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Ebolapox
03-22-2010, 09:43 PM
anybody else read them? there's another one coming out in a few weeks. I enjoy them, and he's a local (kc) author. he wrote the first after getting encouragement from a creative writing teacher in college (he ramped up a short story, and has eleven out already, the twelfth on the way, and enough short stories/novellas to release a book of them. not to COUNT his whole other series [that I haven't read yet], codex alera) if you don't know, now you know. ya know?

pikesome
03-22-2010, 10:33 PM
anybody else read them? there's another one coming out in a few weeks. I enjoy them, and he's a local (kc) author. he wrote the first after getting encouragement from a creative writing teacher in college (he ramped up a short story, and has eleven out already, the twelfth on the way, and enough short stories/novellas to release a book of them. not to COUNT his whole other series [that I haven't read yet], codex alera) if you don't know, now you know. ya know?

Yea, my younger sister got me started on them. Probably the best of that kind of fantasy novels. The audio books are read by James Marsters and are something else. Far better quality and more enjoyable than a lot of audio books, the dude has the right delivery for the material.

JD10367
06-15-2010, 06:11 PM
Just finished the most recent book. Excellent, as always. Butcher has found his own niche: pulp-detective-fiction meets sword-and-sorcery. He is very good at writing character emotion (much like Terry Goodkind). Not too happy with the ending of this last one, but, hey, can't have everything.

BTW, the short-lived SciFi series didn't get enough of a chance. It was very well done.

Psyko Tek
06-15-2010, 06:18 PM
I like them
just my local library doesn't have the whole series
and my local paycheck won't allow much more entertainment expenses

underEJ
06-15-2010, 06:20 PM
I've read the first two of these now and quite like them. I'll definitely keep reading them. Did not know it was a local author. Thanks for the info!

I have seen about half the episodes of the tv show too, instantly on netflix, and thought it was a bit different, but pretty good. At first I didn't get into the casting of Harry, but I think it just really took a while to develop the character. The effects are low budget and much fewer than the amount of magic used in the books so I had to adjust my expectations. Once I did that I really started to enjoy it. Too bad I never heard of it while it was on the air. I bet I'm not alone.

mikeyis4dcats.
06-15-2010, 06:21 PM
just started ready these, on book 3. They are decent, and enjoyable so long as I don't see the author's picture on the flyleaf. He's such a dork.

underEJ
06-15-2010, 06:22 PM
I like them
just my local library doesn't have the whole series
and my local paycheck won't allow much more entertainment expenses

read them at your local barnes and noble. you can read anything you want in there. just be kind and don't break the spines or get coffee and shit all over them or they might reconsider their generosity.

JD10367
06-15-2010, 06:29 PM
I have seen about half the episodes of the tv show too, instantly on netflix, and thought it was a bit different, but pretty good. At first I didn't get into the casting of Harry, but I think it just really took a while to develop the character. The effects are low budget and much fewer than the amount of magic used in the books so I had to adjust my expectations. Once I did that I really started to enjoy it. Too bad I never heard of it while it was on the air. I bet I'm not alone.

See, I saw the short-lived TV series before I read the books, so as I read the books I pictured Paul Blackthorne (the actor from the show) and thought he fit the character perfectly. He played Harry well, in a very weary, persistent manner. The only problem was, reading the books, it took me a long time to picture Karrin Murphy as a blonde and not dark-haired (as the attractive Valerie Cruz was in the TV show).

Gonzo
06-15-2010, 06:30 PM
I like them
just my local library doesn't have the whole series
and my local paycheck won't allow much more entertainment expenses

Does bluballs have
Another mult?
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JD10367
06-15-2010, 06:30 PM
I like them
just my local library doesn't have the whole series
and my local paycheck won't allow much more entertainment expenses

We have a good library network here; they share books among cities, so you can put yourself on a queue and they'll eventually get the book to you. I discovered it about five years ago and haven't bought more than a handful of books ever since...

mikeyis4dcats.
06-15-2010, 06:47 PM
We have a good library network here; they share books among cities, so you can put yourself on a queue and they'll eventually get the book to you. I discovered it about five years ago and haven't bought more than a handful of books ever since...

