Author: Jim Butcher
Genre: Urban fantasy
Pages: Paperback, 342
Opening Lines: "I never used to keep close track of the phases of the moon. So I didn't know it was one night she of being full when a young woman sat down across from me in McAnally's pub and asked me to tell her all about something that could get her killed."
"Business has been slow. Okay, business has been dead. And not even of the undead variety. You would think Chicago would have a little more action for the only professional wizard in the phone book. But, lately, Harry Dresden hasn't been able to dredge up any kind of work -- magical or mundane.
"But just when it looks like he can't afford his next meal, a murder comes along that requires his particular brand of supernatural expertise.
"A brutally mutilated corpse. Strange-looking paw prints. A full moon. Take three guesses -- and the first two don't count . . ."~ Jacket copy
Thoughts (possible spoilers): Reading the back, it is pretty obvious what the next Dresden installment is about. Really, in a lot of ways, Butcher doesn't leave anything to the imagination in this book. It was painfully obvious from the get-go and too predictable. At the risk of possibly giving something away, it didn't surprise me that it couldn't just be normal werewolves. And, of course, he has to throw in all the different wolf-creatures you can have. It was too much!
The conversation Dresden had with his consciousness was just campy as hell. It was completely ridiculous and rather unbelievable. Also, after all the injuries he sustained, I have a hard time believing he lasted as long as he did. Okay, fine, Parker gives him medical attention and a fucking blood transfusion, but talk about stretching! Come on Butcher, can we say stupid plot devise and not adequate planning?
I'll give Butcher this, the book was entertaining. It is a kiss-your-brains-good-bye- (or as my Aunt says, an-airport-) read. But, I must say, I loved Tera West ^_^
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆
Currently: Not sure . . .
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