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Sunday, June 15, 2008

48. Storm Front by Jim Butcher


Title: Storm Front
Series: The Dresden Files, Book 1
Author: Jim Butcher
Copyright: 2000
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Rating: 4/5 stars
Finished: 6-14-08

This was just a plain fun book to read. A book that Gail would call "brain candy." Not a challenging book to read, but a great escape all the same.

Harry Dresden is the only wizard you'll find in the yellow pages. He has set up shop in Chicago, and in addition to helping people find their lost items or dealing with the occasional paranormal event, he is also a consultant for the Chicago P.D. After Harry receives 2 calls almost at once, one from a wife whose husband has gone missing and one from Murphy, head of Special Investigations, who has 2 corpses that she'd like to get his take on, his day goes down hill from there. I don't want to give too much more away, but really, the story is quite good.

I liked Butcher's take on magic and how it is formed and where it's energy comes from. It didn't have the feel of, "Well, it's magic, just accept that it happens the way it happens." There are concrete and physical bases from which the magic comes from in this world, and I found it a refreshing change (for instance, when making a love potion, tear up a $50 bill to go into the potion, because money is sexy).

I'm sorry it took me so long to get around to reading these books, but at the same time, now I want to go pick up the lot at B&N, and the rest of my TBR pile is looking a little downtrodden right now, so I may need to space these out a little. If you haven't read these before, though, pick up Storm Front. You won't be disappointed.


Irish said...

you really should be sorry for not reading them sooner. ;-) Although now you have 9 other books just waiting for you to read...unlike me...who has read them all and must wait until the nest one. Which, if he stays true to form, will be next April. And then there is also the new Codex Alera book (a slightly more traditional fantasy, yet different, by JB) which is due out in Dec.

This whole series is a lot of fun. I was only disappointed in the 9th book, White Night, lots of good backstory but not enough action Dresden style. Luckily though the newest book made up for it. =) So go out buy the next 8 in a book or three in between and by the tinme you get to 10 the paperback of that should be out and the 11th should be out or almost out. =)

Literary Feline said...

I always feel so out of breath when I finish a Dresden book. I am two books behind in the series right now but hope to catch up before the year is out.

I finally got around to watching the TV show and while I liked it, I didn't like it nearly as much as I like the books.

Lisa said...

I love the Dresden books, and I was terribly disappointed that the TV series didn't last. The series had a slightly different take (Bob has a human form and Morgan was a hottie), but it still worked very well. I've read the first three, I've got 2 more on the shelf, and as soon as I get caught up on books for review, I think they're going to be next.