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Skin Game (The Dresden Files, Book 15) [Format Kindle]

Jim Butcher
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Praise for Jim Butcher and the #1 New York Times Bestselling DRESDEN FILES

“What would you get if you crossed Spenser with Merlin? Probably you would come up with someone very like Harry Dresden.”—The Washington Times

“Think Buffy the Vampire Slayer starring Philip Marlowe.”—Entertainment Weekly

“Harry Dresden is perhaps the best-written supernatural detective working today.”—SFRevu

“Superlative.”—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“The Dresden Files is still one of the most consistently well-written urban fantasy series in existence.”—LoveVampires

“An edge-of-your-seat thriller.”—Locus

“Butcher…spins an excellent noirish detective yarn in a well-crafted, supernaturally charged setting.”—Booklist (Starred Review)

“A great series…one of the most enjoyable marriages of the fantasy and mystery genres on the shelves.”—Cinescape

“This stunning, exciting series entry with its heart-stopping action will shock and thrill Butcher fans.”—Library Journal

Présentation de l'éditeur

Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day. As Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it's something awful.

This time, it's worse than that. Mab's involved Harry in a smash-and-grab heist run by one of his most despised enemies, to recover the literal Holy Grail from the vaults of the greatest treasure horde in the world - which belongs to the one and only Hades, Lord of the Underworld.

Dresden's always been tricky, but he's going to have to up his backstabbing game to survive this mess - assuming his own allies don't end up killing him before his enemies get the chance . . .

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 you can't be wrong picking a Butcher book 28 juin 2014
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excellent, always waiting for more Dresden adventures. It's another must read and an enjoyable book because you can't be wrong with a Butcher :P
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 don't forget to breathe... 23 juin 2014
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A must. The perfect continuation of the wonderful Dresden Files series. A window to the past, present and future, featuring the unlikely temporary alliances, high stakes, true friends and worst enemies... Wonderful book. Could be read independently from the series, but it would be a pity. I strongly recommend starting the series from the beginning, it would only make "Skin game" so much more wonderful when you get to it!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 "Dear God in Heaven, Harry." 27 mai 2014
Par Tom Shutt - Publié sur
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An ex-cop, a Denarian, a mercenary sorcerer, a wanted warlock, a shapeshifter, and a Warden of the White Council all walk into a slaughterhouse...

Alright, that joke isn’t really set up to elicit a lot of laughs, but this book does have plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. Skin Game is the fifteenth book in Jim Butcher’s fantastic Dresden Files series, and this review is going to assume that you have already read the first fourteen books. If not, you should get on that.

Since this novel is the 15th out of a proposed series of about 20 books, you can expect this number to hold a certain degree of significance in the life of Harry Dresden. Much like in the 10th book, Small Favor, Queen Mab wants Harry to do something despicable for her, and he doesn’t really have a choice in the matter. In this case, he's robbing the Lord of the Underworld for some of the Church's most powerful artifacts--and he is allied with Nicodemus Archleone, the baddest of the Denarians and Harry's greatest archenemy.

Harry Dresden has had a rough time of it so far, and the books thus far have had their ups and downs; lots of fist-in-the-air moments juxtaposed with some cringe-worthy scenes of forced, awkward dialogue. Skin Game is a return to some of Butcher’s best characters, and it is easily one of the better books in the series.

I loved this book for many reasons, but the greatest one is this: Harry is back.

While the last few books have been weighed down pretty heavily by the established lore of Dresden’s world, Skin Game introduces some fresh faces to bring back Harry’s dry wit and light-heartedness that have been so notably absent. He is less mopey about being the Winter Knight, or at least less vocal about it, and he is just as affably awkward around beautiful women as he was at the start of the series. After having dated Susan Rodriguez, resisted the advances of Lara Raith, and thoroughly sexed the Queen of Air and Darkness, you’d think Harry would be able to cope with alluring fun bags and shapely thighs. Nevertheless, this lack of character development was actually a bonus, because it made him more like the Dresden of old, the young renegade wizard who didn’t carry the weight of the world on his shoulders.

Still, that doesn’t mean that we’re wiping the slate clean. Harry has been a pretty awful friend for the past couple books, and that karmic justice is catching up to him now. He can’t keep up the lone-wolf protector routine forever, and Butcher brings some of these issues to the fore here.

