The Heist from Hell – Review of Jim Butcher’s “Skin Game”

Jim Butcher's "Skin Game", available on Amazon By this point in The Dresden Files, Harry Dresden has been through more kinds of hell than most people see in their entire lifetimes. And that’s to be expected for a fictional character who is inhabiting an epic fantasy world like the Dresdenverse. But then you get to … Continue reading The Heist from Hell – Review of Jim Butcher’s “Skin Game”

You Can’t Go Home Again – A Review of Jim Butcher’s “Changes”

Book Cover for "Changes". Source. When Jim Butcher does wholesale change, he doesn’t mess around. Changes, the 12th novel of in The Dresden Files, is a book with twists aplenty and a story packing maximum emotional wallop. Many of the disparate threads from the previous 11 novels meet their end in this book. Like many … Continue reading You Can’t Go Home Again – A Review of Jim Butcher’s “Changes”

Saving Javert – A Review of Jim Butcher’s “Turn Coat”

Book Cover for "Turn Coat" When your most dogged detractor shows up at your door, half-dead, wrongfully accused, and asking for help, what would you do? If you’re Harry Dresden, you curse, take the poor bastard into your home, and you work his case. Turn Coat by Jim Butcher takes a few of the conventions … Continue reading Saving Javert – A Review of Jim Butcher’s “Turn Coat”

Honor Before Reason – A Review of Jim Butcher’s “Proven Guilty”

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/514px9CjmgL.SX316_BO1,204,203,200.jpg Cover Art for "Proven Guilty" In Harry Dresden’s world, the good guys usually win. Winning doesn’t always entail victory, though. Over the course of the previous seven books it can be said that Dresden has only had 4 clean victories by the end of a given novel. The other three are arguably pyrrhic victories, … Continue reading Honor Before Reason – A Review of Jim Butcher’s “Proven Guilty”

The Dead Hunt Us – A Review of Jim Butcher’s “Dead Beat”

Cover Art for "Dead Beat" As Jim Butcher continues the Dresden series, the sensation of accumulated damage leading to massive shifts in the setting and characters are becoming more apparent. In "Dead Beat", Dresden is put into a position where compromise is essential for his survival. The plot of the novel is a step up … Continue reading The Dead Hunt Us – A Review of Jim Butcher’s “Dead Beat”

The Face of Evil – A Review of Jim Butcher’s “Death Masks”

Book cover for "Death Masks" The nature of evil has proven to be excellent fodder for fiction since the inception of storytelling. Few villains ever see themselves as evil, unless purposely written as such by the author. What are often shown are rationalizations, half-truths, and misperceptions the villain uses as justification for their behavior. There … Continue reading The Face of Evil – A Review of Jim Butcher’s “Death Masks”

I Don’t Believe in Faeries – A Review of Jim Butcher’s “Summer Knight”

Book Cover for Summer Knight The natural world is a microcosm of forces in constant struggle against each other. The magic (if I may use a rather loaded word) of passing seasons, of vibrant summer giving way to harsh winter, is a storytelling idea that has been constant throughout literature. In certain cultures, particularly the … Continue reading I Don’t Believe in Faeries – A Review of Jim Butcher’s “Summer Knight”

The Dead Never Rest – A Review of Jim Butcher’s “Grave Peril”

Cover Art for Jim Butcher's "Grave Peril" How dangerous are the dead? In our world, the only dangers the dead present are disease and a cause for more violence. In Harry Dresden’s world, the dead in all their various manifestations are unfathomably dangerous. Jim Butcher’s third entry in the Dresden Files, “Grave Peril”, is a … Continue reading The Dead Never Rest – A Review of Jim Butcher’s “Grave Peril”

The Wolves Among Us – Review of Jim Butcher’s “Fool Moon”

Book Cover for "Fool Moon" Anytime an author in any type of fantasy genre invokes the Moon in their title, something furry is making an appearance. Werewolves, much like vampires, are old-school monsters that have never really fallen out of fashion. The popularity of such creatures waxes and wanes but they never truly fade away. … Continue reading The Wolves Among Us – Review of Jim Butcher’s “Fool Moon”

The First File – Review of Jim Butcher’s “Storm Front”

Cover Art for "Storm Front" Consider for a moment that magic is real, as real as science, in fact. Now consider the type of person who could or would wield such a power. Such a character would need to be nearly saint-like to avoid abusing such immense abilities. In Jim Butcher’s "Storm Front", we are … Continue reading The First File – Review of Jim Butcher’s “Storm Front”