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Blood rites by Jim Butcher
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Blood rites (edition 2004)

by Jim Butcher (Author)

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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Title:Blood rites
Authors:Jim Butcher (Author)
Info:Roc (2004), 372 pages
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Blood Rites by Jim Butcher

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This book develops Harry's character a bit more than some of the others. One of the themes is family and what it means to have family or not have family. Murphy is dealing with her family and the pressure they put on her to live up to their expectations, Thomas is dealing with being on the outs with his family (we get to meat his father and sisters) and Harry is coming to terms with not having any family left. The mystery was interesting to me and liked getting to know Murphy and Thomas a bit better. This book is also the one where he acquires Mouse, one of my favorite literary dogs. ( )
1 vote Cora-R | Jul 28, 2020 |
There's a reason it took me three separate borrow periods at my library to finish this book. It's just not that good. I have loved most of the Harry Dresden books, and this one, nope. It just read as filler from beginning to end. Then the book ends on a weird note and at one point I wondered if my Kindle was missing a page (yeah I don't know if this is possible, but I worried about it).

in the sixth book in this series, we have our man Harry, wizard extraordinaire, back in the saddle again. He gets dragged into a mystery to solve by Thomas, the vampire that he met in "Grave Peril" Harry Dresden #3. I can't even get to the plot with a straight face. Thomas, who is a White Court vampire (shakes head, no not getting into that mess here) asks Harry to look to find out what he can about a series of deaths on a pornography film set. I think that right there just turned me off. There are some cute moments here and there with Harry adopting a puppy, but eh. I just could not get into this one even though I really tried. It took almost three months for me to finish this one. I should have just DNFed it, but I am trying to get through all of the books in the series and post reviews.

Harry is Harry. I really don't think we get much development by way of anyone else in this one except for a reveal about someone and Harry in this one. I don't want to think too hard about it, cause if I do I may just pull my hair out.

There is some back and forth between the White Court and Black Court vampires in this one and we get some new characters who I am going to assume will show up in subsequent books.

FYI, if I am going to make fun of Twilight for having a love shield, I am going to make fun of Harry for having one too. That whole thing was bonkers and didn't even make sense.

And the soulgaze thing. Anyway. I need to move on since I want this thing to be over.

There are a lot of things in this one that as I already said are just setting up things I think for the next book.

I have to say I have never been that interested in the goings on with the vampires in Harry's world and this book shows why. They really are boring. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
reread- even better than I remembered. ( )
  Tip44 | Jun 30, 2020 |
Entertaining. Brilliant series so far.

First read: May 2014
Second read: June 2016
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  ElentarriLT | Mar 24, 2020 |
Chicago's favorite wizard is on another case. This time he helps out a white vampire "friend," Thomas, after saving a bunch of puppies, Tibetian temple dogs, for a Tibetian monk. There seems to be some problems in the adult film industry. Someone is trying to kill Arturo Genosa's stars and Dresden is hired to find out who is doing the killing and stop it. Also in this story, the Red Court vampires still want Dresden dead. The Black Court is actively working to kill him and although Thomas is his friend sometimes, the White Court isn't really too friendly either. Perhaps not the book to jump into first. It is one that relies on the previous books to establish much of the story. A well-done book in the series. ( )
  evil_cyclist | Mar 16, 2020 |
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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 plant 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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