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Title: Jim Butcher
Post by: Coyote on July 22, 2007, 06:28:26 pm
Jim Butcher does a series of books about a private investigator who is also a wizard, in a world where most people don't believe in magic, but which, obviously carries more than it's fair share. I'm a sucker for the pulp-style supernatural series. It's a little more pulp and a little less romance, but I think that many fans of Patricia Briggs and Laurell Hamilton will enjoy the heck out of them.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Elle on July 22, 2007, 08:09:23 pm
Being a huge Buffy fan, I've listened to JB's books rather than read them, because James Marsters is the narrator. Nothing like a sexy voice reading you a great story.  ;)
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: SF on July 27, 2007, 12:52:11 pm
I just got into Butcher's books this summer and he has gone quickly into my list of must read authors
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: jackie on July 30, 2007, 04:10:23 pm
Jim Butcher

This series drives me NUTS!  It's really good storytelling.  I like the premises.  Good characterazition.  but I live in Chicago and the physical setting parts are WRONG.  I can understand he would need to change things but U of C is in Hyde Park, PePaul U is in Lincoln Park and it didn't make any sense to do it differently.   

But just so you understand how much I like the books otherwise, I own at least 4 of them.

jackie
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: celeber on August 01, 2007, 08:19:05 am
This is a series I share with my husband. He just started not too long ago and is at the beginning of book 3. Harry Dresden is a crack up. This is one of my favorite series.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Elayne on August 01, 2007, 12:00:44 pm
Jim Butcher is one of my favorite authors! I picked up Storm Front cause Jim Butcher did a blurb on Simon R. Green's Something From the Nightside, so that got me interested. I sped through the first book and picked up all the rest of them! It was only up to like Grave Peril then, I think... Now I'm always waiting waiting waiting for the next book to come out! His fourth Codex Alera book, Captain's Fury, is due out in December and Small Favors, the next Dresden Files is out around next May! Can't wait!!
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Tinareads on August 01, 2007, 07:35:31 pm
Jim Butcher is one of my very favorite authors. Harry is a great flawed protagonist, but I like the company of characters that keep him in check almost as much as I like Harry himself. I can't wait for April to get here so I can read Small Favor.

I didn't care for Alera so much, but I think it's great that he was able to write a popular series that combines Pokemon and a lost legion [his words, not mine]. What really impressed me, though, was his Spiderman novel, The Darkest Hours. I couldn't believe how much I liked that novel. I couldn't put it down once I got into it. Jim did an excellent job of telling a story in a set universe that I knew little to nothing about, while explaining character backstory so that even non-fans knew what was going on.

Regards,
Tina
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Elayne on August 02, 2007, 06:20:49 am
Oh yeah, the spiderman novel was a lot of fun to read!
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Cerulean on August 21, 2007, 08:19:07 am
I know I'm in the minority when I say that I've liked his Alera books more than his Dresden ones. It's been a while since I've read the Dresden books, though, and I'm trying to read them again. I'm sure I'll like them better the second time 'round.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: sweetsong5986 on August 21, 2007, 08:40:00 am
I really like the Dresden Files on Sci-fi channel. They stay pretty true to the novels I think.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Kijin on September 24, 2007, 04:33:40 am
Jim Butcher is one of my favorite authors.  I've read pretty much everything he's published, and loved it all.  I'm always waiting twice a year for his newest book to come out.  I really love both the Codex Alera and the Harry Dresden books.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Cerulean on September 24, 2007, 09:37:38 am
I'm on Dresden Files #3 and I'm pleased to say that I really do like them better now! I did like the T.V. show and was so disappointed when it was canceled. I just loved Paul Blackthorne as Harry. So I'm picturing him in my head as I'm reading the books and it's a lot more fun :)
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Cerulean on October 02, 2007, 12:26:13 pm
I've finished up to book 6 and will be headed to BN to pick up the next few in paperback :) (I was able to borrow 1-6). So far, Blood Rites has been my favorite. I now know why I stopped reading these after book 3 - I was so upset at the ending and poor Harry's state of mind that I couldn't go on. I'm glad I could read a bunch of them without buying :)  Although, I liked Blood Rites so much that I'll probably buy it, too. It has some of the funniest scenes in it that I've ever read. Sample:

The vampire's expression didn't even flicker, so I was sure it did not feel the curse coming.

Which made it a complete surprise when something slammed into the vampire from directly overhead, too quickly to be seen. There was a sound of impact, a dry, raspy scream and the vampire went down hard. It lay on the ground like a butterfly pinned to a card, arms and legs thrashing uselessly. It's head and collarbone had been crushed.

By an entire frozen turkey. A twenty pounder.

The plucked bird must've fallen from an airplane overhead, doubtless manipulated by the curse. By the time it got to the ground, the turkey had already reached its terminal velocity and it was hard as a brick. The drumsticks poked up above the vampire's crushed chest, their ends wrapped in red tinfoil.

The vampire gasped and writhed a little more.

The timer popped out of the turkey.

Everyone stopped and blinked at that for a second. I mean, come on. Impaled by a guided frozen turkey missle. Even by the standards of the quasi-immortal creatures of the night, that ain't something you see twice.

"For my next trick", I panted into the startled silence, "anvils!"

And then the fight was on again.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: therhoda on October 04, 2007, 01:21:01 pm
for any of you waiting for Captain's fury, the prologue is up athttp://www.jim-butcher.com/books/alera/4/ (http://www.jim-butcher.com/books/alera/4/) with new chapters being added every Wednesday. This is either the greatest or cruelest way to get the sample chapters. i can't decide which.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Cerulean on October 05, 2007, 10:16:53 am
for any of you waiting for Captain's fury, the prologue is up athttp://www.jim-butcher.com/books/alera/4/ (http://www.jim-butcher.com/books/alera/4/) with new chapters being added every Wednesday. This is either the greatest or cruelest way to get the sample chapters. i can't decide which.

Bless you! And Curse you! I can't wait for this to come out! The prologue looks wonderful.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: therhoda on October 06, 2007, 06:31:14 am
What? *looks each way* You don't stalk authors sites like me huh? Oh well, You can count on me to know these sort of things on most of my favorite authors.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Cerulean on October 06, 2007, 10:26:49 am
What? *looks each way* You don't stalk authors sites like me huh? Oh well, You can count on me to know these sort of things on most of my favorite authors.

Apparently I need to stalk a bit more - and at the right times!! :)
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Eldritch_Crank on January 09, 2008, 07:54:43 pm
One of the interesting things about the Dresden Files is that they noticeably get better as they go along.  The reader can see Butcher growing as a writer.  The first couple certainly aren't bad, I'd grade them somewhat better than the average book that I have read.  There is a noticeable improvement with the next two, especially Summer Knight, and by the time the series gets to Death Masks or Blood Rites, it is very good indeed.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Woodstock Stir Crazy on January 12, 2008, 06:59:31 pm
Jim Butcher is awesome! I can't wait for his next Dresden book! *is exicited* Come on April! Come faster!!!
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Jane on January 24, 2008, 10:18:33 am
Hi, my name is Wendy and I'm a Dresdenaholic. ;D
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Woodstock Stir Crazy on January 24, 2008, 01:50:23 pm
Oh, yay! Another Dresdenaholic!
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Cerulean on January 24, 2008, 02:19:08 pm
One of the interesting things about the Dresden Files is that they noticeably get better as they go along.  The reader can see Butcher growing as a writer.  The first couple certainly aren't bad, I'd grade them somewhat better than the average book that I have read.  There is a noticeable improvement with the next two, especially Summer Knight, and by the time the series gets to Death Masks or Blood Rites, it is very good indeed.
I totally concur. I had tried reading the series a few years ago, but got irritated by Susan and stopped at the  third book, I think. But then I tried again, pushed through my irritation and fell completely in love!
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on January 29, 2008, 08:58:36 pm
I know many of ya'll already know "Small Favors" 's sample chapter(s) are out.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Woodstock Stir Crazy on January 30, 2008, 02:04:19 pm
One of the interesting things about the Dresden Files is that they noticeably get better as they go along.  The reader can see Butcher growing as a writer.  The first couple certainly aren't bad, I'd grade them somewhat better than the average book that I have read.  There is a noticeable improvement with the next two, especially Summer Knight, and by the time the series gets to Death Masks or Blood Rites, it is very good indeed.
I totally concur. I had tried reading the series a few years ago, but got irritated by Susan and stopped at the  third book, I think. But then I tried again, pushed through my irritation and fell completely in love!
Susan's horrible! She's just plain out annoying! >.<
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on January 30, 2008, 03:32:57 pm
Tour & Convention shcedule is up on his website. Houstonians rejoyce 7 Apr. 08
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Shuglin on February 09, 2008, 10:59:47 pm
Love These books :) I am one of the ones that likes the Alera series a little better than the Dresden ones  :D I think I saw another person like me here? ^^ Also the reason the loc's are off in the Dresden books I believe he said somewhere that he's only been to Chicago once  :)
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Staplegun on February 11, 2008, 03:23:57 pm
Did anyone read the Dresden short in Many Bloody Returns? I thought it was really good ^.^ Those of you who can't wait for April might want to check it out ~.^
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on February 11, 2008, 03:57:12 pm
Bloodly returns was great. So was "My big fat supernatural wedding, "Something Borrowed", My big fat supernatural Honeymoon "Herot" were most excellent.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: BigMama on February 11, 2008, 04:26:43 pm
Jim is an author who, IMO, just continues to improve. His storytelling just gets better with every book in the Dresden series. He's a heck of a nice guy also, and his wife, Shannon, is a peach. If you haven't read her romantic suspense first novel, No Regrets, I can recommend it.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: beverlyp on March 19, 2008, 05:15:31 am
i just started reading the dresden files and im on grave peril, i'm about halfway through it, but im wondering if there is a short story between fool moon and this one that i missed..one that talks about the demon summoner, and explains where micheal came from? either way this one is the best so far, of course i said that about fool moon also..
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Woodstock Stir Crazy on March 19, 2008, 05:22:28 am
No, there isn't a short story. There's one where Harry meets Murph and another where he and Bob make his ad. It's on Jim-Butcher.com  :D
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on March 30, 2008, 04:48:51 pm
About 36 hrs until "Small Favor". I've been all spoiler thread over at jim-butcher. Too damn long.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Woodstock Stir Crazy on March 31, 2008, 03:37:47 pm
Really? Spoiler thread?
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Shuglin on April 01, 2008, 02:03:25 am
5 hours until B&N open the doors!!!!!!!!!!  ;D
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Cerulean on April 01, 2008, 10:34:01 am
I've just bought it! I had to go to buying the Dresden series in hardcover, even though I have all the rest in paperback. I just couldn't wait!
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on April 01, 2008, 04:00:32 pm
Almost done with about 50 pages to go. bought at 930am.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Woodstock Stir Crazy on April 03, 2008, 02:14:59 pm
I bought it yesturday. My twin wants to steal it from me.  ::)
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Mike Briggs on April 03, 2008, 02:42:59 pm
OK, I cheated and read the ARC a of months ago, but I have to say I'm a huge Jim Butcher fan boy.  Every time I think he's done something he can't recover from, he not only recovers, he does so brilliantly.  It's not macho, but SQEEE! ;D
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on April 03, 2008, 04:16:05 pm
You read a month ago and didn't leak anything, your good. I have read it fully twice now.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Woodstock Stir Crazy on April 03, 2008, 06:59:11 pm
Mike you cheater! *rants* I wanna cheat too! ...I still haven't finished it the first time... I'm on chapter nine. I don't have time to read it in one sitting. If I did, I so would, then give it to my friend, so she can read it.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Mike Briggs on April 03, 2008, 07:12:15 pm
LOL!  Actually, I read it a couple of months ago.  Patty's editor is very nice to us, and gets us a few of the best authors early.   I have to say, though, that this was a particularly good book, even for Jim Butcher.  That's saying something because he's absolutely wonderful all the time.  If I had to pick a favorite (fiction) author, it would be a toss up between Jim Butcher and Lois McMaster Bujold.   

Oh yeah, and Patty would be on the list too, but only because I'm married to her.  :o  ;D

Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Woodstock Stir Crazy on April 03, 2008, 07:18:35 pm
*Grumbles* So not fair.
Oh yeah, and Patty would be on the list too, but only because I'm married to her.  :o  ;D

.....so if you weren't married to her, she wouldn't be on the list?  :o :o  ;D

I kid, I kid.  :D
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: beverlyp on April 06, 2008, 07:08:28 am
Im kinda a late starter, I just started reading the dresden files about 2 weeks ago, right now im on dead beat, so far I love them.  Im still swallowing the information i found out about Thomas.  Every time i finish one, I can hardly wait to start the next.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Woodstock Stir Crazy on April 06, 2008, 09:58:19 am
Ah, yeah, Thomas.... He's a fun character. ^.^
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Cerulean on April 18, 2008, 08:58:39 am
I think I'm on chapter 9, or thereabouts. I've already hit some really funny parts (I *love* Harry's/Jim's sense of humor). I'm trying to stretch this out so I can enjoy it longer. Mike, hearing you say this was great even for Butcher ... I'm *really* looking forward to reading more. Must pace myself!!!
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Woodstock Stir Crazy on April 18, 2008, 07:17:49 pm
*Sighs in bliss* Small Favor was wonderfully funny and very good.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Cerulean on April 21, 2008, 08:12:33 am
I'm about halfway through and I'm *loving it*!
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Cerulean on April 24, 2008, 07:27:11 am
There's a neat little blurb about Small Favor on Scifi.com:

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Favor Brings Dresden Back

Best-selling fantasy author Jim Butcher told SCI FI Wire that his latest Dresden Files novel, Small Favor, continues several ongoing storylines and gets involved in a couple of new ones during the course of the investigation.

"It's the 10th book of the series, in which I plan to write a total of 20, more or less," Butcher said in an interview. "Once all the 'case' books are written, I plan to cap the whole thing off in a big old apocalyptic trilogy. I mean, come on. Who doesn't love apocalyptic trilogies?"

Harry Dresden, wizard at large, has in the course of his investigations incurred a debt to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness, monarch of the Winter Court of the Sidhe, Butcher said. "He owes the big bad queen of the wicked faeries two favors, and in this story she shows up to collect on one of them," he said. "Harry finds himself subject to attack by the minions of Mab's enemy, Titania, the Queen of the Summer Court, as well as in danger of being wiped out by friendly fire in the course of a case he would much rather went unsolved--the kidnapping of Chicago crime boss, John Marcone. Throw in a couple of holy knights, a cult of demon warriors and the Billy Goats Gruff, and it's looking like a long week for poor Harry."

