Dresden Files Grave Peril Ch6

Last time, a woman showed up and her appearance was only a little creepily described!

Harry gets right to the point, asking how Godmom got to him so fast. She’s all lolnope. Niceseeingyoubye? tries Harry.

She walked closer, her body moving with a lithe, sensuous grace

aaaaaaaaand so much for that.

Sexy fairies aren’t really wrong, but the book’s so thoroughly poisoned the well already.

Michael threatens with the sword, and she drops the friendly thing.

Those rich lips peeled back from dainty, sharp canines, and at the same time the three shadowy hounds let out bubbling growls. Her golden eyes swept past Michael and back to me. “He is mine, sir Knight, by blood right, by Law, and by his own broken word. He has made a compact with me. You have no power over that.”

Apparently, this comes as a shock to Michael. So, are there circumstances where evil fairy godmothers are hunting you where they don’t have fairy law on their side? I would’ve taken that as a given.

Also,

“Harry, if you have made a covenant with her of your own free will then she is right—there is little I can do to stop her.”

How does this interact with faith? How does a belief there is one god and one law survive when you find out that there’s powers in the world that are stronger than that and in fact what you call God’s power appears to be pretty mechanically balanced with the rest of the world rather than anything special?

If a sword powered by a nail of the true cross, which is to say, that time Jesus outright died to free us from a bad deal, can’t do anything about one shitty deal with one stupid fairy, well – doesn’t seem like God’s involved in any of this, does there?

the good Knight of the White God is how she refers to him, for that matter. The bible is full of spirits and demons acknowledging the power and sovereignty of God. How do you handle the fact everyone in the know consistently acts like your one true god is just one of many?

Also while I assume White God is based on the flame and general white = holy thought, given the (lack of) racial diversity and being set in a country colonized by white Christians genociding their way through the original population…it’s not exactly a neutral term.

But back to Godmom, she’s seductively talking about how he should come with her. We then get the typical setup where the appeal is mental and despite their knowledge they want to believe what’s being said, but also their body’s hijacked and they have no control over what’s happening. I don’t know why this is so common. It seems really cheap to me – if the point is that you’ve being convinced, why always getting puppetted at the same time?

I saw Lea’s mouth, her soft, lovely mouth, curl upward in a triumphant smirk.

I could smell her—her body, her hair, like wildflowers and musky earth, intoxicating.

Lea placed one long-fingered, slender hand upon my cheek. A wash of tingling pleasure went through me. My body reacted to her, helpless and demanding at the same time

God damn it Harry.

You know what this makes me think of? Axel. Haha, Axel. You were part of a story I didn’t hate! Good times. I should…well, no, I probably shouldn’t actually get back on the KH train, but maybe watch some Let’s Plays. Wouldn’t this be better if Axel was here? He had a minimum degree of characterization!

Anyway, she tells him to put aside his penis metaphors already, because that’s what women do, they steal your dicks.

“Will you complete your bargain now, sweet mortal child?” Lea murmured, sliding her hands over my chest and then over my shoulders.
“I will go with you,” I answered, letting my voice come out thick, slow. Her eyes lit with malicious glee, and she threw her head back and laughed, revealing creamy, delicious expanses of throat and bosom.

Women being sexily evil, check.

“When Hell freezes over,” I added, and drew out the little sack of ghost dust for the last time. I dumped it all over and down the previously mentioned bosom. There isn’t much lore about faeries and depleted uranium, yet, but there’s a ton about faeries and cold iron. They don’t like it, and the iron content of the dust’s formula was pretty high.
Lea’s flawless complexion immediately split into fiery scarlet welts, the skin drying and cracking before my eyes. Lea’s triumphant laugh turned into an agonized scream, and she released me, tearing her silken gown away from her chest in a panic, revealing more gorgeous flesh being riven by the cold iron.

Harry finding those women in agony much sexier, checkity check.

I see he’s leveled up from the Bianca affair and now deliberately aims at the breasts when doing things like this.

While she’s doing her whole sexy strip show by way of being on fire, the hellhounds attack. Harry identifies them now as “faerie beasts” but doesn’t stop saying they’re hellhounds. You shouldn’t be allowed to use “hell” as an intensifier for anything scary when the place literally exists.

