Tigers in Normandy rI don teally think you ll need a sales pitch from me on why you should Presidential Secrecy and the Law read it I think Jim has put together a part 1 of a 2 part television midseason finale here Youe going to be satisfied but left wanting in a good way Let the countdown to Battle Ground begin 25 starsTL DR is that this book is kinda meh It picks up at the end but that doesn t eally save it from mediocrityIt s been about 7 years since the previous book in the series and I haven t eread any of the other books in the series during that time I may need to go back and Hume on Religion read some of them or at least look up a character and event list 7 years is a long time and the book keepseferencing events and characters that I either outright do not Master Plots: Race and the Founding of an American Literature, 1787-1845 remember or only vaguelyemember Also the previous book was just a City Schools: Lessons from New York really funeally entertaining adventure A The Widow's Lawman return to form for the series And aeally great sendoff for my favorite Dresden sidekick In comparison this book is kind of The Story Within really dull which is a bit disappointing after how long it s been since the previous book and just how good that previous book was It s not bad I was just hoping for a bit fun and a bit less moping around The book has someeally frustrating moments in it due to Dresden actively choosing not to communicate I get that the author was saving it for the big confrontation at the end but I spent half the book yelling JUST TELL HIM at the pages At its core this book is pretty much the same story type as Skin Game It s a heist But where Skin Game did everything ight this one seemed eally half hearted Not to mention that using the exact same type of story twice in a God Gave Me a Mulligan: A Journalist's Life in War and Peace row didn t help with the boredom aspect for me It s not a terrible book I just felt that it waseally dull until about the last fifty pages or so I think this is the second book in the series after Ghost Story that I Elephant Slaves and Pampered Parrots: Exotic Animals in Eighteenth-Century Paris really just don t care for But I mean if only 1 book in 8 is not all that great that s still a pretty goodatio Big things do happen in this book mostly at the end but it s not presented in a very interesting way It kind of just feels like Butcher was dragging his feet and maybe a little burnt out on writing Dresden I understand that he went through uite a bit of misfortune in the time between this book and the previous one and I wish him the best but I still don t like this book as much as others in the series Hopefully the next book this fall will be a bit fun and exciting Given what happens at the end of this book it looks to be a pretty good book Hopefully Butcher
to get out of his funk for Unsalvageable I m tempted to tell Jim Butcher to go screw himself because he sure screwed his faithful What s most of his fans are ating this book praising it to the heavensThere was an overemphasis on Mouse the dog and mention of a threesome twice If that kind of events happened in the author s life then spice it up a little before serving itI know Butcher is a terrific writer and I can see myself giving 5 Stars To Battle stars to Battle but my personal opinion on this garbage book is that hype is a eal thing that can The Rise and Fall of the Biopsychosocial Model: Reconciling Art and Science in Psychiatry reel in the gullible the famished the naive and the fanatic Update 72020 No fifth star here folks What we ve got here is a part one of two situation This is basically the first book in a duology inside the series proper with Battle Ground being part two We now know why the surprise second book And I can t fully judge this one until I see how most of it turns out Luckily September 29th isn t that far awayI had to step away from this one for a bit to try and see what Butcher was going for since it s such a huge change of format for him All previous Dresden Files books have contained a full story arc wherein the temporary bad guy or crisis isesolved or defeated but that is not the arc this book employs at all and it s jarring and depending on how you feel about waiting two months for another book to finish up the main conflict may make or break the book for you A good way to explain is like those special two parters you sometimes get on TV shows where the first episode sets up the conflict and part two The Arena: An Offering to Contemporary Monasticism resolves it Because I spent last weekend finally finishing Picard I will use an example from that show as well as Star Trek TNG Think The Best of Both Worlds Part I which finished up season three of that show with an unprecedented cliffhanger beware thirty year old spoilers view spoilerPicard being taken and turned into Locutus of Borg hide spoiler My dear friends I just finishedeading Peace TalksYes I finally ead "a book that I and approximately 1k other eviewers have been so vocal about wanting "book that I and approximately 1k other A Kangaroo's Life reviewers have been so vocal about wanting since Skin Game If I was going to be super precise about the actual waiting time I d say it s a TON For those who like to challenge themselves with a little basic math the last Dresden novel came out in May of 2014And so when I got an ARC for this I spit out my soup in surprise and started screamingYou understand It s just one of those thingsB. Ongoing hostilities Harry Dresden Chicago's only professional wizard joins the White Council's security team to make sure the talks stay civil But can he succeed when dark political manipula. Ut now that I veead Peace "Talks I m to actually SAY that I ve ead Peace TalksWhyBecause you FANS ARE NUTS "I m afraid to actually SAY I ve ead Peace TalksWhyBecause you FANS ARE NUTS feel like I m starting a war I can hear you getting your guns out and your magical weapons and all your supernatural hoards and you Filosofía e inmanencia re COMING FOR ME because I got it early andead it early and now I feel like my only The Monacan Indian Nation of Virginia: The Drums of Life recourse is toun and hide on DemonreachOf course if you weren t coming for me with hate filled eyes I might tell you that the book was AWESOME and Mr Jim Butcher pulled off something SWEET AS HELL in the new novel I could tell you that nothing is lost nothing is ignored and all things serve a purposeYou emember the book where the Council and all the other baddies stood to face the "wall that kept the outsiders on the other "that kept the Outsiders on the other and you ead the scene with wonder and a crazy feeling that things were ABSOLUTELY NOT GOING TO GO WELL That feeling has survived uite nicely in this bookAnd you know what Mr Jim Butcher is spoiling usLook to October this year for BOOK 17 That s Murder in Gutenthal right Battle GroundThe crap is going to hit the fanPlease don t hurt me fellow fanboys and fangirls But even if you do I think it was worth it The book was great Peace friends Edited 92315Jim said at yesterday seddit AMA that the manuscript is due January 1st Generally a 4 month turnaround is necessary after that 6 preferable Penguin has managed to bring that down to as low as 1 month but that is unlikely Props to Priscellie for most of the above infoHere is Jim s 50 word summary of what Peace Talks is aboutThe various supernatural powers are gathering together in Chicago to kind of hash things out in the wake of the Red Court s destruction and all the chaos in the world So basically they will all sit around a campfire and tell stories and sing kumbayah and everything will be fineJim announced on twitter that the first line is view spoilerMy brother One of Our Thursdays Is Missing ruined a perfectly goodun by saying Justine is pregnant hide spoiler 455 stars Peace Talks was everything I hoped it would be and Totally worth the wait Especially because we On the Field of Glory: an Historical Novel of the Time of King John Sobieski re getting TWO Dresden novels this year Battle Ground is currently slated forelease September 29thThe last few Dresden novels have been hit or miss Ghost Story and Cold Days were by far my least favorite books in the series I briefly considered abandoning it but then Skin Game possibly the best of the series PARKOUR came along and fuego total Lassie Come-Home re ignition I didn t know what to expect after so much time between books but luckily Peace Talks was of all the things that make this series great good characters funny dialogue supernatural politics lots of magic and stakes that keep getting higher and higher It s aelief because I wasn t sure I liked the direction the story has been heading in the last few books Butcher jumped the shark at some point and I was afraid it was going to get too far from the original essence of the story while dealing with the multidimensional shit It didn t Instead it struck a nice balance between the familiar and the new conceptsThe book did take a bit of time for gentle The People from the Sea reintroductions to the characters but it wasn t distracting Frankly I could ve usedeminders on the differences between the white court the St Lucy's Home For Girls Raised By Wolves red court the winter court the summer court etc I ve got most of it straight but still get lost on occasion with anything to do with the fae That s of an attention span thing though early on in the series all the evil beings sounded and acted the same so I never bothered to get them straight Now I m paying for being lazy because they ve stuck around Anyway Peace Talks wasn t as action packed as Skin game but it than made up for it with political intrigue and plot advancements between key characters There were definitely a few omg moments The story arc didn t feel asobust as some of his other books but that s probably why we e getting another novel this year I m eady for that one to knock me on my assReally the only thing that would ve made my Mr. Majeika and the Dinner Lady and Mr. Majeika and the Music Teacher reading experience of Peace Talks better is James Marsters crooning to me on the audio version Other than that it was awesomeRecommendations Dresden continues to be an absolute joy toead and seems to embrace its flaws to the point where it wouldn t be a satisfying Dresden novel without them they Twilight of the Idols re not so much flaws any as trademark Dresden isms If you haven tead this series yet and are even mildly interested in the genre it s a great pick give it until at least book 4 Oh And if you haven t had a chance to Ninth City Burning (War of the Realms, read the novellas yet now would be a good time to pick up the Bigfoot ones before diving into Peace Talks I d like to thank Berkley Publishing Group Netgalley and Jim Butcher for providing an earlyeview copy of Peace Talks you made my yearVia The Obsessive Bookseller at wwwNikiHawkescomOther books you might like Dear JimThank you for making 2020 a little better I would hug you but that will be breaking CDC guidelines so I ll just wish you wellBob s Avid Fa. Tions threaten the very existence of Chicago and all he holds dear Peace Talks is the sixteenth novel in the Dresden