In addition, Harry has been the Winter Knight for a while now, and it shows in this book. It isn’t always explicitly shown, but the kinds of injuries he sustains and ignores, the kinds of comments he makes without realizing, all indicate a deeper dependence on the mantle. Several of these moments gave me chills (pun intended), because like it or not, Harry Dresden the gumshoe private investigator is disappearing on us, slowly being replaced by something colder and darker.

Harry is also considerably cleverer than in previous books; he’s no longer the fire-slinging brute who stumbles upon victory by sheer luck. A wizard can overcome almost any obstacle given proper time to plan, and Harry finally seems to be following his own advice, devising plans that make his contract suicide after Chichén Itzá look like child’s play.

While Dresden still cracks off plenty of Star Wars references, Skin Game adds a slew of new fandoms to his repertoire, so be on the lookout for some Monty Python and Lord of the Rings as well, to name a couple.

I did not receive an ARC of this book. I didn’t even pre-order it and wait to read it after a good night’s rest. I stayed up until midnight, and then until 3 a.m. (because apparently midnight on EST isn’t good enough for Amazon), just so I could start as soon as possible. Then I stayed up until sleep sucker-punched me into unconsciousness; and when I woke up, I started reading again. And you know what?

It was worth it.

After more than fifteen months of waiting, Jim Butcher has provided me with a book that improves upon the best aspects of past Dresden stories. Am I biased for being a long-time fan of the series? Probably. But fifteen books in, this story isn’t really for newcomers, is it? This review is for all of those readers who, like me, have questioned whether Harry Dresden was worth following for another six years or more, whether Jim Butcher had lost interest in his flagship character after more than a decade and a half of writing about him.

I like to think this book is a tribute to the fans. It has pulpy fight scenes and distractingly beautiful women, and the build-up to the heist of Hades is something to behold. Harry is becoming more aware of the community of allies that he has created, and he is becoming wise in his years. Dresden makes up for a lot of debts he has accumulated over the years, and it feels like we finally get some closure to things that have bothered Harry for ages now.

If you’ve read this far, you’re good people. I like good people, and I liked this book. You can do the math.

5/5 stars.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 PARKOUR!! 27 mai 2014
Par VampireNovelFan - Publié sur
I'll kick this off with my favorite quotes:

"I can't tell you how many jobs I've done without a hitch since the last time I saw you, Dresden. You walk through the door and everything goes to hell."
"That's embroidered on my towels, actually," I said.

"What you are telling me," she said, "is that you have never shared your life with another over the long term. The closest you have come to it is providing a home and affection for a being which is entirely your subject and in your control."
"Well, not at bath time..."

"I know you've been aching to have your hands on my staff," I said to Ascher, as Nicodemus examined the altar for himself. I held out my hand. "But I'd rather be the one fondling my tool. Wizards are weird like that."

PARKOUR! Because Harry Dresden says so.

Cold Days was easily one of the best entries of the Dresden series. It's probably my favorite. And it definitely left big shoes to fill for any book that would follow it. Well, Skin Game does it wonderfully. I was hanging on to every word. The tension between Harry and Nicodemus was beyond palpable and I kept waiting for the shoe to drop! And boy does it drop.

This book was really exciting, gripping, and a true nail biter. I wasn't sure where Butcher planned to go with this one putting Nicodemus front and center. Either we'd finish the book with a better understanding of the character (potentially liking him more) or we'd see Harry do away with him once and for all. He is definitely a character you love to hate.

The heist plot was great and we got to see more focus on potential future players in the series. I liked that everyone was out for themselves. It kept things unpredictable.

I did miss Thomas in this entry as well as Molly, but the story is still fantastic. We get a great deal of Murphy, Michael, and Butters to make up for it so that's good enough for me. There were some really great twists and turns and several characters get upgrades in power. One of my favorite aspects of any series are the strength of the relationships. Harry never has it easy, ever. You really feel for the guy. While Cold Days certainly had emotional moments, there are some pivotal developments here too that make his journey even more special to me.

I am a newer fan of these books having marathoned the entire series back to back this year. Admittedly a lot of the story blurs together for me so it's difficult to distinguish one book from the next (save for books like Changes and Cold Days). Of course that stops now since I'm finally caught up with everyone else. But I will say that I am glad it happened with this book because it was a particularly satisfying read!

Harry juggles plenty of hats as it is, but I'm looking forward to how he handles just a few more in the next entry. Fans will definitely love this one.

Oh, and...PARKOUR!!!