Michael tries whacking one and apparently this sword is “true iron”, which, uh, there’s a reason we switched to steel swords. True iron is way softer than anything you want to use for stabbing. Not only will it not keep an edge, but it’ll bend into a pretzel when you try to use the now-dull length of metal to just beat people to death.

If you want an old-timey weapon that’s still useful, bronze. Bronze was abandoned due to expense (primarily getting the tin, with difficultly in manufacturing being an extra factor). The highest quality ancient bronze is only surpassed by modern steelwork.

She rose up from the ground, blackened and burned, her fine dress in tatters about her waist, her body and limbs stretched, knobby, and inhuman.

This really is Bianca all over again! Now we’re at the part where her beautiful appearance is fake and actually she’s a horrible monster underneath who Harry can’t even leer at.

You are mine as your mother swore unto me! As you swore!”

Ah, another mom reference. If Harry already knows this, and it really sounds like it came up back when he was making the deal if not earlier, then why was he so confused by the idea his mom did major magic stuff, including things of questionable morals? Pretty obvious dealing with evil sexy godmom is high level and not so good.

Anyway Harry is doing one un-shitty thing all this time, which is dragging along Michael who’s gotten a bit more hellhound teeth to the leg than he’d have liked. He shoves the guy through the hole home and falls out himself, and he’s safe.

I landed on the floor of the nursery back in Cook County Hospital, my leather duster trailing with it a shroud of smoke that swiftly converted itself to a thin, disgusting coating of residual ectoplasm, while my staff burned with weird green and purple fire.

So the smoke turns to ectoplasm but the magic fire keeps burning. Interesting. I wonder if that’s simply because the smoke is from wood that only existed through ghost power, or if the important part is that his godmom wanted that staff to burn and she’s got enough power that she can accomplish that even on the other side.

Micheal proceeds to sadface about how Harry lied.

“I just thought you were an honest man, Harry,” he said, his expression injured. “I can’t believe you lied to her.”
I started to laugh, weakly, too exhausted to move. “You can’t believe I lied to her.”
“Well, no,” he said, his voice defensive. “That’s not the way we’re supposed to win. We’re the good guys, Harry.”

I’m assuming the idea here is that it’s very clear in the DM’s manual that paladins aren’t allowed to lie, and hey guys did you notice that Michael is basically a paladin but IN REAL LIFE BECAUSE URBAN FANTASY GENRE??????????

But in real life, at least in America, we generally consider lying to be bad in relation to why you did it. Lying to the good guys so you can betray them to the evil empire is wrong, but lying to the evil empire is so good that telling the truth to them is enough to get you branded evil yourself. There have been points in human history where cultures valued following the rules over where those rules led, but unless Michael is secretly a time traveler I don’t think that applies. It rings especially hollow given that it’s happening between two different women lighting on fire while screaming in agony – you’d think seeing that sort of brutality would be traumatic enough to make the relative goodness of lying hard to care about.

I really don’t think any reader is supposed to view this as any moral lapse of Harry’s, so Michael’s complaint is just more fuel to the sueish fire as Harry gets criticized for doing nothing really wrong. And it serves to paper over a much more valid thing for Michael to complain about.

Namely, why the fuck did he dump the dust down her shirt?

Let’s repeat what Harry did, just to be clear:

I dumped it all over and down the previously mentioned bosom.

Getting it in her eyes would’ve blinded her. Spreading it out would’ve given a better chance of incapacitating her. Given those options, Harry picked the one where she’d tear her shirt in half.

Even if Harry can make a case this really was the best tactic to make, it’s still pretty questionable and, I’d think, worthy of at least mention from a paladin talking about being the good guys and how they’re supposed to win.

In response to being told they’re the good guys:

I laughed some more, and wiped a trickle of blood off of my face.
“Well, we are!”

Oh Michael. Michael Michael Michael.

You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes, nor figs from thistles, are they?

The nurses start screaming while Harry continues the chat, switching topics from “but we are, right? right?” to why Sexy Godmom was waiting right there to threaten him with sex, but of course Michael has no idea.

We both put our hands up on top of our heads, as a Chicago P.D. patrolman, his jacket and pants stained with spilled coffee, burst into the nursery, gun drawn.

