BOOK REVIEW !! Ghost Story – by Jim Butcher (Dresden Files #13)

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The purpose of a review blog is for readers to post a review for the world to see , However for this post I’d rather want only those who have read this book to continue reading further. It may sound silly but I simply can’t write a review for this book without giving out Spoilers of previous books in the series .

That said if you continue reading any thing written in RED will be a spoiler either to this book or to some book in this amazing series.

Book Succinct:

Following the events of Changes , Harry Dresden , Wizard Extraordinary , is Dead. Shot by a sniper when he least expected.Harry is Ok with being dead however, I mean he has lived a life of danger always knowing that one day this will be his eventual fate . But Harry was ready to do what’s right if it meant he would die than so be it atleast there will be some peace after he is dead.
But Death had other plans as now the Ghost of Harry is sent back to mortal world because he has to find who killed him and the fate of everything and everyone he ever loved depends on it.

What I Liked:

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Dresden Files books are always fun , they are certain to produce humourous banter between characters, sarcastic quips and wiseass remarks . Then there’s also a really fast paced , dense plot, filled with exhausting amount of action and magic and not to mention a superb world building and exploration . As usual this book delivers on all of these fronts.

But what this book does better than it’s predecessors is exploring a new entity and in doing so this book breaks the typical character traits of it’s protagonists, giving him new rules , new perspective , new goals , new challenges and even a somewhat new world to explore.

Book Quote:

“Star Trek?” I asked her. “Really?”
“What?” she demanded, bending unnaturally black eyebrows together.
“There are two kinds of people in the universe, Molly,” I said. “Star Trek fans and Star Wars fans. This is shocking.”
She sniffed. “This is the post-nerd-closet world, Harry. It’s okay to like both.”
“Blasphemy and lies,” I said.”

It’s always been fun to witness the adventures of Harry as he goes through them by using excessive amounts of physical , psychological and magical powers but here he is almost powerless , and whatever power he does have is pretty lame in comparison to what powers he used to wield , not to mention these new powers come with various new rules* that makes the already difficult tasks of Dresden even more tougher.

*half of which he doesn’t even know about.

Similarly the plot also changes a lot of characters and their respective status quo resulting in a more darker world and a dark cast of characters to work with than ever before . This creates a scenario where reader realize how important Harry actually was for the Fictional world of Chicago & also focuses on how Harry’s exploits have made Chicago vulnerable when he is not there to deal with the repurcussions of his action.

Book Quote:

“Gandalf never had this kind of problem.
He had exactly this problem, actually, standing in front of the hidden Dwarf door to Moria. Remember when . . .
I sighed. Sometimes my inner monologue annoys even me. “Edro, edro,” I muttered. “Open.” I rubbed at the bridge of my nose and ventured, “Mellon.”
Nothing happened. The wards stayed. I guessed the Corpsetaker had never read Tolkien. Tasteless bitch.”

The writing of Jim Butcher also keeps reader guessing and anticipating the future events and all in all makes the hefty 600 pages fly by in no time with various new lore , myths , fantasies generated in due course of time . This was also followed up with another fantastic emotional end to the book and this time unlike the previous book Butcher’s writing skill do manage to bring in a few emotional sentiments for the reader*.

*atleast it did to me and if it didn’t do it to you , well I don’t know , maybe you are made of stone or something.

What I Didn’t like :

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Yet again this was a near flawless book for me , whenever I thought that something was wrong Butcher somehow managed to make it right. An example for this would be the glaring omission of Thomas through out the story , as no matter what you think of Thomas as a character no one can deny that the death of Harry would hurt him the most , and yet he was missing for all the book , right until the final chapter and what became of Thomas actually turned out to be one of the best part of the book for me.

Book Quote:

“I may have had good reasons. I may have had the best of intentions.
But intentions aren’t enough, no matter how good they are. Intentions can lead you to a place where you’re able to make a choice.
It’s the choice that counts.”

The cons of the book can be very subjective feelings , as far as I am concerned none of the cons I’m about to list bothered me, But i can understand why it would bother others .

There were plenty of repetition of prior events and the magical mechanisms / rules in the book, it almost felt like Jim was trying to explain things to a new reader* . Another thing that can make few people be turned off is the fact that due to the special circumstances that Harry was in , his involvement while dealing with opponents were very limited .Many similarly may find the new status quo and further darkening of the world very depressing and dislike the new changes

*which is unlikely to happen on the 13th book of the series

Conclusions:

whoa-awesomeWith the series nearly coming towards the end Jim Butcher’s thirteenth installment in the Dresden Files delivers big time with a refreshing changes bought to each and every character , massive development of previous characters , fantastic new world , rules and myths created . Meanwhile the book doesn’t forget what made it successful and keeps the old formula of action-filled plot , intense moments throughout the book , unexpectedly delivered witty and sarcastic humour and a fun filled page turner. A must read !

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6 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW !! Ghost Story – by Jim Butcher (Dresden Files #13)

  1. A really interesting review – and I completely understand your impatience with the repetitions for an apparently new audience. We also minded about how it slowed the pace, but I guess when you have such a radical departure from the normal story flow and someone new to the series picks up this book, you have to throw them a lifeline or two – or it won’t make sense at all…

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    1. I understand all that , it’s just that I don’t think starting a book on it’s 13th part will help you understand the book much despite all those annoying repetitions

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      1. I suspect the author is still obligated to throw in those handholds for folks like me who regularly crash midway into long-running series. Although I personally think it’s a shame the habit of giving a short STORY SO FAR prologue has gone out of fashion, which then meant all those allusions were unnecessary:).

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