Cold Days (The Dresden Files) by Jim Butcher

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  1. AmethystOrator

    AmethystOrator Registered User

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    This 14th installment in Harry Dresden's adventures is less than a week away, and the first four chapters are up for free at Mr. Butcher's site:

    http://www.jim-butcher.com/books/dresden/cold-days-14/cold-days-ch-1

    http://www.jim-butcher.com/books/dresden/cold-days-14/cold-days-chapter-2

    http://www.jim-butcher.com/books/dresden/cold-days-14/cold-days-chapter-3

    http://www.jim-butcher.com/books/dresden/cold-days-14/cold-days-chapter-4

    There's also a wallpaper and news about two upcoming online Q&A sessions:

    http://www.jim-butcher.com/posts/2012/14-to-14
     
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  2. Mithfânion

    Mithfânion Lord of the Wild Hunt

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    The ones dealing with the Faerie realms have sofar been among my favorite. I hope this one is extra good, so I am looking out for advance reviews, of which there are sofar, none. Seems like they did not have time to send out arc's.
     
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    Same here. I'm also very eager to find out what's going on with as many of Dresden's allies, friends and enemies as possible. How many will show up? How many will believe it's really him, etc. I'm also wondering if Lily, Fix and the rest of Summer knew that he wasn't dead to begin with? I'm (obviously) very much looking forward to it too.

    I really liked the preview chapter (does that count as a review [j/k]).

    I'm not surprised at the lack of arcs, as you say. It sounded like Butcher needed all the time he got to finish this and I'm very glad that we get it this year.
     
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    I wasn't expecting any advance reviews either, for the reasons you both mention, but my local library archives Publishers Weekly, and there was recently one in there -- to the extent that PW reviews are useful, being only a paragraph long. They describe it as "engaging", and the overall tone is very approving, which is great to hear of course. However, I wouldn't advise reading the review if you've got access to it; I wish I had not. Because it contains a spoiler. On the one hand it sounds like something that happens fairly early in the book, but on the other hand it's definitely not something you can get from the blurbs I've seen, and it's kind of big. Not earth-shattering, but definitely something that sounds like it'll loom large over the plot.

    I am, needless to say, stoked.
     
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    sic's mom I want to be a princess

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    I have been reading these books since the first few were out and eagerly have awaited each and every one. Not this one. Maybe because I didn't care for Ghost Story. I suppose I will reread it, because since I didn't like it I didn't retain much. I have high hope for Cold Days, but not as eager for it as I have been the others.
     
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    Alle A Fantasy Freak

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    I have to admit that GS, while I did like it, was a little disappointing for me when I first read it. I then did a series reread and when I got back to GS actually enjoyed it a lot more the second time. At any rate I am really looking forward to Cold Days!
     
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    I updated the first post with Chapter 2, which is as far as the free preview in the back of GS went. So everyone is at the same place and I'm very much anticipating what comes next.
     
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    I updated Chapter 3 as well as the news about the wallpaper and upcoming Q&A's.
     
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    I added chapter 4. And Jim B's Reddit Q&A is supposed to start in a couple of minutes.
     
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    And it is released!!

    Why so expensive though... $15 for the Kindle version. Beside audio books, this has got to be the most expensive book I have ever bought through the Kindle store.
     
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    Mithfânion Lord of the Wild Hunt

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    The book is highly anticipated and already a massive bestseller in pre-order.
    The publisher is trying to get as maximum a profit out of it as they can possibly get, and that is why Kindle prices are also very high.
     
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    Just finished Cold Days!

    To be honest.. I don't really know what to think. Harry's power seems to fluctuate at whim. It felt like he would go from being the ultimate bad ass in one chapter, to being completely powerless in the next. This is pretty usual for this particular author, but being the Winter Knight, the feared warrior and assassin of the Unseelie Court, I just felt that he shouldn't have been kicked around so easily by anyone, let alone by the Winter creatures themselves.

    The part about the Fae Queens was great though, especially loved how the book ended. Overall, it was a pretty good addition to the series, but nowhere near the best. Felt bloated at times by random irrelevant narratives. The two separate main plots were interesting, but the convergent point felt poorly done; the twist that lead to it was so obvious that I kept hoping I was wrong.
     
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    Finished it last night and loved it!

    Many things were not handled how I imagined but as it was it was still done extremely well. I loved the private showdown with the pair at the end.
     
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    Read it yesterday, and was pleased with this book. It had a ton of reveals in it that were awesome, but as a result makes me less excited for the next book.
     
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    Three books behind. I need to catch up.
     
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    I'm not sure why, but I haven't been able to get excited for this. I'm not sure if I was just burnt out on the Dresden Files by Ghost Story, or Ghost Story was a weaker installment in the series, but I stopped about halfway and haven't tried to get back into it since.
     
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    I was okay with that aspect myself, as I can buy that Harry was experimenting with the power, and that he wouldn't master it quickly (especially if he was avoiding it's major pitfall). The whole story essentially took place in a little over a day, so I'm okay that he hasn't mastered it yet.

    I pretty much agree with you here though, much of the middle of the book underwhelmed me. I didn't hate any of it, but there was a great sense of going through the motions, with little that really excited me about the process. I would have much preferred that we could have seen what happened after where the book left off. Imo there were some great opportunities that we missed in favor of times where it seemed to me like more of the same.
     
  18. sic's mom

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    Ok I broke down and bought "Cold Days." I am about halfway through it and loving it. Harry is back to himself, for the most part. This book goes back to why I have always loved this series so much. I hope it lasts. I love this series, have been reading it from the beginning, and want to look forward to the new ones coming out. I know Butcher is contracted for more, four or five I think, so I really want him to keep the same quality he has always had in this series. It has to be hard this far into, but I have faith:)
     
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    Hmmm, finished Cold Days about a week ago and have been mulling on it. Overall its not in my top ten Dresden Files novels, the new villains don't excite me and don't have much personality, the areas I wanted explored were not. A lot of great stuff happened that makes the series as a whole more interesting, but the second half of the book just took a real nose dive for me. A great many important things happened, I just did not enjoy how they were handled anywhere near as much as I usually do. That being said I cannot wait for the next book where it seems like we will get a lot of payoff from this one.

    I'm also finding myself sick to the hind teeth of Murphy.
     
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    All in all, when compared with the new crop of similar writers, the story held up well. Trapped was fairly good (though I"m not a huge Iron Druid Fan). Marquitz is always entertaining (haven't seen a new demon squad book in a while tough). Benedict Jacka is always a great source of creativity. Butcher's novels still seem to be above the rest of the urban fantasy cohort.

    The scenes with Thomas were entertaining and hilarious. I'm in agreement with the man above that Murphy is just irritating. I would like to see Kincaid and the Demondudes make appearances again sometime soon. I would also like less of Butters and those damn werewolves. Those characters have been around for a while and I still can't give a damn about them.

    I was enjoying this book until the very end. The second half of the book almost felt like a Malazan novel with so many powers converging.

    The ending left me in a mixed state of confusion, disappointment, and curiosity. I'm not sure I like how Butcher is trying to tie all the previous novels together. Unlike most people, I"ve never been a fan of tidy plot contrivances that wrap up storylines. I like the Frank Herbert approach, i.e., why bother explaining it all?

    I also wouldn't mind a return to a smaller scale for Harry. He's so powerful and busy these days. Things have changed since Changes :(
     
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