April 6th, 2010

books

happy release day

Today is the official publication day for Jim Butcher's Changes, the latest novel in the Dresden Files series.

The twelfth Dresden Files novel (following Turn Coat, 2009) finds the licensed PI and professional wizard Harry Dresden confronted with some shocking news: he has an eight-year-old daughter, and she’s been kidnapped by Red Court vampires. Harry is willing to risk everything to rescue her, even if it means turning his own life upside down. At more than 500 pages, this is one the longest books in the series, but it doesn’t move slowly; in fact, the entire novel takes place over only a few days as Harry races to rescue his daughter before she is sacrificed in a powerful black-magic rite. The taut and sometimes twisty plot is full of surprises and changes for Harry and his friends and family. Changes is a compelling installment in what continues to be an outstanding series. All the regulars (including cop Murphy; Harry’s half brother, vampire Thomas; Sanya the Knight; and Harry’s apprentice, Molly) are featured, as they, too, risk everything to save Harry’s daughter. After the cliff-hanger ending, readers will be clamoring for the next book. A can’t-miss entry in one of the best urban-fantasy series currently being published. --Booklist, Starred Review

News from Jim Butcher's website:

"Amazon and Penguin are bickering, and the Kindle edition of "Changes" has been caught up in the crossfire. Fans around the world are getting email notifications from Amazon that their "Changes" preorders have been canceled.

Jim had no say in this decision, and he's already received an outpouring of mail from fans perplexed and angered at this chain of events. We know many of you were relying on this being available on release day, and we're every bit as frustrated as you are. We're confident the conflict will not be drawn out much longer, but we have no way of knowing if it will be resolved in time for the book's Tuesday release. We have no doubt that "Changes" will be available for the Kindle at some point, but whether that's tomorrow, next week, or next month is anyone's guess.

We hope this doesn't unduly inconvenience you guys, and we thank you for bearing with us in this exceptionally annoying time.
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April 6: Signing and reading at MURDER BY THE BOOK in Houston, TX
April 7: Signing and reading at UNIVERSITY BOOKSTORE in Seattle, WA
April 8: POWELL'S BOOKS/Cedar Hills Crossing (signed copies available for pre-order) in Beaverton, OR
April 9: MYSTERIOUS GALAXY in San Diego, CA
April 10: BARNES AND NOBLE #2743 in Huntington Beach, CA
April 12: BORDERS #464/Lee's Summit in Kansas City, MO