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Skin Game: The Dresden Files, Book Fifteen: 15 Hardcover – 27 May 2014

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (27 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 035650090X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0356500904
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 3.7 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (297 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Butcher is the dean of contemporary urban fantasy."--"Booklist"
"Harry Dresden is perhaps the best-written supernatural detective working today." --SFRevu
"Think "Buffy the Vampire Slayer "starring Philip Marlowe." --"Entertainment Weekly "
"What would you get if you crossed Spenser with Merlin? Probably you would come up with someone very like Harry Dresden." --"The Washington Times"
"This is urban fantasy par excellence."--"Library Journal "(starred review)

Butcher is the dean of contemporary urban fantasy. "Booklist"
Harry Dresden is perhaps the best-written supernatural detective working today. SFRevu
Think "Buffy the Vampire Slayer "starring Philip Marlowe. "Entertainment Weekly "
What would you get if you crossed Spenser with Merlin? Probably you would come up with someone very like Harry Dresden. "The Washington Times"
This is urban fantasy par excellence. "Library Journal "(starred review)" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The new novel in the Sunday Times and no. 1 New York Times bestselling Dresden Files series

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After reading the previous 14 books in the Dresden series there was no doubt that I would love Skin Game. I have been waiting for this ever since the brilliant and slightly cruel twist ending of Cold Days.

Harry Dresden’s latest case is a difficult one. Harry is under orders from his boss The Winter Queen to work with Nicodemus Archleone, a returning master villain, who wants him to help break into the (nether-)worlds highest security vault. So begins a heist book with an urban fantasy twist.

If you are a Dresden fan, like me, then you will adore Skin Game. In many ways the storytelling is more of a return to early Dresden with a little less high fantasy and lot more noir.

For a Dresden book this entry is practically perfect. It has magic, epic battles, surprising twists, snarky humour, horrific events, pop culture references plus an emotional roller coaster that brought me close to tears on more than one occasion. Also I will never look at freerunning the same way again.

I can not wait to read what happens to everybody next year.

The word epic is overused but it is the only word that I can use to describe Skin Game.
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Firstly if you are looking at the face of Harry for the first time - skip back a few books to Storm Front and start there.

I fell in love with Harry Dresden when I first read Storm Front. I love his personality (witty, sarcastic and sometimes laugh out loud funny) his life (a magical skull, a fairy godmother, Murphy!) and his adventures (primarily in Chicago - but who else could bribe tiny fairies with Pizza?). Not forgetting he is the only Wizard PI in Chicago (found in the yellow pages under 'W').

This is not your typical fantasy book. The characters and situations that Jim Butcher creates are hilarious and shine above any other book that I have read. Over the 15 books we have seen Harry, his friends and his relationships develop and change. Jim Butcher always manages to keep Harry's adventures fresh and exciting even if they are ridiculous!

It is so easy to connect with Harry as a reader and I can really see life through his eyes. I read these books cover to cover as soon as they come out and I can never get enough.

This latest installment takes us through Harry's struggles with Winter, the parasite and also his personal relationships! We see some old friends come back in action to help Harry and some old foes to stand against him! I loved the mythology to this book and there was a particular dream that definitely had me disappointed when it was only that. Jim knows what we want and he won't give it to us :(

Give Harry Dresden a try - you not regret it. I am sad I didn't find him sooner!
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So worth the wait! I've been frantically re-reading the entire series ready for this book. I totally loved it. The story is full of plots, twists, turns, surprises, humour, love, family, friendship and everything that makes a Dresden book. Oh and Butters is awesome! If you've read the rest you simply must read this. Only problem is I now have a long wait for the next book!
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How the heck does Jim Butcher do it? Every chapter in the latest saga of Harry Dresden is full of action, characters and sub-plots - how can he keep track of it all? This is one of the better Harry Dresden books and the plot itself is full of eye opening twists. You have to sit up until three in the morning reading just to make sure the good guys win in the end. One slight observation - what's up with Harry? Is he going soft? Settling down? There seems less wizardry and more human interaction, both spiritual and - er - sexual. Hey, come on, Harry! Don't turn vanilla on us!
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By C. Green TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 April 2015
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Although I have enjoyed every one of Jim Butcher's 14 previous 'Dresden Files' novels, my one significant criticism of the more recent entries in the series is that the big finales have sometimes gone somewhat OTT. The trend started with Harry Dresden riding a zombie dinosaur though downtown Chicago, but it reached its peak with the massive island assault at the end of vol. 14, Cold Front, which became an all-out supernatural battle in the middle of lake Michigan.

I have nothing against big set pieces per se, but for me the Dresden Files' increasing over reliance on them robbed the series of some of it original appeal. After all, as the 'Dresden Files' sub-title suggests, this was originally an urban fantasy take on the film-noir Detective series; Philip Marlowe with magic if you like. However, over time and as Jim Butcher expanded the alternative universe in which the stories are set, the books have become less mysteries with a magical spin and more grand fantasy epics. They were still enjoyable, but some of what made the early novels such as Storm Front so great for me had been lost.

I am happy to report therefore, that with Skin Game Jim Butcher seems to have rediscovered some of the old magic, if you will pardon the expression, by returning Harry back to a smaller scale adventure. The ever expanding universe is still there and there are still moments that make me wonder how the general public could still possibly be in denial about the existence of magic (bronze lion statue coming to life in downtown Chicago anyone?), but there are no massed battles between supernatural armies, the stakes aren't world-changing and the central cast is kept to a reasonably tight number of players.
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