Thursday, August 11, 2011

Revivew: Ghost Story by Jim Butcher

Ghost Story
Author: Jim Butcher
Publication: Roc Hardcover (July 26, 2011)

Description: The eagerly awaited new novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Dresden Files series. 

When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin.

But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own.

To save his friends-and his own soul-Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic...

My Thoughts: I just devoured this amazing story. I love the rich language and description in the Dresden books and this one was no exception. The descriptions of the various monsters were enough to trigger some really odd and creepy dreams last night. 

This story has Harry waking up in an alternate Chicago, styled Between, and choosing, or being manipulated into choosing, to go back to reality as a shade to try to help those people he loves. And to find out who murdered him.

Harry's complete destruction of the Red Court of Vampires to save the daughter he didn't even know he had has created a power vacuum and all sorts of evil beasties are eager to try to fill it. His colleagues -- Karrin, Molly, Butters and many others -- are trying to defeat the monsters and trying to deal with Harry's loss.

Harry needs to find someone who is able to see and hear him and so goes to an ectomancer named Mortimer Lindquist. He has known Mort for a long time but they aren't friends. Mort fancies himself a coward and in incredibly reluctant to involve himself in anything that Dresden wants. After all, he knows Dresden and he knows the sorts of problems that target him. Luckily one of Mort's guardian ghosts convinces him that he has to get involved with Dresden.

Naturally, events spiral into more and more complexity as Harry tries to save his friends and find his own murderer. 

As usual it is impossible to really describe the story of the this book. There are so many wonderful characters - both old and new -- and so many incredible situations that it defies summary. Harry is on a voyage of self-discovery in this episode as he relives past memories and choices. This is an excellent adventure in the Dresden series and a must for all fans. Newcomers would be well-advised to begin at the beginning - Storm Front - and get to know Dresden and his world.  

Favorite Quote:
Pain isn't a lot of fun, at least not for most folks, but it is utterly unique to life. Pain -- physical, emotional, and otherwise -- is the shadow cast by everything you want out of life, the alternative to the result you were hoping for, and the inevitable creator of strength. From the pain of our failures we learn to be better, stronger, greater than what we were before. Pain is there to tell us when we've done something badly -- it'a a teacher, a guide, one that is always there to both warn us of our limitations and challenge us to overcome them.

For something no one likes, pain does us a whole lot of good.
I pre-ordered this one at Amazon as soon as I could. You can get your copy here.


  1. It's a great book! I really like Molly in this one.

  2. I'm looking forward to reading it. I just have to get home to my Kindle and download it :-)


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