Maybe I’m particularly sympathetic because I had to type this with one hand due to a hot glue mishap, but I feel Unnamed Patrolman Guy the most heroic. Harry, as usual, had to be dragging kicking and screaming into the real heroism and probably did half of it out of machismo anyway. But this guy! He’s covered in coffee, which further suggests it was a recent, ie hot, cup, to be so full. It’s quite likely he scalded himself and will have to follow up the heroics with a trip downstairs to the emergency room. And yet here he is, aiming a gun at our main character, because people are screaming and it’s his job to go toward that sound and handle things.

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  1. Profile gravatar of Roarke Roarke says:

    How does this interact with faith? How does a belief there is one god and one law survive when you find out that there’s powers in the world that are stronger than that and in fact what you call God’s power appears to be pretty mechanically balanced with the rest of the world rather than anything special?

    My headcanon is that God is done with his childrearing phase and is back to being a contract-loving douchebag. Hence, the contract with the sidhe is binding.

    Good times. I should…well, no, I probably shouldn’t actually get back on the KH train, but maybe watch some Let’s Plays.

    Two things KH did to lose my love that have nothing to do with the story:

    1. Take forever.

    2. Multiple platforms

    I’ll literally play World of Warcraft again before I play KH.

    The highest quality ancient bronze is only surpassed by modern steelwork.

    So why do people make a big hubbub about the Iron Age and how the first tribe to work iron practically conquered all of their neighbors overnight?

    Anyway yeah, the introduction of Leanansidhe mirrors Bianca’s ridiculously well. It’s almost like Butcher is already out of ideas for how to write interactions between Harry and “strong” female antagonists.

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    1. Profile gravatar of Farla Farla says:

      So why do people make a big hubbub about the Iron Age and how the first tribe to work iron practically conquered all of their neighbors overnight?

      Because the tribe that figured out iron could give EVERYONE those shitty iron swords and shields! Same as how crossbows dominated even though longbows were better, and then guns dominated even though crossbows were better. In fiction, the more ninja the faster they die. In real life, arming a million more untrained mooks and zergrushing the enemy is how you win.

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      1. Profile gravatar of Roarke Roarke says:

        Ah, makes sense. Mass production is OP as hell, needs nerf.

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    2. Nerem says:
      KH is all on PS3/PS4 now.

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      1. Profile gravatar of Roarke Roarke says:

        Good for everyone else. It broke my heart as a child and I hold grudges. Also I own neither a PS3 nor a PS4.

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  2. SingaporeSling says:
    “How does this interact with faith? How does a belief there is one god and one law survive when you find out that there’s powers in the world that are stronger than that and in fact what you call God’s power appears to be pretty mechanically balanced with the rest of the world rather than anything special?”

    Oh hey, I actually know this one. The answer is Free Will. God in this series cannot or will not do anything to override a mortal human’s (or wizard’s) Free Will. So if Dresden made an agreement of his own volition that puts him in bondage to fairies, God won’t let holy items be used to help him  break his word and wriggle out of the deal–Harry has to do that on his own.

    The sword is useful for things like ‘bad guy is attacking innocents with dark magic’; the innocents didn’t agree to let themselves be attacked by dark magic, so the sword can be used to save them. That’s why Michael could use it against Agatha; the babies never promised to let Agatha harm them, so Agatha was vulnerable to it. If an innocent is snookered into agreeing to let themselves be hit by dark magic such as Lea’s, though, then the sword is useless to help them.

     

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    1. Profile gravatar of illhousen illhousen says:

      Oh hey, I actually know this one. The answer is Free Will. God in this series cannot or will not do anything to override a mortal human’s (or wizard’s) Free Will. So if Dresden made an agreement of his own volition that puts him in bondage to fairies, God won’t let holy items be used to help him  break his word and wriggle out of the deal–Harry has to do that on his own.

      It is indeed an official answer, it just happened to be stupid.

      Christianity is kinda built on the idea of unconditional mercy: no matter how many sins you’ve committed, no matter how much you’ve damned your soul, salvation is still within your reach as long as you’re willing to ask for it.

      I can see God not preventing Harry from willingly following Lea, but at this moment it’s not his will anymore. He might have thought it’s a good idea before, but he’s changed his mind since then, so helping him would, in fact, support his free will and keep the possibility of his soul being saved alive.