Faeries, in the Dresden Files books, "ain't no pixie-dust spilling, friendly, cutely animated little Tinkerbells," Butcher said. "They're the faeries of the Grimms' tales, the original, gruesome ones, and even the friendliest among them can be lethally dangerous in the right circumstances. Harry finds himself maneuvered into becoming a pawn in the continual war between the two major powers of Faerie, the Summer and Winter Courts, and, as always, it takes everything he has to survive the situation without abandoning the true victims of the matter."

Butcher is currently at work on the first four-issue Dresden Files graphic novel for Dabel Brothers, an original prequel story set a few days before the events of the first book in the series, Storm Front. Following the publication of the prequel graphic novel, Dabel Brothers will publish adaptations of the Dresden Files novels.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Woodstock Stir Crazy on April 24, 2008, 02:00:45 pm
Graphic novels of Dresden? Oh dear, that'll be entertaining.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: beverlyp on April 28, 2008, 02:43:30 am
i finished it yesterday and think it was the best yet..
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Nverde6 on May 11, 2008, 08:46:34 pm
I love the Dresden files have read all the books. The series just gets better with each book and the addition of supporting characters, Thomas, Molly, Carlos. Looking forward to finding out who Harry's gonna choose to be the next holy Knight. I know I'm in the minority but I really like Kincaid and murphy.
Also I adore the Alera series I, this series actually starts out slow so it takes sometime to get into it. But by book 3 it's a nail-biting page turner that I just can't put down.

(http://mbmfiles.com/a/080511-_hg_DbisXUyu.jpg) (http://www.mybannermaker.com/link.php?nurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mybannermaker.com)
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: mdauben on July 19, 2008, 09:57:19 am
I really like the Dresden Files series, in fact they are actually what got me into the whole "urban fantasy" genre and thus indirectly introduced me to Patricia's Mercy Thompson books.   ;)

The Dresden books are just a great mix of action, characters and humor that I have really enjoyed.  I am looking forward to the next book in the series. Its just too back it won't be out till early 2009.   :'(
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Cerulean on July 22, 2008, 09:55:25 am
 I just decided that Princeps' Fury was the book I'm most looking forward to in the next six months. Second choice was Cry Wolf :)
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on July 22, 2008, 05:16:34 pm
Turn coat's cover is out over at Jim's sight.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Cerulean on July 23, 2008, 12:48:09 pm
Turn coat's cover is out over at Jim's site.

Hmmm, nice sword  ;)
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: beverlyp on July 27, 2008, 02:29:21 am
ohhhh it sound like a good one.  I love these books. 
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Cerulean on July 28, 2008, 11:00:40 am
I'm really enjoying the comics, BTW. The wry sense of humor Dresden has is really coming through.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: David G on July 28, 2008, 11:46:22 am
I love the Dresden Files books. I still think Summer Knight was my favorite. I missed the Dresden Files comic #1 but I have #2 and #3 but refuse to read them until I get a #1. It seems that the Dresden comics had a really low print run, and that is why I missed getting one. >:(
In October they are releasing a hard back of the 4 part comic books series. I might have to wait for that.

David G
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Cerulean on July 29, 2008, 09:28:47 am
You have better self control than I would, David G. They're really funny :)
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: horsehearted on August 22, 2008, 12:09:50 pm
aahhhh... i left all my codex alera books in pa, i'm in ca for school. so i need to go out and buy them again before princeps fury comes out... darn!
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on August 23, 2008, 02:17:17 pm
new anthology is coming out "Mean Streets" aftermath of "Small Favor"  the short story is about the Carpenters.

Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Cerulean on October 15, 2008, 07:24:51 am
aahhhh... i left all my codex alera books in pa, i'm in ca for school. so i need to go out and buy them again before princeps fury comes out... darn!

You'll love this or hate this, then. Jim has several chapters of Princeps' Fury on his site here (http://www.jim-butcher.com/books/alera/5/fullpreview.php)
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: brian17356 on November 04, 2008, 01:19:56 am
I am a big fan of Jim's. My first exposeure to Jim's work was via the SF channel and the " Dresden Files "...
From there, to reading all of his books!!  I like the ability to get his books on my Kindle (which I love).
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: wroth on November 04, 2008, 01:38:52 am
Love Jim Butcher. Got my girlfriend, dad and sister all hooked into them too. Trying to get one of my best friends hooked too, but he's busy with school and doesn't feel like reading at the moment. Pah.

I just picked up the "Welcome to the Jungle" comic and loved it. Going to hunt down the new ones as they get released. Really excited for Princeps Fury coming out in what? A month? Girlfriend is hassling me to buy it as soon as it comes out so she can read it - she reads much faster than I do, and I'm not exactly slow - I can do a Dresden book in just about a day.

I can't recall how I got pulled in, but I think it had to do with the cover of Storm Front and some of the reviews. Since Chapters had a buy 3, get the 4th free sale on, I think I got books 1, 2, 3 and 5 and blew through them. My dad hunted out book 4 for me and we've been reading them ever since. Butcher is also the guy who got me back into Simon R. Green and into Patricia Briggs.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ArtAngel on December 21, 2008, 11:40:14 pm
Trying to get one of my best friends hooked too, but he's busy with school and doesn't feel like reading at the moment. Pah.

????? That's how I stayed sane in school ;D.

The first few Dresden books are in the mail!!!! My Christmas gift to myself ;)
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Cerulean on December 23, 2008, 12:33:21 pm
Princeps' Fury was terrific! At first I was disappointed that it was comparatively shorter than the previous books, but Butcher just streamlined it. It was action-oriented, but it gave us a lot more insight into Isana and some other characters. Plus we get to hear some really interesting things about Septimus!
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ArtAngel on January 05, 2009, 08:17:54 am
I just read the first four of the Dresden series. I love them! I've been reading primarily female authors lately (just because it happened that way), and am really enjoying the difference. Jim Butcher has an awesome sense of humour!
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: katy on January 05, 2009, 09:38:46 am
Artangel,
I've been anxiously awaiting your thoughts on these, since you said you'd ordered them.  I would have to say that this series just gets better and better -- I've seen numerous posts from people who say the series doesn't really hit its stride until the third book, but I know I was hooked by the end of Storm Front.  

Like you, when I picked up Storm Front, it was the first book I'd read in a long time by a male author and from the point of view of a male protagonist -- to be honest, I was skeptical of it for that reason (well, that's a much longer story -- my now-ex-husband had just moved out, and guys in general were pretty much on my s**t list at that point!) but I was desperate for something to read and bought it anyway.  I'm glad I did!
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ArtAngel on January 05, 2009, 11:27:32 pm
I have been hooked since the beginning to. Do I think the first is as good as the other three that I've read? No, but his sense of humour is amazing and anyone with that kind of humour has potential. So I continued and am glad I did so.

Bow in Patti L's direction- thanks for such a good book pusher :D!
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ElefiNecol on January 18, 2009, 08:57:33 pm
Okay, so I finally read the first Dresden book and enjoyed it a lot.  I now have to go to the library once a week for class - while there I came across Small Favor which I'm pretty sure is far into the series.  Should I avoid reading it and make sure I read them all in order?  Usually I wouldn't think twice about reading a series out of order, but every once and while it doesn't matter.  Mainly with mysteries..
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ladyj on January 18, 2009, 10:48:08 pm
So good to see other Butcher fans.  ;D I just love this series.

ElefiNecol, I would strongly suggest you read the series in order. People and events come into play in later books. Everything builds on the previous books. Anyway, that is just my opinion. Small Favor was the last book to come out; it is #10. The next book, Turn Coat, is due out in April.

Out of all the books, which I have really enjoyed, I still think my favorite is Fool Moon. There is a scene in it that just gave me the creeps and still does to this day. I can't hear a coyote howl now without thinking there is a werewolf hanging around.  ::)
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ElefiNecol on January 19, 2009, 08:09:33 am
Thanks.  That's what I was learning towards.  I just picked it up because I was walking past. :)
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on February 09, 2009, 08:02:57 pm
Sample chapters will be put every Tuesday, starting 21009 @ 0100 hrs  central time. for Turncoat.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ArtAngel on February 09, 2009, 08:50:02 pm
Ooh thanks Gryph!
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: e_booklover on February 10, 2009, 06:37:57 am
Yes thanks for the link Gryph!
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: kimluvs2read on February 12, 2009, 09:04:04 am
Love Jim's work! Both the Dresden Files and Codex Alera! I am bittersweet about the end of Codex Alera, but I am curious to see what he does next!
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Cerulean on February 12, 2009, 09:46:50 am
Love Jim's work! Both the Dresden Files and Codex Alera! I am bittersweet about the end of Codex Alera, but I am curious to see what he does next!

There's still one more to go :)
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ArtAngel on February 12, 2009, 04:47:47 pm
I just found Season 1 of the Dresden Files in a thrift store! It's not anywhere near as good as the books of course, but fun! Harry's sense of humour even won Mom over and she HATES sci-fi/fantasy. Even LotR :o.

I haven't read the Codex Alera yet. My bank account is still suffering from finding Harry Dresden!  :D
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: CheeseBK on February 12, 2009, 11:27:12 pm
read Furies of Calderon...... me liked it!!!
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: cherie on February 16, 2009, 05:34:23 am
Now don't get me wrong, I love the series... but can someone please reassure me that the continuity errors I've picked up on in in Blood Rites are just an editorial glitch? :(
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ArtAngel on February 16, 2009, 06:55:00 pm
Which ones? I'm not usually good at noticing them, so I didn't see any myself.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: cherie on February 17, 2009, 04:52:20 am
There's two, maybe three that I've noticed so far.

Chapter 5: about 4 pages in (page 44 in UK version)
Quote
I put the puppy's box on the table.
5 paragraphs later:
Quote
...I put the cardboard box with the puppy on the worktable...

Chapter 23:
Murphy arrives on her motorbike.
At the end of the chapter she gets some police reports out of her car.

I thought that in the fight scene with Thomas, Lara, Inari and the Black Court vampires, Harry broke his wizard's staff, but when I check it was his blasting rod, with I think is a different thing entirely.

Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ArtAngel on February 17, 2009, 06:08:06 am
Oh wow! I never noticed those :D
Yeah I'm pretty sure the wizard's staff and blasting rod are different things.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Cerulean on February 17, 2009, 10:19:07 am
It looks like we may see the identity of the traitor :)
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on February 17, 2009, 03:13:35 pm
One of tratiors
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: cherie on February 18, 2009, 04:48:14 am
Oh wow! I never noticed those :D
Yeah I'm pretty sure the wizard's staff and blasting rod are different things.
I don't usually, but these were so obvious they completely threw me out of the story. Not ideal, as that's when I start getting second thoughts about continuing reading the series.

I probably will do, but I'll be a bit wary now. :(
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ArtAngel on February 21, 2009, 06:26:38 am
I like the second chapter of Turn Coat! I foresee the suspense seriously killing me before the book gets published :)
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: e_booklover on February 21, 2009, 08:40:31 am
Wow!  I am there with you Art.  I can't wait for this one to come out.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on February 21, 2009, 06:57:16 pm
third  chapter comes out tuesday
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ArtAngel on February 21, 2009, 08:06:36 pm
Tuesday? Here I waited until Thursday :(

Well at least I don't have to wait so long next time :D
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ArtAngel on March 03, 2009, 11:03:02 pm
Chapter 4 is going to kill me! What was that thing? Anyone have an idea? I don't!
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on March 04, 2009, 04:56:39 am
an outsider called by the turn coat. hey at least thier going to put up a chapter 5.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Cerulean on March 04, 2009, 09:14:26 am
Chapter 4 is going to kill me! What was that thing? Anyone have an idea? I don't!

I think it's something new. But maybe it's fae? I can't wait until next week!
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: e_booklover on March 04, 2009, 11:03:03 am
Wow,
This snippet a week is killing me!  The suspense!
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: e_booklover on March 10, 2009, 09:09:40 am
Did you check out the most recent chapter?  There is a hint as to what that "thing" could be...
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on March 10, 2009, 05:27:29 pm
oh wow! 20 days damn it.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Cerulean on March 10, 2009, 08:14:38 pm
Did you check out the most recent chapter?  There is a hint as to what that "thing" could be...


More than a hint, really. He says what he's pretty sure it is at the end - and Harry's usually right about horrible things happening :)
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on March 11, 2009, 04:27:38 pm
Actually it was two things the really nasty one he saw with his sight and the "skinwalker".
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ArtAngel on March 11, 2009, 05:34:52 pm
Oh was the skinwalker seperate? I'll have to go re-read it. I assumed they were the same.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on March 12, 2009, 03:29:45 am
Think so
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ArtAngel on March 12, 2009, 11:00:05 am
I just finished Academ's Fury. It's super different from Harry but I really like the series so far!
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: CheeseBK on March 12, 2009, 11:59:50 pm
artangel, I like the fury series a lot!!! it's really a good read, although a few passages were... a little predictable. now I just have to wait FOREVER until the last part is available as paper back.