*Review copy provided by the publisher.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 One of the best caper stories ever! 29 mai 2014
Par D. C. Stolk - Publié sur
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"Skin Game,” the fifteenth book in the Dresden Files-series, has all the ingredients a Dresden-junkie needs: larger-than-life battles, crafty plot twists, Harry perpetually being outmatched and outgunned, and everything spiced up by his trade-marked sardonic humor and the snappy one-liners we’ve all come to love from the only professional wizard who’s in the Chicago phone book. I’ll give the bare bones of the story, and try to keep this review as spoiler-free as possible.

So here’s Harry, having another bad day… He’s stranded as warden on the island penal colony of Demonreach and oh yeah, Harry has this parasite in his head that is giving him migraines of the killing kind. But no worries. As he’s Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, his boss Mab is willing to help him get rid of it. Is there a catch to this offer? Of course. Before you know it, Mab has him up ‘fecal matter’ creek without a paddle because to pay off an old debt, she loans out his services to Nicodemus and his Denarian followers.

You remember Nicodemus Archelone, last seen in “Small Favor”? Well, this time he’s out to break into one of Hades’s vaults in the Underworld and grab the most famous chalice in recorded history. And Nicodemus, one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, has assembled an Ocean’s Eleven-type group of supernatural villains to bring off this caper. A group that consists of Deirdre, his psychotic daughter; Binder the Summoner, last seen in “Turn Coat;” a warlock named Hannah Ascher; a shape-shifter named Goodman Grey… and of course, our reluctant Harry.

As usual with anything that Harry’s involved with, the job is anything but straightforward. But Dresden does a great job trying to stay one step ahead of Nicodemus. And this time, and that’s what I liked most about “Skin Game,” not only is Harry once again alive and in Chicago but he’s working with Karrin again. And Michael, the Knight of the Sword, who is now foster parent to Harry's daughter, also makes an appearance, as well as my favorite side-kick, ME Waldo Butters, who gets involved with Bob the Skull in a weird way. But that’s all I’ll say about them. And of course there are other appearances, but I’ll leave you to find these out for yourself.

So you’ve got breakneck action and a large assortment of creepy monsters as they try to bring off this heist caper; Harry struggling with his conscience as he’s revolted by the thought of having to work together with Shiro's murderer; and a bunch of sociopaths who seem to be even more interested in killing off Harry than their common goal. And of course, there’s another game afoot that no one is talking about… Meanwhile, in this installment in the series, Harry finally addresses some of the fallout of his actions in “Changes,” as well as his role in assuming the mantle of Winter Knight. All of which makes “Skin Game” a pretty awesome and fun, rollercoaster-type read.

The only minor quibble I had, is that you had all these big revelations in the previous book, but they aren’t really followed up in this one. Of course, they still loom in the background like the dark clouds of a building thunderstorm, and they do get mentioned now and then, mostly towards the end, but this made “Skin Game” sort of seem like a side adventure. A great one, mind you! Anyway, the great thing about this series is that while most other writers have long gone formulaic by this point, this isn’t happening to Butcher. Here’s Dresden #15, and Harry is still developing as the series continues and although his core personality hasn’t really changed, he’s markedly different from his first appearance in “Storm Front.” Can’t wait for Dresden #16 “Peace Talks” to be published!

The final verdict: “Skin Game” is lots of fun, the kind of caper-story that has Harry doing what Harry does best: trying to stay one step ahead of the Bad Guy, while simultaneously, not just being the guy who’s painted into a corner, but more akin to Wile E Coyote who’s standing on a pinky toe at the edge of a crevice… So to conclude: “Skin Game” is highly recommended for Harry Dresden fans, or any fan of urban fantasy for that matter.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 I just hope next time I'll have more fun. 27 juillet 2014
Par david robbins - Publié sur
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Full disclosure, I have been a fan for years and have re-read every book. I look forward to each installment and have grown fond of the characters. So here's my question to other fans: have you ever had the feeling that you've stayed at a party too long? (The food is cold, the chips are stale, the beer has gone flat and the small talk has worn thin.) Well that was my experience here. I'll come to the party every time, I just hope next time I'll have more fun.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 While I liked having Murphy and Harry becoming "friends with benefits" that ... 28 juillet 2014
Par Tosa Reader - Publié sur
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It seems stiff and contrived. How many times can we find Harry walking into a trap, being betrayed or suddenly putting it all together and figuring out who done it. While I liked having Murphy and Harry becoming "friends with benefits" that whole thing seemed really awkwardly written and added to the story line upon fan demand
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