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  • Paperback
  • 452 pages
  • Blood Rites
  • Jim Butcher
  • English
  • 19 July 2019
  • 9780451459879

10 thoughts on “Blood Rites

  1. says:

    Stick a fork in me, folks I m done My relationship with the Dresden Files has officially hit rock bottom This is one review I ve been dreading to write, both because A LOT of my friends passionately love these books, and because there are so many aspects of the series that are praise worthy and enjoyable The world building is terrific, the magic system is well constructed, and there are host of likeable supporting characters, such as Thomas, Kincaid, Bob, Michael, Ebenezerjust to name a few All of these are people I like hanging out with.It s justwell, let me finish first with the positives.In each of the previous 5 books, Butcher concocted a quality supernatural mysteries that, for lack of a better word, worked This one is no exception It s clever, fast paced, and generally makes sense enough to keep the reader engaged Plus, Butcher has a knack for great opening scenes and this may be the best one yet, with Harry going toe to furry toe with a pack of demon monkeys flinging steaming hell poo, while Dresden fights back with magic and witty one liners That kind of shit no pun is what makes this series fun.Okay Big sigh here s the PROBLEM I just HATE Harry.The guy drives me seven different kinds of crazy In this one, he finally found my last nerve, at which point he proceeded to twist it, strip it, soak it in lighter fluid, and set it ablaze This blossoming Harry issue stems from two main sources.First, I don t find Harry s pathological protectiveness of women to be ingratiating or chivalrous Quite the oppostive, I find it irritating, self aggrandizing and chauvinisticin the EXTREME Call me a Neanderthal if you like, but I get real irrational about bad things happening to women If he were to have said something like that once or twice in the earlier novels, and then let it go, I think I would have been okay with it But it s a message repeated ad nauseam in each book and delivered with a shout IN YOUR FACE No matter what the rational part of my head thinks, when I see someone hurt a woman my inner gigantopithicus wants to reach for the nearest bone and go Kubrickian on someone s head. Beyond his attitude towards women, the other burr in my tuckus is Harry s holier than thouness and his condescending moral superiority Over time, this has bothered me and and has finally reached the point of too much On at least two occasions in this novel once with Thomas and once with Ebenezer , Harry gets a major judgmental on when someone reveals themselves to be less than stainless in the virtue department His over the top reactions, especially with Ebenezer, made me irk all over Now, there s nothing wrong with white hat heroes fighting the good fight, but I guess I like my good guys with a little edge and a few warts That s just a personal preference, but I like a little anti with my hero Give me Batman over Superman, Clint Eastwood over Roy Rogers, and Snake Plissken over Robin Hood.In the end, I just started experiencing diminishing returns when comparing the things I liked about the series with my growing disenchantment irritation with Harry Thus, as much as I regret all of the clever, interesting world building and magical marvels I ll be missing in the subsequent Dresden books, I just think the hurdles to my enjoyment have become too high.and too mighty.2.5 stars.

  2. says:

    Urban Fantasy is the genre I choose when I m in the mood for a light read, and The Dresden Files is my number 1 choice in that particular genre I like the characters, plot, and writing This series keeps getting better along the way, but sometimes it tends to feel like it has a routine.No money New enemies Girl problem New job Almost died Didn t die Saved the day.That s the particular routine of The Dresden Files, and it s slowly starting to get boring Sure I like reading about Dresden, but I also need something huge that would make me want to read on That was my problem with the fifth book, but this one had a few great moments.We all love a good plot twist, or a revelation that we didn t see coming Blood Rites had that, and I m really glad If it didn t have those moments then I would ve rated this a 3 When people tell you that the series gets better along the way, sometimes it doesn t hurt to trust them I bought the next 13 books in the series after reading book 1 Sometimes I feel like I m obligated to read all of them, but while reading them I feel the sense of enjoyment The novels are relatively short, so it s not much of a chore to finish it Add in the fact that you d be finished by day 2 because you just have to know what happens next Let s just call these books as page turners.4 5 stars While this one is among the good ones of the series, it was still a bit underwhelming It needs a bit tricks up Butcher s sleeves.