I'm so going to give in, I know it. I give myself one month - tops - until I cave and order the hardcover. *sighs*
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ArtAngel on March 13, 2009, 02:18:08 am
Unfortunately. I think I will too :D
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: CheeseBK on March 13, 2009, 02:22:05 am
Unfortunately. I think I will too :D

we're addicts. horrible. :D
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ArtAngel on March 13, 2009, 02:24:28 am
 :D
I know it's sad. I'm almost done Captain's Fury. I really need to finish it soon though so I can sleep once I get home ;D
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: CheeseBK on March 13, 2009, 02:25:56 am
haha, I know how you feel. I read through the series hyper-quickly too. fiancé gave me that 'you're so weird'-look, but *shrugs* he spends a lot of money and time on his photographing-stuff.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ArtAngel on March 13, 2009, 02:42:54 am
*blushing*
You don't want to know how I read your post at first :)

I hate and love series for this very reason. I am a zombie and ignore anything around me while I'm reading it through yet a single book story just does not have as much depth!
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: CheeseBK on March 13, 2009, 02:45:37 am
*blushing*
You don't want to know how I read your post at first :)

I hate and love series for this very reason. I am a zombie and ignore anything around me while I'm reading it through yet a single book story just does not have as much depth!

huh? did I write something that could get interpreted in a wrong way? innuendos? without me even NOTICING? how dare I?

nah, seriously now... you read my post HOW at first?
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ArtAngel on March 13, 2009, 02:47:08 am
I just haven't slept in almost 24hrs and the letters kinda blurred in "Photography". I also just finished reading the funny in the naughty corner and the ideas blended.  ::). No innuendo, just my eyes ;)
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: CheeseBK on March 13, 2009, 02:48:11 am
*GGGGGGGGGGGG* omg, that's hilarious. haha.

go, finish your book (hope you'll enjoy it, I did) and get some sleep *waves*
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ArtAngel on March 13, 2009, 02:49:10 am
 ;D a couple more hours of work then I can sleep. Good night!
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on April 07, 2009, 05:01:56 pm
Turn Coat was good. Got it Nine Finished by 1600. ;D
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: e_booklover on April 08, 2009, 11:27:23 am
Sweet!  Another book I am looking forward to finding at the bookstore :)
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ArtAngel on April 08, 2009, 10:37:47 pm
*sigh*
I have it ordered with a few other books to get the free shipping but just received an e-mail that one of the other books will be late by about a  month. So to pay shipping and get it by next week or to wait possibly up to a month and save some money?
 :( this is a very, very difficult dicision.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ArtAngel on April 09, 2009, 03:30:09 am
*grumble*
well I was going to order it somewhere else and it is $32 on e-bay plus $25 fir shipping. I guess I have to wait :'(. and amazon won't let me cancel the book that is holding things up >:(
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: mdauben on April 18, 2009, 07:33:22 am
I just finished the latest Dresden Files book, Turn Coat and really enjoyed it. A solid story with some interesting twists and turns, that tied up a few ongoing plot treads, and introduced one or two new ones.  Definitly a must read for fans of the series.  ;D
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Cerulean on April 27, 2009, 09:37:49 am
I finished Turn Coat last night and loved it, as usual. I'm just so amazed at Butcher's genius at incorporating information that happened in previous books, resolving some issues and then bringing up new ones for future investigation. I love how Harry continues to grow, that the secondary characters are never "minor", and that his plots are so smooth. I love how he can write unambiguous characters, yet still have wonderfully morally ambiguous ones - sometimes going from one to the other and then back again. It's always unexpected, but then it makes complete sense once it happens. Excuse me while I go into raptures....

Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Cerulean on April 27, 2009, 01:38:46 pm
I don't think this is a spoiler, but here's a link to a car that shows up in the book. Very very cool:

http://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/dealer/rolls_royce/silver_wraith/838475.html
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on April 28, 2009, 05:16:58 pm
wonder whats wrong with the Rolls for $57,000
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: K.Love on May 04, 2009, 02:01:32 am
I actually just picked up his first book in the Dresden series TODAY. Its about a 10 mile drive on the way home and since my mom was driving, I started reading. I haven't been able to stop reading it. Jim Butcher is AMAZING.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Cerulean on May 04, 2009, 09:52:02 am
I actually just picked up his first book in the Dresden series TODAY. Its about a 10 mile drive on the way home and since my mom was driving, I started reading. I haven't been able to stop reading it. Jim Butcher is AMAZING.

Ah ahh ahh! [evil cackle] Another victim!!! Just you wait, he gets 10 times better later. Storm Front was good, but by book 5 or 6, there's no stopping him! Of course then you need to pick up Butcher's Furies of Calderon series ...

And spoiler if you've not read the book:
Does anyone have an idea as to the significance of the island (beyond what was mentioned in the book?
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ArtAngel on May 04, 2009, 05:21:24 pm

And spoiler if you've not read the book:
Does anyone have an idea as to the significance of the island (beyond what was mentioned in the book?

I don't know and it's driving me crazy! I'm convinced that we are only scratching the surface about his mom though. Another thing that is driving me crazy is in one of the books, I don't remember which, Harry has some control over demons becuase of something about his birth. I don't remember many details about it just that it was mentioned by Lash in passing and never explained. I wonder if somehow this tidbit is connected to the island.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Cerulean on May 06, 2009, 09:11:29 am

I don't know and it's driving me crazy! I'm convinced that we are only scratching the surface about his mom though. Another thing that is driving me crazy is in one of the books, I don't remember which, Harry has some control over demons becuase of something about his birth. I don't remember many details about it just that it was mentioned by Lash in passing and never explained. I wonder if somehow this tidbit is connected to the island.

I don't know - are you referring to He Who Walks Behind (or something like that)? He's been mentioned very briefly in a couple books - including Storm Front and Turn Coat - but nothing much has been said about why he was or might be important. It's too juicy a plotline to not be used, so it's got to be important somehow.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on May 06, 2009, 05:02:43 pm
not demons, outsiders. It was in "Proven Guilty"
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ArtAngel on May 06, 2009, 06:17:00 pm
Thank you Gryph! Outsiders is exactly the name I was looking for.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Cerulean on May 07, 2009, 06:06:14 am
Harry has control over Outsiders? What are outsiders? I've forgotten that in Proven Guilty.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ArtAngel on May 07, 2009, 10:29:30 am
The one you were thinking of in your last post, I'm not sure if that was its name or not, was an Outsider. If I recall correctly Outsiders were brought into the fight in Proven Guilty which was why the wizards were having such a hard time. Outsiders aren't from our world or the Fae's world so magic does not work on them. Lash told Harry that his magic does work on them because of where he was born, but does not explain it anymore than that.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Cerulean on May 08, 2009, 10:30:08 am
The one you were thinking of in your last post, I'm not sure if that was its name or not, was an Outsider. If I recall correctly Outsiders were brought into the fight in Proven Guilty which was why the wizards were having such a hard time. Outsiders aren't from our world or the Fae's world so magic does not work on them. Lash told Harry that his magic does work on them because of where he was born, but does not explain it anymore than that.

Ah, okay. I might have to go back to read Proven Guilty :) So many plot nuggets!!
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: mtomni on May 19, 2009, 12:56:03 pm
I've tried and tried to get into Butcher's Dresden series, but with no success.  I can't decide if it's because I watched the show on SciFi, or if the story just doesn't grab me.

However!  I am so into his Codex Alera series, that I'm dreaming about the books every night.  It's driving me crazy!  How does one sleep when they are battling canims, marats, and other beings?
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ladylynx on May 19, 2009, 01:36:59 pm
It's not easy when you love a series. I found that out with the Anita Blake series. Recently I have become hooked on the Rachel Vincent series. I'm kind of disappointed that she is going to end it at 6 books total. She's the first author I've come across that focuses entirely on a were-cat clan. I'm going to miss this series.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: mtomni on May 20, 2009, 07:46:10 pm
It's not easy when you love a series. I found that out with the Anita Blake series. Recently I have become hooked on the Rachel Vincent series. I'm kind of disappointed that she is going to end it at 6 books total. She's the first author I've come across that focuses entirely on a were-cat clan. I'm going to miss this series.


Were-cats, you say?  Hmmm.  I'll have to give her a try.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: K.Love on May 20, 2009, 10:28:53 pm
It's not easy when you love a series. I found that out with the Anita Blake series. Recently I have become hooked on the Rachel Vincent series. I'm kind of disappointed that she is going to end it at 6 books total. She's the first author I've come across that focuses entirely on a were-cat clan. I'm going to miss this series.


Were-cats, you say?  Hmmm.  I'll have to give her a try.


You should. Her books are fantastic.  ;D
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Ellyll on May 21, 2009, 06:06:46 am
Guys, this is Jim Butcher's thread.  We have a Rachel Vincent thread (http://hurog.com/forum/index.php?topic=241.0), and a Laurell K. Hamilton (http://hurog.com/forum/index.php?topic=1273.0) thread.  If you'd like to discuss them, just click on the links.  :)

Ellyll
Other Authors Mod
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: bengrenell on May 21, 2009, 06:34:33 am
Jim Butcher

This series drives me NUTS!  It's really good storytelling.  I like the premises.  Good characterazition.  but I live in Chicago and the physical setting parts are WRONG.  I can understand he would need to change things but U of C is in Hyde Park, PePaul U is in Lincoln Park and it didn't make any sense to do it differently.   

But just so you understand how much I like the books otherwise, I own at least 4 of them.

jackie
But it isn't our Chicago. It has a resmblence to the real life one and the feel of a real city but  it has an Special Investigations unit in the police department that deals with the stuff that goes bump in the night that has nothing to do with the Latin Kings or the CVL. Once you think on terms of another time/space Chicago I'll bet those details didnt matter nearly as much as when you picked up Storm Front.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: jackie on May 21, 2009, 04:47:25 pm
True,  But why bother using such a known city, and then not use it?  And why not do the research to do it right?  We don't have marinas (only on the river) we have harbors.  He gets facts wrong - I have no problem with the things he creates - the island, the bar, etc, I have a problem with him not doing the research to know the setting he has chosen.  Gold Coast is NOTHING like how he describes it.  There are so many cool things he could use that actually exist - like the tunnels - he did alright with those.  Not great, but good.  I think it bothers me most that he is so good otherwise, he just gets this wrong.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: kimluvs2read on May 29, 2009, 06:36:14 am
Just started Turn Coat, loving it already! Harry and his awesome snarkiness!
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: K.Love on May 30, 2009, 03:57:08 pm
Almost done with Grave Peril. Loving it. On to find the next book.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on May 30, 2009, 04:05:00 pm
Next "Summer Knight"
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Sofy on June 10, 2009, 01:29:47 pm
The Dresden Files and the Codex Alera are very good series, imo :)
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: K.Love on June 11, 2009, 07:25:01 pm
Bought Summer Knight today and I'm 83 pages in already. Bought books 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9 today. They didn't have book 8 (Proven Guilty, I believe) so I have to go hunt for that one somewhere else or order it.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: CheeseBK on June 16, 2009, 04:20:36 am
I have to admit that so far the dresden files are not QUITE grabbing me as much as codex alera. sure, it's totally different. but somehow I can't relate to harry dresden. odd, I  know. there are so many little things I like, like BOB, for instance. the first book was good....But during the following two I nearly got stuck a few times.
Maybe I need to reread them after some time to get into them, but I don't really 'feel it'.

codex alera however totally hooked me.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: e_booklover on June 16, 2009, 05:23:16 am
That is funny, I am the opposite way.  I love the Dresden Files and liked book 1 of the Codex Alera but I can't get into book 2.  I wonder if it is because I started with the Dresden Files.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ArtAngel on June 16, 2009, 09:31:52 am
Muahahaha!!!!

One of my brothers quit reading a couple years ago, he decided partying is more fun or something ??? Anyway he moved in with me two months ago and I handed Storm Front over to him to give him something to do so he doesn't go stir crazy while trying to get out of the party scene. Last night he informed me that he read all of the series already and started poking around in my library for something else to read!

I finally have my brother back!!!! And he is hooked to Harry Dresden and just started the Codex Alera >:D
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: kimluvs2read on June 16, 2009, 11:41:00 am
I started with Dresden and love, I mean absolutely adore both series! I am so sad that the next for Codex Alera is the last one.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Jax on June 16, 2009, 11:49:14 am
Yeah, my hubby's pouting over the next book in Codex being the last. He likes Dresden, but Codex Alera is more his style.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: e_booklover on June 16, 2009, 12:08:38 pm
Muahahaha!!!!

One of my brothers quit reading a couple years ago, he decided partying is more fun or something ??? Anyway he moved in with me two months ago and I handed Storm Front over to him to give him something to do so he doesn't go stir crazy while trying to get out of the party scene. Last night he informed me that he read all of the series already and started poking around in my library for something else to read!

I finally have my brother back!!!! And he is hooked to Harry Dresden and just started the Codex Alera >:D

Congrats!!!  Bookpushing works wonders :D
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Vinity on July 18, 2009, 11:38:11 am
Yay! Butcherverse people :D

Do you guys do the audios? Read by James Marsters and he rocks the world.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on July 18, 2009, 11:51:24 am
why audio is not reading. :D
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: CheeseBK on July 18, 2009, 11:56:44 am
Yay! Butcherverse people :D

Do you guys do the audios? Read by James Marsters and he rocks the world.

james marsters. i'm in unholy love with him since ever and ever. oh my. that might just be a reason for buying the audiobooks....
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Vinity on July 18, 2009, 02:29:41 pm
Oh good lord. He's my all time favorite reader. He quite literally ACTS the characters and he has a million voices and accents. Funny his Bob sounds EXACTLY like the voice Terrance Mann used for his Bob on Dresdan Files TV.

The first 4 audios are available by the Buzzy ladies. They are a little publisher and they put Jim and JM together to start with. Of couse, once the series took off Penguin stole to rights from them but I still try and support the Buzzy ladies when I can. Their audios also came as a compressed MP3 format so if you had a player that supported MP3s you only had to deal with one CD instead of 10-13. Plus it was cheaper. Anyway, the ladies have sample chapters if you want to hear, here .... http://www.buzzymultimedia.com/jim-butcher-audios.html

They are less $$ as downloads and easier to put on ipods thru Audible.com $15 credit if you're a member or a touch more if you just buy outright, but if you want them on CDs you have to burn them yourself. Usually I prefer Audible cause I listen on ipod and it's easier to put that but in Butcher's case I need to fondle the official CD boxed set. :lol: 

Anyway, sample chapters are cool. Book 4 Summer Knight does Toot Toot and it's a riot of voices. Also James site used to have up clips his bloopers from Summer knight. If they aren't PM me and I can mail them to you. They are a tiny file and used to be up for DL for free anyway.

Just think :D You too can go to sleep with James' voice too :D
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: CheeseBK on July 21, 2009, 04:40:24 am
haha thanks. but the one and only guy who's whispereing in my ear when it's time to go to bed is my fiancé :D
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: kimluvs2read on July 21, 2009, 06:58:35 am
I have all but one of the audio books and I can't wait for the others to be released! James' voice is just so yummy and fun to listen too. I haven't checked out the Alera Codex on Audio yet, I will have to see how those are too.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Vinity on July 21, 2009, 09:57:24 am
I've heard Reading's { I think? } voice strains a bit in the lower male registers. I'm not sure why Jim would have chosen a female reader for that series?? Maybe he didn't get a choice on that one? {Yay again for the Buzzy ladies who got Jim and James together.} It's a mostly male cast and lots of war stuff?? I also think it's a complicated audio read with so many characters with different odd sounding names.

Yesterday Jim Butcher  was #7 of the top 10 searches on Audible.com  bOuNcY
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: kimluvs2read on July 22, 2009, 07:01:16 am
Something I have never understood about audiobooks, is why they don't just have a male and female reader for every audio book, even if it is first person POV.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Vinity on July 22, 2009, 09:26:08 am
Sometimes they do. Kelley Armstrong has two readers for at least one and I think two of her split Narrator books. I'm sure of Personal Demon. I love the guy's voice but the female reader is Laural Merlington who I don't like as well. Part of the problem there is they don't puzzle in the male dialogue and female dialogue. It's done by when the book is being voiced by the female POV and male POV so at some point EACH of the readers are doing non POV character dialog. So you get both people voicing the same non character dialog.

