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Ghost Story: A Dresden Files novel: 13 [Paperback]

Jim Butcher
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2 Aug 2012 Dresden Files (Book 13)

Meet Harry Dresden, Chicago's first (and only) Wizard PI. Turns out the 'everyday' world is full of strange and magical things - and most of them don't play well with humans. That's where Harry comes in. But he's forgotten his own golden rule: magic - it can get a guy killed. Which didn't help when he clashed with unknown assailants with his murder in mind. And though Harry's continued existence is now in some doubt, this doesn't mean he can rest in peace.

Trapped in a realm that's not quite here, yet not quite anywhere else, Harry learns that three of his loved ones are in danger. Only by discovering his assailant's identity can he save his friends, bring criminal elements to justice, and move on himself. It would just be easier if he knew who was at risk. And had a (working) crystal ball. And access to magic. Instead, he is unable to interact with the physical world - invisible to all but a select magical few. He's also not the only silent presence roaming Chicago's alleys. Hell, he put some there himself. Now, they're looking for payback.

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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (2 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841497169
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841497167
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 12.6 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Harry Dresden has a vitality that few urban fantasy heroes can match (SFX)

Narrated with his usual sardonic wit, this is another fast-paced adventure... [that] keeps its grip to the very end (TELEGRAPH)

a truly remarkable book and a fantastic series (Walker of Worlds)

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The next thrilling Dresden Files title from No. 1 international bestselling author Jim Butcher

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harry on a learning curve 22 Oct 2011
I must admit that I approached Ghost Story with more than a healthy dose of skepticism. This book had the potential to be as cheesy as that season of Dallas that turned out to be just a dream. Resurrecting your main character from the dead is a tall order. Doing it in a way that stays true to that character and to the Dresden universe that you painstakingly created throughout twelve prior installments of the Dresden files seemed impossible. I shouldn't be surprised that this author pulled it off with a story that is far more intricate and thought provoking than any of his prior "files".

I felt that Harry lost himself in more ways than one in Changes. I guess sometimes you have to die to find yourself again. I don't think I'm spoiling anything by revealing that Harry is a spirit in this novel. It begins about 6 months after his death, and we get an up close and personal look at how Harry's death has affected his friends and family. It's heartbreaking to see their misery and how far some have fallen, and it was very interesting to see how some had risen to the challenge of defending Chicago against insurmountable odds. We see new aspects of all the characters that made me look at everyone in a new way.

While we still are treated to a healthy dose of Harry Dresden wit, this is a more introspective Harry than we have seen before. He spends a lot of time adjusting to his ghostly nature, and recalling his past. Memory plays a huge role in this story and the author does a masterful job of portraying a man coming to terms with who he is and the decisions he's made. The pacing was not as fast as Dresden fans are used to, and sometimes all that introspection got a little repetitive. This is still a five star read for me simply because of the author's stellar character development.
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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful
As you might expect with a book that starts at the end of someone's life, a portion of the story will revolve around what came before. The main part of the novel is focused on what recently happened to Harry, but what I wasn't expecting and was delighted by was the call-backs to very early moments, characters and places that were scattered throughout the book. I'm a fairly big fan of the series and I spotted a few moments of serendipity, but I'm sure there are probably some less obvious Easter eggs for the super fans out there.

After 12 novels and an anthology, I have a fairly good idea of who Harry Dresden is. We already know a fair amount about his difficult and troubled childhood, but in Ghost Story we find out about an event that was an important crossroads from his past. This event shaped Harry, it put him on the path that led him to becoming the man we all know. It could have gone very differently and he could have given in to his darker nature and become the sort of pupil Justin DuMorne always wanted. It was perhaps one of the most important moments from his childhood that we didn't know about, until now. This is just the first of many touches that make this a truly remarkable book and a fantastic series. In the last couple of books there have been lots of pay-offs for long time readers and there were a few more in Ghost Story.

