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Oneshot Dead Man's Witch by Gimme Mocha - T - Dresden Files

Discussion in 'Dresden Files' started by Orm Embar, Jan 22, 2011.

  1. Orm Embar

    Orm Embar Auror

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    Title: Dead Man's Witch
    Author: Gimme Mocha
    Rating: T (PG-13)
    Genre: Adventure/Drama
    DLP Category: General
    Pairing: Ramirez/OC (Minor role)
    Words: 23,585
    Published: June 29, 2010

    Status: Oneshot
    Summary: Grace Bowden, small-time Chicago witch, is contacted to help with a ghost problem. She just wants to help a ghost, but when her path crosses that of Harry Dresden, she'll need more than good intentions to get out of it alive. Set during Dead Beat!
    Link: Here

    This is a fairly long and well-written one-shot featuring an OC protagonist, set during the latter half of Dead Beat. The author accurately depicts the mentality of the magical 'have-nots' in the Dresdenverse, and manages to weave the narrator into the plot without derailing it. There is a sequel to the story featuring the same character, but set during the events of White Night.

    Solid 4/5, don't let the OC put you off it.


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  2. Tylendel

    Tylendel Sixth Year

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    I really liked the story, the two of them. In someway, it's like reading a short story of the Dresden files.

    It's quite original and I think that the author was able to reproduce accurately how people who do not know him feel about Harry Dresden.

    4.5/5
     
  3. Aekiel

    Aekiel Angle of Mispeling Prestige DLP Supporter

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    It's a good story and it meshes incredibly well with the events of Dead Beat. The OC protagonist is endearing enough that I actually enjoyed her characterisation, and her geek friend was genre savvy enough (after a while) for him to work well as the somewhat comic relief. I'm pretty sure I would have had the same reaction as they did to the zombie dinosaur too, and it had me laughing for a good few minutes because of it.

    As Embar said as well, I think the author got Dresden's reputation among the Paranet-type folks down to pat, especially as of Dead Beat where he's not had the obvious reinforcement of his good guy credentials to help him out (not that I expect that to matter come the White Night story of course, since a big point of WN is to show how feared the Wardens are in the first place).

    All in all I'll give it a 5/5 and I think I'll go check out the sequel too.
     
  4. Mock Moniker

    Mock Moniker Professor

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    Really liked this. Feels like it fits into the world pretty well, and the point of view of a low-level practitioner is very refreshing to read.

    The sequel is also pretty good, but I liked this one a bit better.

    Solid 5/5. Excellent one-shot.