OK, that is hard to understand. LOL Do you get what I'm saying?  Example, when Hope {female POV} is talking to Benico Cortez it's STILL the female reader doing B. Cortez's voice. Then in the Lucas {male POV} parts it's the male reader doing B. Cortez. It's very distracting.

I guess they could do it like a BBC radio play but I think that's harder to direct.

Oh, Laural Merlington is also Laural K Hamilton's Anita Reader and honestly, she sounds a little strained reading Kelley's love scenes. I haven't heard her read LKH {thank the lords} but I can't even IMAGINE how she manages to read those scenes. 
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: charmed on July 22, 2009, 06:37:51 pm
An interesting discussion but off topic. Feel free to start a thread on the subject over in "Favorite Odds and Ends". :)

charmed, books mod
Title: Jim Butcher
Post by: TheDoctor on December 01, 2009, 08:17:42 pm
Fantastic author. Writes the series The Dresden Files, which definitely are some of my favorites.

If you're interested in starting the series the first one is called Storm Front. There are 7 or 8 of them and they're still coming out (next one in April 2010!  bOuNcY)

P.S. Main character is utterly awsome. I'm practically in love with him.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on December 01, 2009, 10:55:33 pm
Doc is there are 10 out plus 5 or 6 short stories.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: TheDoctor on December 02, 2009, 10:12:26 am
Doc is there are 10 out plus 5 or 6 short stories.

I always lose count, and i couldn't bring them all with me when i went off to college a few months ago  :-' Devestating.

But Gryphon i hear you're the top Butcher fan around here! Are you a Dresden fan or Academ's Fury or both?
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on December 02, 2009, 10:23:25 am
I prefer Dresden. I did the first three of Codex series it seemed it was too convoluted for my tastes. Too Many characters to keep track of, and each was important to plot line.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: TheDoctor on December 02, 2009, 10:36:25 am
Me too, definite Dresden fan. I read the first few chapters of one of the Codex ones and i couldn't get into it so i just re-read the Dresden ones again  :P
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: esiders on December 02, 2009, 12:50:07 pm
I'm trying to get into the Dresden Files.  I read the first book...thought it was okay.  Started the 2nd book...after 5 pages, took it back to the library.  Someone told me the first 3 books are the weakest of the series, so I bought book two (Fool Moon) this weekend.  Going to give it another shot...
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on December 02, 2009, 01:09:23 pm
There not weak but new author fopaws. I believe "Summer Knight" (4th) was best, until "Turn Coat". The First four you read them as stand lone books but after "Summer Knight" too much plot line woven into following books plus the Short Stories are woven into overall Plot Line. Since there is going to be only 20 books plus a three book epic climax triogoly.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: TheDoctor on December 02, 2009, 01:38:13 pm
I actually thought Dead Beat was the best until White Night and Turn Coat. Wasn't crazy about Summer Knight, but then again, i read the entire thing while sitting in a bookstore then bought it.

Esiders, definitely give them another chance, they're great especially once all the past storylines weave up into a bigger picture. Good stuff.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Cerulean on December 02, 2009, 03:28:14 pm
I was finally able to start reading First Lord's Fury last night and am loving it, as usual! I'm trying to read only a little at a time, b/c it's the last book  :-'
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: mtomni on December 06, 2009, 10:47:59 am
Just finished the last of the Alera Codex series last night (First Lord's Fury) and I still prefer this series to the Dresden books.  I keep trying them, but they don't click for me.

I'm sorry that the Codex series is now done.  I wonder if Butcher will be starting another series? 
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: jackie on December 06, 2009, 11:08:21 am
Probably.  He says high fantasy and adventure are his first love.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: CheeseBK on December 06, 2009, 02:38:03 pm
Just finished the last of the Alera Codex series last night (First Lord's Fury) and I still prefer this series to the Dresden books.  I keep trying them, but they don't click for me.

it's the  same for me ;) I have the first three or so books of harry dresden, but I simply don't get pulled into the story. but i really liked codex alera
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: katy on December 06, 2009, 07:34:00 pm
A while back he said he had a science fiction series he wanted to start after the Codex Alera was done.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: mtomni on December 07, 2009, 09:12:44 am
Cool!  Did he give any additional info?
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: katy on December 07, 2009, 08:55:32 pm
Well, no idea how things may have changed since then, but here's what he said in a post on his board dated January 30, 2008:

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BUT, for the immediate future, here's my plans:

Alera has six books in it.  I'm gonna write those, and we'll be done with Alera.  I won't write off the idea of going back some day entirely, but at this time, I'm not really planning on it.  Stories begin and go, and then they end.  That's what stories do.  If they don't end, they aren't stories--they're moneymaking franchises.

After Alera, I'll probably start in on my science fiction series, which right now is titled US Marshals.  It's set in an entirely off-Earth but in-system nation, a couple of centuries in the future, when things are still sort of recognizable to what's in the present, but when genetic manipulation of human beings has begun to cause various civil, social, medical and personal problems.  The off-planet society seceded from those taxation-without-representation, get-to-breathe-air-for-free parasites in Washington/London/Beijing/Et Cetera a little less than a century ago, and is something of a haven for the genetically awkward, and in the United System, it's the Marshals who keep the peace.

Plus, then there's the aliens.  Earth is sort of on the receiving end of the alien version of a Prime Directive, but you know what they say:  When contact is outlawed, only the outlaws make contact, and it's the United System Marshals who have to deal with them.  The only aliens who ever show up are the psychos, the ones on the run from the law, religious nutballs trying to find a quiet spot, social or political extremists who had been run out of their own worlds and are looking for asylum, or general troublemakers out performing the alien equivalent of cow-tipping, which explains MOST of humanity's encounters with aliens throughout the 20th and early 21st century--and also describes most of the people who happened to show up on the shores of the Americas from Europe, back in the day.

Which is a little chilling if you stop and think about it.  The Marshals have--and they have no intention of playing Montezuma to an alien Cortez.  So it's up to them to protect the entire system (the idiots on the ball of mud included) by making sure that people at large remain ignorant enough of alien civilization to keep humanity protected from open contact until they can develop socially and technologically to the point where they won't be simply washed away by a much larger outside civilization that really doesn't give much of a damn about them.

So.  The first book of that is halfway done.  I left the protagonist hanging in a decaying orbit in just a suit, having ejected from his ship, over the surface of the moon, with a solar flare coming on, and no hope of rescue before he went roast or splat about.... what, three, four years ago?  He's been there since then.

After THAT I think I'll write my EPIC Epic fantasy EPIC.  With BIG THICK HONKING BOOKS.  And HUNDREDS of CHARACTERS.  And MAPS!  And hobbits and dwarves and elves!  And horses!  And swords!  And doom!  I'm..... not sure any of those things will be recognizable as those things.  Sort of how pretty much nobody recognized furies as pokemon until I pointed it out.  But.  Well, the horses.  And the doom.  Look, it's going to be EPIC and fantasy.  I might have to learn a bit about sailing.  Oh God.  That would entail me... sailing.  Dramamine.  Where is my dramamine.

So that should carry me to the end of the Dresden Files.  When I'm writing the final three of those, I'm doing nothing else.  Gonna focus.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Cerulean on December 10, 2009, 09:43:35 am
Fascinating. I did get a little twinge of Firefly, though :) Which isn't really bad ... I loved that series and I love Jim Butcher. When was this posted, Katy?
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: katy on December 10, 2009, 05:12:31 pm
January 2008 -- so his plans could have changed since then.  People were asking him why he was going to end Codex Alera after 6 books, and his response was about all these other ideas he wants to write. 
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ArtAngel on December 10, 2009, 07:00:22 pm
*rubbing hands together with glee*

First Lord's Fury is sitting in a box on my kitchen table right now! Unfortunately I can't touch for a few days  :-'
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: kimluvs2read on December 11, 2009, 08:54:30 am
Just started FLF and it is good so far, I am really looking forward to how everything turns out, but I can tell right now, I am going to have to do a re-read, I have forgotten so much from the other books!
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on December 18, 2009, 04:39:38 am
 bOuNcY On Jim's website there is Blurb about Dresden 12 "Changes". you must go to the website, cause I ain't putting up spoilers. :D
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Cerulean on December 18, 2009, 05:59:48 am
bOuNcY On Jim's website there is Blurb about Dresden 12 "Changes". you must go to the website, cause I ain't putting up spoilers. :D

WHAT??? Oh. My. God. Wow ... I can't wait to see *this* one!
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: esiders on December 18, 2009, 10:34:30 am
Esiders, definitely give them another chance, they're great especially once all the past storylines weave up into a bigger picture. Good stuff.
OK...I'm on book #3 (Grave Peril) and I'm glad I gave the books another chance.  Think I've got a wee crush on Harry.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on December 18, 2009, 04:22:42 pm
Welcome to Dresdenverse
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: e_booklover on December 18, 2009, 07:59:42 pm
Does anyone know when 11 comes out in paperback?
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on December 18, 2009, 08:09:26 pm
Mid- March since 12 comes out April 6th
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: e_booklover on December 18, 2009, 08:09:58 pm
Ok thanks :)
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: lilliana on December 20, 2009, 08:14:09 pm
I read Storm Front within 24 hours - couldnt put it down - loved it. Glad I bought the first 3 books right away. I'm loving Fool Moon and having a hard time putting it down also...I'm hooked on Harry!  :-LOVE
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: kimluvs2read on December 21, 2009, 11:14:52 am
I love the Dresden Files and Codex Alera. Harry is just such an amazing character.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: lilliana on December 28, 2009, 09:34:38 am
I am loving the Dresden Files but I'm curious, does Harry ever stop trying to save the world by himself?
I'm reading Summer Knight now and I expected Harry to be depressed considering what happened to Susan and he has made enemies with just about everyone...but does he ever stop to think that he cant save the world all by himself? I miss the humor these books started out with...tell me it gets better for Harry?  :(
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ArtAngel on December 28, 2009, 02:11:31 pm
He does find a few friends to help him out, although he does keep trying to protect them too of course  9). I don't remember which books we meet them in though.

I finally just finished reading First Lord's Fury and I love it! I think Kitai is my favorite character  :D
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on December 28, 2009, 05:16:48 pm
No he dosen't stop trying save by himself, but his does start building a team to assist him.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: lilliana on December 28, 2009, 06:41:46 pm
The more I read Summer Knight, Harry seems to be getting stronger and becoming more in control with his emotions.  I think after reading Grave Peril, I was just as depressed as Harry. He wouldnt be Harry Dresden if he stopped trying to save the world and everyone he cares about all by himself.  ;) Glad to know he does form a team. He does gain some new friends and unites with old ones in this book - I'm especially happy that he and Murphy are just about back to normal.

When I get done with the Dresden Files, I am definitely going to read the Codex Alera series. I've heard great things about them.  :)
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on December 28, 2009, 06:43:41 pm
you have 12 books and aleast three storystories plus a novella to get trough
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: lilliana on December 29, 2009, 05:16:43 am
yep, i have long way to go... plus other books that I want to read in between.  :P
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ggs_closet on January 14, 2010, 07:54:46 pm
I just finished storm Front. AWESOME. I can't believe I put off reading this series for so long.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: katy on January 15, 2010, 02:48:35 pm
Ooh, you lucky duck!  You have the whole series in front of you and the next book coming out in April.  They just keep getting better.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: bones83 on January 15, 2010, 02:58:11 pm
Ooh, you lucky duck!  You have the whole series in front of you and the next book coming out in April.  They just keep getting better.

Yes they do!  #3, Grave Peril, is where the bigger series arc starts and where many folks have said they really fell in love with the series.  There's also some short stories out there, and later this year there's supposed to be a collection of all the shorts plus some new stuff that's going to get released.  Check out http://www.jim-butcher.com/dresden/short for the list of the shorts and where they fall in relation to the books.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ggs_closet on January 15, 2010, 04:24:08 pm
Ooh, you lucky duck!  You have the whole series in front of you and the next book coming out in April.  They just keep getting better.

I know. Sqeeeee.  bOuNcY I love coming late into a series and finding out there are a gazillion to read. :)
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: TheDoctor on January 16, 2010, 09:09:49 pm
Ooh, you lucky duck!  You have the whole series in front of you and the next book coming out in April.  They just keep getting better.

I know. Sqeeeee.  bOuNcY I love coming late into a series and finding out there are a gazillion to read. :)

Haha yes! You can read your fill of them an be JUST in time for a new one to come out. Love it. it's frustrating waiting most of the time.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: CarolKat on January 19, 2010, 06:10:29 pm
Ok so I was re-arranging book shelves and realized I did have something by Jim Butcher in an anthology My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding, "Something Borrowed".

OK, I think it goes with Dresden Files but don't know around where it fit in the series, but I do know I need to get this series now, every single book. *sigh*
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: e_booklover on January 19, 2010, 06:23:59 pm
ROFLMHO and the bookpushers strike again :D

I am waiting for his next Dresdan Files installment.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: CarolKat on January 19, 2010, 06:25:19 pm
Dare I ask how many books I am looking at?  ;D
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: e_booklover on January 19, 2010, 06:38:18 pm
Several but I don't remember the exact number :P. Sorry.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on January 19, 2010, 06:38:47 pm
12 books  4 short stories 1 novella, 1 four part prequel comic from our favorite Comicbook publishers
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: CarolKat on January 19, 2010, 06:46:07 pm
Looks like I will be busy then... and there goes book budget for a while  :D
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Cerulean on January 19, 2010, 06:54:06 pm
Looks like I will be busy then... and there goes book budget for a while  :D

CarolKat, you may be able to find some of these at used bookstores or www.paperbackswap.com, and I'm sure the library would have them.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ArtAngel on January 19, 2010, 07:56:26 pm
Looks like I will be busy then... and there goes book budget for a while  :D

And they are so worth it! When I finally picked up the forst one I ended up reading the whole series in two months and addicting my brother and two of his friends  LOL
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: bones83 on January 19, 2010, 09:16:22 pm
Amazon has posted a date for the release of the Dresden Files short story anthology:
http://www.amazon.com/Side-Jobs-Stories-Dresden-Unabridged/dp/0142428264/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1263964284&sr=8-1

They've only got the audio version listed at the moment, but the date has been confirmed on the Jim Butcher forums.  The anthology will contain the short stories to date plus new material, either 3 shorts or 1 novella.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: lilliana on January 20, 2010, 05:45:15 am
Looks like I will be busy then... and there goes book budget for a while  :D

And they are so worth it! When I finally picked up the forst one I ended up reading the whole series in two months and addicting my brother and two of his friends  LOL

They are worth it! I've been hooked on Harry since Storm Front. I've only read up to Summer Knight but I have plans to start back on the Harry series this weekend. I didnt realize there were so many books when I started this series. Kind of cool to walk in to a series that has been out for a while. That means more books and less wait time.  :D That is until I catch up with everyone else.  LOL
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on January 20, 2010, 08:05:43 am
3 April 10 for "Changes" to come out
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: esiders on February 04, 2010, 07:01:50 am
I'm halfway through Small Favors....SO glad I gave this series a second chance.  I'm already trying to bring others over to the "Dresden-side".

