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Changes (Dresden Files) Paperback – March 1, 2011
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“Think Buffy the Vampire Slayer starring Philip Marlowe.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Fans of Laurell K. Hamilton and Tanya Huff will love this series.”—Midwest Book Review
“Superlative.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“One of the most enjoyable marriages of the fantasy and mystery genres on the shelves.”—Cinescape
“Butcher...spins an excellent noirish detective yarn in a well-crafted, supernaturally-charged setting. The supporting cast is again fantastic, and Harry’s wit continues to fly in the face of a peril-fraught plot.”—Booklist (starred review)
“What’s not to like about this series?...It takes the best elements of urban fantasy, mixes it with some good old-fashioned noir mystery, tosses in a dash of romance and a lot of high-octane action, shakes, stirs, and serves.”—SF Site
“A tricky plot complete with against-the-clock pacing, firefights, explosions, and plenty of magic. Longtime series fans as well as newcomers drawn by the SciFi Channel’s TV series based on the novels should find this supernatural mystery a real winner.”—Library Journal
“What would you get if you crossed Spenser with Merlin? Probably you would come up with someone very like Harry Dresden, wizard, tough guy and star of [the Dresden Files].”—The Washington Times
About the Author
A martial arts enthusiast whose résumé includes a long list of skills rendered obsolete at least two hundred years ago, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher turned to writing as a career because anything else probably would have driven him insane. He lives mostly inside his own head so that he can write down the conversation of his imaginary friends, but his head can generally be found in Independence, Missouri. Jim is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera novels, and the Cinder Spires series, which began with The Aeronaut’s Windlass.
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A former lover suddenly reappears into Harry Dresden's life with a problem only he can help solve. Susan Rodriguez and Dresden were involved many years ago. Their relationship ended abruptly when Susan was attacked by the Red Court vampires. She has since lived in a half-vampire state, fighting between her humanity and her bloodlust. Should she take a life and feed on the blood, she will become a full fledged Red Court vampire. She has been fighting the good fight against the vampires with other half breeds, but now her daughter has been kidnapped. It seems Arianna Ortega, Duchess if the Red Court, has discovered Susan's secret and is exploiting it to take her revenge on those who have wronged her in the past. Susan needs Dresden to help her find the missing child and remove her from the clutches of the Red Court. Dresden will be pushed to the limit and will make choices he normally would avoid in other situations because this time he's not just fighting for himself or to save the world, he's fighting to save an innocent little girl, Susan's daughter...and his own.
I really enjoyed this book. I love Dresden's wit and quips and the sources that Butcher draws on for thise. this book references Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and The Wizard of Oz...what's not to enjoy? :) Instead of continuing on where the last book left off, it sort of side stepped into a whole other story that wasn't expected. We get to learn more about Dresden's history and get a look into what really drives him...the choices he will make for those he loves. I'm definitely looking forward to where his next journey will take him...ghosts and interactions with the Winter Court.
Some good quotes:
"The headquarters of the White Council of wizards is a dull, dim, drafty sort of place - not unlike the insides of the heads of a great many people that work there."
"The White Council never does anything quickly, and I had a bad feeling that tempus was fugiting quickly."
""You're a goog man, Harry." ... "Not always rational, ... But you're the best kind of crazy.""
"There is, I think, humor here which does not translate well from English into sanity."
""He's Black Council"... "Or maybe stupid." ... "Not sure which is scarier." ... "Stupid, Hoss. Every time. Only so many blackhearted villains in the world, and they only get uppity on occasion. Stupid's everywhere, every day."
We learn that Harry and Suzan have a daughter, who has been kidnapped by the Red Court’s Arianna Ortega, a duchess in the Red Court. All the while, Arianna works to neutralize the White Council. Back at home CPD’s sleaze bag is going after Harry in a big way, and by extension Harry’s pal, Murphy. He’s even called in the FBI to investigate Harry. Plus it seems as if there is an assassin or two after Harry. We see what parts of his humanity Harry is willing to sacrifice to get through this and save his girl.
Other good parts of the book include:
- Bob’s wise cracks.
- The misnamed uber-dog Mouse keeps coming into his own as a protector, mainly of Molly, as well as a fighter.
- We learn even more about Harry’s family. If there’s anything else, we’ll have to wait and see.
- Butters plays comic relief for a few pages.
- Murphy will stand by Harry, no matter the cost.
- Thomas, while going fully White Court vampire and work for Lara, is willing to help Harry.
Bad things about the book: it’s a cliff hanger. Sorry, that’s all.
Everything changes as Harry loses nearly everything.
A note, this is NOT a series you can pick up in the middle. If this is your first Dresden book, put it back on the shelf and start from the beginning!
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Changes is a very appropriate title for the 12th book in the Dresden Files.
This book had a little bit of everything in it.Read more