Special Review: Ghost Story (Dresden Files, No. 13) by Jim Butcher


Wizard City Tribune

Harry Dresden Is Dead and Kickin’
by Erin Underwood
July 26, 2011

CHICAGO – Harry Dresden, Chicago’s resident wizard-for-hire, has been reported missing and is suspected dead. Dresden was last seen on his brother’s boat before going missing. The only evidence of foul play was a bullet hole and some blood, but not enough to verify if the shot was fatal. Dresden’s body was not found on the boat and police suspect he fell overboard as a result of the shooting.

Six months after his death, a source only known as “Bob” has placed Harry Dresden’s ghost as being in the company of the local ectomancer, Mortimer Lindquist, and several other shady characters of questionable natures. Another source claiming to be close to the late wizard verified that his spirit had unfinished business, which required him to track down his killer in order to save the people closest to him before moving on to his next phase of existence. However, Dresden’s investigation is rumored to be complicated by the appearance of a powerful and dangerous force in the spiritual realm that threatens to either wipe him from existence or force him into becoming a mindless wraith destined to haunt the highways and byways of Chicago’s afterlife.

With only a few days to complete his mission, eye witnesses verify that Dresden’s activities are as fast paced and as exciting as ever. Stakes are high as Dresden is forced to come to terms with his new ghostly limitations and abilities. While some sources may claim that Dresden spends a significant amount of time strolling down memory lane, others insist that his extreme memory moments are packed with a powerful punch.

Reports place several of Dresden’s friends at key locations where deadly skirmishes took place both in Chicago as well as in the Nevernever. While Dresden’s ghostly return to Chicago was triggered by the need to find his killer, witnesses have confirmed that his purpose became conflicted after being confronted by the repercussions that his friends have suffered as a direct result of his past decisions associated with saving his daughter from the Red Court. His personal mission is soon at odds with saving his friends, and in true Dresden style Harry’s ghost finds his own special way of reaching the next phase of existence. Come what may.

Harry Dresden’s “Ghost Story,” as jotted down on the back of a bar napkin by writer Jim Butcher over a pint at McNally’s Pub, is a compelling tale of one wizard’s struggle to come to terms with his death after life experiences. Our unconfirmed source, “Bob” claims that Jim Butcher’s magnificent transcript of Dresden’s experiences has truly brought the wizard’s story to (after)life. Readers will heartily enjoy making a meal of Dresden’s Ghost Story as they devour his newest set of experiences and memories, which pack their own special punch.

Off the record, former detective Karrin Murphy confirms that Butcher’s Ghost Story is a must read for people who love a shady tales of magic, friendship, and a wise-cracking wizard who refuses to let death get in the way of living his life and doing the right thing.


*Please note that this is NOT a real article. If there were actual sightings of magic, mayhem, and wizardly things, you would be the first to know about it from our Eyes on the ground team member based in Chicago.

Title: Ghost Story (Dresden Files, No. 13)
Author: Jim Butcher
Publisher: Roc Hardcover (July 26, 2011)
Print Ed: July 2011
ISBN-13: 978-0451463791
Details: 496 Pages | Hardcover | $27.95


A message from the reviewer: If I used a star rating, I would run out of stars for Ghost Story. Yes, I love it that much! Now, stop reading this and go get the book!

About Erin Underwood

BIO: Erin Underwood is the senior event content producer for MIT Technology Review’s emerging technology events. On the side, she reads, writes, and edits SF.
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4 Responses to Special Review: Ghost Story (Dresden Files, No. 13) by Jim Butcher

  1. Yup, DEFINITELY going to read this one. I’ve enjoyed pretty much all the Dresden novels and am currently debating with myself whether or not I think he’s really dead/a ghost. Can’t wait to delve into this one!


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  4. I am in the process of rereading the entire series (I think for the fourth time). Harry Dresden is certifiably addictive and right up there with Steven Brust’s Vlad Taltos books for re-readability.

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