Can we discuss Cowl?  Anyone else think he is DuMorne, hooded because his face was badly disfigured by the fire Harry set years ago??? If Elaine survived the fire...why not Justin?   arrgh...maybe I should check out the Jim Butcher's website forum...been avoiding it.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: kimluvs2read on February 04, 2010, 11:49:21 am
Don't avoid the Jim Butcher forum, great place to talk to the many Dresden-verse lovers!
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on February 04, 2010, 02:23:12 pm
Jim has infactly stated DeMore is Dead and non factor incoming events
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on March 01, 2010, 06:42:40 pm
After Midnight 1st chapter of "Changes" will be up
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ArtAngel on March 01, 2010, 10:31:25 pm
Hurrah!
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on March 02, 2010, 07:21:52 am
sample is good.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Cerulean on March 04, 2010, 11:24:12 am
I WANT it NOW!! Oh, wow, that sounds amazing.  bOuNcY bOuNcY bOuNcY bOuNcY
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on March 04, 2010, 06:25:31 pm
31 more days
Tuesday for the next sample chapter
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: kimluvs2read on March 09, 2010, 08:57:57 am
Does seem so very good so far! I feel Harry's anger so well! I would so want to strangle everyone involved with her being taken!
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: lilliana on March 10, 2010, 06:46:26 am
What is going on with the Jim Butcher's paperbacks? I understand the new releases are hardback, no biggie. But why are his older books for instance Small Favors 9.99? Why is this one not being sold at 7.99 like the previous books? The same goes with his Codex Alera series - books 2 and 5. 

I'm sorry, I know this is off topic, but I couldn't find a thread with this discussion.  :-\
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: e_booklover on March 10, 2010, 08:54:07 am
My guess is because at least the one I bought this past weekend is larger then the standard MMPB size  >:( but not trade size.  Won't fit nicely on my bookshelfs  >:(
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: lilliana on March 10, 2010, 09:25:08 am
I know and that's what bothers me, why the different sizes? Argh!  >:(
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on March 10, 2010, 10:11:18 am
Profit margin
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: jackie on March 10, 2010, 07:08:19 pm
Probably.  There is a new improved format that is supposed to be easier to read.  It's about .75 inch taller and usually goes for 9.99.  I've been wondering about this too.  And it doesn't fit with the old stuff. hmpf.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on March 15, 2010, 10:43:20 pm
Charpter three is up is very good.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ArtAngel on March 15, 2010, 10:47:59 pm
I haven't read any of them yet... I need to get over there and do so!
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ppbwashu on March 16, 2010, 08:19:49 am
I've got to start reading Dresden novels again!  I read the first three (bought an omnibus edition from SFBC) in short order, but now I need to go get more...
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Janilee on March 16, 2010, 09:15:33 am
The whole series in my (very small town's) library.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Vic on March 17, 2010, 03:55:13 pm
W00T!! Blood Rites (http://www.audible.com/adbl/site/products/ProductDetail.jsp?BV_UseBVCookie=Yes&productID=BK_PENG_001448&redirectFlag=) and Dead Beat (http://www.audible.com/adbl/site/products/ProductDetail.jsp?BV_UseBVCookie=Yes&productID=BK_PENG_001454&redirectFlag=) are now up on Audible!!!   These are the last 2 books from Dresden to be released in audio read by James Marsters (Spike from Buffy/Angel fame).  Just a heads up for folks not on Ilona's forum where I've already posted the notice.   bOuNcY
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on March 17, 2010, 04:03:02 pm
All the audio books are read by James Marsters
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on April 06, 2010, 04:22:05 pm
Best line in the book "Changes" "This is rediculous, I looklike the Games Workshop version of a Jedi Knight." LOL
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Addicted Gamer on April 11, 2010, 02:05:45 pm
The funniest book IMO is White Knight, and it's one of my faves.

After that everything just went from plain sad to sadder to dramatic to GULP  :-'

And he's pledged himself to the Winter Queen as her Winter Knight, just to be able to save his daughter  :-'  :-'  :-'
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on April 11, 2010, 03:23:01 pm
plus porn via water vision
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: nuitblanche on April 11, 2010, 05:36:06 pm
Quoting Addicted Gamer: The funniest book IMO is White Knight, and it's one of my faves.

Addicted Gamer - I share the same "IMO" as you with White Knight, as well as finding it very exciting. I was disappointed in Small Favor. Even though I have unfortunately have heard spoilers about Changes, I will go ahead and continue reading, forming my "IMO".

Jim Butcher had to take the story somewhere and I guest this was his avenue/story thread of thought.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Addicted Gamer on April 11, 2010, 10:48:10 pm
Quoting Addicted Gamer: The funniest book IMO is White Knight, and it's one of my faves.

Addicted Gamer - I share the same "IMO" as you with White Knight, as well as finding it very exciting. I was disappointed in Small Favor. Even though I have unfortunately have heard spoilers about Changes, I will go ahead and continue reading, forming my "IMO".

Jim Butcher had to take the story somewhere and I guest this was his avenue/story thread of thought.


^__^ I just love this line (though I don't remember it correctly) "Hurray for the Pizza Lord"

Yes, even though he had to take the story somewhere :-' WHY OH WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE LIKE THIS
There are some very cool revelations at the end, before the epilogue. Still feels quite sad SNIFF :-'
Title: Re: Jim Butcher - Future plot thinking
Post by: nuitblanche on April 12, 2010, 12:42:37 am
Possible Spoiler ending in Changes from reflections of previous books.
In a way, I can see almost see this coming (the ending w him becoming......), after his various deals with the Queens of the THOSE courts.

May be he has already figured some interesting ways for Dresden dealing with that situation.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ArtAngel on April 12, 2010, 01:40:50 am
Oh... I just finished Changes and I am in shock... absolute shock.

I love it and can't wait for the next one (  :-' a whole year!!!  :-' ) but Mr. Butcher is a very EVIL man to end it like that!

WARNING: Major spoiler in the black bars!!!

Harry isn't going to die, that much is obvious and him becoming the Winter Knight isn't a huge shock and neither is Murphy losing her job but they were finally finally going to do something about taking their very close friendship a step farther and he gets shot and doesn't show?!? That is the epitome of ebilness.


I like the family twists though. I wonder if Ebenezer knows about Tomas?
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Addicted Gamer on April 12, 2010, 04:18:41 am
Good thing I went on Amazon just to look at reviews.

Jim Butcher's novella called "Aftermath" will be out AUG - SEP - OCT sometime between these 3 months.
Maybe we can get to know more, will know why Harry got shot and falls into the water  :-' :-' :-'

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I like the family twists though. I wonder if Ebenezer knows about Tomas?

Heh would be a very interesting reaction. Hopefully he'll understand that Thomas is trying to help Harry and keep him safe
Title: Re: Jim Butcher - Thomas
Post by: nuitblanche on April 12, 2010, 05:33:16 am

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I like the family twists though. I wonder if Ebenezer knows about Tomas?

Heh would be a very interesting reaction. Hopefully he'll understand that Thomas is trying to help Harry and keep him safe

Now if something happened to Thomas (i.e., leaves the entire story forever "somehow"), I would be very upset (sad) and angry. He and Harry are almost tied as far as my favorites.

I will still continue reading, though watching the style and subtle/non-subtle content more.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Jax on April 12, 2010, 05:36:33 am
I think my favorite line is "The wisdom of my ass is well known."

And at Mac's all I could think of was...Mac's having a Silent Bob moment.   :o LOL
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: esiders on April 12, 2010, 09:09:51 am
Changes totally blew my mind...it was  :o throughout the whole book.  Can't wait for the next Book.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ppbwashu on April 12, 2010, 09:36:30 am
Man, I've got to start reading Dresden Files again...
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ArtAngel on April 12, 2010, 04:23:12 pm
Man, I've got to start reading Dresden Files again...

Yes, yes you do!
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Janilee on April 12, 2010, 06:03:33 pm
Has anyone heard anything about all the Dresden novellas being bound together in a single book?
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: katy on April 12, 2010, 08:07:07 pm
Yes -- I preordered it from Amazon last night!  It's called Side Jobs, due out October 26, and is supposed to contain all of the Dresden files short stories plus new content.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ArtAngel on April 12, 2010, 08:16:47 pm
Really?!? *runs madly to Amazon to check it out*
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ArtAngel on April 12, 2010, 09:10:49 pm
It's pre-ordered  :D
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Addicted Gamer on April 12, 2010, 10:30:39 pm
Yes -- I preordered it from Amazon last night!  It's called Side Jobs, due out October 26, and is supposed to contain all of the Dresden files short stories plus new content.

October 26!!!! WHY THE LONG WAIT!!!!

I have been waiting for many, many books this year and everytime I receive 1 a few more turn out to be published at year's end  >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ArtAngel on April 12, 2010, 11:11:55 pm
It's probably in October since that is six months from now and six months (or so, I'm guessing a bit) to the release date of the next full length novel.

It will help with the withdrawal symptoms... or make them worse  LOL
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Addicted Gamer on April 13, 2010, 05:28:43 am
It's probably in October since that is six months from now and six months (or so, I'm guessing a bit) to the release date of the next full length novel.

It will help with the withdrawal symptoms... or make them worse  LOL

 LOL LOL LOL withdrawal symptoms  LOL LOL LOL

Nah, bookwurms are fortunate in that our addiction is not bad for our health and.....no cures are necessary
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ppbwashu on April 13, 2010, 07:32:02 am
Woot!  I found out that the Science Fiction Book Club DOES have the rest of the Dresden Files in hardcover omnibus now!  I got the first three from there, and now I'm going to be ordering the 2-in-1 hardcovers this week. <rubs hands gleefully>  Everything is going according to plan, Pinky!
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: kimluvs2read on April 13, 2010, 10:49:35 am
Okay, now know that I have 98% loved everything that Jim has written, the ending of Alera Codex series felt a little rushed, otherwise Jim has done no wrong, but


I was soooo upset with the ending of Changes! I had a major NO HE FREAKING DID'T JUST DO THAT! moments! I am not sure I believe that Harry is dead, but I could not believe that he just ended the book that way. I have loved the DF series because Jim didn't do that, I really hate cliff hanger endings. So here is hoping that will be the only one until we reach the final trilogy!
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ladylynx on April 15, 2010, 06:17:28 pm
I thought Changes was the last book? He said that he was only going to write 12 or so of the Harry Dresden series.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: katy on April 15, 2010, 06:26:20 pm
No, Changes is the halfway point-- he has said 22 - 24 books and then he'll end the series with "a big ol' apocalyptic trilogy"
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on April 15, 2010, 06:33:16 pm
No, twenty books before the Apocalyptic ending
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: katy on April 15, 2010, 06:35:47 pm
He had been saying 20, but I read an interview on "Bitten by Books" with him this week in which he said that he originally thought that Changes would be book 10, and since it took him 12 books to get to the halfway point, he now thinks there may be more than 20 before the trilogy.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on April 15, 2010, 06:37:47 pm
I didn't know that thanks for corrects Katy
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: katy on April 15, 2010, 06:43:54 pm
I was excited -- more books to read...eventually!
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Addicted Gamer on April 15, 2010, 10:40:45 pm
I have also pre-ordered from Amazon :D

All the short stories in one book  :D 8)
Title: Re: Jim Butcher - Side Jobs
Post by: nuitblanche on April 16, 2010, 02:13:15 am
Sounds like I will have to order Side Jobs as well. I like the fact that the publisher(?), Jim(?) or whoever came up with this idea.

I do not always like plucking down HB or TJ money on one or two stories I want to read in anthologies with short stories for other authors I do not care for so much.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: kimluvs2read on April 19, 2010, 12:17:55 pm
I know what you mean, I really hate anthologies, I usually only like one author in the whole thing.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: nuitblanche on April 20, 2010, 06:08:05 am
Though, I must say I am somewhat tempted by Dark and Stormy Knights (Both he and Ilona Andrews will be in that one).
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on April 20, 2010, 01:30:11 pm
Cool beans july is so far off.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: mtomni on April 21, 2010, 11:00:39 am
Does anyone know what Ilona Andrews' story will be about?

Oh wait.  This is Jim Butcher's forum.  Okay, does anyone know what their stories are about?
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: esiders on April 22, 2010, 04:11:00 am
Does anyone know what Ilona Andrews' story will be about?

Oh wait.  This is Jim Butcher's forum.  Okay, does anyone know what their stories are about?
According to Jim's website:

"Even Hand" -- from Dark and Stormy Knights, edited by Pat Elrod
Takes place between Turn Coat and Changes, told from Gentleman John Marcone's point of view.
Amazon.com release date: July 20th
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Cerulean on April 22, 2010, 08:32:00 pm
Oh my freakin' God. Wow. I *just* finished Changes. And the title is really appropriate.

So Harry isn't dead? For good? My jaw DROPPED at the end. Will Mab save him? Or will this break his "contract" with her? I thought he might actually be really dead after that but then read the spoilers that say that Jim will have what, twice again as many books? So letting the Winter Knight storyline go so soon would be unlike Jim, if the series is to continue. WOW. Just ... wow.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: lilliana on April 29, 2010, 05:40:40 pm
So, I'm just now reading Dead Beat and its kind of slow but still a good read. I've noticed that a lot of time has passed since Storm Front and started to wonder if Harry's age has ever been mentioned? I can't recall. Does anyone know how old he is?
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on April 29, 2010, 06:06:40 pm
Strom front he was about 28 to 30.

I wonder who shot him and was it a preplanned ploy to get out of being Winter Knight
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ArtAngel on April 29, 2010, 09:53:44 pm
Strom front he was about 28 to 30.

I wonder who shot him and was it a preplanned ploy to get out of being Winter Knight

I really can't see that Gryph, there is so much potential for more story with him being what he is. I can see that contract being terminated later but not right away.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: lilliana on April 30, 2010, 04:34:43 am
Thanks Gryphon, I remember that now.

