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Date: 2007-10-12 09:18
Subject: #177 Jim Butcher: Storm Front (Dresden Files #1)
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Jim Butcher: Storm Front (Dresden Files #1)

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Orbit (1 Sep 2005)
Language English
ISBN-10: 1841493988
ISBN-13: 978-1841493985
Category(ies): Fantasy

A number of people have mentioned the Dresden Files in my presence, and gone gosh wow about them. This is the first of the series, and I bought it to see what the books were like.

Well, it starts out strong, and stays strong. Harry Dresden is the first person protagonist. He's a wizard. A maker of potions and caster of magic, working as a private investigator in Chicago. Here, he's been called in Karrin Murphy of the Police Department when a couple are found dead in bad, their hearts apparently exploded out from their chests.

Reading this is a little like reading Rowling - all the right tropes are there for the resulting mixed genre of fantasy and PI noir. Yet at the same time, Butcher has brought some freshness to the result, and this is very readable, well paced and balanced, with good humorous touches without trying to be comedy.

There's no attempt to reflect on the human condition or anything like that, but this is just generally excellent entertainment.
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Megabitch
User: megabitch
Date: 2007-10-12 09:09 (UTC)
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I haven't read any of his work yet, but I have several on my wishlist for Xmas/Birthdays :)
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Angelic Eye for the Gendered-Species Individual: third ether
User: rysmiel
Date: 2007-10-12 13:58 (UTC)
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Keyword:third ether
Oh good, I'm glad you enjoyed it. IMO the series improves markedly as it goes along - jumps up a notch at book three and another very noticable one at book 7 - a lot of which is getting enough background in to layer back over things more solidly; a couple of people I have encouraged to read them have got through the first two only on taking my word that they improve.
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User: rmc28
Date: 2007-10-12 20:20 (UTC)
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Tony picked up the first three for fun in March and then got all remaining paperbacks (to 7). I read them all recently and really enjoyed them, though I have slightly blurred which plot is which book as a result.
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