ILL - InterLibraryLoan

most do it.

cron912
06-15-2010, 08:26 PM
I've read up through about book 7 and really enjoy them. His Codex Alera series is pretty good too, if you like fantasy along the lines of LotR, Terry Goodkind, etc.
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pikesome
06-15-2010, 08:39 PM
I'm not sure if anyone has mentioned it but my understanding is that the Dresden books were supposed to take place in KC but another author who writes books of a similar nature has set her's in KC so he moved them to Chicago.

Also, he's supposed to be a big LARPer who does his thing in Lawrence.

NewChief
06-15-2010, 08:43 PM
I borrowed some a while back and sort of skipped around in the series. I enjoyed them. After a while, I sort of made myself stop reading them because I get sickly immersed in books like that where I'm reading one a day or every two days and driving my family crazy by constantly having my nose in a book.

BigOlChiefsfan
06-15-2010, 08:48 PM
Read 'em all, like these and the Codex Alera - in case the ending of this latest Dresden novel 'Changes' causes you some woe, I hear there's a 'short story' collection coming out in a few months with a short story titled epiloque that's promised to calm us down.
Just knowing that's coming out calms me down.

They've got the latest book cheap in hardback on Amazon right now because Amazon is fighting the publisher over kindle pricing, I hear. HB is cheaper than Kindle download, and you won't see that often.

Author Jim Butcher lives in Independence MO last I heard, he comes to KCMO library functions and fundraisers if any of y'all are fanboys. He's pretty good at what he does.

JD10367
06-16-2010, 12:45 PM
in case the ending of this latest Dresden novel 'Changes' causes you some woe, I hear there's a 'short story' collection coming out in a few months with a short story titled epiloque that's promised to calm us down.

Does that mean this is his last book in the Dresden series? If so, I'll REALLY be pissed off, especially since he ended it the way he did. :cuss: No short story could wrap up the loose endings. Like...

... do he and Karrin Murphy ever get together? Does he fulfill his job as the Winter Knight? What of the daughter and newly-discovered grandfather? The White Council, the Gray Council? What happens with his brother Thomas and the White Court now that the Red Court is history? If he doesn't get busy with Karrin, how about Molly, who has a crush on him and is described as uber-hot? Where do Bob, Mister, and the big devil-dog end up? I mean, just because he killed the VW Beetle doesn't mean it all has to end, does it?!?

BigOlChiefsfan
06-16-2010, 01:15 PM
I hope I can make this spoiler thing work...



Not that I talk to the author, but I suspect he'll move on to 'winter knight' arc with a more or less break between the Chicago past and his new slot. The short story hints I've heard just indicate he's not dead from the sniper. I'm hoping Butcher knows a golden goose when he see's one and doesn't kill the hero off. He's had some pretty 'cliffhanging' endings a time or 2 before.

keg in kc
06-16-2010, 01:18 PM
He has a 20-book arc planned for the series, so of course Harry's not dead...

That was some evil shit, though, teasing getting Harry and Murphy together finally and then ending like that.

talastan
06-16-2010, 02:14 PM
I know he has another book due sometime later this year IIRC called Ghost Story? I can't wait, the last ending is leaving me :drool:

BigOlChiefsfan
06-16-2010, 02:56 PM
That's probably the story I'm thinking of.

If I get to call the shots - he'll get busy w/Murphy (cue porno music score/baum chicka baum baum) and she'll take over one of the swords, full time, after her cop job gets cut. His apprentice will shack up with the vampire brother (more porno music). The Red Vamps are done for, but there's still the Black Council to crush. And foolish members of the white council to be ferreted out. The remaining White Council can retreat underground with 40 women to every man for breeding purposes...Animals will be raised and slaughtered. Look mein fuhrer, I can walk!

Ebolapox
06-16-2010, 04:43 PM
Does that mean this is his last book in the Dresden series? If so, I'll REALLY be pissed off, especially since he ended it the way he did. :cuss: No short story could wrap up the loose endings. Like...

