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Changes: The Dresden Files [Kindle Edition]

Jim Butcher
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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Fast-paced and compelling (Publishers Weekly)

A can't-miss entry in one of the best urban-fantasy series currently being published (Booklist (starred review))

If you're only going to read one Dresden Files novel, this is the one to read, as it's got all the aspects that make the series great (TheBookbag.co.uk)

Changes is yet another excellent instalment in what is arguably the finest urban fantasy series being written at the moment (Bookgeeks.co.uk)

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Fast-paced and compelling Publishers Weekly A can't-miss entry in one of the best urban-fantasy series currently being published Booklist (starred review) If you're only going to read one Dresden Files novel, this is the one to read, as it's got all the aspects that make the series great TheBookbag.co.uk Changes is yet another excellent instalment in what is arguably the finest urban fantasy series being written at the moment Bookgeeks.co.uk

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 733 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (8 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003CUDOYE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,133 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jim Butcher is a ten-year student of martial arts and works as a computer support technician. He lives in Missouri with his wife and son and a houseful of computers.

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Damn you Butcher!!! 28 April 2010
By Call me Sparky VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Oh man was I ready to give this book a slating.

I've read all the Dresden books. I've seen the characters develop, relationships become more and more complex and an entire world taking shape. Then, meh. 3 star books that I enjoyed but didn't necessarily improve on anything.Over the past few releases, I felt the books were becoming tired and stale. Dresden is now becoming an undefeatable superhero who faces the giant, evil henchman around the middle of the book, nearly gets killed, then comes good as the final quarter is reached. Over the past few releases. Plot threads seemed to drift ever onwards with minimal reservation. Dialogue became too familiar, repetitive and unlikely.

In many ways this book suffers that same fate - at least the first part of it does. It seems to amble through very familiar (albeit likeable) territory.

Butcher was losing interest it seemed.

Then the ending. The last 60 pages.

Jeez he packs stuff in doesn't he? Butcher - whilst never purporting to be the most sure of writers - is an intricate plotter. What he lacks in prose (which isn't a slight but more an observation on his casual style) knows exactly where this series is heading.

And then the final page - almost a Deus ex Machina moment insofar as you can't see THAT coming.

Now I can't wait for the next one and it's a year away.

I'm not getting any younger and if something happens to me in the next 12 months, I know who's getting my death curse.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow..... 24 Dec 2010
By M. Yon
Format:Hardcover
OK. I realise now that it has taken me five years to get to this point, and for the series itself, ten. And it's been an interesting and entertaining journey for me. But here is, as the title would suggest, where everything changes. This is the Dresden equivalent of Holmes and Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls, or of the Battle of Minas Tirith.

Here things really become different. This is one where Jim rips up what has gone before, and makes, in many ways, a fresh start. Many of our reference points are removed here, leaving a feeling that this book really does change things about.

Having said that, there are some things that don't change. The series, as I've noted before, has a reputation of starting with a bang. Turn Coat did, but this one is a new shock.

"I answered the phone, no big deal, until I heard the message: 'They've taken our daughter.'"

The phone call is from Susan Rodriguez, his ex-girlfriend who was turned into a vampire by the Red Court back in Book Five, Death Masks. He is told about something he didn't know - he has a daughter, Maggie, kept in secret from Harry for her protection. And that Arianna Ortega, Duchess of the Red Court, has found out, kidnapped her and plans to use Maggie against Harry as revenge for the death of her husband, an action precipitated by Harry.

Over the next three days Harry's task, with Susan and half-vampire Martin, is to find his daughter and save her from the evil vampires. Whilst she initiates the kidnapping, Queen Arianna also manoeuvres towards a proposed peace settlement between the Red Court and the Wizards: something that would be greatly desired by the Council. Thus given a choice of saving Harry's daughter or ending the war, the Wizard's actions seem restricted - exactly Arianna's point.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't know whether to laugh or cry. 14 May 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I'm not going to cover the ground that everyone else has covered. I'm simply going to add that this book was fantastic, if a little bit rushed, and whilst it's a sign that there's plenty more to come, the year long wait seems almost interminable... Particularly as I bought and finished the book yesterday, despite a busy medical degree. Need I say any more to those casual shoppers who are reading this and haven't already been convinced to read the series?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another turning point in the life of Harry Dresden 24 April 2010
Format:Audio CD
Harry Dresden, over the span of the series (much beloved by me from its very start, for who can resist the gruff, self-deprecating humor of Chicago's only practising wizard - no love-potions!- and his plethora of assorted friends and foes?) has come a long way. In the beginning, we had this cock-sure P.I. with a dark past and a chip on his shoulder the size of Texas...but events and heartache and the influence of his trusted circle of friends have helped him cope and stay sane.

Now, author Jim Butcher has his main character come full circle, mainly in the form of Susan Rodriguez, half-vampire, full guerilla. "They have our daughter."

"They" being the Red Court, a background story on the sidelines for some time now while Harry dealt with conspiracies, Denarians, family (mainly Thomas) and wizard-only stuff.

This revelation sets off a story that never allows for a breath of relief, only a sip of cold water, then the race is on again.

Characters and stabilizing influences from the previous books (and it's a bittersweet joy to see how the development/radical shifts in the past two books sets the scene for this one) are not present, Jim Butcher makes sure, in a credible way, that Harry is on his own, and there's hardly anyone who he can call on in his rage and despair. Emotions and inner turmoil rule this novel, the Harry who had been so happy about *finally* being a little more Zen...gone. He'll stop at nothing, politics be damned, calls in old debts, browses his Demon Green Pages, and even pitches in, after being denied help from other sources, with Johnny Marcone and the CEO of Monoc Security, aka Sigrun's dad, aka Odin, before his daughter is used in a ritual of blood-magic of devestating proportions!

After this, nothing remains the same.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Whoa! Didn't see that coming!
For me the last three Dresden books have been excellent. Butcher has grown as a writer and though the books are to some extent formulaic, his story telling and characterisation has... Read more
Published 17 days ago by lyra
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book
Amazing book, although being a big fan of his i am biased, i think if you liked his previous or like the urban fantasy style you will like it.
Published 5 months ago by aden thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars Number 12 takes a while to get going
I can't decide if I am slowing down after reading 12 in a row or if Jim is. There was an amazing new character at the beginning namely an ex God known as x....... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Pam
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Love this cool guy and his weird adventures and all his cool pets and mates and have just started to watch the new tv series
Published 7 months ago by Coleve
5.0 out of 5 stars Harry Dresden is magic
This series only gets better. Jim Butcher's way of writing is particularly engaging. All the character's.including the vampires are brilliantly described.
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. Margaret Blackman
4.0 out of 5 stars gift for husband
he has read the previous books, so this was a safe bet. still he really enjoed and would be happy to recommend,
Published 7 months ago by Sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars Changes
Harry Dresden, wisecracking private eye and the only professional wizard listed in the Chicago phonebook, has never been particularly lucky in love. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Erin Britton
5.0 out of 5 stars Really hard boiled
A welcome change of pace in the series, fast & furious! The story also gets more personal, to any fan's delight
Published 11 months ago by Pierre
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the next one
His books just leave you wanting more and you can't imagine the direction the next one will take you in.
Published 15 months ago by Mandy Kesby
4.0 out of 5 stars Dresden Dies - Temporarily
Harry Dresden, Chicago PI and full-time wizard, takes on the vampire Red Court and wins but sells his services to Mab, Queen of Winter so tries to do something about it by... Read more
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