Grave Peril: Book Three Of The Dresden Files

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Grave Peril: Book Three Of The Dresden Files

by Jim Butcher

Roc | September 6, 2001 | Mass Market Paperbound

7 of 10 in the series
Grave Peril: Book Three Of The Dresden Files is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 6.
In all his years of supernatural sleuthing, Harry Dresden has never faced anything like this: the spirit world''s gone postal. These ghosts are tormented, violent, and deadly. Someone-or something-is purposely stirring them up to wreak unearthly havoc. But why? If Harry doesn''t figure it out soon, he could wind up a ghost himself.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Published: September 6, 2001

Publisher: Roc

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0451458443

ISBN - 13: 9780451458445

Found in: Fantasy

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pros and Cons This story was different from the other two. Different in good ways and different in not so good ways. I can see him growing as an author, which is good. As a review for this one, I've decided to do a pros and cons list. Pro: It wasn't as predictable as the last two. Con: I did see a few big things coming. Pro: New characters. Michael is the coolest thing since sliced bread. Sort of an anti-Harry, but in a nice way. And his last name is Carpenter - I see what you did there, Jim Butcher. I LOVED the dragon, though we see but a glimpse of him. It reminded me of the dragons in Ursula K. Leguin's Earthsea novels and also the ones in Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, but also uniquely Jim Butcher. I hope there will be more dragon appearances in following books. Con: Thomas. What the heck? This character makes almost no sense to me. I don't find it plausible that he instantly signs up for Team Harry, despite his background and the "reasons" given. If he shows up as a spy for Harry in subsequent books, I'll be quite disappointed. Pro: Harry. His character was fleshed out a bit more, and he was a bit more "real" in the first half of the book. I think the contrast of Michael added some interesting dimensions to him. Michael also challenged him on some things, stretching our view of him based on the reactions. Con: Harry. Despite the first half of the book making him seem more real than ever, everything after the event where he meets the dragon (I'll call it that to avoid spoilers, but you'll know what I mean when you get there) seems less ... brilliant. There's one scene that I really liked (in a laundry room, no less), but everything else was lacklustre and too convenient or too inconvenient with no plausible resolution. Also, the mushroom - they completely forgot about that at the end. Pro: I burned through the first half of the book and was really enjoying it. Even lost an hour of sleep or so that I could have used. Con: It was a chore to pick it up and read the last few chapters. I lost the "magic" somewhere after the dragon event and had to slog my way through the culmination. I think it was the action overload with only one chance to come up for air in the laundry scene. That's what did me in.
Date published: 2014-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Creeparific! That's right! So good that I invented a new word just to describe it! I was seriously freaked out by this book. The images he created with this invisible creature that strikes at you from your dreams... BRRR! Absolutely bone chilling! Not only is this novel impeccably written but it creates yet another spin on the vampire world. And does it so well! Butcher manages to incorporate the key ideas that makes vampires romantic and intoxicating, without sacrificing the terror they should inflict upon us. Not only is the vampiric portion of the story excellent but Jim has also taken us into the Never Never for the first time and created a whole new world for us to wonder about and fear. Ever time we enter into an adventure with Dresden, some new and fascinating bit of info is dropped for us. Butcher knows just the right pace to lead us through, chapter by chapter and book by book. Summer Knight is up next and I can't wait!
Date published: 2009-12-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Grave Peril I found this installment in the Harry Dresden Chronicles very confusing. It jumps quite far ahead of the last installment, and introduces a new character Michael, who partners with Harry to fight evil and demons. The thing that is confusing, is it seems they have a history of working together, and it isn't really explained all that well. It makes me think that there were some short stories I missed, that maybe filled in some of the background to the story. It was confusing enough to make it hard for me to stay focused on the plot. In this edition, the walls between the Here and Now and Nevernever seem to be faltering, and while they seem to failing ghosts are coming back over and causing all sorts of grief. Harry teams up with the Avenging Angel Michael to try keep the ghosts from destroying not only Chicago and innocents, but his friends and loved ones. To do this they must find out who is calling the ghosts and weakening the barrier. And, it has something to do with the one of Harry's enemy and new Baroness of Vampires in Chicago, Bianca and his fairy/sidhe godmother Lea. There were a lot of inconsistencies in the story and the plot changes gears so many times and was so unbelievable that it was hard to stay with the book. I know the book is a fantasy, but fantasy that is well written, well thought out in regard to both character and plot development, will draw you not only into the story, but have you believing the unbelievable. The ending was anti-climatic and the cliffhanger ending makes me wonder if I want to continue on with reading the rest of the series. I did purchase a couple more of the books in the series so I will probably eventually read them. I hope Butcher can clean up his act, the character has a lot of potential, Butcher just needs to focus better and clean up the plot of the stories.
Date published: 2009-09-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Back to Blah This is my third Harry Dresden novel and my last. I just can't get into this series. I can't think of a single character in this 'universe' that appeals to me. Harry is a flake. Murphy (who doesn't really appear for long in this book thankfully) is too abrasive with no redeeming qualities. Bob, is supposed to help provide comic relief, but he's just not that funny. This time round, someone is stirring up the ghosts in and around Chicago and these aren't your average hauntings - door slamming, etc. - these are violent and deadly ghosts. It's up to Harry as the only practicing wizard in the yellow pages to do something about them. At the start of this book, I was kind of confused because the story was referring to something that happened in the past but not in the previous books I read. The way Butcher wrote about the event though, it was like he expected the reader to know what he was talking about. Well, this reader didn't. Luckily, there is a flashback later in the book that helps to explain things. Also, if I have to read about the blue beetle that isn't actually blue one more time...I think Butcher just cuts and pastes that particular paragraph from the previous novel . It certainly sounds the same each and every time. Tedious to say the least. Anyway, I didn't hate the book, it just didn't grab me the way a great (or even just good) book should.
Date published: 2009-05-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Butcher's writing grows stronger... Jim Butcher really finds his pacing and strength with this, the third installment of the 'The Dresden Files,' which began with 'Storm Front.' This time, Harry - the only wizard in the Chicago yellow pages - realizes that something is driving the ghosts of the city berserk, and it's up to him to straighten things out. Introducing a host of new secondary characters that are sure to become some of your favourites, the book really takes a leap forward in writing style. And from here on in, the plots get only more interconnected, and the sense of totality of the Dresden world really kicks in. Enjoy it!
Date published: 2007-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keep them coming Jim JIm butcher is developing his writing technique as he continues the dresden files. This novel pertains to ghosts, its gripping and I couldn't put it down. I have read all of his series so far and I believe that one should keep their eyes on him. Fans of Hamilton will enjoy Butcher's work.
Date published: 2002-11-25

