Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Book Review: Dead Beat (The Dresden Files, Book 7), By Jim Butcher

A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 7
By: Jim Butcher

When Chicago is invaded by a small crowd of necromancers intent on god-dom, Harry Dresden – Chicago's Professional Wizard – must find a way to stop the proceedings before thousands loose their lives.

Written in the fast paced and humorous tone that Butcher excels at, Dead Beat is an enjoyable and appropriately named book. It contains various necromancy, torture, injuries, death, killing, language, nudity, and sexually charged observations, but no sex scenes.

For those who have not read any of the Dresden Files, you should know that it is not strictly necessary to read them in order. Jim Butcher (the author) actually recommends that new readers start with Dead Beat as he feels that his writing had greatly improved by this point in the series. However, if you read a Dresden Files book, enjoy it and want to get the most out of the series, I recommend going back to the beginning and reading them in order. 

The series spreads across many, many years and the characters undergo numerous changes during that time. Each book provides the necessary information about the characters and setting to allow the tale to be enjoyed without knowledge of the prior books, but without knowledge of the prior books you will likely miss the intricacy of the overarching series plot.
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