      There is even a couple of mythological precedents where people got out of the deals with the devil by simply praying and asking God to make them null and void. It worked.

      So, yeah, God honoring a bargain with a fae against Harry’s will means that either God is an asshole, not powerful enough or really hates Harry. The latter, admittedly, is understandable and wouldn’t be a slight against His character.

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      1. Profile gravatar of Farla Farla says:

        There is even a couple of mythological precedents where people got out of the deals with the devil by simply praying and asking God to make them null and void. It worked.

        I think the key part is you’ve got to make a show of your new devotion to the one true God. And I’m not entirely sure how much is really about free will and how much is that God is bigger and gets dibs on that nummy soul in the event of conflicting deals.

        So, Harry falling to his knees and rapidly spitting out the sinner’s prayer before Godmom can grab him should work, but God’s not going to intervene just to be nice.

        Admittedly there’s a lot of stories of saints interceding to prove their god is bigger first with the conversion following after, but maybe only certain people get to do that and Michael isn’t empowered to be one, or maybe that was a limited time offer and the rules changed at some point in the past.

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        1. Profile gravatar of illhousen illhousen says:

          Hm, I don’t know. I can see Michael telling Harry, “You know I can’t rise my sword in your defense until you convert, you heathen,” but he specifically says it’s because of the deal Harry made, which maks it sounds like God specifically honors pagan deals rather than simply coercing people into worshiping him, which is to be expected.

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          1. Profile gravatar of Roarke Roarke says:

            Alternately, Michael says “I wish I could help, but you didn’t marry Susan, so I can’t say I’m protecting the sacred covenant of holy marriage by getting this fae floozy off you.” As Harry is getting chewed to death, Michael mourns not the man he is, but the husband he could have been.

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            1. Profile gravatar of Farla Farla says:

              In fairness, he could’ve told Harry in the past so he doesn’t feel the need to repeat it, and that’d explain why he’s badgering Harry about getting married when it’s otherwise just a pointless distraction – what he really means is that now that things are getting dangerous it’s all the more important Harry check the right boxes for sword rescues!

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            2. Profile gravatar of Roarke Roarke says:

              It’s like insurance. Harry’s policy as an unwed heathen isn’t going to cover the major sources of danger. If he’d at least have a nice Christian, preferably Catholic, marriage, there’d be so much more that Michael could protect him from.

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      2. Profile gravatar of Act Act says:

        >Christianity is kinda built on the idea of unconditional mercy: no matter how many sins you’ve committed, no matter how much you’ve damned your soul, salvation is still within your reach as long as you’re willing to ask for it.

        Not if you’re many sects of Prostestant! (Roman) Catholicism is all about Jesus-flavored redemption — part of the schsism that Luther enacted was the belief in predestination and that if you’re damned, you’re damned and no amount of being a good person can fix it.

        Their way of preventing people from going batshit is by saying that if you are saved you can fuck it up by being a shitty person, and there’s no way to know which one you are, so you better be good just in case.

        Basically if God isn’t helping Harry but it helping other people it implies Harry is going to hell.

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        1. Profile gravatar of illhousen illhousen says:

          Hm, I know that some Christians believe in iron-clad fate, but I thought it applied only to the end result? Like, you still can be a great sinner yet become a proper Christian late in life and get to Heaven, which was always going to happen?

          Here, it seems like Harry has damned his soul in a way that’s obvious to an outside observer, and Micael knows it not because God told him but because it always works like that. I guess it’s possible that people destined for salvation just wouldn’t be able, for one reason or another, to make such deals to begin with, and that it is a mark of Harry’s damnation…

          Still contradicts the thing about free will, though.

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          1. SingaporeSling says:
            [Slight spoilers]

            Dresden Files isn’t Calvinist; predestination isn’t a thing in-universe (it is explicitly stated at one point that people’s fates are determined by the actions they took in life–they aren’t predetermined.)

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            1. Profile gravatar of illhousen illhousen says:

              Oh, I know that, but that just sends us back to White God being an asshole.

              (Honestly, urban fantasy settings playing around with Christianity end up just highlighting what a bad idea it is to make God an active player in the plot.)

