Skin Game by Jim Butcher
My Rating TEN out of 5 Stars!
Yes, it’s THAT good!
After waiting about a year and a half for Skin Game (Note to Jim Butcher: WRITE FASTER!), I had my doubts as to whether it could really live up to my hopes and expectations. I needn’t have worried. The book is flat out fantastic! I finished at midnight last night, and couldn’t sleep for two more hours, I was so worked up. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again (probably many, many times)–Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files is simply the best Urban Fantasy series out there, hands down. (And I read several very good ones, believe me.) It has everything you want in a series, including, but not limited to, bigger and better plot lines, an ever-growing cast of characters, and a hero who continues to gain more and more power, and grow as a person, as well.
I will say that at first, Skin Game seemed a bit hectic to me. Perhaps that’s because it had been so long since I read the last one, and I was trying to get re-acclimated to who all the players are, and how the world works. But once it settled down (or I did, perhaps), the book pulled me in so tightly, there was absolutely no putting it down. Not that I wanted to at that point. Jim Butcher can create chaos and wreak havoc on unsuspecting folks, readers included, better than anyone I’ve ever read. Of course, he can also mess with your mind, and torment you with issues you have cared about for fifteen books. At one point, I was so distressed and worried, I thought I might have to hire one of Marcone’s gigantic thugs to break both of Butcher’s kneecaps. Thankfully, things played out to perfection, and I didn’t have to resort to becoming an incensed reader with vengeance on her mind! Whew. I can see the headlines now: Crazed Granny Drives All the Way From Florida to Seek and (Try To) Maim Famous Author. Says He Teased and Tormented Her Beyond Endurance. Depends May or May Not Have Been Worn On Long Drive.
(Before you jump up and down & call the PC Police…I would never have smashed Butcher’s kneecaps, honest. He’s given me too many hours of reading pleasure to warrant such a thing, even if I was mad at him for a few chapters. Besides, I don’t even own any Depends. Honest.)
If you were looking for any real book content in this review, forget about it. I don’t usually do that. I will just say the island of Demonreach is the creepiest damn place, ever, and I learned a new word while reading about Harry’s exercise regime there: Parkour. Sorry, those of you familiar with this activity. I had no clue. Luckily, I’m one of those folks who really enjoys learning new things as I read. By the end of the book, when Harry was still shouting “Parkour!” at the top of his lungs, I knew exactly what it meant. And that made me smile.
If you are new to the Dresden Files, please read the books in order. Yes, all of them. You’ll never have a clear understanding of the importance of the things that happen in Skin Game if you don’t. (Look for my Monday Giveaways. I’ve been working my way through the series as part of them.) If you have been reading the series all along, grab this book immediately. You SO need to read it, too. And if you ever meet Jim Butcher in person, reassure him his kneecaps are safe–at least from THIS deranged Granny, anyway.