Eeek, I couldn't help it I looked at the spoilers. Maybe I should go slower with this series because 2011 is far far away...but...I have the rest of the series sitting on my bookshelf calling my name.  ;D
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on April 30, 2010, 04:35:26 am
the question stills stands[spoilers]
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: mdauben on May 05, 2010, 11:33:08 am
I just read Changes recently, and it was definetly a page-turner!  

I have to say, I was not too wild about the way Jim is taking Harry's character, and there is a lot of strong feelings about some of the events in this book over in the authors own forum (particulary, Harry cutting the throat of the previous Winter Knight, and his sacrifice of Susan in order to defeat the Red King, especially after Jim teased us with a couple veiled suggestions that there might have been a way to "cure" Susan.).  Lots of people where not happy with the cliff hanger ending, either.   9)

Regarding that ending, I really don't have a clue as to who shot Harry at the end of the book.  He has certainly made enough enemies over the course of the series (the Red Court, the Black Council, the Nickleheads, etc.) and there are just no clues as to who did it at this point.  It just makes the wait for next years book all the more unbearable!   LOL

Still, this is around the middle of the series, and its not unusual for series to get quite a bit darker in the middle, in order to set the overall story arc up for a big, climactic finish).  I'm still looking forward to seeing where Jim takes things next.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on May 05, 2010, 01:16:27 pm
When evil hat comes out with the Dresden files rpg, there is a new short story by Jim
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: lilliana on May 06, 2010, 04:43:50 am
I am soooo looking forward to reading all the short stories. I have missed quite a few and now that they are all coming out in one book, I don't have to go hunting them down. Yay!  :D
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: lilliana on May 13, 2010, 08:06:50 am
Okay, I'm confused. I just finished Proven Guilty and I am unsure as to who summoned the Fetches. Was it Molly or was she just kind of focus for the Nightmares so they could be summoned? If I find out in the next books, just let me know.  :)
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on May 13, 2010, 08:24:31 am
No one know except Jim, but it's impilied someone else  summoned but keyed them to Molly
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: lilliana on May 13, 2010, 08:32:10 am
That's what I figured. I snooped around on Jim's forum and that's pretty much what everyone else said too. Thanks Gyphon  :)
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on May 13, 2010, 08:33:08 am
ur welcome, plus i think at the end of the book it is speculated on.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: lilliana on May 17, 2010, 05:43:16 pm
I just finished White Night and...HOLY CRAP!  bOuNcY That was the best book in the series I've read so far. Ramirez is awesome! I know this has said before (many times) but I'm going to say it again...Jim is a genius.  :D
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: esiders on May 18, 2010, 06:58:34 am
I just finished White Night and...HOLY CRAP!  bOuNcY That was the best book in the series I've read so far. Ramirez is awesome! I know this has said before (many times) but I'm going to say it again...Jim is a genius.  :D
Yep...Jim is the best!  That's why I struggle when I read a Jim book...and then I read Charlaine Harris book.  ;D
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: lilliana on May 18, 2010, 07:06:49 am
Yep, I felt the same way when I went from Jim to CH and back to Jim. What a strange transition - completely different writing and I found myself craving to put DITF down (I was so bored!) and go back to Harry Dresden.  ;)
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on May 18, 2010, 07:38:46 am
what book are you on Lilliana?
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: lilliana on May 18, 2010, 07:42:53 am
I'm reading the short story It's My Birthday, Too right now. And then, I'm going to read the short story Last Call before I read Small Favor.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on May 18, 2010, 07:48:18 am
have you read "Something Borrowed" another short story? or "Warrior" it is in anthology called mean streets. Don't forget "Day Off" in "Blood Lite"
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: lilliana on May 18, 2010, 07:54:24 am
No, I haven't.  I'm going buy Jim's anthology with all of the Dresden short stories and read the shorts I haven't read. Would I be missing anything important if I don't read them before the next 3 books?
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on May 18, 2010, 08:44:04 am
Not really. Oh Fyi don't Back Up it is a Thomas story.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: lilliana on May 18, 2010, 08:53:56 am
Did you mean "don't buy it?"
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on May 18, 2010, 09:01:57 am
Don't forget about
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: lilliana on May 18, 2010, 09:06:12 am
Ah, okay. I'm going to have hunt that one down without paying big money for it.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on May 18, 2010, 09:08:03 am
it's very short, release through Subterrian press
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: lilliana on May 18, 2010, 09:12:43 am
Oh that's why I can't find it for less than $40.  Did you like it?
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on May 18, 2010, 09:14:25 am
yes
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Janilee on May 18, 2010, 09:19:11 am
Will it be in the new collection of short stories he is putting out in six months?  :)
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: lilliana on May 18, 2010, 09:28:09 am
It's a Novella.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Janilee on May 18, 2010, 09:34:43 am
From his website

Jim plans to release all his Dresden Files short stories in a single anthology, due out in late 2010.  It will also include exclusive new material--either three short stories or one novelette.

The way I read this it might mean it is in the new book or not. 9)
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: lilliana on May 18, 2010, 09:37:26 am
It would be a very nice surprise it its in there.  :D
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: lilliana on June 03, 2010, 10:35:50 am
Okaaaaay, I'm finally done with Changes and...
I felt like I was on an emotional rollercoaster. Who shot Harry? (Ha, I've been waiting to use that line.  LOL ) Of course, I would pick the year to read the Dresden files where the new release has a huge cliffhanger.  9) I loved everything about Changes and CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE. Geez, the man lost his beetle, his home, his office, where's Mister, never had his daughter before he lost her again, and Susan. I knew eventually he would have to choose to become the Winter Knight especially if he was desperate enough to do it. And this was a desperate time for Harry. The ceremony with Mab was very...interesting. Not to mention, Mab showed all of Fairy the ceremony, like Harry said, "That's disturbing."  LOL Whew! Now I'm going to go through Harry withdrawls since I've been reading this series non stop for a few months now.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: kimluvs2read on June 03, 2010, 11:04:09 am
Okaaaaay, I'm finally done with Changes and...
I felt like I was on an emotional rollercoaster. Who shot Harry? (Ha, I've been waiting to use that line.  LOL ) Of course, I would pick the year to read the Dresden files where the new release has a huge cliffhanger.  9) I loved everything about Changes and CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE. Geez, the man lost his beetle, his home, his office, where's Mister, never had his daughter before he lost her again, and Susan. I knew eventually he would have to choose to become the Winter Knight especially if he was desperate enough to do it. And this was a desperate time for Harry. The ceremony with Mab was very...interesting. Not to mention, Mab showed all of Fairy the ceremony, like Harry said, "That's disturbing."  LOL Whew! Now I'm going to go through Harry withdrawls since I've been reading this series non stop for a few months now.

Just do like the rest of us and read or listen to them again!  :D
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: lilliana on June 04, 2010, 03:02:15 am
 I was wondering... was it  Martin's "master plan" all along for Susan to die to take out all of the Reds? And did Harry see that when he soul gazed him. Or was it something that Harry came up with on his own? I know that Martin wanted to take down the Reds after years of being around the Fellowship so somewhere along the way he had to have figured out a way to take them out. I will admit, I was a bit disturbed by the way Susan died and the fact that Harry manipulated her the way he did is the reason why she died. I know that in the whole grand scheme of things, there was definitely no other way -- at least I can't imagine what Harry could have done differently to end the war and save his child. It's just unfortunate that Martin couldn't have been the one to take Susan's place so she could have her life back with her daughter. I'm worried and confused for Harry.



Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ArtAngel on June 04, 2010, 05:48:19 pm
The spell would only take out the whole "family" if the very youngest was sacrificed. That's why Susan had to be manipulated to lose it, kill someone and become the very youngest vampire. That way, everyone dies when she does.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: lilliana on June 05, 2010, 05:03:16 am
That's how I understood it too. *Sigh* If there was another way, Harry would have done it differently.
 
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: esiders on June 07, 2010, 07:58:38 am
The part that never sat well with me: its been about 8-10 years since Susan was turned...in all that time, no other red court vampires have been made?  Isn't that a little weird??? 
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: katy on June 07, 2010, 08:17:27 am
Ah, but she wasn't turned, she was only half-turned.  It wasn't until she gave in to her urges and completely drained somebody that the full effects kicked in.  So, since that didn't happen until only moments before she died, she was the youngest.[\spoiler]
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: kimluvs2read on June 07, 2010, 08:20:51 am
The part that never sat well with me: its been about 8-10 years since Susan was turned...in all that time, no other red court vampires have been made?  Isn't that a little weird??? 

Susan was infected 8 or so years ago, I am sure many others had been infected since Susan, but you aren't actually "turned" until you kill you first person. The reason Susan was their best option is because she was right there and she was forced into killing Martin, so becoming turned and the newest turned red.  They could have used Martin as well I believe but Susan killed Martin. Either way two people had to die for it to work.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ppbwashu on June 08, 2010, 08:24:44 am
I've finally got caught up to "Turn Coat", and I'm trying not to just rip through it so I can read "Changes"!  It's good to know the anthology is coming out this year, too, since I'm sure I'm going to need a Dresden fix by then!  Did anyone pick up the Dresden graphic novel?  I haven't started reading it yet...
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: esiders on June 08, 2010, 10:52:14 am
KATY and KIM - thank you...what you said made sense.  Been a couple months since I read Changes...maybe I need to read it again!
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ArtAngel on June 09, 2010, 12:03:01 pm
Martin really amazed me with all his planning and double and triple crossing. Especially since he knew that endagering Susan's daughter was the only thing that would make her angry enough to turn. It was terrible but impressive.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: lilliana on June 09, 2010, 12:15:48 pm
Nice choice of words, Art... "terrible but impressive" and I agree. The soulgaze he had with Martin is how Harry knew what needed to be done. Poor Harry. What choice did he have? I've thought about that scene so often I went back and read it over the weekend. It blew me away again.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: lilliana on June 15, 2010, 03:33:05 pm
Well, looky here...

http://www.jim-butcher.com/news/000376.php (http://www.jim-butcher.com/news/000376.php)

 bOuNcY bOuNcY bOuNcY bOuNcY bOuNcY bOuNcY



Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Janilee on June 15, 2010, 04:41:29 pm
Answers the question as to whether the Thomas point of view novella will be in the compilation.

We also have wallpaper for Jim's next release, Side Jobs, a compilation of Dresden Files short stories. Slated for October 26th, this anthology contains the following stories:

    * "Restoration of Faith"
    * "Vignette"
    * "Something Borrowed" -- from My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding
    * "It's My Birthday Too" -- from Many Bloody Returns
    * "Heorot" -- from My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon
    * "Day Off" -- from Blood Lite
    * Backup -- novelette from Thomas' POV, originally published by Subterranean Press
    * The Warrior -- novelette from Mean Streets
    * "Last Call" -- from Strange Brew
    * "Love Hurts" -- from Songs of Love and Death
    * Aftermath -- post-Changes novelette from Murphy's POV, EXCLUSIVE to this anthology!
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: lilliana on June 16, 2010, 04:11:58 am
I saw that! You were right Janilee.  :D
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ArtAngel on June 17, 2010, 05:29:57 pm
Post Changes and Karen's POV? I've died and gone to heaven  :P
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Sofy on July 12, 2010, 11:02:13 am
currently reading changes....and struggling to not read the spoilers  :P
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ArtAngel on July 12, 2010, 11:04:56 am
You have to be strong! You don't want to know what happens, or it will change the impression of his writing.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: lilliana on July 12, 2010, 11:06:04 am
Stay strong Sofy! It's worth not knowing...
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on July 12, 2010, 11:09:19 am
read the spoiler, read spoilers,
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Sofy on July 12, 2010, 11:54:10 am
*try to stay strong* arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Allannah on July 12, 2010, 12:12:15 pm
Does anyone read his Alera Codex series?  I haven't gotten into his Dresden books but I have absolutely loved the Aleran books! 
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ArtAngel on July 12, 2010, 12:13:33 pm
I  :-LOVE his Aleran series!

I wish there were more books in it.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: lilliana on July 12, 2010, 12:14:41 pm
Not yet...but I have the first 3 books in my TBR pile. I plan to read them as soon as I can.  :)
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Allannah on July 12, 2010, 12:30:07 pm
Very different from Dresden!  But worth it, I think!
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Sofy on July 13, 2010, 03:13:50 am
Does anyone read his Alera Codex series?  I haven't gotten into his Dresden books but I have absolutely loved the Aleran books!

It's a great series, i wish there were more books....  :-'
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Sofy on July 13, 2010, 03:14:48 am
finished the last Dresden.....


instant reaction at the last page :

"NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO !

I want more  :-' "
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: lilliana on July 13, 2010, 04:14:15 am
Sofy - I know! I had the same reaction when I finished the book. *sigh* But their will be an anthology called Side Jobs coming out October 26th. It's going to have a novelette called Aftermath, post-Changes from Murphy's POV! Something to tied us over until Ghost Story comes out in March 29th.  :D :D :D
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Sofy on July 13, 2010, 08:01:06 am
Sofy - I know! I had the same reaction when I finished the book. *sigh* But their will be an anthology called Side Jobs coming out October 26th. It's going to have a novelette called Aftermath, post-Changes from Murphy's POV! Something to tied us over until Ghost Story comes out in March 29th.  :D :D :D
bOuNcY
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: kimluvs2read on October 28, 2010, 09:39:33 am
So who has read Aftermath in the compilation book Side Jobs? It is the last story of course, but I couldn't wait so I skipped all the others and read it first. It was pretty good. Loved seeing things from Murhpy's POV. Now I have to go back and read the rest of them. I hope they are as good.


(http://tickers.TickerFactory.com/ezt/d/4;10742;7/st/20110405/e/GHOST+STORY+HITS+SHELVES%21/k/7d59/event.png)
 (http://www.TickerFactory.com/)

Okay I can wait till Ghost Story comes out, I think I can, I think I can!   LOL
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Cerulean on October 28, 2010, 12:57:35 pm
I read it in-store the other day. I really like Murphy - and her sentiments at the end were great. And it looks like we have a preview of the next big bad.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on October 28, 2010, 04:27:49 pm
Actually we have had two preveiws of the "Toads". THey were in story"Even Hand" in Dark and Stromy Nights.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Cerulean on October 29, 2010, 12:31:10 pm
Actually we have had two preveiws of the "Toads". THey were in story"Even Hand" in Dark and Stromy Nights.

