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Blood Rites: A Novel of the Dresden Files (edition 2010)

by Jim Butcher

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Title:Blood Rites: A Novel of the Dresden Files
Authors:Jim Butcher
Info:Roc Hardcover (2010), Edition: 1 Reissue, Hardcover, 384 pages
Collections:E-Books, Fantasy, Your library

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Butcher's "Blood Rites" is better on the feminism front for both Murphy and the macho chivanism (ha, I'm keeping that one, chivalric chauvinism in a nutshell) aspects. Some resoundingly disappointing points on feminism in general. All in all, that the character is developing and dealing better with women is a good thing. I wonder whether tapping into gender expectations is intentional on the author's part.

The novel kicks off with Butcher's trade mark exciting scenes combining unlikely elements into trouble for the lead character. Harry Dresden barely keeps up with the book's pace himself, and even the reader is left a little breathless by the speed of the scenes. This gets somewhat discordant, but that is par for the course with this series.

There are big familial changes in store with this novel, and hard truths revealed. Dresden will never be the same, and perhaps that is for the better. I look forward to seeing how he copes with family members, and in dealing with his ally, Karin Murphy, on a more equal basis.

If I were to give Butcher the benefit of the doubt, I'd say that it was the use of traditional gender models in the beginning of the series that helped him get published. Now that he is picking up momentum perhaps he is able to step outside the realm of mainstream thinking to explore something more than the powerful-women-are-at-least-scary-and-usually-evil and non-powerful-women-are-good-and-helpless-and-must-be-protected-as-they-are-chips-on-the-patriarchal-poker-table-of-power stereotypes.

I am not, at this point, seeing scads of self awareness in the gendered power dynamics. And there is nothing dealing with LGBT yet either. Not necessarily surprising, but disappointing.

That being said, Butcher really milks the humor factor for all it is worth in combining the supernatural with up to date urban elements. I'm just so used to this genre producing valuable social and political commentary. ( )
  raselyem7 | Aug 30, 2014 |
This one from Butcher actually disappointed me, because for a few chapters I was hoping that this was more about investigation (a la Marlowe) and less of Spiderman vs. Galactus.

I do understand that it's a bit unfair (to the readers) to write mysteries when you are making up the rules as you go along, but I think it should still be interesting.

Unfortunately even the main investigation (a jinxed porn movies troupe) is soon overloaded with Vampires, Badass Daemons and more and more revelations about the main character's past.

3 stars because I still enjoy it, but I am starting to hope for a change of pace. ( )
  pamar | Aug 25, 2014 |
Blood Rites
4 Stars

Harry is hired to investigate a series of mysterious deaths on the set of a porn film and finds himself battling against a ritualistic curse and vampires from the Black Court.

It has been a slow process but The Dresden Files is finally coming into its own as a series and is noteworthy for its excellent world building, exciting actions scenes and wonderful supporting characters. Harry's relationships with Murphy, Kincaid, Thomas and Ebenezer take off in new directions and the revelations regarding his past open new avenues for exploration.

The plot is fast paced and easy to follow although it does suffer from a number of cliched tropes such as the sexpot porn star, the vindictive ex-wife and the megalomaniac villain obsessed with his own self-importance. The solution to the mystery is a little on the obvious side although there are some interesting twists and turns along the way.

In sum, Blood Rites sets up several important plot points and is a must read for fans of the series. I would, however, recommend that newcomers start with book#1 Storm Front so as not to miss out on any of the backstory.

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  Lauren2013 | Aug 20, 2014 |
The Good: Very, very entertaining. Harry does Thomas a favor by working on an adult film set in order to protect someone. Couple that with seeing a lot more of Murphy and this book held my attention the entire time.Some great surprises and reveals in Blood Rites, as well as a lot more Harry history we didn't know anything about.

The Bad: Harry acquires a puppy. And gives him a really bland, unimaginative name. You'd really expect more from a wizard with a rather fun vocabulary. ( )
  TequilaReader | Jul 14, 2014 |
*Book source ~ Purchased at Audible

Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only wizard and a private investigator, agrees to take a job recommended to him by White Court vampire Thomas Wraith. Arturo Genosa, film producer, appears to be targeted by an entropy curse and Thomas would like for Harry to protect Arturo & the people on the set and find out who is behind the curse. Since Thomas had helped Harry rescue a litter of Tibetian Temple puppies from a pretty dicey situation, Harry agrees to look into it. Little did he know he would end up with a puppy, working on the set of a porn film and getting in the middle of White Court vampire politics. Some days he really shouldn’t leave his apartment.

Guest reviewers:
A ~ my 16-yr-old daughter
T ~ my 14-yr-old son
K ~ my 13-yr-old son

I think, by far, the most favorite addition to the growing cast in the Dresden Universe is Mouse the puppy. Everyone loves him. There’s news about Thomas that was a surprise, but everyone cautiously likes, Ebenezer and Kincaid are back and still favorites though Kincaid is a mystery that needs solving and Anna particularly liked meeting Murphy’s family though no one liked her sister. They thought it was interesting to see Thomas’s Hunger and the whole bit in the picture gallery was a big surprise.

The fight with the Black Court vampires was a hit and we thought the part where Murphy had to take her pants off was funny. It really is. You’ll see. A & T did not like what happened to Harry during the fight (his injury), but K did. When asked why his reply was: “It looks cool and I know what happens in future books.” Well, ok then. :D

Favorite moments:
A ~ meeting Mouse or any part with Kincaid in it. (Hmmm…)
T ~ the conclusions to any and all fights
K ~ when Trixie died because she was really annoying

Favorite quotes has a tie:
“Everyone stopped to blink at that for a second. I mean, come on. Impaled by a guided frozen turkey missile. Even by the standards of the quasi-immortal creatures of the night, that ain’t something you see twice. “For my next trick," I panted into the startled silence, ‘anvils.”

“An errand is getting a tank of gas or picking up a carton of milk or something. It is not getting chased by flying purple pyromaniac gorillas hurling incendiary poo!” ~ Thomas ( )
  AVoraciousReader | May 14, 2014 |
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For my nieces and nephews: Craig, Emily, Danny, Ellie, Gabriel, Lori, Anna, Mikey, Kaitlyn, Greta, Foster and Baby-To-Be-Named-Later. I hope you all grow up to find as much joy in reading as has your uncle.
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The building was on fire, and it wasn't my fault.
"What about her death curse?"
I blinked.
"You'd thought of that, right?" he asked.
"What death curse?" I stammered.
"Use your head, boy," Ebenezar said. "If she's got a wizard's power, she might well be able to level a death curse at you when she goes down."
"Oh, come on," I muttered. "That's no fair. She's already dead."
She flipped to a second page and took a pen from behind one hair-bun. "Oh, what would you like on your vegetarian pizza?"
"Dead pigs and cows," I said.
She glanced up at me and wrinkled her nose.
"They're vegetarians," I said defensively.
"But what do you want on yours? I mean, I'm supposed to make everyone happy here."
"Kill me some animals, then," I said. "It's a protein thing."
"Oh, you should have said," Inari replied, smiling at me. We stopped in front of a door and she scribbled on her clipboard. "Some extra cheese, maybe some beans and corn. Or wait. Tofu. Protein. I'll fix you up."
Bean-curd pizza, good grief. I should raise my rates.
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For Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, there have been worse assignments than going undercover on the set of an adult film. Like fleeing a burning building full of enraged demon monkeys, for instance. Or going to toe-to-leaf with a walking pant monster. Still, there's something more troubling than usual about the newest case. the film's producer believes he's the target of a sinister entropy curse, but it's the women around him who are dying, in increasingly spectacular ways.

Harry's doubly frustrated because he got involed with this bizarre mystery only as a favor to Thomas, his flirtatious, self-absorbed vampire acquaintance of dubious integrity. Thomas has a personal stake in the case Harry can't quite figure out until his investigation leads him straight to Thomas' oversexed vampire family. Harry's about to discover that Thomas' family tree has been hiding a shocking secret: a revelation that will change Harry's life forever.
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Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, takes on a case as a favor to his friend Thomas-a vampire of dubious integrity-only to become the prime suspect in a series of ghastly murders.

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While going undercover on the set of an adult film to investigate the mysterious deaths of several actresses, Chicago wizard Harry Desden unexpectedly learns the shocking truth about his vampire friend Thomas.

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