According to Jim Butcher himself, this is indeed the next book, timed to come out around the end of the first season of The Dresden Files TV series. (Starting on Sci-Fi with a two hour movie adaptation of Storm Front in January) Jim divulged these details on Sunday September 3rd at Dragoncon.
I'm disappointed too. Since when does Harry have a fridge? Or live in his office? Murphy as a brunette? And what's with the drumstick and the hockey stick? It's almost embarrassing to watch what's been done to the characters. I'm trying to overlook those glaring flaws and just enjoy the fantasy. The guy they got to play Harry is a hottie though. :D
I think Dresden, as portrayed in the TV series, is a little too soft. He doesn't seem to have the same hard-boiled edge the book character has. I don't like Bob's corporeal form, and I miss the Blue Beetle! The show isn't bad, and I think if I hadn't read the series I would enjoy it more.
I'm rather fond of Bob & his skull (nice markings), but I do agree w/his place is palatial (on show) & agree w/all the appliances & appurtenences of modern life...that the book does not have. Can't believe no one has mentioned anything about Bianca being lovey dovey w/Harry vs the book, puleeeze!! & it's been dumbed down to the High Council vs the multiple courts & council...or did I miss something? And yes, tv Harry is really a softy vs book Harry.
And yes...I LIKE watching tv Harry...almost makes me wanna be a lady in distress - or at least in need of a wizard ;-)
Well, to be fair to TV Harry, book Harry was 'soft' in Storm Front in comparison to Harry in Proven Guilty. It's one of the best things about the books - Jim Butcher's done a fine job of evolving Harry to where the evolution isn't noticeable.
The show's tone is more in line with the tone of Storm Front. I have a feeling (or am merely hoping) that we'll TV Harry evolve. I'm really hoping that happens; Paul Blackthorne's doing an awesome job playing Harry but they haven't given him any scripts worth a damn that do his acting talent justice. He seems fully capable of playing Harry perfectly.
I agree completely, Murphy is brunett, Susan is blond--I though she was supposed to be hispanic. The hockey stick etc are almost too much to tolerate. Since when does Harry live above ground and it looks like his office is where he lives. I may not watch much more. It's unbalancing my reality. LOL
We've discussed the changes ad nauseam on the forums at Jim's website. Many folks feel as you do, but many of us have chosen to simply see the series as an 'alternate Harry' and try to not compare them. The show's executive producer has been kind enough to answer many questions and give us some insight into the reasons behind their changes. While personally I wish some of them hadn't been made, others do improve the series for television in my opinion.
And by the way, this new book is worth the wait. ;)
Likely because high numbers in series tend to put off new readers... Phrasing it as "a novel of" implies that the book can be used as an entry point to the series. It is only a little disingenuous, as the Dresden books do enough explain-on-the-go to allow a new reader in. Of course, the real depth and strength of the series is the character development and growth, in my opinion.
That isn't blond - it's WHITE. And considering Bob is several hundred years old, what else would he be but a Brit? (Terrence Mann, by the way, was born in Kentucky and spent most of the last 18 years living here in Raleigh, NC, doing his own magic with our theaters.)
I had never read any of the books until after seeing the SciFi series. LOVE IT. In the last 3 weeks, I've read all the books except "Proven Guilty," and love them all. Some of the changes make a lot of sense - Bob as orange eye lights in a skull wouldn't hold viewer attention for long, so casting Terrence Mann was - IMHO - a stroke of genius.
Paul Blackthorne - oh yeah! That's Harry, all right.
I don't mind most of the changes that were made, although I would have loved to meet Thomas on screen. I picture Thomas as blond, much more like James Marsters as Spike in "Buffy". I also wish the Alphas and the Susan storyline were in the series.
Now a question. Books - Justin takes Harry and Elaine from an orphanage as preteens and raises and trains them for about 5 years, and does not live in Chicago. Harry is 16 when he kills Justin. TV series - Justin is Harry's uncle, there is no Elaine, and the killing happened just 5 years ago in Chicago. Sooo..... are the books going to reveal that Justin is, in fact, Harry's uncle? There has to be much more to learn about Harry's family - any ideas what's coming next?
I started reading the books after seeing the series, so I'm thankful for sci fi channel's bringing my attention to the best read I've ever had! Ate them all up like candy, and now I'm almost finished with White Night (I'm torturing myself by dragging it out for awhile). What will I ever DO when Harry Dresden is no longer a part of my everyday world??!
I enjoy the show, but I have to consider it 'an alternate Harry' as was stated. LOVE the tv Bob...hockey stick is just plain silly.
Got an email yesterday from the announce list that said WHITE NIGHT is currently #4 in Hardcover Fiction on Publishers Weekly and #5 on the New York Times Bestseller list, as well as #17 on USA Today!! I'm sure the show helped push those numbers along. CONGRATS to Jim Butcher!! GREAT series!