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            2. Profile gravatar of Roarke Roarke says:

              Really, almost any genre or work that tries to make God an active player just highlights how bad an idea it is. It’s hard to have meaningful tension and conflict with an omniscient and omnipotent deity floating about.

              That’s not to say I haven’t seen it work well, though. Good Omens was a great book that explicitly had an omnipotent and omniscient God, IIRC. The tension came from the question of which interpretation of a very open-ended prophecy would come true, which is just fine as a source of conflict. 

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            3. Profile gravatar of Farla Farla says:

              Thing about that is, you don’t need to say God just decides at random who to save. There’s the argument God, being all-knowing, knows what choices you’ll make in the future, and as those choices determine if you go to Heaven or Hell, knows who’ll be saved.

              As unpleasant a theology as this is, it’s elegant reasoning. All the attempts I’ve seen to argue a completely omniscient god BUT free will is a black box and God doesn’t know any decisions in have been disasters.

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            4. Profile gravatar of Roarke Roarke says:

              Where does the idea of God BUT Free Will come from, anyway? Was that from like, early moralists or humanitarians who didn’t like the idea of no free will but couldn’t just say there was no God or God was not omnipotent?

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            5. Profile gravatar of illhousen illhousen says:

              God randomly deciding who will or won’t be saved comes from the combination of omniscience, omnipotence and him being the origin of all.

              Being omniscient, he knew how everything will turn out, what people will be born, how they will be shaped by the world, what choices they will make and what fate will await them after death.

              Being the origin of all, he was the one to make the decision to go ahead with it.

              And being omnipotent, it stands to reason that he could have gone with a different world, one where everyone could be saved (presumably, a world without snakes).

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            6. Profile gravatar of Farla Farla says:

              If no free will, then God throwing people into a lake of fire over what they do seems extra unpleasent, and apparently God not throwing people into a lake of fire at all is even worse, therefore free will.

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    2. Profile gravatar of Farla Farla says:

      The answer is Free Will. God in this series cannot or will not do anything to override a mortal human’s (or wizard’s) Free Will

      HSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

      God I hate that argument for God. But it is definitely a real and valid theological argument, and it doesn’t have any more holes in it here than it already did, so yeah, I guess if other people can have faith with that concept, then Michael can power through the issues too.

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      1. Profile gravatar of Roarke Roarke says:

        I remember one of my English professors telling me that “God’s existence makes Free Will meaningless” is one of the most common essays theses they get from undergraduates, depending on the book. Paradise Lost is a big offender here.

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        1. Profile gravatar of Farla Farla says:

          Paradise Lost is asking for it by having God say he knows what they’ll do in advance but he’s going to punish them anyway.

          At least, that’s what I recall. Most of my memory is just a red haze of hatred.

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          1. Profile gravatar of Roarke Roarke says:

            “I dunno what to tell you, Son. It’s on the schedule. 3:32 p.m. Sunday, December 12. ‘Punish the first sinners.’ Gotta keep the schedule. Listen, Son, we’ll talk about this, eh, sometime. My schedule gets really busy after that.”

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  3. sliz225 says:
    Butcher really likes giving Dresden chances to demean/reject sexy women, doesn’t he?  Miss “I’ll fuck you to avoid death, I guess” is loftily shot down, Evil Sex Fairy’s sexiness is revealed and ruined at the same time . . . jeez, what’s Dresden supposed to do?

    Calling it now: the patrolman carts them in to the only police station in all of Chicago, vague and unrealistic consequences are threatened, Murphy bails their dumb asses out but is ‘bitchy’ about it, Dresden fails to show proper gratitude, Michael is ridiculously freaked out by the experience.

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    1. Profile gravatar of Roarke Roarke says:

      Yeah, no, Farla hit the nail on the head when she said that what he really likes is seeing the battered and helpless. It’s really goddamn terrifying.

      My counter-prediction: Murphy gets pissed that Dresden is hero-ing without a permit, wants in. Dresden says he’s not hiring cheerleaders at the moment and proceeds to stiff-arm her in ways that will endanger her life.

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      1. sliz225 says:
        Ah, yes, the classic “foolish woman thinks she can run with the real heroes, gets forcibly put in her place, apologizes ideally with tears in her eyes.”  I think you’re on to something there.

