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Summer Knight: The Dresden Files Book Four: 4
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on 12 March 2013
I like the twists and turns in this series. I read fantasy from time to time as a break from more serious reading and it is hard to find something as well written in this genre. Harry is rather annoying, and the behaviour and responses of many characters are sometimes irritatingly unreasonable and obviously manufactured to support the plot. However, Harry seems to be maturing somewhat and I hope that Murphy will start morphing into a more rounded character too, since her often ill considered actions are surely not normal in a police officer? Having said all of that, I enjoy the supporting cast ... alphas, Michael, and others? Mr Butcher mixes good flowing prose with what seem to be PI/gangster cheap witticisms.
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on 26 January 2015
Thoroughly enjoying this series, but with two small exceptions. Firstly, Harry's female sidekick, Murphy, is beginning to get on my t**s. Their relationship is not a warm one. If I were harry I'd dump her or put some sort of hex on her. She needs to chill and get off his case.
Secondly. Is Harry being sponsored by Coke ?. In most every other chapter he's reaching for the ice box for yet another Coke. As a rule, this sort of thing in a movie is transparent and blatant, but in a book ?. Please Harry, just for once, try a Pepsi or a Dr Pepper. Your teeth must be rotten.
Otherwise, American spelling apart, I'm really enjoying these stories and have downloaded, and almost finished, the first seven books.
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on 30 October 2009
This book forms part of an 11 book (thus far) on-going series, read in order for the best results, wherein the main characters are well rounded, the plots, while slightly predictable, are none the less well crafted and and will surprise the reader with what is often an unexpected route to the stories end. Beware starting to read any of them, if you have anything important to do, or a task you are required to complete. It is unlikely you will manage to put the blasted book down.

Not "high" literature, but super mental chewing gum, I await the other 22 volumes.

I will be repeating this review for all of the other 11 books that I have, they are well worth it.
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on 20 November 2002
That's what I did, and I didn't sleep until I finished Fool Moon(Book 2) which was at 4am.
I came home from school and zipped through Summer Knight till dawn.
Be warned.
Summer Knight is fantastic.
Since the earlier reviewer talked about the plot, I should tell you that Summer Knight has literally laugh-out-loud bits(Harry's awful latin for example)which really add punch and color to the narrative.
VERY cool to actually meet the White Council in this book. Fans of the previous Dresden books will remember mentions of them but this is the first book where you really find out what they're like in person. And you're always finding out more about Harry's past.
Harry really thinks on his feet. His presence of mind in Oh-No-What-Now situations makes you cheer.
I only wish there'd been a bit more of Mab.
Anyway, these are great books for Laurell K. Hamilton fans who
a)are waiting for the next Anita Blake book and
b) miss the zip and vinegar of the early Anita books( ie before all the complications)
In fact, I read about Jim Butcher on an Anita Blake fansite at first.
Read ALL the Dresden Files!!!!!!
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James Marsters continues to astonish me with his sexy, sarcastic as hell, voice over of Harry Dresden. Listening to this book was like eating my favorite candy, - I couldn't get enough. Even if previous book struck me as more dramatic, stronger installment, I still enjoyed the heck out of this one. Off to the next one. Another fabulous audiobook!
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on 14 August 2013
Another solid effort from an enjoyable series,
easy reading and fun too. The author does tend to cover the same ground a little often especially after 4 books and repeated descriptions of his flat among other things. Ultimately though a fun read and looking forward to the next.
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on 7 March 2015
Just recently discovered Dresden files, really enjoyable action packed urban fiction. Good mix of characters, the plots always move at pace with plenty of twists and turns. Harry is a classic hero, not perfect but always willing to do the right thing.
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on 29 January 2014
This book was a total joy from beginning to end. There were loads of places where I L0L AND ROFL. I can do the text speak too! Hey Jim, if you ever want a name for a naughty old witch or even a troll I would be honoured if you called it Pamela. Xxxx
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on 30 April 2013
As a fan of the series I will admit that I am bias, but if you like detective stories then this is a good series,
The Dresden books can be viewed as stand alone detective stories but you get a much better all-over story by reading the series.
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on 5 April 2011
Absolutly love Jim Butcher book. If you enjoy fantasy with a twist of wisdom you carnt go wrong with any of his books. Very clever and exciting. The whole family has enjoyed and read. Just wish i had more of his fantastic book to read.
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