Do you ever find yourself coming back to a certain story at a certain time of year? I often re-read books during a specific month or season that I feel is inextricably tied to the book. Here’s what I’m reading right now to get in the spirit of the season.
Dead Beat, The Dresden Files #7 (Jim Butcher)
Harry Dresden is the only wizard in the Chicago phone book, and it’s his responsibility to keep his city safe from werewolves, vampires, necromancers, Fae, and other assorted magic users looking for trouble.
You should definitely be reading The Dresden Files because they are great books that actually get even better as you go. What makes Dead Beat in particular so special that I would re-read it?
First of all, it’s set at Halloween, featuring a vampire, several necromancers, and Herne the Hunter as antagonists. So perfect for getting in the Halloween spirit.
It also introduces some really great characters. Harry has many allies that help him along the way; my favorite is cop Karrin Murphy, but she’s barely in this book at all. Don’t let that deter you. Instead, Harry’s sidekick is Waldo Butters, a small, cowardly, polka-loving medical examiner. He is awesome and he only gets more awesomer in later books.
Like all the Dresden books, Dead Beat stands on its own well while still fitting in well with the rest of the series. It ties up some loose ends of books that came before it and also sets up some things for future installments.
But if you’re looking for what really makes Dead Beat amazing, this image says it all: