Peace Talks (The Dresden Files #16) by Jim Butcher

Publishing Date: 2020

Genre: Dark Fantasy

Rating: 2.6/5

Harry is back, with a hat. Again.

Ah backstory, where is thy sting? Once again we go wading through all the story lines that came before to catch up latent readers to the show (insert me screaming). Short of calling up the author and telling him to go f**k himself for implementing the pedantic extreme, I must flippy do dah until I see the quotations that signal dialogue. Feels like a rip-off when you pay for pages that you have read in 16 prior novels.

Negative points for calling an AR and assault rifle (Armalite Rifle Co.) and predicating the physical size of a gun with power (Desert Eagle) as caliber matters.

Mostly a filler novel that sets up the next.

Skin Game (The Dresden Files #15) by Jim Butcher

Publishing Date: 2014

Genre: Dark Fantasy

Rating: 3.2/5

Review: Finally a decent cover with the hat that doesn’t exist.

Why is the better than most that have come before? It’s not. About the same with some interesting new characters that fail to be. No depth makes Jack a dull boy.

This excels in the “weird creature/being” department what with a menacing bigfoot and the Fomor’s creations. As usual the story line zips along so you never reside in dullsville.

Cold Days (The Dresden Files #14) by Jim Butcher

Publishing Date: 2012

Genre: Dark Fantasy

Rating: 3.0/5

Review: Dresden is back…sort of. All the women are still hot, objectified and willing. Alfred Demonreach might have been expanded upon if even in subjective format. I liked the Outsiders and Mab’s ever critical eye. Everything within is easy to figure you just have to turn a blind eye for a fun ride.

Ghost Story (The Dresden Files #13) by Jim Butcher

Publishing Date: 2011

Genre: Dark Fantasy

Rating: 2.2/5

Review: Wow, this was bad compared to others that have come before. The constant (and lengthy) unneeded backstory wears you down throughout most of this series. In this installment is the added bonus of introspection and then BAM! Subitism.  Additionally a dead Harry is not that interesting to follow. There must be some inside joke I am missing with the hat on the cover art thing.

This novel is mostly ‘catch you up’ filler with some good moments of mystery. A big doorstop in a good series.

Summer Knight (The Dresden Files #4) by Jim Butcher


Publishing Date: 2002

Genre: Dark Fantasy

Rating: 4.2

Review: Ok, I am addicted……

This was the best one so far, and having read a third of the next installment as of this review. I can say it keeps getting better.  I have always been a fan of characters that grow and Harry moves through a time line that molds his character in various ways.

I look forward to finishing this series.