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Damn you Butcher!!!,
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This review is from: Changes: The Dresden Files (Hardcover)
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.