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Blood Rites: The Dresden Files, Book Six: 6 Paperback – 5 May 2011

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (5 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0356500322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0356500324
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
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Filled with sizzling magic and intrigue (Booklist)

Raw storytelling skills - practically unparalleled in contemporary urban fantasy (SFReviews.net)

Butcher still rules in my library (SFFWorld.com)

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An action-packed case file from Harry Dresden, private investigator and wizard, by international bestselling author Jim Butcher

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Its not often you can get to book 6 and feel you've barely scratched the surface of the characters, plot etc. yet still finish the book in one sitting. This is one of those series that just seems to gain in breadth and skill. As there's no write up i'll give a quick overview:
Harry Dresden is Chicago's only practicing wizard investigator and is listed in the yellow pages. Thomas (white vamp) wants him to investigate a case for him. A movie producer is being cursed, and people around him keep on dying in strange ways. Harry jumps right in and there's plenty of action on every page. Demons, puppies, vampires, police, mysterious assassins, wizards, succubi, it's all there.
We get to see more of his growing relationship with Murphy, Ebenezer and Kincaid ome back in and there are a few twists that were definitely a surprise and an ending that seems to move Harry in a different direction to where he has always been left before. This time his life will have changed forever.
Its hard to say more without ruining it - suffice to say if you liked any of the other books you'll love this one. If you're new start with book 1 and work through. It's worth it.
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I have had the luck to discover the Dresden files series after Mr. Butcher was well underway with it, which means I got to read five of them in a row.
The series is characterised by workmanlike prose, a terrific protagonist, and complex plots. Best of all, Mr. Butcher is master of the backstory. Each of the books further unwinds the history of the main character, while not burdening the reader with much repetition. And he is adept at restraining himself from too much explanation; he gives the reader credit for being able to put the pieces together.
Very enjoyable reads, very inventive, fast paced, and well constructed. Note to Mr. Butcher: Write more!
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Harry Dresden book six, in which the modern day street wizard faces a complex curse placed on a local adult film production company. It's a strong entry in the series that really seems to move the overall plotline forward in interesting ways - definitely not one to miss if you're following the ongoing story.

The plot here is solid and brings together a mix of new and existing characters to tell a story that, while remaining action filled and brilliantly comedic, feels much more about the characters and exploring them further than some of the earlier novels.
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I avoided reading any of The Dresden Files books having been put off by seeing the appalling TV series with its dreadful miscasting. Thankfully after a few years the memories had faded sufficiently for me to try the first book and I am so glad I did. And I now wonder even more whatever the studio and casting director were thinking! If they were thinking at all. Anyway. Moving On.

The first five books were thoroughly entertaining. Well-written, beautifully crafted plots and a great cast of characters, not least the wizard himself. This one (Blood Rites) is the first for which I have written a detailed review, inspired through the brilliance of certain character developments and revelations. Very clever. I will not post any spoilers but the twists (all of them) were thoroughly satisfying and seamlessly woven into the series. Well done Mr Butcher.
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Harry's back for the sixth book in the series along with the familiar faces of Murphy, Ebenezer, Bob and a very cute new puppy! If you're new to Jim Butcher's books, do yourself a favour and buy Storm Front first(and the rest too!) as they follow on from each other and it does help to have the history as you're reading. This series is simply class though and is one of the few I've read that gets better with each book. All I can say is Write faster Mr Butcher and give us more Dresden!!
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Butcher's stories always start mid pace which I like cos it draws you into the action quickly. While I loved the story, it didn't feel as involved and well thought out as previous ones. That may just be because I only had time to read it bit by bit though.
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I started reading this series some years ago after having seen the television series in 2007. I read the first 5, then thought that there weren't any more after the 5th book and lost track of it. Thrilled to see that there are more volumes now, and will be reading them all. I think the later books are a little darker than the early ones, and Harry has to battle his way through them but he's definitely my favourite hero. Paul Blackthorn, who played Harry in the TV series was very aptly cast, and it's his face I see for the character in the books.

If you like the supernatural, you will enjoy this series.
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This is the sixth adventure for Harry Dresden, and after such a strong run it was almost inevitable that one would fall a little flat.

Don't get me wrong; it's still a good book and miles ahead of most of Butcher's competition, but for some reason the story just left me a little cold.

There are the seeds of something interesting here, with a curse striking an adult film set, a closer look at the incubi and succubi of the White Court, and an assault on a more traditional vampire enclave. While individual pieces are certainly great, they never seem to mesh quite as they should.

However, certain developments within the story render it unmissable for regular readers, as they entail several permanent changes to Harry's life and loved ones. So I would still recommend Blood Rites to Dresden fans, just be warned that while good, it's not as fabulous as most of the other books.
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