We’ve both now read Ghost Story by Jim Butcher, and although I think we both enjoyed it, I won’t speak for both of us here.
It was an interesting and different novel within the Dresden Files, which on many levels it needed to be. Unfortunately that’s about all that can be said about that without offering spoilers, so I won’t go there. There are moments in this novel more so than any of the previous novels which contain historical reflection and flashbacks (mostly to scenes which you have not previously experienced in reading the other 12 books in the series, but may have been aware of). Those were definitely interesting.
I enjoyed the book, but…
…well the series has evolved I suppose, and perhaps it’s starting to leave me behind. We’ll see. Unlike the Laurell K. Hamilton, Anita Blake series which started great and then seemed to devolve (and which is now starting to re-emerge and capture some of that original magic), the Dresden Files has been a continuous and natural progression and expansion of the characters, their responsibilities and the world. If it hadn’t happened, although I might on some level be enjoying the stories more, I’d probably be complaining that it seemed unrealistic. Sort of how Bart Simpson has been the same age for over 20 years…
I digress. Changes was such a monumental book that any follow up would be difficult, despite the fact that a follow up was clearly necessary. Ghost Story does a good job of being that follow up novel, and sets the continued path for the series moving forward. Is it as action packed as many of the other stories, no. Does that change the feel of the story, it sure does. In the long term will I appreciate this story for the complexity it adds to the character and the series, probably. So I think it’s a good addition, and one which I’ll probably appreciate more later, but at the moment it feels as though something was missing, a little je ne sais quoi.
Regardless you should read it, and the other 12 books, and the various short stories, novellas, and anthologies with related tales. It’s worth the effort.
P.S. How cool of a Halloween costume would it be to go as Harry Dresden? And what are the odds that anyone would actually recognize who you were dressed as?