Death Masks (The Dresden Files, Book 5) - Series Bookring

by Jim Butcher | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 0451459407 Global Overview for this book
Registered by BountifulPots on 1/4/2004
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9 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by BountifulPots on Sunday, January 4, 2004
This is a fantastic book by a fantastic author, and I had to share it with everyone. This is the fifth (and final for now) in a series about a wizard in Chicago named Harry Dresden, who is constantly having a bad day. The Red Court of Vampires has sworn to end the war between themselves and the wizards if someone will just kill Harry. Hit men seem to be randomly shooting at him. He's been contacted to find the missing Shroud of Turin. And on top of all this, Harry's ex-girlfriend is back in town, and they still love each other. If she could just get over being a semi-vampire...

Journal Entry 2 by BountifulPots on Thursday, January 15, 2004
On its way in the Harry Dresden Files bookring

Members, in order:
jamieh2003 - West Virginia
BrynnSC - South Carolina
nmarshall88 - Tennessee
Penny-n-Chaos - Georgia
vicki970 - Florida
mytilus - United Kingdom
coolboxuk - United Kingdon
RubyBlueLady - United Kingdom
4orty7even - United Kingdom
mysteryfan03 - Missouri
BountifulPots - Kansas

Journal Entry 3 by jamieh2003 from Wiley Ford, West Virginia USA on Tuesday, January 20, 2004
Caught in the mail today along with the other 4 books in the series. Thanks rslicer. I'll be reading these within the next day or so and getting them out to BrynnSC.

I loved this entry in the series! From page one I found myself very involved with the characters and always enjoy meeting the new ones too. Thanks rslicer for the opportunity to read these.

Journal Entry 4 by jamieh2003 from Wiley Ford, West Virginia USA on Saturday, January 31, 2004
mailed to BrynnSC Feb 2, 2004 via media mail.

Journal Entry 5 by BrynnSC from Chesapeake Beach, Maryland USA on Saturday, February 21, 2004
Received all 5 of the Dresden Files books in the mail, today. I will PM nmarshall88 and make another entry when I finish the book. Thanks for sharing rslicer!

Journal Entry 6 by BrynnSC from Chesapeake Beach, Maryland USA on Tuesday, March 9, 2004
The best one, yet! Poor Harry is in it deep. Again. He has agreed to a duel with a Duke of the Red Court to settle the war with the White Council. Takes a case to find the Shroud of Turin which is believed to be in the city. A headless, handless corpse in the morgue is his first clue that there are some really bad nasties running about. Then Susan shows up to complicate things even more. Not bad for one days work! Things get worse from there. Familiar characters as well as new ones help (and try to hinder) Harry as he searches for the Shroud. He gets some unexpected help from people and tidbits of surprising information are throughout the book about several characters. Can Harry wriggle out of the mess this time? Well, there is a 6th book scheduled to come out in August 2004. I can't wait!

While reading this series I can see Jim Butcher's writing style improving. The characters have evolved and become familiar friends (or enemies). Butcher has taken an original concept and has done it justice.

To learn more about Jim Butcher, Harry, and another series Butcher is writing, visit his web site.

Fav. Quotes:
"Let he who hath never worn parachute pants cast the first stone."
"It wasn't the smart thing to do. It was the only thing to do"

Journal Entry 7 by Penny-n-Chaos from Savannah, Georgia USA on Thursday, June 10, 2004
My husband has really enjoyed reading this series! Thanks for the bookring!

Journal Entry 8 by vicki9170 from St. Petersburg, Florida USA on Sunday, June 27, 2004
received today

Journal Entry 9 by Mytilus from Plymouth, Devon United Kingdom on Friday, May 5, 2006
Received, safe and sound, in sunny Devon, U.K.

Journal Entry 10 by Mytilus from Plymouth, Devon United Kingdom on Sunday, May 21, 2006
This is the best of the books in the series. I completely agree with BrynnSC about Butcher’s writing style. I feel that it has definitely improved and his characters have lost a lot of their original one dimensionality.

Thank you so much BountifulPots for making this series available as a ring. I am off to Amazon RIGHT NOW to see if he’s written more in the series; and I’ll be crushed if he hasn’t!

I’m about to package these books up, and will send them to coolboxuk tomorrow (Monday).

Thank you!

Journal Entry 11 by BrynnSC from Chesapeake Beach, Maryland USA on Sunday, May 21, 2006
Glad you enjoyed the series, Mytilus! In fact, there are (at this time) 3 more books of the Dresden Files!

1. Storm Front (2000)
2. Fool Moon (2000)
3. Grave Peril (2001)
4. Summer Knight (2002)
5. Death Masks (2003)
6. Blood Rites (2004)
7. Dead Beat (2005)
And the most recent was just released a few weeks ago:
8. Proven Guilty (2006)

I reread the entire series before Proven Guilty came out and love Harry even more than I did before (didn't think that was possible!). You can definitely see and feel how the characters have evolved beyond the simple words on a page. Jim has a great series that I think is very unique, exciting, and entertaining in the Urban Fantasy genre and I hungrily await to devour the next one.

The best news is that Sci-Fi Channel had a 2 hour back door pilot movie made based on Storm Front. It's finished and everyone is waiting on pins and needles to find out when it will be aired and if a series will come of it. Basic, but old, info HERE.

Check out Jim's website. You can see the latest news, books coming, and join the McAnally's mailing list to talk about Jim's books and where Jim will chime in to answer questions and give opinions. I'm mostly a lurker, but it's a lot of fun to just read what everyone else is thinking. LOL


Journal Entry 12 by rem_XGD-219596 on Monday, June 12, 2006
Received this set of five books as a ring - sorry for the late journal, they arrived when I was away on holidays.

Journal Entry 13 by rem_XGD-219596 on Tuesday, July 4, 2006
Again, I really enjoyed this one. It was probably even more breathtaking than the previous one, although I don't know which of the concepts I preferred. I think I really liked the War of the Fairies... This one is darker, more threatening, leaning more towards a thriller than a whodunnit, with all of humanity being threatened. Another clever twist is it being really two plots in one. More insight into several old characters made it more of a familiar, too - I think I'm going to miss Harry and Co, now that I've finished the last book of the ring. There is at least one more volume out (there's a teaser at the back), so I hope I'll come across that one soon, too.

Journal Entry 14 by RubyBlueLady from Avebury, Wiltshire United Kingdom on Monday, July 10, 2006
I received books one,two,three and five on Saturday (8/7/06)

The series looks great, thanks

Journal Entry 15 by RubyBlueLady from Avebury, Wiltshire United Kingdom on Thursday, December 14, 2006
I read this book ages ago but seems I forgot to journal it. I remember really enjoying the book but at the same time feeling a bit sad that I'd soon be saying goodbye to the characters. I'll really miss Bob, the spirit in the skull, he was my favourite LOL

I'll pass it on to 4orty7even, though he's still got two of the books to read, I think.

Journal Entry 16 by 4orty7even from Kingston upon Thames, Surrey United Kingdom on Saturday, January 6, 2007
Arrived a couple of days ago - many thanks.

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