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Wizard by Trade: Summer Knight / Death Masks (The Dresden Files, Nos. 4-5) Hardcover – January 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 598 pages
  • Publisher: Science Fiction Book Club; Omnibus edition (2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739465813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739465813
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #535,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jim Butcher read his first fantasy novel when he was seven years old--
the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. By the time he turned eight,
he'd added the rest of the Narnia books, the Prydain Chronicles, every
book about Star Wars he could find, a great many Star Trek novels and
the Lord of the Rings to his count.

So he was pretty much doomed from the start.

Love of fantasy, his personal gateway drug, drew him toward a fairly
eclectic spread of interests: horseback riding (including trick riding,
stunt riding, drill riding, and competitive stunt racing), archery,
martial arts, costuming, music and theater. He played a lot of role-
playing games, a lot of fantasy-based tactical computer games, and
eventually got into live-action roleplay where players beat each other
up with boffer weapons.

So, really, he can fly his nerd flag with pretty much anyone, and
frequently does.

He took up writing to be able to produce fantasy novels with swords and
horses in them, and determinedly wrote terrible fantasy books until,
just to prove a point to his writing teacher, he decided to take every
piece of her advice; fill out outlines and worksheets, and design
stories and characters just the way she'd been telling him to do for
about three years. He was certain that once she saw what hideous art it
produced, she would be proven wrong and repent the error of her ways.
The result was the Dresden Files, which sure showed *her*.

She has not yet admitted her mistake and recanted her philosophy on
writing.

Jim has performed in dramas, musicals, and vocal groups in front of
live audiences of thousands and on TV. He has performed exhibition
riding in multiple arenas, and fallen from running horses a truly
ridiculous number of times. He was once cursed by an Amazon witch
doctor in rural Brazil, has apparently begun writing about himself in
the third person, and is hardly ever sick at sea.

He also writes books occasionally.

Jim stands accused of writing the Dresden Files and the Codex Alera.
He's plead insanity, but the jury is still out on that one. He lives in
Missouri with his wife, romantic suspense and paranormal romance writer
Shannon K. Butcher (who is really pretty and way out of his league),
his son, and a ferocious guard dog.

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His books get better with every one he publishes.
Katherine "Kat" Rowe
Soon Harry is neck-deep in nasty faerie creatures from the Nevernever, and a conspiracy that lies at the very heart of the faerie realm.
E. A Solinas
I want to make clear that this low review is based on the book itself, not the story.
Tom

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Katherine "Kat" Rowe on September 11, 2007
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This volume contains two very good but oh-so-different stories that represent Butcher at his finest up to that point. His books get better with every one he publishes.

Summer Knight is the almost light-hearted story about how Dresden gets caught up in a power-struggle between the two faerie courts. The plot is original and off-beat and gives Murphy a much more active role than she's had before in the battle between good and evil. The final battle, surreal as it is, makes you feel like you're there. And, in true Butcher style, you have to break off from reading some very tense passages in order to laugh, either at something Harry has to say or at some insanely clever and amusing new twist.

Death Masks is an altogether darker work, focusing on demons rather than faeries. The end of the world is once more a very real possibility (when is it NOT if Harry Dresden has to get involved) and to make matters worse for Harry, Susan Rodrigez is back on the scene. Let the angst begin! Harry makes some new friends, fights alongside some old ones, and has his life changed forever by when he makes a split-second decision to protect a child.

Butcher keeps getting better, as he proves with every successive novel. Summer Knight and Death Masks show a decided improvement over earlier works (although Death Masks contains what I consider a needless and overly-graphic sex scene that I can't even call a "love scene"). Reading these made me impatient to see what Butcher would have for us next.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jem TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a special edition omnibus of the fourth and fifth books of the Dresden files--available only from the Science Fiction Book Club or second hand.
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By TurnNburn87 on May 18, 2013
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The book was in good condition and got here fast! It was also a great read and I suggest it to anyone who likes fantasy.
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By M. White on April 10, 2013
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All of his books are great, I enjoyed the series of books. They are interesting and topical in that they take place in modern day. The characters are great as is the story telling! I recommend.
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Dresden continues to entertain, I've read these before, but with the new book coming out I wanted to refresh my memories of the evolution of this character.
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