Remember back in 2007 when the Space channel had a new series called the Dresden Files. Well, they are also a series of books and Jim Butcher is a freaking book wizard.
Title: Storm Front
Series: The Dresden Files; Book 1
Author: Jim Butcher
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Private Investigator (PI)
Audience: You should find this in the adult fantasy section of the library.
Synopsis: Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he’s the “only” at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the “everyday” world is actually full of strange and magical things—and most don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a—well, whatever. There’s just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks. So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry’s name. And that’s when things start to get interesting. Magic – it can get a guy killed. (summary from Goodreads)
Recommendation: I am so glad I asked people if this was a good series as books. Because I honestly don’t remember much from the TV series. Oh and it is good, we’ll see if is very good depending on how the next books turn out.
Oh, I read this book in the first term of college but didn’t think about it much until I starting digging into the Codex of Alera another series by Jim Butcher. So I got this out from the library and it was good a 2nd time. Happy surprise. Many books are good once but a much smaller number are good as a re-read.
I really like the style of Storm Front. The point of view is of course from Harry Dresden’s perspective but it isn’t just a listing of his thoughts and actions, he is narrating. Having the MC as a narrator doesn’t always work well and almost none of the books I read actually use this narration style.
Harry Dresden is an interesting main character after the first book of the series I feel like I know/understand him. But I don’t feel like I know everything about him, he is still mysterious and so are his abilities. The best thing is his unconventional approach to get out of problems. He is a wizard of significant power. But most often he is just trying to pay the bills and even when he could blast his way out of a situation with magic he takes none magical avenues of problem-solving.
To me, the setting is where this stops being interesting. It is in the “real world” in Chicago but with all the magic stuff still around and all that. Of course few know that magic is real and how it works. You can tell this book is a product of the 90’s or early 2000’s because of the level of tech which is kinda annoying for me at the moment but what ever it doesn’t hurt the book.
Oh and don’t try watching the tv series…… I watched a couple of episodes just before writing this and it’s irritating. The network wanted it to be a crime drama. They also missed so much of what made Harry Dresden interesting.
So in summary book GOOD, tv BAD.
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