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Old 07-15-2013, 03:09 PM   #2161
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I highly recommend that you don't skip ahead!
Agreed! Don't skip ahead!
In fact, in my opinion, because so damn much happens in Changes, it's prolly one of the best to make sure you DO reread!
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Old 07-15-2013, 03:46 PM   #2162
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Agreed! Don't skip ahead!
In fact, in my opinion, because so damn much happens in Changes, it's prolly one of the best to make sure you DO reread!
I agree too...but I feel like I am starting to go into withdrawal.

It makes skipping ahead tempting...but I will resist.
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Old 07-15-2013, 03:52 PM   #2163
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*crawls out of hiding spot*...To be fair to my friend, I was at her place and did not think to ask for it...so it is just as much my fault as hers.

At this point I am tempted to get another copy just so I can continue...
...so how hard would it be to drop on over and ask?!

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Old 07-15-2013, 04:11 PM   #2164
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...so how hard would it be to drop on over and ask?!

Her parents own a farm and it is haying season. They will be out in the fields. Catching her this time of year is hit and miss.

I can, however (and just did) send her an e-mail.

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Old 07-16-2013, 01:48 AM   #2166
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Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I am already turning my attention toward the remainder of the series. I am considering writing just ONE MORE James Potter story. This is for several reasons, but the most important reason is this: I think that's what the story wants. I COULD drag the tale out for seven complete books, but I believe five is the right number.

If all goes as planned, the fifth and final book in the series will be called "James Potter and the Crimson Thread"
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:59 AM   #2167
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Her parents own a farm and it is haying season. They will be out in the fields. Catching her this time of year is hit and miss.

I can, however (and just did) send her an e-mail.
...well? Since she's so busy I envisioned you getting it back real soon!

Well, didja'? Enquiring minds want to know? Ya' know

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Old 07-16-2013, 12:09 PM   #2169
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Old 07-17-2013, 08:34 AM   #2170
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I tried to get into this series - I gave it two-and-a-bit books, but found the writing style and characterisations juvenile (and that's saying something, as I'm a YA addict!). I've been told to stick with it, because it becomes brilliant around book seven, and that even die-hard fans recognise that it leaves a lot to be desired up until book seven - so, should I just skip the books between two and seven and go straight to where this series "gets good"?
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:40 AM   #2171
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I tried to get into this series - I gave it two-and-a-bit books, but found the writing style and characterisations juvenile (and that's saying something, as I'm a YA addict!). I've been told to stick with it, because it becomes brilliant around book seven, and that even die-hard fans recognise that it leaves a lot to be desired up until book seven - so, should I just skip the books between two and seven and go straight to where this series "gets good"?
Sure . . . . if you want to have no idea who is who and what is what.
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:46 PM   #2172
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I tried to get into this series - I gave it two-and-a-bit books, but found the writing style and characterisations juvenile (and that's saying something, as I'm a YA addict!). I've been told to stick with it, because it becomes brilliant around book seven, and that even die-hard fans recognise that it leaves a lot to be desired up until book seven - so, should I just skip the books between two and seven and go straight to where this series "gets good"?
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Sure . . . . if you want to have no idea who is who and what is what.
My first reaction to SouthernSun's post was to ignore her because she was trolling. But being the curious person that I am, I found and read her other posts since her recent arrival on MobileReads. There was no trolling going on in any of these posts. Then eschwartz posted his snarky reply to SouthernSun and I decided that I needed to comment. I'll counter with this:

All fourteen of the Dresden Files novels that I've read have been quite able to stand on their own without any real need to lean on any previous novel. However, since there is an overall story arc to the series reading a single novel does necessarily mean that there are nuances that a reader misses out on. In my opinion this doesn't detract from the readibility of the individual novel.

My thoughts as concerning SouthernSun's question are:

Sure, you could do that, but only you can decide if it's worth the effort to do so. If it were me, I'd simply give up on the series in question as I read for my personal enjoyment and if I'm not enjoying what I'm reading I would simply stop reading it and try reading something else. After all there's a whole lot of material to choose from.

Enjoy!

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I tried to get into this series - I gave it two-and-a-bit books, but found the writing style and characterisations juvenile (and that's saying something, as I'm a YA addict!). I've been told to stick with it, because it becomes brilliant around book seven, and that even die-hard fans recognise that it leaves a lot to be desired up until book seven - so, should I just skip the books between two and seven and go straight to where this series "gets good"?
As much as I love the series, it's not for everyone. If it doesn't work for you, don't listen to people who try to convince you "it will, just wait!". Yes, the books do get better in some ways, and darker, but if the essence of the style and characters aren't what you like, then you might only be more frustrated trying to force it.

The series doesn't magically become brilliant at book seven, but Butcher does become more comfortable with his style and voice as the series progresses, and so you might say that around book seven is where he comes into his own, for want of a better phrase.

I'm not saying that you shouldn't, of course. You shouldn't listen to me any more than anyone else. It may be worth grabbing an excerpt / sample of one of the later books and giving it a look. If you did decide to skip, you can always hit Wikipedia and read the synopses for the books you skip.
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As much as I love the series, it's not for everyone.
I've tried and tried to get my wife into it. I tell her, hey there's vampires, and tough women cops and even the character we named our daughter after! (At this point shes says "what? You never told me we were naming Molly after a FANTASY character!" Whoops, too late mwa ha ha).

Unfortunately, she just didn't like the first half of the first book.

I've had to learn to just let it be. Besides, fair is fair, I'm not gonna read Twilight, so she doesnt have to read Dresden.

I agree with Alan though. If it doesn't grab you in the first couple of books, chances are it's not going to at all. Life's too short to read what you don't like!
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My first reaction to SouthernSun's post was to ignore her because she was trolling. But being the curious person that I am, I found and read her other posts since her recent arrival on MobileReads. There was no trolling going on in any of these posts. Then eschwartz posted his snarky reply to SouthernSun and I decided that I needed to comment. I'll counter with this:

All fourteen of the Dresden Files novels that I've read have been quite able to stand on their own without any real need to lean on any previous novel. However, since there is an overall story arc to the series reading a single novel does necessarily mean that there are nuances that a reader misses out on. In my opinion this doesn't detract from the readibility of the individual novel.

My thoughts as concerning SouthernSun's question are:

Sure, you could do that, but only you can decide if it's worth the effort to do so. If it were me, I'd simply give up on the series in question as I read for my personal enjoyment and if I'm not enjoying what I'm reading I would simply stop reading it and try reading something else. After all there's a whole lot of material to choose from.

Enjoy!

I personally can't stand the thought of having big gaps in the story arc -- even though they "can" be read standalone, the hints at stuff that I'm missing would drive me crazy. If I really can't handle the first few, maybe I shouldn't be reading any of them.

Maybe it's just me. After all, I researched the chronological order of several series published out of order before reading them -- in a somewhat pedantic fashion. (love that word!) Clearly I am just a purist when it comes to chronological series integrity, so feel free to ignore me if that's just not your style.

On the other hand,

You have been . . . . WARNED!!

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