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Blood Rites by Jim Butcher
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Blood Rites

by Jim Butcher

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Series: The Dresden Files (6)

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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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The Dresden Files #6 ( )
  Ronald.Marcil | Jul 7, 2019 |
Dresden as a porn star? Not exactly. However, he does end up working on set of a porno film in the making in order to discover why the women working with the producer are dying horrible deaths. Harry also gets into a huge showdown with the very dangerous Black Court vampire Mavra, with painful results. The book does start off a bit slow, but once it picks up, it never lets up. ( )
  jrg1316 | Jun 20, 2019 |
To me this was the best book in the series so far. Harry Dresden have matured quite a bit from the first books where he frequently came across as a wimp. In this book he has almost become “Dirty Harry” Dresden. He can still be a bit thick at times but it is no longer a question of whether or not to kick the bad elements’ behinds but rather when and how much. In this book he even goes as far as to plan to whack said bad elements in a somewhat preemptive strike. Okay Harry still gets sucker punched every so often but at least he has the initiative from time to time in this book.

Harry’s newly grown balls colors his character in more ways than his desire to eliminate threats by shooting first and I found the dialogue and Harry’s sometimes rather sharp tongue to be quite enjoyable to read. Some people complain about Harry overdoing his protectiveness towards women. Some even call it irritating and chauvinistic. I disagree completely. Actually such comments saddens me. As Harry said “feel free to call me a Neanderthal” but personally I am quite happy that the lead character exhibits some good old-fashioned moral values.

The book more or less runs two story arcs in parallel. One is mentioned in the book blurb and the other one is an old aquaintance. Normally I am not too keen on trying to squeeze in parallel story arcs but it works fairly well in this book. Both are reasonably well done and I actually quite liked the second one. Both for being a straightforward go-in-and-kick-some-behinds story and for the big-mouthed not quite human mercenary that it introduced.

One thing that I did not like was Harry’s silly behavior towards his friend and mentor after a number of truths about Harry had been revealed. The way Harry acted was not just thick, it was stupid and quite frustrating.

The book concludes both story arcs without too many loose ends although the revelations about Harry will of course stay with us for a while. On the whole I quite liked this book. As I wrote, the best book in the series so far as far as I am concerned.
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  perjonsson | Jun 10, 2019 |
I'm still listening to this series for the sound of James Marsters' voice, but this one actually made me giggle few times - Harry is working undercover on a porn film set. Silly jokes, murderous curses, family secrets, cute dogs & evil sex faeries ensue while Harry can't keep his eyes off other characters' butts. ( )
  cindywho | May 27, 2019 |
There was a lot going on in this one - Harry takes a job trying to protect a porn movie producer and gets entangled with the White Council (wizards), and the White and Black Courts (vampires). He also gets a puppy and finds out more about his family. ( )
  LisaMorr | May 24, 2019 |
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Butcher, Jimprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
MacLeod, LeeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.
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"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.
"Hey, Harry. You know what?"
"No. What?"
"I'm thinking maybe we should get indoors."
I picked up the puppy and scanned the darkness but saw nothing. "Discretion is the better part of not getting exsanguinated," I said. "Let's go."
Murphy had genuine worry on her face and actual tears in her eyes and I started feeling out of my depth. Maybe because it was a family thing. It seemed like something completely alien and I didn't get it. Murphy was worried about being close to her mom. Murphy should just go talk to her mom, right? Bite the bullet and clear the air. With anyone else she'd have handle the problem exactly that way. But I've noticed that people got the most irrational whenever family was around while simultaneously losing their ability to distinguish reason from insanity. I call it familial dementia.
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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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