  3. says:

    In this entry in The Dresden Files, the vampire Thomas asks Harry to help his friend, an adult film maker People keep dying on set and Thomas thinks its magic related.Part mystery, part comedy and 100 percent wizard, I think Blood Rites is one of the best in the series so far I was agreeing to help him and taking a job, just as though Thomas were any other client It probably wasn t the smartest thing I d ever done It had the potential to lead to lethally unhealthy decisions pg 17As usual, Harry can t seem to get his life together long enough to get anything done He runs from crisis to crisis But, he s become self aware enough to realize what he s doing My worry and tension slowly grew, and as they did I took a perverse comfort in the familiar emotions It actually felt good to feel my survival instincts put me on guard against premature mortality Hell s bells Is that insane or what pg 93We learn a lot about Harry s personal life in this story The hardest lesson a wizard has to learn is that even with so much power, there are some things you can t control No matter how much you want to pg 353.And we also get to meet a shady character or two from his past.Highly recommended for urban fiction fans.

  4. says:

    BROWN CHICKEN, BROWN COW Sleazy saxophone riff Dresden magic on a porn movie set.I have to admit that when I read the trailers for this, I smiled to myself but did not expect much Oh, I knew I d probably like it, it s Jim Butcher s wise cracking wizard for hire after all, but the premise seemed off I imagined Burt Reynolds and Heather Graham in Boogie Nights doing magic Jackie Treehorn producing Log Jammin with werewolves fixing the cable.But I was very pleasantly surprised I think this is one of his better books.Butcher builds and expands his vision of the world Harry lives in, where he s in the Chicago Yellow Pages and there be boogeymen afoot if not altogether in plain sight What is particularly engrossing was his further description and explanation of the different courts of vampires The Black Court are the ones Bram Stoker described at the behest of the Wizards White Council and all the normal rules apply, except Butcher s Black Court vamps are stinkingly undead, almost a cross with a zombie or ghoul The Red Court are the demon like, less human in reality but powerful and able to disguise themselves We learned about them in Grave Peril and Death Masks.Then there are the adult entertainment side of the house, the White Court These are the succubi and incubi, the most human like and the ones who feed off emotions and life force.And can party like porn stars.Besides these fun descriptions and some cool recurring characters and some amusing new ones, Butcher also adds depth to his characterizations and further develops the characters, particularly Harry, Thomas and Karrin Murphy Like any dynamic grouping, theirs is a complicated one and made all the dramatic by the realization of some Jerry Springer show family dynamics.Blood Rites, escapist and fun urban fantasy that it is, also is good enough to explore themes of family, love, relationships and the primal need we have for one another.So not just another magic wielding shoot em up an honest to God, I ll be damned, good book.

  5. says:

    Full review now posted It s a thankless job, being Chicago s only professional wizard But it s what Harry Dresden signed up for, and he is up to the challenge Usually But for someone always so swamped with work, the poor man never has two quarters to rub together That lack of funds always ends up getting him in trouble, whether because of the jobs he takes to get some cash or because he ends up owing some sketchy people money.This book opens with Dresden rescuing puppies from demonic purple flying monkeys No, really Demonic purple flying monkeys that hurl incendiary poo And can join forces to create one giant purple King Kong demon Needless to say, the beginning was hilarious One of the puppies, the one that manages to sneak his way into Dresden s life, is the cutest thing ever I can t wait to get of him in future books Later in the book, Dresden helps an adult film maker dodge a curse targeting the women on set as a favor to Thomas, the sexy White Court vampire that always has his back for some unexplained reason The curse is completely wonky Seriously, someone got taken out by a frozen turkey that fell out of an airplane There are freaky Black Court vampires on the hunt for Dresden, and during all of this other craziness Harry gets some family bombshells dropped on him Lots of stuff goes down.Here is my problem with the Dresden Files the writing is just so scattered Butcher writes an entertaining story, but when he s trying to bring plot points together things just fall apart for some reason I can see where Butcher is trying to go with the story, and I can follow what he s getting at, but the writing itself doesn t convey the plot twists in any kind of concise manner Are these five star quality books No Will I continue to read them when I need a break from denser, better written books Yes Because Dresden might not be the best written book series on the market, but it sure is fun.

  6. says:

    My guilty pleasure reading is the Harry Dresden series, featuring Chicago s only professional wizard Butcher has the first person hardboiled narrator voice down pat, and throws out one liners and rock em sock em action with equal abandon Harry Dresden s world gets increasingly complicated in this book with new allies and new enemies, and I m glad I went back and started at the beginning of the series This book, like the rest of the series, offers a wild ride and lots of fun.