Files series and follows Harry’s adventures after the events of Skin Gam. Butcher isks declining interest in the Dresden Files He "s got such an interesting world with huge potential stories and story lines that he s setup and an "got such an interesting world with huge potential stories and story lines that he s setup and an fan base However with the snail s pace publishing of the adult version of the Files Butcher is isking a growing disinterest as Chinaberries and Crows readers turn to other authorsbooks that are a bit proliferate Certainly I find my interest in the next book to be fading as time moves on it is not something I m burning to buy as soon as it iseleased I barely was interested in Skin Game and didn t find the story as iveting or interesting as previous stories Since Ghost Story I ve found this apathy to be growing You e going to lose Blessed Are the Wicked readers Butcher FantasticSix years I waited for Harry to come back SIX YEARSWas it worth the wait For me ABSOLUTELY I loved every second of it There s intrigue galore amazing characterization Awesome dialoguePeace Talks made me happy in all kinds of ways I got my fix of some Thomas Molly Michael Maggie Mouse Lara Raith Marcone Waldo Mab Justine you name it it was there Best I was listening to James Marsters for almost all of the book He is just superb as Harry and the other forty or so characters heenders his voice for this series In addition if you had ead the short stories you ll be happily surprised to eacuaint yourself with so many other characters from thoseAs always Harry is having all kinds of trouble He s tired unning on little sleep and food and trying to save the world Or this case Chicago and some very important people to him Yet Harry is becoming smarter and trying to do things logically without burning down the building which shows some major growth on his part For people who like Karin and Dresden together they are going to be happy Me being a MollyTeam or even a LaraTeam it didn t make me happy but it didn t make me mad either I guess I still hold a grudge for Karrin shooting Harry so many moons ago but if Harry is happy with her so be itAfter finishing Peace Talks I started thinking of so many things that could go wrong since this book doesn t have all the answers Luckily I don t have to wait long for Battle Ground I believe if you are a eader who s saying there was not enough action in this book the next one is going to have too much The uestion is who are we going to lose It terrifies me I don t want it to be any of my favorites which is like 20On a side note I m super concerned about Ramirez I don t trust him any Be careful MollyPeace Talks sets such a masterful way for Battle Ground Frenemies must come together to protect it all or die trying and Harry Dresden is going to be in the middle of it all with the baddies from all sides gunning for him Watch outCliffhanger YES A big one55 FangsA complimentary copy was provided by ACE via Netgalley in exchange for an honest eviewMrsLeif s Two Fangs About It Facebook Twitter Instagram Video Non Spoiler Review Here Spoiler Review Here from an ARC courtesy of Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest eviewOver 6 years after the elease of Skin Game Peace Talks has arrived did it live up to the hype Well I was
managed to get out of his funk for
ONE OF THE LUCKY ONES WHOof the lucky ones who this entire series in 6 months and then got to ead it literally the day after finishing Skin Game so I wouldn t take my opinion on that answer as gospel But as a fan of the series now I ll say this I left satisfied while still hungry for It s a Dresden Files book I feel like one thing you can count on is every adventure is going to be a good time This is no different I had the same levels of fun I always have in an adventure with Harry numerous brilliant pop culture Grauwacht references and a few twists along the way I couldn t have predicted at allButcher s writing is just as strong as it has ever been and I d argue hisomantic dialogue is maybe the best it has ever been here The growing tensions between certain characters don t feel forced or ushed at all And in typical Butcher fashion it s things you can see progressing to a not so fun ending between those characters and there s nothing you can do to stop itIn many Dresden books you feel "like Butcher is always going to throw a new layer at you about Outsiders or Nemesis or the Denarians but "Butcher is always going to throw a new layer at you about Outsiders or Nemesis or the Denarians but ll also throw some minor or temporary foes that he gets to get a W against I ll say the new threat in this bookthey e here to stayI guess if there s a not so good in this book it s two things but I don t Lies, Damned Lies, and History really see them as a problem yet First this is a short book Like Storm Front short Many of you are going to finish this in one or two sittings Second I don t think there are a ton of answers in this one A lot of the longunning theories and speculation aren t going to be The New World resolved here So if youe hoping for that you may be disappointed However I don t find either of these a negative since this is only half of the story Butcher intended to tell us Battleground comes out in 75 days So I feel like that one is a wait and seeIf you You Wouldn't Want to Be an Inca Mummy!: A One-way Journey You'd Rather Not Make re here. Harry Dresden is back andeady for action in the new entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling Dresden Files series When the Supernatural nations of the world meet up to negotiate an end to. .