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1.0 out of 5 stars
Warning, 5 Jan. 2009
This is a very short and thin book. I am a big fan of the Harry Dresden series and of Jim Butcher in general. However, on receiving this - like the previous reviewer - I felt I had been conned. This is not even a novelette but a rather weak short story and I was very surprised a publisher would let this out as a stand alone publication. The premiss is good but the writing was not up to Jim Butcher's normally high standards. Short stories need even more work than full books as the limited space needs punchy writing to really hit home. This ends up reading as more of a outline of a possible future book yet to be developed and written.
I think you could perhaps see this being sold as a limited edition collection piece supported by the illustrations from Mike Mignola (Hellboy artist)- and done well it would have been a collectors item I would have wanted to own. But it fails to deliver even this as it is neither a limited print run or of artistic merit. There are only 4 rather poor illustrations and the hype claiming that these are all two colour prints actually means they are rendered in black and grey. The best of these is the cover illustration.
Subterranean press are doing this excellent author no favours by presenting this shoddy offering.