Ghost Story

Ghost Story

A Novel of the Dresden Files

Book - 2011
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"In his life, Harry's been shot, stabbed, sliced, beaten, burned, crushed, and tortured. And after someone puts a bullet through his chest and leaves him to die in the waters of Lake Michigan, things really start going downhill. But even trapped in the realm between life and death, Harry can't catch a break. He learns that three of his friends are destined to experience unbearable torment and agony. Only by bringing his murderer to justice can he save his friends and move on to what comes next--a feat that would be a lot easier if he had a body and access to his powers. Instead, Harry must work as a ghost, unable to interact with the physical world, invisible and inaudible to almost everyone. Unfortunately he's not the only specter roaming Chicago. There are malevolent shadows who haven't forgotten Harry's predilection for putting evil in its place while he was alive. And now that Harry's on their turf, they are looking for some serious payback. So the late Harry Dresden will have to pull off the ultimate trick without using any magic--or face an eternity as just another lost soul"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Roc Hardcover, 2011
ISBN: 9780451463791
045146379X
Characteristics: 481 p. ; 24 cm

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bookfanatic1979 Jan 12, 2013

This is my second attempt at Ghost Story. I gleefully pounced on it when it first came out, but couldn't get past Harry's rambling existentialist monologues with himself. The only reason I tried again is so I'd be prepared for the next book--Cold Days. It wasn't as bad the second time around, possibly because I was prepared to skim through the less interesting parts.

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helenhag1217
Jul 23, 2012

Poor Harry Dresden! I imagine Jim Butcher was positively gleeful when he wrote the latest chapter in the 'Dresden Files'. We now find Harry a ghost, trying to figure out a way to communicate with his friends, and warn them of danger. The tension keeps building in this series, as Harry gets in deeper & deeper. Where do you go when you are already dead?

Incinerated_Newt Apr 02, 2012

At first I wasn't sure what I thought of this book, but then I was impressed by it. This one ends a story arc...or several. It's that last book before the author takes the series off down a different path, and it was beautifully done. A bit of a retrospective on how we got to where were are in Harry's life without becoming a boring recap, Butcher really took a storyline that could have been campy and turned it into something fun and funny, more than a little dark, familiarly nostalgic and immensly emotional. This books ends one chapter in the series just as it starts another, and I know I'm looking forward to the next one.

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bladestar123
Jan 07, 2012

hands down. this is the best series I have ever read
Jim Butcher is such an awesome writer, and the plot he's been developing since "Changes" seems really good.

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Katjira
Dec 19, 2011

If you haven't read Jim Butcher yet, you are missing a great author! Don't start with this book though - it's fabulous but very much a later book in the series! I love what Jim is doing with the series. Can't wait for the next one!

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Ubalstecha
Dec 02, 2011

Harry Dresden is a ghost. Shot while on his brother's boat, Harry has been given a choice at the crossroads of life, find his murderer or three of those he loves will suffer horribly.

So Harry goes about Chicago, trying to find someone who can see him and wants to help him on his quest. He also sees the aftermath of his wiping out the Red Court as a new force has risen up to fill the void left by the Red Courts absence and it has begun to turn its sights on Chicago.

An excellent entry in the series that will satisfy the long time fan, possibly making them tear up a bit towards the end. And the ending sets up the next stage of the series.

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twindledee
Oct 12, 2011

Wow - worth the wait! I had to slow myself down to savour each chapter. Found the ending a little abrupt, not sure if I'm happy with it but Butcher has great continuity in his stories and his development in characters are belieavable.

angry_skull Sep 01, 2011

Awesome as usual.

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kim_possible
Aug 31, 2011

Loved it. Harry Dresden stays one of my favourite series characters .. and I couldn't put the book down.

This is definitely a great read. Go for it!

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jhenze
Aug 22, 2011

Definitly a change in style for the Dresden Files series. I enjoyed the book and it was interesting to see how much of an impact the death of Dresden had on the various supporting characters. For some its a drastic change. If you're a fan of the series definitly worth a read

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LordFarren
Jul 12, 2011

When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn’t doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin.

But being dead doesn’t stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has no body, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own.

To save his friends — and his own soul — Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic…

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DeanXCastiel
Feb 13, 2016

Coarse Language: Has some Langue but not to bad.

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