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Storm front
Jim Butcher
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Avatar for KaliO KaliO said:
There’s more than one wizard named Harry. This Harry is no mere boy living in fantasyland; this Harry is a hardboiled detective working the mean streets of Chicago. When the police department has a case that runs to the supernatural they turn to Harry Dresden, because he’s good at what he does—well, okay, he’s the only one who does what he does. But he needs rent money, so someone starts using black magic to murder his victims, Harry takes the case. But this is not an easy case to crack. The White Council of Wizards pegs Harry as the killer. The cops are suspicious. A mob boss wants Harry out. And then there’s Bianca, the sexy vampire, and British Bob, the ancient talking skull. Author Jim Butcher juggles all the weird and wacky with aplomb, throwing in a pinch of fantasy here and a dash of horror there to make this classic loner-detective a little more than interesting. Harry is a sympathetic, likeable guy for all his grumbling, and readers who like their magic with a healthy dose of sarcasm, irony, and humor will find themselves rooting for Harry Dresden as he sweeps the streets of Chicago clear of all its paranormal and supernatural dangers. Book 2: Fool Moon
posted Jun 12, 2009 at 11:18AM
Mister Ferro said:
First in the Dresden Files
posted Jul 6, 2010 at 4:02PM
Avatar for KaliO KaliO said:
Harry Dresden’s detective agency is not your average P.I. firm, and Harry is not your average P.I. Harry Dresden is a wizard. He’s even in the phone book, but there’s not a helluva lot of money in this line of work—his basement apartment’s best asset is its dank sub-basement—so Harry consultants on some of the stranger cases that fall into the lap of the Chicago P.D. When the police request his presence at the scene of a double homicide, Harry jumps at the opportunity to get ahead on next month’s rent. But the murders are bizarre, grisly, and unquestionably the result of dark art. Investigating this crime means danger of more than just the usual seedy-city-underbelly type. Harry will need to dodge sultry vampires, ticked-off faeries, and the quick-to-judge (and even quicker to punish) White Council. To make matters worse, suspicion soon falls on Harry himself—he does, after all, know magic. And nothing makes it harder to clear you name than the actual villain—a mysterious, powerful practitioner of the blackest of black magic—hot on your heels. Anything that can go wrong will go wrong, but it’ll take more than that to knock Harry Dresden off a case. Supported by Harry’s detailed back story and evolving relationships with characters human and inhuman alike, author Jim Butcher creates a gritty fantasy world that is firmly rooted in the real locations and history of the city of Chicago. Led by the likes of this wise-cracking, dry-humored, heroic young wizard-detective, Storm Front is irresistible.
posted Sep 14, 2010 at 9:16AM
SpeculativeFictionFan said:
Old fashioned "hard boiled" Detective series with a Fantasy twist set in contemporary Chicago. The author seems to have run out of ideas for what terrible thing can happen to the main character around book 11 and the first person narrative gets a little whiny around book 12.. but overall a strong series.
posted Apr 28, 2013 at 11:40AM
Avatar for Plymouth Library Plymouth Library said:
Not going to lie to you, this book is awful. It's one of Butcher's earlier works, and it shows. The story is a little clunky, the main character, Harry Dresden, is unlikeable and the rest of the characters come off as one-note. The only exceptions are Mister, Dresden's cat whom cat owners will very well recognize, and Bob, a spirit of intellect with a taste for lusty novels trapped in a skull. But if you hold on this series gets better fast. The Dresden Files series ends up being one of the most engaging works of urban fantasy of all time. A cross between a film noir PI and Merlin, Dresden fights the creatures that go bump in the night for very little pay and for a lot of heartache. Later books get fun, fast-paced, and very addicting. This book unfortunately just needs to be read to get an introduction to the world and the characters. But get past this and enjoy fireballs galore.
posted Jan 9, 2014 at 9:03PM
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