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I'm a big bloke (7ft tall) and I am forever reading. This will mostly be my thoughts as I am reading and possibly a review or two. You may know me as Archer.


I am basically a lurker. My life revolves around my wife, my cats, Books, and entertainment.


I'm working on building and setting up a forge and I'm generally one of those people who can be found causing or in the middle of mischief somewhere...

Ghost Story (The Dresden Files, #13)

Ghost Story (The Dresden Files, #13) - Jim Butcher Well, hi there my fellow bookworms.Let me begin by saying just one little thing about this book (hell about this series as a whole) I FUCKING LOVE THE DRESDEN FILES. Seriously, they are probably my favourite series of novels FUCKING EVER! Yes I like the Harry Potter books, hell I even enjoyed the Lincoln Rhyme novels by Jeffry Deaver, I'll even admit (because we're all readers) that I love the Narnia books, The Vampire Chronicles and the Artemis Fowl series, but none of them are as real, as enthralling, as deeply riveting, as addictive and as stunning as Jim Butchers debut characters case files.Ghost Story marks novel 13 of the series. Few modern series can boast that number, nor the cult following and growth of fans that Dresden has gained in the past 10 years, and now that my nerding has been completed and there is a huge mess on the floor...Ghost Story is exactly what it sounds like, it's a ghost story... but not any ordinary one. That wouldn't be Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden’s style, oh no, this is a ghost story from the ghost’s perspective. Harry’s shade is flung into the fray once more, having to race around Chicago to find his killer and ultimately save the day. Alas, however, Dresden finds himself with no tangible means of interacting with the physical world and without his magic to boot… but I’ll stop there for this is bordering on spoiler territory and I can’t be bothered with the effort of doing the collapsible spoiler alert coding. Needless to say, in true Butcher style, this is a tale woven of a fast paced narrative, sarcastic tone, page turning revelations and adrenaline pumping action! (Of course this is action of a wizardly nature, but you know, adult… none of that PG rated J.K. stuff here) With plenty of fire, raw force of Will, some explosives, a P-90, a trainee warrior, a smattering of Viking, faeries, a Nazi S.S. spirit of knowledge, a veritable army of psychotic ghosts, the usual talking skull and three big assed wolves this novel has just about every base covered for geeks of every flavour. I admit, unlike some of the other novels in the series, to fully understand it you need to read Changes (which is a genius piece of Urban Fantasy). But with the storyline essentially continuing on, in Dresden’s perspective, straight from where the previous installment left off, I’d say it is well worth finding Changes and reading that first. I know this review is me essentially gushing over this book but IMHO it is worthy of everything I have said. It is a truly enthralling and engrossing read, it has the expected Dresden Files twist and turns and metaphysical philosophy in the guise of thought provoking and laugh out loud funny pop culture references and I recommend this entire series from Storm Front up until this, to anyone who is looking for a detective series with a difference. Happy reading and please… don’t slip in the ectoplasm Archer OUT!