Can I rant about this guy? One of Butcher's (many) problems is his reliance on Whedon-esque dialogue where Dresden's winking at the reader with incredibly dated references. Eventually the snark just becomes annoying as you're being constantly pulled from the tension left and right. Further problems abound with the fucked up power levels, building everything up only for the plot to collapse under it's own weight, and all the dated 'nerd' crap. Yes, the last one is very poignant and only gets worse with time.
All these books have references to Star Wars and comic books as geek fanservice which take you out of the setting, especially when you start to see Butcher backpedaling on the Jedi references thanks to Disney locking it's IP's tighter than a chastity belt. Remember when Molly appeared in Dresden's dreamscape in a Star Trek costume, despite apparently being a big Star Wars fan? Yeah, Jim fears the Mouse. Then it's even more depressing when you realize that Butcher has no idea what the modern 'nerd' world looks like: Star Wars and Trek are dead IPs, carried along by psychotic twitter trannies and old ass boomers.
Conventions are just cosplayers with Daddy issues with schitzos moderating the costumes- anime girls in, storm troopers out (while ironically ranting about how sexist anime is). With the decline of serial television, Jim's 'old' clique now watches anime and only bothers with Superheroes when you have a prime series. E3 and Comic Con are just corporate meetings where suits barely talk about the games themselves. These books are old, largely riding off the popularity of Buffy and WOD from the 90s and it shows.
I think the read kicker for me was Battlegrounds because it felt like a Buffy episode with her leading the locals against the vampires which at first came off as odd to me because I expected something more akin to XCOM or the HECU from Half Life or even Doomguy to show up and start kicking shit. Which really dialed in how old Jim was.