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Book Title: Blood Rites|
The author of the book: Jim Butcher
Edition: Penguin Audio
Date of issue: April 6th 2010
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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, Ebenezer...just to name a few. All of these are people I like hanging out with.
It's just...well, 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.
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 chauvinistic...in 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 more and more 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 more edge and a few more warts. That’s just a personal preference, but I like a little more “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.
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Read information about the authorJim 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 resides mostly inside his own head, but his head can generally be found in his home town of Independence, Missouri.
Jim goes by the moniker Longshot in a number of online locales. He came by this name in the early 1990′s when he decided he would become a published author. Usually only 3 in 1000 who make such an attempt actually manage to become published; of those, only 1 in 10 make enough money to call it a living. The sale of a second series was the breakthrough that let him beat the long odds against attaining a career as a novelist.
All the same, he refuses to change his nickname.
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