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Ghost Story (Dresden Files, No. 13) by Jim…

Ghost Story (Dresden Files, No. 13) (edition 2011)

by Jim Butcher

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Title:Ghost Story (Dresden Files, No. 13)
Authors:Jim Butcher
Info:Roc Hardcover (2011), Hardcover, 496 pages
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This is definitely a change of pace from other Dresden books, but that's in no way a bad thing. While there is still a lot of action, overall it's more about Harry's introspection than anything else. Harry has to see the fallout of his actions at the end of the last book and question whether he did the right thing. It's a very interesting a fun ride, even if the ending is predictable.

The only thing I hate about the Dresden Files is they leave me salivating for the next one. Damn the wait! ( )
  jrg1316 | Jun 20, 2019 |
This is not a bad book and it certainly brings a new and fresh story and angle into the Dresden universe. Harry is, as you can read in the book blurb, dead and now roams around as a ghost.

Unfortunately I have to say that I liked the old live version of Harry Dresden better. Harry has none of his magical powers in this book and, to me, this is a real negative point. A lot of the world around him, the real world, have gone down the drain and on the whole the ambiance of this book is much more sad and depressing.

There are plenty of action and plenty of new enemies which is what keep the book going but Harry is mostly a spectator while other people are doing the fighting for him. Again something that I have to say I was not too pleased with. The majority of the book is spent on Harry trying to figure out who killed him by trying to persuade the various people who can, if not see so, at least hear him. It got boring fairly quickly though.

The biggest positive point with this book (a bit of a spoiler ahead) is the ending which hints that Harry will be back in the saddle again in future stories.
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  perjonsson | Jun 10, 2019 |
I must confess, I never do this, never ever, but I had to read the ending before I read this book. I had to!

I LOVED this book! I cried like a baby. ( )
  bm2ng | Apr 9, 2019 |
I haven't read many of this author's work--in fact, this is the second book. I enjoyed the first one (which was a paperback), but not enough to continue with the series. However, this time I listened to the audio book and really enjoyed it. Listening to a story unwind is sometimes much better than reading words on a page. This is especially true for me when I can't seem to get into a story. Ghost Story was exciting. It didn't matter that I didn't know the back story. I could easily figure out who was who; and what was happening.

I'm not sorry I tried this author again. Recommended. ( )
  KarenLeeField | Mar 13, 2019 |
The audiobook bingeing continues, and this book is just so good. Melancholy and good. Without the ability to charge into action (being a, you know, ghost), Harry is forced to confront himself in the best and worst ways. Emotions surface. Decisions are questioned. And he discovers even death doesn't negate the consequences of the events he set into motion in the last book. His friends have had to make hard decisions too, after his death. They won't be the same people they were before.

For those who wanted the series to remain as it started (paranormal cases solved by the end of each book, Harry as the snarky action hero with a guilt complex), this book might be perceived as an unwelcome slowing of the pace. But for a characters-first reader like me, this story arc works wonderfully. ( )
  AmandaGStevens | Mar 2, 2019 |
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To Air, for introducing me to Mab by onion-colored light
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Life is hard.
"Got a rocket," I sang, "in your pocket. Turn off the juice, boy."
Show tunes? Really? It wasn't bad enough that you've started talking to yourself, man. Now you're doing performing art.
But the musically inclined me had a point.
"Play it cool, boy," I whispered. "Real cool."
"What is teaching but the art of planting and nurturing power?"
"Names have tremendous power, Dresden. Yet mortals toss them left and right as though they were toys. It's like watching infants play with hand grenades sometimes." -Uriel
“Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden,” he said quietly – and he said it exactly right, speaking my Name in a voice of that same absolute power that had so unnerved me before. “Do not attempt to familiarize my name. The part you left off happens to be rather important to who and what I am.
“It is one thing for you to say ‘Let the world burn.’ It is another to say ‘Let Molly burn.’ The difference is all in the name.”
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When an unknown someone shoots him and leaves him to die, Harry Dresden hopes he might be heading to a better place. Unfortunately being dead doesn't make Harry's life any easier.

Trapped between life and death, he learns that his friends are in serious trouble. Only by finding his murderer can he save them and move on - a feat that would be a lot easier if he had a body and access to his powers. Worse still are the malevolent shadows roaming Chicago that are controlled by a dark entity that wants Harry to suffer even in death.

Now the late Harry Dreseden will have to pull off the ultimate trick without using any magic - or face an eternity as just another lost soul...
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"In his life, Harry's been shot, stabbed, sliced, beaten, burned, crushed, and tortured. And after someone puts a bullet through his chest and leaves him to die in the waters of Lake Michigan, things really start going downhill. But even trapped in the realm between life and death, Harry can't catch a break. He learns that three of his friends are destined to experience unbearable torment and agony. Only by bringing his murderer to justice can he save his friends and move on to what comes next--a feat that would be a lot easier if he had a body and access to his powers. Instead, Harry must work as a ghost, unable to interact with the physical world, invisible and inaudible to almost everyone. Unfortunately he's not the only specter roaming Chicago. There are malevolent shadows who haven't forgotten Harry's predilection for putting evil in its place while he was alive. And now that Harry's on their turf, they are looking for some serious payback. So the late Harry Dresden will have to pull off the ultimate trick without using any magic--or face an eternity as just another lost soul"--… (more)

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