I was thinking they were more minions and not the head cheese, to mix phrases :)
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: daimond on November 08, 2010, 06:43:11 am
hmm, like the Dresden file series too, but the explanation about bad magic/dark magic are truly dispointed.
if the explanation maybe like necromencer or shadowmencer  who are truly use dark magic may be would make sense. demon summoning maybe still be in catagory in dark magic class.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ArtAngel on November 08, 2010, 07:01:12 am
I finally read Karen's story in Side Jobs. I loved he Martian speak stuff. It cracked me up!
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ppbwashu on November 08, 2010, 11:11:00 am
I finally got my copy of Side Jobs, but I promised to let the hubby read it first. :P
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: FizzaLicious on January 13, 2011, 08:36:29 pm
I absolutely  :-LOVE :-LOVE :-LOVE  the Dresden Files!!!! I cant decide whether I'm sad or happy that I am almost to the end of the series. (written part, anyways  ;) )

Thomas is my absolute, all time favorite character though! He is such a wise-ass and I love it!!!! Especially him being Dresden's brother, and all.   ;D :-* :-LOVE >D O)
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: nuitblanche on January 14, 2011, 08:45:17 am
Thomas is my absolute, all time favorite character though! He is such a wise-ass and I love it!!!! Especially him being Dresden's brother, and all.   ;D :-* :-LOVE >D O)

Ditto here! He has always been my favorite, though I must say I do like just about all the characters.
Now that the Holidays are over and outflow of money has trickled down some, I am going to get Side Jobs.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Has on January 18, 2011, 12:33:18 pm
Some bad news - Ghost Story has been pushed back to July- here is Anne Soward's twitter straight off from the virtual stream!
RT @AnneSowards: Jim Butcher's GHOST STORY moved to July 26, 2011: http://bit.ly/iaXZkQ
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ArtAngel on January 18, 2011, 02:40:25 pm
 :-'
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: CarolKat on January 18, 2011, 03:37:02 pm
 :-' :-'
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Cerulean on January 19, 2011, 10:27:00 am
 :-' :-'

Trying to remember I'd rather have a full-assed story than a half-assed one.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: FizzaLicious on January 19, 2011, 02:10:05 pm
 :-' :-' :-'

@nuitblanche- Artangel gets all of them so I don't have to worry about the money angle. Just have to wait till she reads them is all.  :D ;D
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: gryphon340 on January 20, 2011, 05:43:07 pm
*&^&*(&^$#@#   (*&(*^*    *^^&%& #!$&*&^
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: FizzaLicious on January 20, 2011, 08:30:23 pm
LOL We speak human here Gryph! LOL
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: katy on January 20, 2011, 08:44:03 pm
He's speaking human, very human!  He's just trying to protect your delicate eyes.  :-whistle
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: FizzaLicious on January 20, 2011, 08:48:20 pm
LOL About as human as it gets!
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ppbwashu on January 21, 2011, 01:41:55 pm
Well, that's a bummer. :(  However, I, too, would rather have a full-assed story.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: mtomni on January 24, 2011, 09:27:55 am
Is he planning to start another series since he's finished Codex Alera?  I thought I'd heard about something, but not seen anything recently.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ppbwashu on February 01, 2011, 07:56:24 am
Hmm, if Codex Alera is finished, maybe I'll start reading it!
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Allannah on February 01, 2011, 10:52:52 am
Do!  It's very good! Better than Dresden, IMHO. 
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ppbwashu on February 01, 2011, 02:18:29 pm
Wow, that's quite a recommendation.  I shall start searching...
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Allannah on February 03, 2011, 12:04:43 pm
It's not Urban Fantasy, more like "regular" fantasy, although a fairly inventive worldscape (parts of it were originally similar to Tanya Huff's "Quarters" worldscape, but the story is very different and interesting too in its own right)
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: kimluvs2read on February 07, 2011, 11:53:42 am
Codex Alera is an awesome series, but Dresden Files is great because Harry is just such a complex and compelling character, I miss Harry when I don't have something new to read, and feel like my long lost friend has returned when the new books come out!
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: Cerulean on February 07, 2011, 04:56:53 pm
I think the early Alera books are better than the early Dresden books, but only because Jim had perfected his craft on Dresden before he began the Alera books. But they're both equally awesome.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: DandelionWine on February 07, 2011, 06:06:01 pm
Love Dresden, even the early ones, though I recognize the improvements in style and method, in a way though, their simplicity is a good thing too.  Besides, I'm hooked on the Dresden-verse as badly as I am on the Mercy-verse (Were-verse?) that Patty has given us.  I think they've both created a bunch of crack-heads errr... book-addicts out of us!

Codex Alera, not so much.  I find them too difficult to keep track of magically and too many names/characters that don't feel cohesive for me... luckily enough other people love all they are so it's all good!  I think Jim Butcher is an awesome author no matter what though, just that not every book is the right fit for everyone is all.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: kimluvs2read on February 08, 2011, 06:42:16 am
Love Dresden, even the early ones, though I recognize the improvements in style and method, in a way though, their simplicity is a good thing too.  Besides, I'm hooked on the Dresden-verse as badly as I am on the Mercy-verse (Were-verse?) that Patty has given us.  I think they've both created a bunch of crack-heads errr... book-addicts out of us!

Codex Alera, not so much.  I find them too difficult to keep track of magically and too many names/characters that don't feel cohesive for me... luckily enough other people love all they are so it's all good!  I think Jim Butcher is an awesome author no matter what though, just that not every book is the right fit for everyone is all.

You said it Perfectly!
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: ppbwashu on February 08, 2011, 08:54:17 am
Fortunately for me, I love high fantasy, so I will give them a try.
Title: Re: Jim Butcher
Post by: CarolKat on March 08, 2011, 03:51:55 am
Excerpt from Ghost Story! http://us.penguingroup.com/static/pages/extras/ghoststory/index.html
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Post by: Ellyll on March 08, 2011, 06:29:42 am
Thanks, CK.  That was really good.  :)
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Post by: Cerulean on March 15, 2011, 09:34:33 am
I love it! Thanks CarolKat!
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Post by: SCoutts on June 23, 2011, 05:54:46 pm
I must admit that I love the Dresden Files. Each book just gets better and better (which is good since the first few were a little rough around the edges). All the characters, good and bad, are very 3D. Even Bob (don't get me started on what the TV show did to Bob).
He is teasing us with chapters of his new book for the next month until the release. Check out his website for links:  http://www.jim-butcher.com/ (http://www.jim-butcher.com/)
So far chapters 1 and 2 are available. Chapter three goes up on the 28th.
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Post by: SCoutts on June 27, 2011, 09:06:44 pm
He has posted chapter 3 of Ghost story on his website. http://www.jim-butcher.com/  (http://www.jim-butcher.com/) 
Short chapter, so a bit of a tease. But then the painful one chapter a week is a giant tease.
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Post by: ppbwashu on June 28, 2011, 02:18:35 pm
When is the release date? bOuNcY
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Post by: Janilee on June 28, 2011, 02:50:11 pm
June 28th: Chapter 3
July 5th: Chapter 4, plus the audio for 1 and 2.
July 12th: Chapter 5, plus the audio for 3 and 4.
July 26th: Release day!
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Post by: SCoutts on June 28, 2011, 06:34:55 pm
The anthology "Naked City" is out and it has a new Jim Butcher story.  Well, officially it is out July 5th, but my bookstore had it. It takes place sometime before 'Changes'.

I wonder if he was getting bored with Harry's world. He totally obliterated every trapping of the Harry character. Well, one hopes the pets survived, but every other physical prop is gone. So was it boredom or was that 'story' planned several books ago?   
What do you think?
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Post by: katy on June 28, 2011, 06:41:49 pm
Oh, I think this was planned -- he has said that he plans 24 - 26 books, followed by an "apocalyptic trilogy" to finish off the series, so Changes was the middle of the story arc. 
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Post by: SCoutts on June 28, 2011, 06:45:59 pm
Wow, I had no idea he planned for so many books. thanks for the info.  I hope he can carry it off. I know several authors with long series and many lose steam.
But his books just keep getting better, and he is willing to push back his publication dates to maintain that quality, so maybe he can do it.
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Post by: DandelionWine on June 28, 2011, 07:00:49 pm
He's said many times in many public interviews that he plotted out the basic outline for the large set of books from the get go.  Not sure he got that specific, possibly something like, "In book 12 Harry finds the source of X, learns about Y, reaches difficult decision about Z and in the process of In process of X,Y and Z strip Harry of most of his earthly possessions to prepare for A, B, and C in book 13." 

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Post by: ArtAngel on June 29, 2011, 04:14:37 am
Wow, the brain power for that is kinda scary. I have issues just plotting out one book, much less 26 all at once  LOL

But I think Mr. Butcher will manage to make this series interesting until the end and what he's done in Changes is the reason. It's impossible for him to get stuck in a rut now, there are no ruts left.
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Post by: gryphon340 on July 28, 2011, 05:41:49 pm
I just finished Ghost Story. who did the killing as exsepted, and recovery was done by who/ what thought it would be done by. certian things were unexsepted, some plot twists were to be anticepted, others were not. It like a cross between a fable with moralistic ending, "The Princess Bride", and "Ghostbusters" with a dash of "Ghost" the movie. I.t made me LOL almost to point of puking.
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Post by: Janilee on July 29, 2011, 12:31:51 am
As Harry Dresden has spent the last twelve books and however many short stories creating enemies, I had no idea whom might have tried to kill him in the last book. However when the sequence of events was laid out it made a great deal of sense. As I always enjoy Ramirez, having only one mention of him in this book was sad. The same for the one scene with of Thomas. I like Morts growth as a person. I enjoy the position Harry has landed himself in by the end of the book. What help is Molly going to get? She'll need some very soon. The White Council can only ignore her for so long. Will they be able to differentiate between her actions and those of Harry's Godmother or will it even matter? Murphy's grief is so going to piss her off when she discovers the identity of Mab's new knight. 
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Post by: Cerulean on August 04, 2011, 04:00:53 pm
Loved Ghost Story, of course! One of the things I love about Butcher is that he doesn't drop plot lines.
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Post by: ArtAngel on August 15, 2011, 08:20:25 pm
Loved it! Can't wait to read the next one. Ghost Story was definitely worth the delays... Now Fizz and my two brothers have to fight over who gets it next  LOL
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Post by: ppbwashu on August 16, 2011, 09:57:53 am
I loved Ghost Story, especially since my hubby and I found an incongruity.  During one of the scenes with Father Forthill, Butcher describes the bible as a well-worn copy of the KJV (King James Version), which no Catholic priest would use.
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Post by: Ellyll on August 16, 2011, 05:36:58 pm
 LOL  I missed that one.  Good catch.  :D
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Post by: DandelionWine on August 17, 2011, 08:59:48 am
This has been discussed to death on another thread where many of us older Catholics stood up to say that this is not true.  Catholics DO use the KJV of the bible and even if they are not the main one of choice currently, in the past they were perfectly acceptable.  Also, it may be a gift he got from someone in the past or he may have been looking through it to study differences in various texts. 

This is not to say that it's not a clue to something that JB put in there for Harry to notice as a clue, but do NOT say that a Catholic wouldn't use one.  Simply not true.
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Post by: ppbwashu on August 17, 2011, 03:55:39 pm
DandelionWine, I said a priest, not any Catholic.  I concede that the statement shouldn't have been an absolute, but the KJV Bible is missing books that are included in most "Catholic" translations; priests are specifically trained to understand the doctrine around why those books should be in a Bible, making it very likely they would use a different version.  However, your point that it could have been a gift is a very good one, as is the point that it may be a plot device in a future book.  The possibility of that latter is exciting!
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Post by: Janilee on September 24, 2011, 03:09:30 am
Nice interview. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/24/books/jim-butcher-one-of-the-authors-from-ambermush.html?_r=2
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Post by: Cerulean on September 24, 2011, 09:59:13 am
Very cool, Janilee!
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Post by: gryphon340 on September 24, 2011, 11:19:17 am
yes it was good article too bad it was that rag callled NY Times
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Post by: gryphon340 on February 19, 2012, 09:32:24 am
JIm Butcher is up for a Hugo and Nubulea awards, one for "Ghost Story" and one for "Curses" in "Naked City"
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Post by: Patti L. on February 19, 2012, 10:16:44 am
Is the word "nominated" missing from that sentence, Gryphon?
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Post by: gryphon340 on February 19, 2012, 10:18:23 am
No up was the missing word. it is fixed now.
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Post by: ArtAngel on February 21, 2012, 11:15:23 am
 bOuNcY bOuNcY bOuNcY
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Post by: FizzaLicious on February 23, 2012, 10:34:08 pm
I'm dying for more Thomas!!!!!! ;D
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Post by: gryphon340 on April 14, 2012, 06:16:37 am
okay news frim his Website, "Cold Days" is due to be turned in to the Publisher on ! July 12. He has four short stories coming out from May until August. Three of them are the Bigfoot Stories. The Last is from Molly's POV, anthology is called "Dangerous Women".   The Bigfoot stories are in three diffrent angologthies, Bolood THree: Aftertaste 5/28/12, Hex Appeal 6/5/12, Under My Hat:Tales From The Cauldron 8/12/12. Unkown release date for "Dangerous Women"
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Post by: ppbwashu on April 20, 2012, 06:37:15 am
 bOuNcY :D
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Post by: gryphon340 on October 09, 2012, 08:56:53 am
Cold Days cover is up at his website.
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Post by: Varg on October 09, 2012, 09:14:20 am
I have yet to get sucked in completely by anything by Jim Butcher.
The Dresden files, I started with the first one and for one reason or another could never finish it. And so I never started his other series either.
Any recommendations?
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Post by: gryphon340 on October 09, 2012, 09:41:12 am
Dresden Storm Front
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Post by: Varg on October 09, 2012, 09:47:09 am
Thanks. :)
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Post by: gryphon340 on October 09, 2012, 10:01:02 am
it is the first book in the series. or try Culdron of Furies it is high fantsy series.
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Post by: Varg on October 09, 2012, 10:04:01 am
I think Storm Front is the one I read and which did not enchant me completely. *ponders* yes, that is the one.
His high fantasy is good?
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Post by: gryphon340 on October 09, 2012, 10:25:29 am
Later Books got werid for me, but Ck read the wholes series. First is call Caldron's fury not the other title. They get better in the Dresden files series as his skill as writer improves.
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Post by: Patti L. on October 09, 2012, 10:33:29 am
I understand that he (Jim Butcher) these days suggests starting with about book 3 on Dresden, then going back over the first couple, because of the improvement in his skill making the later ones capture more discriminating readers better.
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Post by: Varg on October 09, 2012, 10:33:50 am
Hmm. Might try starting later in the Dresden files then.
High fantasy is sort of hit and miss for me.  Might give the library card a work out for these. :)
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Post by: Patti L. on October 09, 2012, 10:47:11 am
I'm going to take that to a general thread, but ... interesting commentary is At Hand.

