White Night by Jim Butcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Jacket Blurb: A sensational addition
to the "Dresden Files" adventures-from a "USA Today" bestselling author.
Professional wizard Harry Dresden is investigating a series of deaths
in Chicago. Someone is killing practitioners of magic, those incapable
of becoming full-fledged wizards. Shockingly, all the evidence points to
Harry's half-brother, Thomas, as the murderer. Determined to clear his
sibling's name, Harry uncovers a conspiracy within the White Council of
Wizards that threatens not only him, but his nearest and dearest, too...
This installment had me sitting in my car, holding on to the steering wheel, not moving: in my work parking spot, in the parking lot of the local grocery store, and in my garage. Happiness reading this one was extra time in the car driving to/from errands. Yes. I thought it was that good.
Butcher seems to have hit his stride. The plots are becoming more solid and defined. The characters are being fleshed out and we are starting to see some personality layers not before revealed. And we still get some kick ass fighting.
That being said, the book still has some quirks that bug the heck out of me - Molly's overt sexuality as Harry's 17 year old apprentice, combined with Bob the skull's comments, comes across as a male wet dream. Yo, Butcher! Women are reading your books too! Next, the whole "gotta protect the womin folk" chivalry bit has got to go. It's demeaning and overdone. I also realized that at some climatic battle point, Harry starts to wax philosophical about something, or goes into a long soliloquy about how a particular piece of magic works, or enters into a flashback. Every. Single. Momentous. Climatic. Battle Scene. Gah!
And yet, I'm going to read the next one. As my friend repeatedly tells me...turn off brain. Enjoy.
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