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        1. K says:
          Not Murphy, but yes. And her treatment just gets worse as the series goes on.

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  4. Profile gravatar of SpoonyViking SpoonyViking says:

    The highest quality ancient bronze is only surpassed by modern steelwork.

    I think you’re severely underselling the quality of proper iron weaponry, Farla. That said, “true iron” – which I assume is actually pure iron – really wouldn’t be a good material for a weapon.

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    1. Profile gravatar of Farla Farla says:

      I’m repeating what the historical weapon fan communities say! Modern steel wins out, and quality ancient steel could beat lower quality bronzes, but top quality bronze by top quality smiths was the best material historically.

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      1. Profile gravatar of Roarke Roarke says:

        RPG’s have been lying to me all my life, goddamn it.

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      2. Profile gravatar of SpoonyViking SpoonyViking says:

        Well, to be perfectly fair, I’m mostly going by current scholarly consensus, I can’t say it’s my field of study. :-) And I have also seen professional historians proposing that iron weaponry won out because of ease of large-scale manufacture, not their inherent quality. So consider my objection withdrawn, or at least add a qualifier to it! :-P

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  5. Profile gravatar of Roarke Roarke says:

    You know, for a series that’s been all about exposing how much the author hates women and disdains people in general, there’s been a weirdly good depiction of rank-and-file police officers. Named law enforcement characters get treated like shit, like Murphy and Carmichael,  or are out-and-out villains, like the FBI. Morgan is wizard police and, naked steel sexual tension aside, he gets treated with disdain.

    Then you have the jail monitor cop who slaps the emergency button right in front of cursewolf, the cops that bravely fight the invincible ragemonster and drag the wounded/dead away from it, and those two cops who are concerned for Tera dancing naked in the rain (and not just sitting there drooling like Harry literally did). Then there’s Mr. Coffeepants, who, like Farla said, is the most heroic character in the book so far.

    I wonder why that is? My best guess is that they’re sitting in some kind of blind spot where they’re not prominent enough to bash, but are still needed to progress the story, so what ends up happening is they fulfill a basic heroic function and end up looking better than Harry for it because who doesn’t look better than Harry?

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    1. Profile gravatar of Farla Farla says:

      Hm. It has been pretty consistently cops getting that treatment, and we’re also missing the noir trope of the crooked cops. I wonder if it’s that Butcher likes cops as hardboiled gun-wielding man’s men? Even the FBI guy got treated pretty well and protrayed as driven nuts only by the long-term combination of everything in the world sucking and evil spirits eating his brain.

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      1. Profile gravatar of Roarke Roarke says:

        I see your point about FBI Denton, yeah, but I’m not sure about Butcher liking the normal police. Like, Mr. Coffeepants is clearly being used as a punchline, the joke being how casual Harry and Michael are about getting arrested, in addition to actually moving the plot along by arresting them. The jail monitor’s heroics were downplayed by the narration, as you showed, and he also gave Harry someone to stoically watch die instead of helping (incidentally and unintentionally showing what true sacrifice looks like and contrasting it directly with Harry).

        Stuff like that makes me think the positive portrayal has to be unintentional, because their inclusions are ultimately selfish on Butcher’s part; it feels like a total accident that they come off looking heroic.

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  6. K says:
    [TW FOR RAPE, CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, TORTURE]

    Okay so this is a little spoilery, but… Given that Lea sexually abused Dresden when he was about 16…anybody else find it kind of icky that Butcher’s having Dresden focus on how hot Godmom is instead of…I don’t know, actually treat Dresden like a rape/abuse victim seeing his rapist/abuser again? I mean seriously. It’s like Butcher just throws the sexual abuse in because he wants to talk about how hot Lea looks or something and completely ignored the fact that he wrote Dresden as a victim of child sexual abuse and didn’t think about having Dresden act accordingly.

    And this is-this is a thing in this series, you know. Like. Butcher and Dresden doing this. It doesn’t stop or go away.

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    1. Profile gravatar of Farla Farla says:

      Your mistake is thinking Butcher cares about anything more than how fappable he finds the idea. Even his main character won’t get in the way of that.

      In somewhat fairness, given how the books don’t seem planned that much, he may not have settled on exactly what happened between Harry and Lea yet, but I doubt it’ll get much better after that comes up.

