Blood Rites

Blood Rites

Book - 2004
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In this novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Dresden Files, Chicago's only professional wizard takes on a case for a vampire and becomes the prime suspect in a series of ghastly murders.

Harry Dresden has had worse assignments than going undercover on the set of an adult film. Like fleeing a burning building full of enraged demon-monkeys, for instance. Or going toe-to-leaf with a walking plant monster. Still, there's something more troubling than usual about his newest case. The film's producer believes he's the target of a sinister curse--but it's the women around him who are dying, in increasingly spectacular ways.

Harry's doubly frustrated because he only got involved with this bizarre mystery as a favor to Thomas--his flirtatious, self-absorbed vampire acquaintance of dubious integrity. Thomas has a personal stake in the case Harry can't quite figure out, until his investigation leads him straight to the vampire's oversexed, bite-happy family. Now, Harry's about to discover that Thomas' family tree has been hiding a shocking secret: a revelation that will change Harry's life forever.
Publisher: New York : Roc, c2004
ISBN: 9780451459879
0451459873
Characteristics: 372 p. --

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scurnutt13
Dec 05, 2018

Dresden Files Book 6

SquamishLibraryStaff Mar 15, 2017

Another solid book in the series - I just wish Harry would cut down on the chauvinism. I really love Butcher's take on vampires and their different courts though - red, white, and black are all distinct vampire types, with their own cultures and leaders.

Luv2cNewThings Oct 27, 2013

We can start the book and this review with a helluva’ good laugh: Flying poop of fire! Yes; you read correctly, “Blood Rites” starts off with Harry Dresden being chased by a demon that sets its feces on fire and then throws it. I swear Butcher must have gotten his son, nieces and nephews together and said: “Okay, what should we write about?” One said, poop. The second said more fire. Another said “The Wizard of Oz” and the last said puppies. Butchers then said: “Our work here is done. Time for ice-cream!” That one good laugh will continue when a turkey impales a Black Court Vampire via a rerouted entropy curse. (aka: Evil eye, Malocchio)

Other thoughts about “Blood Rites”: Eww!!!

What the heck do I mean? Well let’s put it this way, a review on paperbackswap.com for “Death Maks” said: “I first picked up this series because I watched the TV show which is based on the books and wanted more of Harry Dresden and his supernatural adventures. Sadly the show only lasted for one season, which is not that surprising if you consider that cool shows get canceled sooner than they should be and we end up with naked people covered in bodily fluids prancing around on the screen. But I digress…” (Olga J.)

The t.v. show must have ended with the sixth (6th) book because Harry was hired to protect a producer from a Malocchio – the Italian word for the Evil Eye. What does this guy produce you might ask? He produces pornography. Hence the thought of “end[ing] up with naked people covered in bodily fluids prancing around on the screen.”

But not only did the original author of that particular review digress, so do I. Harry gets the job to protect Arturo Genosa (the producer) through Thomas Raith (White Court vampire from Grave Peril. It would be good to note that a White Court vampire feeds off the energy of a person through sex.) This job entails tracing the curse back to the source and shutting him or her down – presumably a her since it is a personal, well-sculpted curse. Sounds simple until the curse nearly kills two actors (Genosa wasn’t even there) and then a succubus or two arrives on set.

All the while, Harry decides to take the offensive instead of defensive route and go after the Black Court vampires – more specifically, Mavra. He hires Kincaid (gun for hire in Death Masks), asks Murphy and only Murphy instead of S.I., and Ebenezer McCoy. Through this event Harry will learn a little more about Murphy, as well as Kincaid and Blackstaff McCoy.

Perhaps it is a good thing that Jim Butcher was genius enough to start off with a good laugh because this book had some pretty heavy themes running through it: the true meaning of family, rape, incest, and pure greed. Again, for all of the aforementioned themes, all I can say is EWWW because of the way it presented itself and for the way things turned out!

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acej
Jun 30, 2013

I thought this was another great addition to the Dresden Files. Though if I have to say which novels give off a more comical backing it would be with this one. Great plot introductions that I necessarily did not see coming. Overall exciting and a fun read.

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barbaralouisa
Dec 18, 2012

I love, love, LOVE this series. Can't get enough, Harry Dresden is one of the best characters I've read about, his smart-mouthed comments in times of stress and danger are hilarious! Jim Butcher is a very gifted writer.

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jfilby
Nov 28, 2010

Book 5 in the series. Some catch up to the history of Harry D. as well as more new openings in the world of Dresden's Chicago.

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Jun 30, 2013

acej thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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