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Grave Peril: Book Three Of The Dresden Files

by Jim Butcher

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Published: September 6, 2001

Publisher: Roc

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0451458443

ISBN - 13: 9780451458445

From the Publisher

In all his years of supernatural sleuthing, Harry Dresden has never faced anything like this: the spirit world''s gone postal. These ghosts are tormented, violent, and deadly. Someone-or something-is purposely stirring them up to wreak unearthly havoc. But why? If Harry doesn''t figure it out soon, he could wind up a ghost himself.

From the Jacket

HARRY DRESDEN -- WIZARD

Lost items found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment

Harry Dresden''s faced some pretty terrifying foes during his career. Giant scorpions. Oversexed vampires. Psychotic werewolves. It comes with the territory when you''re the only professional wizard in the Chicago area phone book.

But in all Harry''s years of supernatural sleuthing, he''s never faced anything like this: the spirit world''s gone postal. All over Chicago, ghosts are causing trouble -- and not just of the door-slamming, boo-shouting variety. These ghosts are tormented, violent, and deadly. Someone -- or something -- is purposely stirring them up to wreak unearthly havoc. But why? And why do so many of the victims have ties to Harry? If Harry doesn''t figure it out soon, he could wind up a ghost himself....

About the Author

A martial arts enthusiast whose resume includes a long list of skills rendered obsolete at least two hundred years ago, Jim Butcher turned to writing as a career because anything else probably would have driven him insane. He lives with his wife, his son and a ferocious guard dog.
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