  7. says:

    This review can also be found at Carole s Random Life in Books.I think that I might have enjoyed this book even than I did the first time I read it It has been several years since I worked my way through the Harry Dresden series the first time and I have been slowing re reading the series on audio I am somewhat surprised that I remembered as much of this story as I did but I think that this is really a pivotal book in the series and it stood out in memory for that reason I really had a blast with the story and am glad that I made the decision to pick it up when I did.Once again, Harry has his hands full The book starts out with Harry delivering some temple dogs to a monk which sounds like it should be a lot easier than it actually is One of the dogs stows away in Harry s car and I really enjoyed having the pup along for much of the story Harry is a good guy and always seems to do what is right even when it costs him This book takes Harry on quite the ride and spends some time on the set of an adult film where things don t really go as planned.This felt like a pivotal book in the series because there are some pretty big revelations that are made You get some insight into several characters which will have an impact for the rest of the series I also liked the fact that we see others make some sacrifices for Harry Harry always seems to give but it is nice to see that he does have some true friends that are there for him and can be trusted.James Marsters does a phenomenal job with this series I am really quite in awe of his ability to bring Harry and the story to life If I were to read one of these books, the voice that I would hear in my head for Harry would be James s voice He is able to add excitement to the story when needed and seems to have perfectly captured Harry s sense of humor He handles all of the voices very well and is easy to listen to for hours at a time I would highly recommend this series to others It is a series that needs to be read in order since each book builds on the previous installments I had a great time with this wonderful story and can t wait to continue my re read of the series.Initial ThoughtsI actually remember a whole lot of this book from the first time I read it which is kind of amazing since my memory sucks these days This book does not suck though It was great There are a lot of important things revealed in this book which is probably one reason it stayed in my mind Plus there is a puppy in this bookhow can you do anything but love a puppy Lot of excitement and fantastic narration Book source Audible purchase

  8. says:

    I can honestly say, Blood Rites is my favorite in the series so far Now, this was also my first audiobook of the series so that could have something to do with it It s hard to tell at this point, but either way, I highly enjoyed Bood Rites.At first, I thought Marsters was a bit too serious for Harry, at least the Harry I had in my head, but the I read, the I realized Marsters is pretty much as perfect as you can get Harry s wit and constant one liners were actually made hilarious by this narrator who is serious for the majority of the time I think the heightened seriousness really works better for these books because it gives you a sense of this highly dangerous world where Harry works on a daily basis.It s hard to separate the story from Harry himself because it s told in first person so you re in Harry s head the entire time outside of dialogue from other characters I thought this was a brilliant way to handle it though, where you get Harry s sense of humor through his dialogue mostly, his thoughts as well of course, but a seriousness that anchors the narrative because Harry still lives in a world of scary monsters.I hope any of that made some remote bit of sense.Anyhow, Blood Rites gets back into the vampires they seem to be a pretty regular fall back for Butcher and that makes sense because the set up has been an all out war between vampires and wizards Someone s taking out people on an adult film set and Harry has to go undercover to discover who s behind it Of course, it goes deeper than he imagined at first and there s where the money is for this series Harry getting into stuff only to get beaten down and beaten on a lot.I struggled a slight bit with the first books in the series, but they have really hit their stride now I didn t even notice the typical repetitions this time Harry disrupts electricity, Harry gets really protective of women, etc etc that are explained in each volume as if no one s ever heard about them before It probably helps that it s been a year or so since I last read in the series Blood Rites was excellent James Marsters is so perfectly Harry Dresden it s almost scary What a great combination I ve already broken my rule of leaving a year between each Dresden file read and started on Dead Beat 4.5 out of 5 Stars highly recommended

  9. says:

    Rereading with the Lobster.

  10. says:

    4.5 Stars

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About the Author: Jim Butcher

Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and a new steampunk series, the Cinder Spires His resume includes a laundry list of skills which were useful a couple of centuries ago, and he plays guitar quite badly An avid gamer, he plays tabletop games in varying systems, a variety of video games on PC and console, and LARPs whenever he can make time for it Jim currently resi