Summer Knight by Jim Butcher
Dresden Files series #4
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My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
First Published: September 3, 2002
Read from: Feb. 18 – Mar. 1, 2016
I really liked this book when it started, but began to lose interest and see the “man behind the curtain” too much for my liking near the end. Still a very enjoyable read…
I knew I had started this book a long time back and never finished it for some reason. I always intended to continue the Dresden Files series so had this in my queue for awhile. I started over from the beginning and can’t figure out why I had stalled out on this book previously as it is a very enjoyable read. I recalled much of the story so I know I had finished well over 60% of it when life had gotten in the way. I did start to get a little bored and confused at the about the same location as I quit last time so that may have something to do with it.
I wanted to give this 4 out of 5 stars, and would from the beginning to 65% through or so. But as I mentioned in the intro, things got a little shaky and situations too “convenient” or “campy” in places. And by then end, for the first time, I started to see Dresden not so much as a bad-ass, Sam-Spade-esque Don Quixote, but more as a bit of a geek. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t consider geek-hood a bad thing, (I consider myself one,) but it seemed a little different from previous stories. Not sure how heroic our wizard for hire might appear — at least during this period in his life — as he seems to eat nothing but pizza and guzzle nothing but Coke. He even plays role-playing games with a bunch of werewolves at the end. My kind of guy, but…
Suffice to say I WILL be reading more in the series as most people’s reviews seem to indicate the series (and the writing) gets better with each book.