Friday, June 20, 2014

[Book] Skin Job by Jim Butcher

Awesome! [Drops mike and walks away.]

[Awkward Pause]

[Sticks head out of side of stage left] What?

Fine.  So the fiftheenth book in the Dresden Files series is Awesome.

All Dresden files books are awesome and this one is awesomer still.

Imagine your favorite heist movie, like Oceans Eleven or Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, now add Harry Dresden, and you get a supernatural thriller that only Jim Butcher could pull off. Because his rules matter, and because by now they are so well explained from the other books, he can have really complicated characters who you know the rules for, but for which he can focus on the intruige and character development instead.


Harry, now Winter Knight, now Not Dead, has three dilemas.  He has a thing in his head that will kill him if he doesn't get it out, he has a favor that Mab owes to the lunatic demon denarian Nicodemus, and he has to do all this without pissing off the White Council that governs magic.  Two out of three aren't bad.  Nicodemus wants to steal the Holy Grail....from Hades in the underworld, so a rag tag team including a Yeti, a Summoner, a Pyromaniac and a shapeshifter make for an interesting caper indeed.

Old friends and new appear.  Some things that any dresden fan would love who hasn't read this yet.

Butters is back and he's kicking ass and gets a fantasticly interesting upgrade.
Murphy and Harry finally get over it and do something about each other.
You learn a bit more about Molly's situation but not until the very end of the book.

On the whole, I'll give this book a 9.4 out of 10, and rate it my third favorite of the series after Dead Beat (It is impossible to beat a zombie Trex.  It wins everything...forever) and Small Favor (Bring me a Jelly Donut!).  Read it.

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