I need to do the same with the Dresden, one of these days.
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Post by: katy on October 09, 2012, 10:59:36 am
Yes, I think the "standard advice" on the JB forums now is to start Dresden Files with Fool Moon (3rd book - intro werewolves) and work the first two in once you're addicted  LOL.  The first two books captured my interest, but with an odd sort of sense of "this feels reminiscent of playing D&D back in high school..."  Later, I found out that JB and I grew up in the same town and had, indeed, played D&D with some of the same people, although at different times.

I liked the Furies of Calderon series, but I'm not sure I'd exactly call them high fantasy -- I think of that as having characters who are all human or near-human (magical somehow, but not an alien species, etc.).  They do have many elements of high fantasy, but are set on a non-Earth world many hundreds of years after a lost Roman legion somehow gets stranded there, along with various other alien races.
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Post by: gryphon340 on October 09, 2012, 02:15:05 pm
Furies series are play on Pokemon( by Jim's admission)
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Post by: Varg on October 09, 2012, 02:22:09 pm
Heh. Well that might fly right over my head. LOL
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Post by: Cerulean on October 10, 2012, 12:16:29 pm
I definitely recall reading the first few Dresden books and not being impressed. I eventually went back and tried again with some of the later books (maybe 3 or 4?) and then I really started loving them.
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Post by: Kyria on October 13, 2012, 09:50:45 am
Yes, I think the "standard advice" on the JB forums now is to start Dresden Files with Fool Moon (3rd book - intro werewolves) and work the first two in once you're addicted 
Clearly I should have stopped at this thread before I bought Storm Front.  Maybe I'll hit up the bookstore and get Fool Moon and read it first anyway.

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Post by: mtomni on October 14, 2012, 05:29:35 pm
I remember someone saying that Butcher would be starting another series.  I really enjoyed the Codex Alera series.  Still haven't been able to get into Dresden, but loved the Syfy series.  I wish they had renewed it.
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Post by: katy on October 14, 2012, 05:55:18 pm
I recall him saying somewhere that he has a steampunk book or series in the works -- but I didn't have a sense of how far out it was.
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Post by: gryphon340 on October 15, 2012, 12:00:27 pm
Yes He does, sometime next year for the steampunk series.
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Post by: SCoutts on October 19, 2012, 09:49:39 am
I remember someone saying that Butcher would be starting another series.  I really enjoyed the Codex Alera series.  Still haven't been able to get into Dresden, but loved the Syfy series.  I wish they had renewed it.

The first few books are rough around the edges, in form and characters. But by the 4th book I was hooked. And so far, each new book has just gotten better and better.
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Post by: Penny_Whistler on October 25, 2012, 11:02:16 am
I had the ad/dis-advantage of finally getting into the dresdenverse about 20 days ago now.  Mind you, Jim Butcher had been recommended by the bookseller at the tower plaza in Springfield, MO several years ago.  Luckily, I didn't follow thru then, as I found 1 - 6, and 7 - 12 of the files in omnibus editions. these two along with Ghost Story ate up my remaining budget, as I found out 10 days later when I tried to get Side Jobs.  I've been reading freebees while I waited for my next remittance from Onkle Sam. I will probably get the furies too this month...(http://www.anchoredbygrace.com/smileys/whistle.gif)

WOW death, angel, resurrection, revelations, go, Jim, go!!!
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Post by: katy on October 31, 2012, 01:15:07 pm
Hey all y'all Dresdenverse fans.... Chapter 1 of Cold Days is up on http://www.jim-butcher.com/ (http://www.jim-butcher.com/) with chapters 2, 3, and 4 to appear one per week until the release date. 
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Post by: Janilee on October 31, 2012, 01:29:52 pm
What a tease!  :o

Have to pass this information on.  >D
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Post by: gryphon340 on October 31, 2012, 04:00:28 pm
Two "Princess Bride"quotes in the first chapter,OMG,giggles.
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Post by: Janilee on October 31, 2012, 04:43:45 pm
Yes, that was fun! :D LOL
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Post by: Kkat07 on November 01, 2012, 01:31:37 pm
Fun, fun, fun!  bOuNcY
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Post by: gryphon340 on November 13, 2012, 06:33:33 pm
Chapter 3 was cool too.

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Post by: gryphon340 on December 02, 2012, 10:46:39 am
"Colds Days" has lots of twists and turns, plus a couple of things I didn't see coming. Good read.


Harry needs a badge, because He is THE WARDEN. Plus He is being called starborn, what ever that means in the Dresden universe.
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Post by: Kyria on December 02, 2012, 05:45:33 pm
Possibly my favorite scene was that first one with Thomas.  I wound up with a huge stupid grin on my face.
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Post by: Penny_Whistler on January 03, 2013, 01:43:14 am
HOOOOHAAAA!!!!!! Time to throw a few more shekels at amazon.....
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Post by: ppbwashu on January 04, 2013, 11:57:31 am
Possibly my favorite scene was that first one with Thomas.  I wound up with a huge stupid grin on my face.

Oh, I don't know.  The confrontation scene between Maeve and her sister was pretty amazing, too.  :P
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Post by: Has on January 05, 2013, 07:34:56 pm
Just a heads up! The next Dresden book is going to be called Skin Game - it was announced on twitter earlier today!
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Post by: CarolKat on January 05, 2013, 08:16:00 pm
Very cool! Thanks Has! :D
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Post by: ppbwashu on January 07, 2013, 08:18:41 am
Tentative date given?  bOuNcY
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Post by: Cerulean on January 18, 2013, 09:45:12 am
Loved this book, as usual. So many surprises!
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Post by: FizzaLicious on January 24, 2013, 09:21:42 pm
I definitely recall reading the first few Dresden books and not being impressed. I eventually went back and tried again with some of the later books (maybe 3 or 4?) and then I really started loving them.

hmm, I loved them right from book one! But I guess I've never read his Codex Alera series, so that might change my perspective a little!
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Post by: ArtAngel on February 03, 2013, 01:18:26 am
Harry needs a badge, because He is THE WARDEN. Plus He is being called starborn, what ever that means in the Dresden universe.

I can't wait to see what that means! I've been wondering since it was first mentioned. I want the next book NOW!  LOL
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Post by: gryphon340 on February 27, 2013, 05:05:55 pm
His steampunk series is his next book out, the series is called "The Cinder Series" and the first title is "The Aeronaut Windless"
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Post by: Janilee on May 13, 2013, 12:26:24 am
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhgjkyKr5dU

Four part interview with Jim Butcher about his work.  Part 4 gives some tantalizing info about Skin Game.
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Post by: Janilee on August 05, 2013, 10:05:25 am
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2013/07/story-review-jim-butcher-bombshells New Molly Short story.
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Post by: Janilee on September 04, 2013, 02:03:08 pm
Jim Butcher reading from Skin Games.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-p_CTynqd8
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Post by: Kyria on September 04, 2013, 05:20:08 pm
yay!
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Post by: Kyria on May 10, 2014, 03:49:58 pm
The other day one of The Lawyer's clients used the phrase "Hell's bells" and I wanted to ask if she was a wizard.
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Post by: Patti L. on May 10, 2014, 04:03:30 pm
Wow.  That took me back a bit.  Haven't heard it in a while, but my dad said that at times.
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Post by: katy on May 10, 2014, 04:29:58 pm
Hey, I just happened to notice last night that 3 sample chapters from the forthcoming book are posted at www.jim-butcher.com (http://www.jim-butcher.com), along with a fan-made trailer for the book.
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Post by: gryphon340 on May 29, 2014, 10:56:10 am
Skin Game is out. Good book!!
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Post by: Cerulean on May 29, 2014, 06:01:42 pm
I have downloaded Skin Game, but I have to wait until Sunday when I have some time to devote to it. 'Cause I'm not getting up once I start!
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Post by: katy on May 29, 2014, 06:14:32 pm
It's very good.  I finished late last night, and am getting ready to start a re-read, now that I'll be able to see the cluebat swinging!   ;D
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Post by: Kyria on May 29, 2014, 06:28:52 pm
Shhh.  I don't want to see the cluebats until they hit me!  (I just ordered it)
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Post by: gryphon340 on May 30, 2014, 08:57:31 am
So tempting  to put spoilers here, but have forgotten how to do them. >D >D >D
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Post by: Patti L. on May 30, 2014, 11:10:56 am
There are buttons if you go to the full 'reply' page, or [ spoilers]whatever[ /spoilers] works without the spaces.  Knock yourself out!  :)
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Post by: gryphon340 on May 30, 2014, 08:03:16 pm
( Maggie asks Harry if he will be her Dad
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Post by: katy on May 31, 2014, 06:24:57 am
I found Harry's response to that question to be disappointingly lukewarm.  I get that he was being cautious to let her take the lead, not overwhelm her, not make promises to her that he couldn't keep -- but that question deserves a more definite answer than "sure"
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Post by: Patti L. on June 01, 2014, 09:27:26 am
Katy, consider context.  Or emotional triggers, if you will.  Ever see the movie "Ghost" with Patrick Swayze?  His character, Sam, wouldn't say "I love you too" to Molly.  He was sure that would make it go wrong.  He said "Ditto" instead.  Possibly something similar is going on here?
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Post by: katy on June 01, 2014, 10:36:47 am
Yes, that's how I interpreted the casualness of the rest of that interaction, but that particular bit just struck me as a bit "off" -- but, we'll see how it plays out in later books.
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Post by: Patti L. on June 01, 2014, 12:15:50 pm
I don't know enough about the usual tenor of Wizard Dresden's speech to be expert, this was just a suggestion.
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Post by: Grandpappy Wycked on June 02, 2014, 10:45:56 am
Harry told a woman he loved her, and she was kidnapped by Vampires and made into a Vampire. The next woman he had feelings for was possessed by one of the Black Hats. Harry has learned to not "Commit" openly or the Invisible Demon pops up and destroys his heart.
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Post by: Patti L. on June 02, 2014, 11:30:11 am
Thought it might be something like that.  "ditto"; "sure".
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Post by: gryphon340 on June 03, 2014, 11:30:55 am
Plus his growing up Justin
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Post by: Patti L. on June 04, 2014, 10:30:22 am
Great synopsis teaser at the publisher's website: http://www.penguin.com/book/skin-game-by-jim-butcher/9780451464392#extras
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Post by: Kyria on June 05, 2014, 08:35:58 pm
Finally finished the book. Loved it.  Gave me emotional whiplash a couple of times, but in a very satisfactory way. 
It totally didn't hit me that the sword became a lightsaber when Harry threw it to Butters.  Not until he pulled it out to show it to Murphy and they call it a lightsaber (thought the light and buzzing was just a residue of some Otherworldly insta-reforging).  Even the obvious Yoda quote during the fight) and the comment about copyright infringement didn't tip me off (I wondered if they were referring to the Blade That Was Broken in LOTR, and then they started talking about Star Wars and I got confused but I haven't seen Star Wars in, jeeze, at least ten years, so I figured that was why I was missing out).  And I'm usually much more astute.  For instance, I suspected something was up with Grey and Harry way early on.
In any case, I think this development is both awesome and hilarious and I support it.  :)
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Post by: Cerulean on June 12, 2014, 11:32:07 am
Wow, wow, wow, wow. I just finished Skin Game and was  :D  :-' :-LOVE bOuNcY >:( :-' LOL  :-' LOL LOL :-LOVE :-LOVE :-LOVE

Sigh. That was like good sex.

Butcher is an incredible author. I love how he brings everything in - he doesn't completely drop a plot line or a memory from several books ago. He is a master weaver. And emotions, OMG emotions. It was hard to read another book after this one because it was sooo good.

I never really liked the idea of Harry and Karrin Murphy getting together romantically. But this book clinched it for me. Sometimes that intense of a friendship becomes something more. They always have each other's backs and they've learned how to talk to one another and TRUST each other. That's the basis for a great relationship

Maybe I'm just clueless but I really didn't catch onto Grey being on Harry's side until "Game Over." And I was really hoping that Harry would be able to rehabilitate Hannah Archer. I like how he describes their perspectives towards the end. She sees magic as something that gives her power over people and he just loves it for its mystery and sheer coolness factor. So he learns while she doesn't. I'm also wondering when/if the White Council is going to show up again. I guess they had their big arc with the war with the Red Vampires, but I'm curious as to their perspective on Harry now that he's come back from the "dead." And I'm really really curious as to how Murphy's been living since she hasn't had a job in like years? What money cache is she using?
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Post by: Kyria on June 12, 2014, 05:58:09 pm
Cerulean - I do think it was something really subtle that tipped me off about Harry and Grey.  Like when I call my one friend's cell phone and her identical twin sister answers.  I'm not sure how I know, but I always know.  This time - maybe Harry didn't dwell enough on Grey being an unknown.  I mean, sure, he went about his usual methodology of poking the unknown factor with a sharp stick, but there were relatively innocent lives potentially at stake and Grey just didn't seem like enough of a priority enemy considering Harry didn't know what he was capable of.  Could be Winter's influence, but I didn't get the same vibe from his treatment of the rest of Nicodemus's lackeys.  And the reciprocal from Grey was that he sometimes seemed like he was almost enjoying the banter with Harry.  Both possibly just coincidence, but it was there enough to tip off something in the back of my head that something was going on.

Re: emotions... talk about whiplash.  Few authors can hit you with so many emotional switchbacks one after another without losing the tone of the book/series. 
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Post by: gryphon340 on June 12, 2014, 08:53:00 pm
Liked Grey's price.
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Post by: Kyria on June 13, 2014, 07:41:56 pm
I liked that Harry had to borrow the money to pay it.
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Post by: Grandpappy Wycked on July 02, 2014, 11:47:00 pm
the fact that Grey was a Nagloshi...OMFG! THAT I was not expecting! As to the White Counsel, their nose is still bleeding, they are still trying to recover. Right now, Harry has proven his worth over and over, they just don't have him at the top of the To Be Dealt With list, especially now that Morgan is dead
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Post by: Kyria on July 03, 2014, 03:46:45 pm
the fact that Grey was a Nagloshi...OMFG! THAT I was not expecting!
This.  A thousand times this.
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Post by: Patti L. on February 23, 2018, 06:11:50 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHJU5NwFiXk&feature=youtu.be