Monday, January 14, 2013

Cold Days

Cold Days (The Dresden Files, #14)Cold Days by Jim Butcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jim Butcher really needs to write about two books a year. It feels like I just got Cold Days and I'm done with it and waiting for my next fix of Dresden and company. Each book is more addictive than the last and each one only sates my appetite so much before I want to consume another one. If I got the book for Christmas, as I had thought I would, I probably would have taken a day off to read it. That's how much I love this series.

It's like eating one potato chip or only having one bourbon. One is never enough. Particularly on the last one. I know I'd be twitching if I could only have just one. Two would be fine, but one just seems unthinkable.

When we last left off, Harry Dresden, wizard for hire, was back from the dead and in the service of Queen Mab. After a brief recovery period, she's ready to use him in the best way she knows how--to kill someone. Along the way, we get reintroduced to Harry's companions as they see him back from the dead, all the while dealing with a new threat to the city that makes murdering an immortal look simple.

Butcher has a way with characters. Easily his strong point and probably why I keep coming back to the series. I care about the characters. Saving the day is almost an afterthought. I could read a book of Harry just playing D&D with Billy or talking to Bob or hanging out with Molly.

Hell, I want to do that too. And so I do, by reading about them. Because who didn't want to be a pretty cool and funny wizard that was more stubborn than strong but seemed to keep on trucking against the toughest opponents and seem to come out on top, though a little battered and bruised?

Really? Just me? I somehow doubt that.

It's a shame that we didn't a larger book in this installment, as it feels like there are some loose ends that need to be cleared up, but those could probably take a book in themselves, so I'll just have to wait.

Check it out. Check all of them out. And if you build a time machine, get me the full series from the future and bring it to me so I can take a week off and finish it up right now.


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