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      1. Profile gravatar of illhousen illhousen says:

        I may be mistaken, but I’m fairly sure their backstory comes up in this book.

        Of course, it’s clear that Butcher never went back to rewrite stuff that got away from him, so it’s possible he just got a boner while writing that scene and didn’t think about how it makes the rest of the book look.

        As for how it’s going to be after the revelation, heh. Too bad you prefer to avoid spoilers.

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        1. K says:
          “Too bad you prefer to avoid spoilers.”

          Me or Farla? And I get wanting to avoid them, since we’re only on book three by this point and don’t want to jump too far ahead on something the mod can’t keep the peace for.

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          1. Profile gravatar of illhousen illhousen says:

            Farla, I’ve asked about the policy on DF spoilers before.

            And yeah, it’s generally more interesting to discover stuff for yourself and form your own opinions on it first, it’s perfectly reasonable. It just can be frustrating when you know of awful things to come but have to keep quiet about it. Kinda like having Necronomicon in your hands yet being forbidden from starting a cult. So frustrating that.

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  7. Profile gravatar of illhousen illhousen says:

    So, Gust made a good point in DF chatter, namely that since ridiculous descriptions of female characters are back, we shall reverse them.

    Without farther ado…

    He walked closer, his body moving with a lithe, sensuous grace.

    Those rich lips peeled back from dainty, sharp canines, and at the same time the naked sword shone, reflecting light that wasn’t there, in this unholy place. His golden eyes swept past Lea and back to me. “He is mine, lady sidhe, by baptism, by Law, and by his own broken word. He has made a compact with God. You have no power over that.”

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    1. Profile gravatar of Roarke Roarke says:

      It took me a second to figure out if this was about Morgan or Michael.

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      1. Profile gravatar of illhousen illhousen says:

        Harry has a type. Marcone doesn’t really fit it, but then, that’s part of the allure.

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    2. Profile gravatar of Gust Gust says:

      “back”? They never left. 

      Oooh, sexy paladin. I went with Thomas since Harry probably doesn’t have anything for burning human flesh on him. He might. I really don’t want to think about it. I definitely don’t want to write about it.

      “I will go with you,” I answered, letting my voice come out thick, slow. His eyes lit with malicious glee, and he threw her head back and laughed, revealing creamy, delicious expanses of throat and muscle.

      “When Hell freezes over,” I added, and drew out the little bottle for the last time. I dumped it all over and down the previously mentioned bosom. There isn’t much lore about vampires and depleted uranium, yet, but there’s a ton about vampires and holy water. They don’t like it, and the holy water content of the dust’s formula was pretty high.

      Thomas’s flawless complexion immediately split into fiery scarlet welts, the skin drying and cracking before my eyes. Thomas’s triumphant laugh turned into an agonized scream, and he released me, tearing his silken gown away from his chest in a panic, revealing more gorgeous flesh being riven by the cold iron.

       

      That’s probably the last I’m willing to do.

       

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      1. Profile gravatar of Farla Farla says:

        since Harry probably doesn’t have anything for burning human flesh on him.

        He has his mind! If he wants Michael’s shirt to light on fire, all he has to do is point at it.

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        1. Profile gravatar of illhousen illhousen says:

          Wouldn’t work. Magic influenced by emotions, so if Harry were to try setting Michael on fire, Michael would just start sparkling.

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          1. Profile gravatar of Roarke Roarke says:

            You’re missing the point. Harry’s not setting Michael on fire. He’s setting the shirt on fire, because it’s in the way.

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  8. depizan says:

    The nurses start screaming

    This kind of bothers me because, well, they’re nurses. They may not be trained for men in ridiculous outfits popping out of nowhere, but they are trained for emergencies and last we knew, there were a bunch of very young patients in distress. (Never mind how many others might be in danger due to Dresden.) Shouting for security while rushing to attend to the babies, okay, but just screaming? Seems like more of that ever present sexism. *sigh*

    (Also, we’re back to the question of where the heck the nurses were when Dresden and Michael arrived. Were they just knocked out on the floor after all?)

     

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    1. CrazyEd says:
      If I recall, it actually does say something about the ghost using some kind of hypnotic effect to put everyone around it to sleep.

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