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BOOK REVIEW: FTN reviews The Dresden Files – Cold Days

November 27th, 2012 by Paddy Comments

There’s very little you can say about Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden series that hasn’t been said before.

You could pick any superlative and chances are it would be an apt description of the latest saga in the life of Chicago’s favourite wizard for hire.

Cold Days follows on from the events of Ghost Story, look away now spoiler phobes, that saw Harry back from the dead after agreeing to serve as the Winter Knight.

Long term readers will know that Harry’s new position is something of a poisoned chalice, to say the least, and it isn’t long before he’s once again up to his neck in danger.

Butcher’s biggest skill is giving us this incredibly detailed and awe-inspiring universe and grounding it by focusing on the wise-cracking and long suffering Harry Dresden.

On the surface Butcher would have you believe that Dresden is just like anyone else, but as we continue to follow Harry on his extraordinary path it’s clear that isn’t the case.

The stakes have never been higher for Dresden and his friends as they are thrown headfirst into a plot that threatens the very fabric of existence.

There are plenty of pop-culture references thrown in that will keep the fanboys happy long into the night.

Who couldn’t love a book that has a goblin army going into battle while chanting Queen’s We Will Rock You en masse?

You know what you are getting with The Dresden Files and, once again, that’s a gripping page-turner of a novel that is impossible to put down.

5 out of 5 nerds

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Paddy Ryan, like Buck Rogers, is a man out of time. He's a loose cannon haunted by his past who, when he's not making painful attempts at humour, is busy watching as many geeky films and TV shows as possible. An avid reader, he has vowed one day to start that novel he's been talking about for years. Born in the late 70s, he's an 80s kid at heart who sees nothing wrong with spending hours upon hours watching season three of Robin Of Sherwood. Jason Connery wasn't that bad you know! He's got a million ideas for comic books but thankfully doesn't know anyone with the time to draw them and call his bluff on that one! The Empire Strikes Back is his favourite film, Doctor Who is his TV show of choice and when it comes to books ... well that's a whole other story! I'm Paddy Ryan and you're not...