry unleashes quite a bit of magic in this one -- more than we've seen so far (because of reasons), but there are consequences for this -- consequences that it'll take years for Dresden to clean up.

 

Marsters . . . pick your superlative and apply it to his work here.

 

A lot of fun, a lot of heart, a lot of evil, a lot of pain. If this isn't where this series comes together and fulfills the promise of the premise, it's darn close.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/08/31/grave-peril-audiobook-by-jim-butcher-james-marsters
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text 2017-08-09 19:46
Review: Grave Peril (The Dresden Files #3) by Jim Butcher
Grave Peril - Jim Butcher

Review originally featured at Angel's Guilty Pleasures

 

Grave Peril

The Dresden Files #3
Jim Butcher
Urban Fantasy - Mystery
ROC
November 4th 2008
Hardcover
348
Library

 

Harry Dresden - Wizard


Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.

 

Harry Dresden has faced some pretty terrifying foes during his career. Giant scorpions. Oversexed vampires. Psychotic werewolves. It comes with the territory when you're the only professional wizard in the Chicago-area phone book.

 

But in all Harry's years of supernatural sleuthing, he's never faced anything like this: The spirit world has gone postal. All over Chicago, ghosts are causing trouble - and not just of the door-slamming, boo-shouting variety. These ghosts are tormented, violent, and deadly. Someone - or something - is purposely stirring them up to wreak unearthly havoc. But why? And why do so many of the victims have ties to Harry? If Harry doesn't figure it out soon, he could wind up a ghost himself....

 

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Grave Peril was awkward and odd.

 

When I started reading I thought I had missed a book in-between, but nope I didn’t. A year has gone by between book 2, Fool Moon, and book 3, Grave Peril. During this year Harry, Murphy, Michael, and the SL team took down a Bad Guy Sorcerer who was using a Demon and other stuff to wreak havoc in Chicago. So, Harry has patched things up with Murphy and the SL team, Michael (who is Michael and where did he come from?) is more or less a friend now and helping him out, and Susan and Harry are together (OMG No).

 

The vague reference to the takedown is the source for the plot in this book. We are soon pulled into vampire trouble, ghost trouble, and the Nevernever.

 

Harry has become an immensely engaging character, between his feats as a wizard and his chivalry. I like him even though in this installment he got on my nerves a little. Their are a few different plot threads that keep you engaged. One of those threads has to do with Harry’s Faerie Godmother, who is desperate to own him… (Why?? You’ll have to read to find out. Oh My!! What will Harry do to get out of that predicament?) Then we have what’s going on with the ghosts, Harry’s love life, and the vampires.

 

The secondary characters really come out in this installment and a few new ones are added to the cast. Bob, was a great source of humor and I liked having him along for the ride.

 

Last, we can’t forget Susan, yes the report, who I dislike and think Harry could do better. Susan, is her typical self and when Harry says NO to her request she goes behind his back and ends up in deep deep trouble. What happens to her, is her fault, and her actions brought what happen to her onto herself. All I’ll say is I don’t feel sorry for her and what happened. I do feel sorry for Harry; because we all know he’s going to take what happened to her onto himself and feel like it’s his fault and he has to fix it.

 

Grave Peril was a good read. It not my favorite and I had a few issues, but I’ll still be continuing on to see what happens next to Harry.

 

Rated: 3 Stars

 

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review 2016-08-10 00:00
Grave Peril
Grave Peril - Jim Butcher,James Marsters This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

Every once in a while the right combination of things come together perfectly. This audiobook fits that description. I enjoyed this book the first time I read it years ago but listening to James Marsters perform this story really takes it to a whole new level. The series seems to really be taking off at this point and the story was very well done. I completely enjoyed every moment that I spent listening to this book during my re-read.

Harry Dresden's life is anything but boring. This book starts with a bang and really doesn't slow down until the end. I love how many different things can come together to make sense in Harry's world. In this book, there are ghosts, demons, and vampires all mixed together and it flows smoothly. The mystery was pretty complex in this one with a lot of things happening that will be brought up again as the series moves forward. I had a hard time setting this one aside.

I am so in love with the characters. Harry is awesome in his own way. He is funny and able to think on his feet. He makes decisions based not only on what is best for him but what will be best for others. He risks himself to helps other people quite often. Michael played a large role in this book and I really enjoyed his character. It was really fun to go back and see some of my favorite characters early in the series. Karin, Bob, Susan and everyone else really all added important pieces to the story as well.

James Marsters is the perfect voice of Harry Dresden. I absolutely love how this book was narrated. He didn't just read the story - he performed it. I could totally hear every one of Harry's emotions in the performance. I was really impressed that even the perfectly placed breath seem to add to the delivery. He performed all of the different characters flawlessly. I can't wait to listen to more books narrated by James Marsters.

I would highly recommend this series to fans of urban fiction. This is a series that you will want to read in order since there are some story arc that carry over from previous books. I am looking forward to listening to book four in the series very soon.

Initial Thoughts
Loved it! I almost forgot how good this series really is. And James Marsters? He is the perfect narrator for this book.
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review 2016-04-13 21:27
Grave Peril / Jim Butcher
Grave Peril - Jim Butcher

Harry Dresden has faced some pretty terrifying foes during his career. Giant scorpions. Oversexed vampires. Psychotic werewolves. It comes with the territory when you're the only professional wizard in the Chicago-area phone book.

But in all Harry's years of supernatural sleuthing, he's never faced anything like this: The spirit world has gone postal. All over Chicago, ghosts are causing trouble - and not just of the door-slamming, boo-shouting variety. These ghosts are tormented, violent, and deadly. Someone - or something - is purposely stirring them up to wreak unearthly havoc. But why? And why do so many of the victims have ties to Harry? If Harry doesn't figure it out soon, he could wind up a ghost himself....

 

For me this is the most enjoyable installment in the Dresden series thus far.  I think Butcher has finally solidified Harry’s character to where he feels comfortable with it and he is defining Harry’s Chicago in more detail.

 

Also appreciated:  Harry isn’t going it all alone in this book.  He has several partners—Michael, a righteous knight; Murphy, his police contact; and Thomas, a vampiric conspirator.

 

I was glad to see more women in this book and that they were assigned more substantial roles.  Including some awesome evil women, Harry’s godmother & the queen of the Red Vampire court.  That makes up for poor old Susan, who as usual is pushed aside while Harry fights ghosties (until she needs rescuing right on cue).   

 

Michael has potential to be a great foil for Harry.  He kind of gets dumped into the narrative early in the book and we have to figure him out as we go, but he lends strength & courage to the partnership.  Maybe some of Michael’s goodness gets rubbed off on Bob, the skull, as even he seems more supportive of Harry this time out. 

 

I do have to wonder is poor old Harry is going to get the shit beat out of him in absolutely every chapter of every book?  Even if he heals quickly, he’s going to be moving like a hundred year old man in no time, if that’s the case.  More companions = less physical abuse, Harry.  You may wear a western duster, but there’s no reason to go it alone like an outlaw.

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