Thursday, December 17, 2009

Grave Peril by Jim Butcher

Book Details
Grave Peril by Jim Butcher
Hardcover, 352 pages
2008, Roc Hardcover
ISBN: 0451462343
Series: Book 3 of The Dresden Files

Wizard Harry Dresden stars in the third installment of the Dresden Files (following Fool Moon), a haunting, fantastical novel that begins almost as innocently as those of another famous literary wizard named Harry. In the opening scene, Dresden and his knight friend, Michael, battle the ghost of a woman who is terrorizing a local hospital's maternity ward. From there, the novel quickly evolves into an unorthodox tale spiced with sexual innuendo and subtle humor (Dresden carries his ghost-hunting gear in an old Scooby-Doo lunch box). Due to the weakened barrier between the spirit world which Butcher refers to as "the nevernever" and the actual world, obsessive and violent ghosts are on the loose in modern-day Chicago, and they seem to be targeting Dresden and Michael. Horny vampires and possessive demons join the mix as Dresden journeys into the spirit world to hunt down the villains who are terrorizing him and his friends.

Vampire, ghosts, demons - Harry's got problems. Grave Peril was an action packed mystery that kept me on my toes and slightly confused throughout. There was so much going on in this book, all good, all exciting, all interesting, but almost like entertainment overload. I can't wait to see what's in store for Harry Dresden next, but if Jim Butcher would slow the pace down a fraction, I wouldn't complain.


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