The Dresden Files #13
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Life is hard.
So many things must align in order to create life. It has to happen in a place that supports life, something approximately as rare as hen’s teeth, from the perspective of the universe. Parents, in whatever form, have to come together for it to begin. From conception to birth, any number of hazards can end a life. And that’s to say nothing of all the attention and energy required to care for a new life until it is old enough to look after itself.
Life is full of toil, sacrifice, and pain, and from the time we stop growing, we know that we’ve begun dying. We watch helplessly as year by year, our bodies age and fail, while our survival instincts compel us to keep on going—which means living with the terrifying knowledge that ultimately death is inescapable. It takes enormous effort to create and maintain a life, and the process is full of pitfalls and unexpected complications.
Ending a life, by comparison, is simple. Easy, even. It can be done
with a relatively minor effort, a single microbe, a sharp edge, a heavy
weight . . . or a few ounces of lead.
So difficult to bring about. So easy to destroy.
You’d think we would hold life in greater value than we do.
I died in the water.
I don’t know if I bled to death from the gunshot wound or drowned.
For being the ultimate terror of the human experience, once it’s over, the details of your death are unimportant. It isn’t scary anymore. You know that tunnel with the light at the end of it that people report in near-death experiences? Been there, done that.
Granted, I never heard of anyone rushing toward the light and suddenly hearing the howling blare of a train’s horn.
I became dimly aware that I could feel my feet beneath me, standing
on what seemed to be a set of tracks. I knew because I could feel the approaching train making them shake and buzz against the bottoms of my feet. My heart sped up, too.
For crying out loud, did I just say that death isn’t scary anymore? Tell
that to my glands.
I put my hands on my hips and just glared at the oncoming train in
disgust. I’d had a long, long day, battling the forces of evil, utterly destroying the Red Court, rescuing my daughter, and murdering her
mother—oh, and getting shot to death. That kind of thing.
I was supposed to be at peace, or merging with the holy light, or in
line for my next turn on the roller coaster, or maybe burning in an oven equipped with a stereo that played nothing but Manilow. That’s what happens when you die, right? You meet your reward. You get to find out the answer to the Big Questions of life.
“You do not get run over by trains,” I said crossly. I folded my arms,
planted my feet, and thrust out my jaw belligerently as the train came
thundering my way.
Published by arrangement with Roc, an imprint of New American Library, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc. Copyright © Jim Butcher, 2011.
After the jaw-dropping cliffhanger conclusion of Changes, fans were left wondering what’s next for Chicago’s mighty wizard detective...now that he’s dead. Jim Butcher gives us the answer we’ve all been dying for in Ghost Story, the 13th novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Dresden Files series.
Harry Dresden doesn’t know the assailant who pulled the trigger. All he knows is that he’s trapped in limbo, invisible and inaudible to the physical world. But that doesn’t mean he can rest in peace. When Harry learns that three of his loved ones are in mortal danger, only by discovering his murderer’s identity can he save their lives. Except now he has no body and no magic to help him. And he’s not really sure which of his friends is the one at risk.
And there’s another, much more immediate problem. Like any law enforcer thrown behind bars, Harry is not the most popular ghost around. Roaming Chicago’s shadows are several dark spirits, and he ought to know, having put them there himself. And now they’re looking for payback.
To save his friends—and his own soul from eternal entrapment—Harry will have to use his considerable wits to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic.
Hardcover Book : 496 pages
Publisher: Roc/Imp Of Nal Signet ( July 26, 2011 )
Item #: 13-359121
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 inches
Product Weight: 18.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
been a fan since the start, and even have my kids on the bandwagon now,but talk about a cliffhanger. i'm pretty sure i heard my son outside when he got to the end "what!"
I kind of started back words with this Wizard, see I frist heard of him on T.V., I got hooked from the frist show, I belive it was on Sy-FY. which has a lot of great 1 hour show's It was so cool to see a wiz in his on place, which being who he is it was never duster, and alot of little things wood go on in there, and like ant good show the just stop showing it, then.....A good friend told me well you can read the books ya know, so now I have almost every book Jim Butcher has wrote about Harry, I miss the show but glad I can keep up with on what he's doing Thanks Mr. Jim Butcher, your a great read, and I'll be one to keep buying your books
Okay book starts of a little slow but does get good, and learn about Harrys past. I'm I the only one who wants Dresden to give Molly a chance?
Slow, almost tedious and a poor follow-up to Changes. I am more hopeful and will keep reading, but this was far from the best book of the series.
This is the first book I have pre-ordered ever. I may have hyped it up too much in my mind. This book lacked new insights into the overall grand conflict hinted at in the other books. It's a book about a wizard not being able to use magic!?!?
It's still a good read, but not nearly as enjoyable as the others.
I'll still pre-order the next one.