Harry is gone, but the world has not stopped turning, the monsters have not packed up and gone away just because he is no longer in the fight. It was very satisfying to see the long-term effects Harry has had on those around him in the city. But his legacy goes far beyond the people he personally saved, and even though the story is still told from Harry's perspective, there were some scenes where he was just an observer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dresden going to new places 8 Sep 2011
You would think that as a ghost he couldn't be beaten up as much as in the other books.
Well....he can!

This is perhaps one of the more complex Dresden books, and it ties in a lot of threads from the previous books, so you should read up on them first before starting this one.

It is a great book, and if you like the previous books, you will like this one as well.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not your normal dresden novel. 30 Aug 2011
Harry Dresden, Wizard ,Private Investigator R.I.P.
Harry Dresden, Ghost ,Private Investigator - open for business.

This is the thirteenth Harry Dresden novel, but its the last book that was really unlucky for him as he died. The title of the book says it all. This is a ghost story. Harrys Ghost is sent back to find out who killed him.

Harry as a ghost is a novel perspective, both for harry and for the reader. He is less prepared, unsure of his abilities, every situation a challenge. The same goes for the threats, each one is new and the normal rules of engagement do not apply. This book effectively hits the reset button on everything we know about Harry's capabilities and about the capabilities of his foes. Its not about him wielding more and more impressive magic, or taking up the mantle of the Winter Knight. Its about Harry, his relationship with his friends and the effect he has on people through his previous actions.

Though it doesnt actually do the Dickensian 'ghost of christmas past' - there is a strong element of taking perspective of his past actions, not the powers wielded but the decisions he made. The story is a backdrop for a moral examination of Harry, something the other books dont really do. He has bounced from one crisis to another doing what he has to do to survive concentrating on the immediate not the big picture. Theres a moral cost to each decision, That cost is laid out here. Not the cost to harry himself , but the cost to his friends and his family.

This doesnt sound too captivating you are thinking, compared to all out wizard war or taking on the red Vampire Court. Whats the attraction? Well its definitely not the same sort of Dresden book as we have read recently. The big attraction is the suspense, not the action.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Harry you should of stayed dead,move over let Molly take the reins i love this series but what the hell happened with this one Jim,have you lost interest.i have cold days on my TBR pile but i cannot bring myself to start reading after... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Mark Dunleavy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
it was brilliant, theres no one better than jim butcher for fantasy
Published 13 days ago by JEAN SHAW
5.0 out of 5 stars Jim Butcher does it again
Another favourite, what more can I say, I'm a fan.
Published 2 months ago by Vikka
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT
IF you have read the rest of the Harry books then it is a must you have to buy it. LOVE IT LOVE IT ! ! !
Published 3 months ago by Michelle Goulding
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all Dresden fans.
I found this a real page turner. Anyone who is a fan of Harry Dresden will not be disappointed in it.
Published 6 months ago by Mrs Ami Corke
4.0 out of 5 stars Number 13 starts like a rollercoaster
This is a rip roaring story which rattles along at a terrific pace. There are lots of new ideas and new horrors. It just got a bit sentimental towards the end.
Published 6 months ago by Pam
5.0 out of 5 stars What happens to Harry after he was shot at the end of Changes?
We find out that even in death, Harry gets no rest, but must once again battle the forces of evil, Since he's kind of a ghost, he can't do as much fighting as usual, and is forced... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A stretch of the Imagination !
As is always the case it leaves you wanting more. A true fan wants to know about the other lives entwined with Harry's, more infill stories please !
Published 7 months ago by catherine kelly
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
This was a very different book to the others in that due to the nature of the story it was very introspective.
Published 7 months ago by Paul
4.0 out of 5 stars Stick with it
Even as an avid fan of this series, I did struggle a little with the start of this novel, but then could there be a more dramatic turnaround than what Jim Butcher has so bravely... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Scifi Fan
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