... do he and Karrin Murphy ever get together? Does he fulfill his job as the Winter Knight? What of the daughter and newly-discovered grandfather? The White Council, the Gray Council? What happens with his brother Thomas and the White Court now that the Red Court is history? If he doesn't get busy with Karrin, how about Molly, who has a crush on him and is described as uber-hot? Where do Bob, Mister, and the big devil-dog end up? I mean, just because he killed the VW Beetle doesn't mean it all has to end, does it?!?


never fear, he's said in interviews he's planned on writing a TOTAL of 21 'case' books (like all of the first 12) and an apocalyptic final trilogy. he has said he is 2-3 books behind schedule: he's had the whole idea and plot mapped out long in advance supposedly, and this was a pivotal point in the series: harry loses everything becomes winter knight, and has to visit the 'land of the dead' in order to find out the bigger picture of everything that has happened for the last 12 years. it's apparent by now that there are MUCH bigger powers at work behind the scenes, and he's an absolute fucking n00b when it comes to those behind the scenes.

Ebolapox
06-16-2010, 04:45 PM
I hope I can make this spoiler thing work...



Not that I talk to the author, but I suspect he'll move on to 'winter knight' arc with a more or less break between the Chicago past and his new slot. The short story hints I've heard just indicate he's not dead from the sniper. I'm hoping Butcher knows a golden goose when he see's one and doesn't kill the hero off. He's had some pretty 'cliffhanging' endings a time or 2 before.



oh, don't doubt for one minute: butcher has said in interviews that HARRY DRESDEN IS D-E-D- dead. that doesn't mean teh series is over, far from it. remember, gramps is the black staff with the ability to raise the dead and break the laws of magic if he so chooses.

Ebolapox
06-16-2010, 08:05 PM
http://www.jimbutcheronline.com/bb/index.php?topic=18860.0

new cover art for 'ghost story.'

http://jim-butcher.com/pics/gsCoverLg.jpg

BigOlChiefsfan
06-16-2010, 09:09 PM
Pretty cool. Per the list of short stories, 'Aftermath' is the one I was thinking about.

Churn them books out faster, please.

Ebolapox
06-16-2010, 09:13 PM
Pretty cool. Per the list of short stories, 'Aftermath' is the one I was thinking about.

Churn them books out faster, please.

one a year is pretty damned good, actually, when you consider he's also putting out other books and plans on starting a few other series' (a scifi series, etc.). I want them to come out ASAP, but I also don't want him to burn out and get writer's block because he's only focusing on dresden.

boogblaster
06-16-2010, 09:15 PM
I'm starting a book hope to finish this year .. prolly try one of those on-line publishers .. it's cheaper ....

Ebolapox
06-16-2010, 10:07 PM
I'm starting a book hope to finish this year .. prolly try one of those on-line publishers .. it's cheaper ....

he has a blog that's been written specifically for starting authors... how to improve your craft, how to get printed, etc. be warned, it's not for the faint of heart.

JD10367
01-27-2011, 05:01 PM
Just finished "Side Jobs", the collection of short stories. Excellent read, and interesting to watch the character developing in these small interludes between books. Especially found the early short story interesting; you could see that it was a bit ham-handed and yet even then you could see the "classic" Dresden dialogue and tone working itself out.

As for the last short story, it takes place after Harry's death but really doesn't mention anything about the future. It gives no hints that he's really alive, or coming back. But it was also fascinating because it's a Karrin Murphy story, and you get to hear her thoughts from Butcher's first-person storytelling for the first time. Very cool.

Extra Point
01-27-2011, 05:15 PM
All I learned about Dresden, I learned from Billy Pilgram. I only want one nite with Montana Wildhack.

Demonpenz
01-27-2011, 06:11 PM
coin operated boy

Ebolapox
01-27-2011, 06:14 PM
Just finished "Side Jobs", the collection of short stories. Excellent read, and interesting to watch the character developing in these small interludes between books. Especially found the early short story interesting; you could see that it was a bit ham-handed and yet even then you could see the "classic" Dresden dialogue and tone working itself out.

As for the last short story, it takes place after Harry's death but really doesn't mention anything about the future. It gives no hints that he's really alive, or coming back. But it was also fascinating because it's a Karrin Murphy story, and you get to hear her thoughts from Butcher's first-person storytelling for the first time. Very cool.

next book comes out this july or so (pushed back three months)... "ghost story."

"winter knight" is the confirmed title for the 14th book.