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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-11-30 16:33
How Dresden fight monsters and get an apprentice
Proven Guilty - Jim Butcher

Something magical and nasty is attacking people.

 

Michael's daughter is in trouble and she manipulated Dresden to help her. Her boyfriend Nelson was in jail and needed bail. 

 

It turned out that Molly's friend were in trouble when monsters attacked a convention that they were attending. Like a horror movies con and the monsters dressed as monsters in movies. 

 

Worst still, Michael is on the job and Dresden has to find help to fight monsters.

 

In the meantime, he got kidnapped. More trouble,

 

The story progress along fine. Just a bit jumpy here and there. 

 

It has explained why Michael's wife, Molly' mom Charity didn't like Dresden.

 

It also explained why Murphy and Dresden didn't hookup. 

 

Fast moving plot with Molly got kidnapped, rescue mission is a good way to build tension and move things along.

 

A solid 4 stars. Half star added for being so readable. 

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text 2017-09-18 18:04
Reading progress update: I've read 303 out of 566 pages.
Proven Guilty - Jim Butcher

Though I walk through the valley of trauma, I will fear no concussion.

 

Poor old Harry gets beaten on a lot.  I guess its all part of being the noir detective version of a magician.

 

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review 2016-10-12 04:00
Review: Proven Guilty
Proven Guilty - Jim Butcher

Let me guess, after this one, this series starts to get really good? Because that's the lie y'all been telling me for three books now, and this was definitely not better than the previous one. 

 

But it did manage to be twice as long as it needed to be.

 

I like magic that requires prep work. 

 

I do not like spending an hour listening to descriptions of people putting on armor and weapons before a fight.

 

I do not like endings that just keep going. Where we have to stop and have a similar conversation with every important person in Harry's life (two of whom make the same joke even) when the plot, it's been done for a while.

 

And this one actually started off with some super interesting stuff.

 

*sigh*

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review 2016-07-25 16:44
#Audiobook Review: Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher
Proven Guilty: The Dresden Files, Book 8 - James Marsters,Jim Butcher

After taking a break from the Dresden Files for a few months, listening to Proven Guilty was just what I wanted and needed from this dark urban fantasy series. The war between the Red Court and White Council isn't going well, meanwhile the Merlin wants to find a way to remove Harry from the Council permanently. Harry’s mentor, Ebenezer, tips off Harry that the Winter Court (fae) have not joined the war after the Red Court used their lands without permission and that there is a traitor in the Council. So Harry embarks on a secret, multi-faceted mission, where not only is his own life in danger, but that of his dear friend Michael’s daughter, Molly.

 

While Proven Guilty continues the somber storytelling that dominates this series, I found it had a much better balance of light and dark with respect to Dreden’s mental and emotional wellbeing. There is no denying he lives in a dangerous world with the cards stacked against him, but he does have many friends, and Dresden is finally turning to them. I’ll admit that I held my breath while reading most of the first half, waiting for the proverbial shoe to drop right on top of Dresden’s head, Mr. Butcher was able to keep things from going too far, and brought Dresden back from the depths before he hit bottom. But with that said, there were a couple spots I was ready to give up, only to be drawn back in by the excellent storytelling. 

 

At the core of Proven Guilty, there is a mystery, and Dresden is back doing what he does best: piecing clues together to uncover the truth. As he does so, he discovers that the overall picture is much bigger than he initially expected, with an unknown threat that could be the ultimate foe. This journey allows Dresden to expunge some of the guilty he’s been carrying around for the past year or so, as well as strengthen friendships and alliances he’ll need to stay on “right” side of that fine line between dark and light. While we see Dresden work through his relationships with a few key characters, it is his heart-to-hearts with longtime colleague and friend, Karen, that gave me all the feels and even had me tearing up. Much happens in this one, and it feels like a huge turning point for Harry and his world.

 

Per usual, James Marsters does an amazing job bringing Dresden and the story to life. Listeners are treated to his deep, rich, soothing voice that embodies all that is Dresden: his worries, triumphs, fears, and celebrations. His cadence is extremely fitting, full of sighs and pauses, creating the illusion that I’m actually inside Dresden’s mind as he works his way through the case and life. 

 

Overall, I immensely enjoyed listening to Proven Guilty. Without giving spoilers, I am very happy with the way this one wrapped up and what it could mean for the future of the series. The story is a wonderful mystery, with pieces coming together slowly yet logically. The book is an excellent balance of action, mystery, and personal growth, which has me looking forward to listening to more is this wonderful series.  

 

My Rating: A-

Narration A

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review 2016-06-28 18:31
Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher
Proven Guilty - Jim Butcher

Note: I feel that Death Masks, Book 5, is where reading this series out of order starts to do you an injustice. This book does work as a stand alone to some extent, but you will get major spoilers for the previous books in the series and it also pulls in characters we have met before. So I recommend reading the previous books before you jump into this one.

Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only PI wizard and now a Warden for the White Council, gets called up by Molly to bail her friend out of jail. He’s not happy about it, but he knows that Molly is having some issues. He gets talked into checking out SplatterCon!!! where Molly is one of the lead organizers. The White Council has reports of some evil magic happening in Chicago and they’ve tasked Harry with finding the source and dealing with it. SplatterCon!!! turns out to be a bit scarier than anyone figured when a horror movie monster comes to life and starts taking out the guests. Someone is inviting in phages from the Nevernever. Not good!

Later on, Molly disappears and Harry has to try every trick in the book to locate her. While he is attempting to locate her, he learns some interesting things about Charity, Molly’s mom. I really liked that we get to learn more about her as she has been a rather minor character in the series so far. As we know from previous books, she doesn’t like Harry, and now with Michael (her husband and a Knight Templar) away on ‘business’, she is stuck in this position where Harry is her best hope of finding and helping Molly.

Later on, Harry and some trusted allies have to suit up and head into the Nevernever. Without giving too much away, Thomas of the White Court vampires, is an excellent fighter and there are some great scenes with him kicking in teeth and stomping on faerie wings. The efforts of Harry and crew in the Nevernever have repercussions, some of which are known by the end of this book, but then there are some that don’t become apparent until later in the series. That’s another cool thing about these books. In rereading the series, I can see these ripples easier and it’s just amazing how well laid out the big arching plot is for the series.

Before the book is over, Harry has to face some of his fears as well. One of them, he knows is coming and he has time to think about how he will handle it. The second comes as a bit of a surprise and a relief once he starts talking about. I really liked that Harry had to deal with some of his biggest fears in this book.

At the end of the previous book, Dead Beat, Thomas moved out of Harry’s place. Harry spends the entire book wondering what Thomas is now doing for a living. He’s looking healthy and Harry worries that he’s turned to the dark side in feeding. The ending to this little mystery is quite amusing but we don’t get that until later in the series.

As usual, there’s a slew of returning characters in this book. Police officer Rawlins, who knew Murphy’s dad back in the day, is tasked with guarding a crime scene that Harry wants access to. Murphy of course is around and also accompanies Harry into the Nevernever. Lashiel’s carbon copy in Harry’s head is rather insistent in being of assistance and Harry learns some mental skills in blocking her out. The Lady Summer Lily and her Knight Fix put in an appearance as well. Even Harry’s godmother has a little role. There’s more, but these are the ones that stood out to me. This book is another great addition to the series and I had a lot of fun with the fear theme for the book.

Narration: James Marsters continues to do a worthy Harry Dresden. His female voices are on good display with this book : Charity, Molly, Lashiel, Murphy, Harry’s godmother, the Summer Lady, etc. He makes them all distinct and feminine.

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