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  1. says:

    I m not going to pull any punches This book is a misogynistic piece of shit.All I knew about it before I picked it up was the very basic premise a wizard in modern day Chicago, who works as a sort of detective and that it had picked up quite a cult following I was expecting to really like it, but before I got to the end of the first chapter, my eyebrows had risen to meet my hairline I kept reading out of some misguided expectation that things would get better, that there couldn t possibly be such a sustained level of misogyny coming from both the character and the authorial voice Oh, how wrong I was The main character, Harry Dresden, repeatedly tells us that he s a chauvinist, yes, and shows no signs of wanting to change that It would have been difficult enough for me to get into a novel with such an unpalatable main character, but the level of narrative endorsement of his viewpoint nauseated me The female characters in the book are there only to cry, seduce, and occasionally mother Some of them are presented as having power of their own, but if you take a second glance at them, that power is always represented as secondary to male power, or a sham Karrin Murphy is a hard bitten homicide detective and Harry s friend, true but she s undermined to constant references as to how belligerent she is, how small and lady like her hands are, how she cries when he won t share information with her Let me repeat that cries Bianca, the vampire sorry, vampiress must use appropriately gendered language is defeated because Dresden can see how she s truly ugly beneath all that fake beauty, and so she s humiliated and he can overpower her All of them use their sexuality to get ahead or try to, because clearly Harry is just too intelligent to fall for those silly women s wiles How about an explanation for the motive behind a murder I gestured toward the room Because you can t do something that bad without a whole lot of hate, I said Women are better at hating than men They can focus it better, let it go better Hell, witches are just plainmeaner than wizards This feels like feminine vengeance of some kind to me Or how about one prostitute talking about another She shook her head No, no Nothing like that That wasn t her style She was sweet A lot of girls get like They get pretty jaded, Mr Dresden But it never really touched her She made people feel better about themselves somehow She looked away I could never do that All I did was get them off This isn t just Dresden being sexist This isn t just showing us the thought processes of an un reconstructed chauvinist This isn t even just using noir tropes because god knows there are a thousand and one ways of subverting those and reimagining them This is holding up a clich d, smug asshole of a main character as the kind of man every guy wants to be, and the kind of man every woman wants to fuck, as a mirror for how Butcher thinks It s laden with sexist stereotypes that irritate me and in case you couldn t guess, it made me very, very angry.The book also fails on pretty much every technical level I can think of I have no idea why it s set in Chicago, or why the location was emphasised, because there s absolutely no sense of place to it For all Butcher told us, it could all have been taking place in Seattle, or Denver, or Kansas City The plot is silly, illogical, and by rights everyone should have been dead of Stupid within the first two chapters The writing style displayed an absolute cloth ear for language I d imagine that he was trying to recreate the terse, staccato style of noir detective stories, but didn t realise that in order to do so, you need than short, simplistic sentences You need to be attuned to the rhythm of what you re writing, to know how to turn a handful of words to best effect, and Butcher neither knows how to do that, nor how to write realistic sounding dialogue at all.I have not read such offensive drivel in a long, long time Avoid.


  2. says:

    I never got around to reading these books until The Name of the Wind was published And when I first did, I was a little pissed First person point of view Magic based on thermodynamics Gritty, realistic world Arrogant wizard who doesn t know when to keep his mouth shut It struck rather close to home Some people say that the first few books of this series were kinda rough But I didn t notice anything particularly untoward about them In fact, I burned through the whole series 11 books at the time in about two weeks As a side note, James Marsters reads the audiobooks And while his first one was a little rough, all the rest are very enjoyable.


  3. says:

    Let me tell you how a wisecracking Chicago wizard for hire with the most rotten luck imaginable won a permanent spot in my heart, making me a devout Dresdenite Twas a week before USMLE Step 1, the most important test for any medical school student as it pretty much determines which medical specialty you are supposedly smart enough to pursue Basically, the stakes were high and the stress reached the previously unknown heights By then my poor average sized brain has been fully stuffed with all the medical trivia it was able to handle Have you ever met an overcaffeinated, freaked out, sleep deprived, shaky med student with bloodshot eyes and propensity to quote at you random basic medical science facts in a high pitched shaky voice If so, it was probably before Step 1, and this is an honest representation of what my friends and I looked like Lovely, no Anyway, physically unable to study any , I stumbled upon this book on my Kindle app And this is how Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden, he of the magical staff and a black leather duster, entered my life Suddenly the anxiety was gone, and instead of omg it s test time and I did not study enough customary nightmares I dreamed about Chicago magical world that night In the week that followed, I got through most of the series 11 books at that point in time The stress was gone with the help of Harry Dresden s adventures and on the test day I beat my goal score by one whopping point D A man s magic demonstrates what sort of person he is, what is held most deeply inside of him There is no truer gauge of a man s character than the way in which he employs his strength, his power I was not a murderer I was Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden I was a wizard Wizards control their power They don t let it control them And wizards don t use magic to kill people They use it to discover, to protect, to mend, to help Not to destroy I loved this book despite all its imperfections Harry Dresden, a wisecracking, self deprecating, Star Wars references dropping, never knowing when to shut up, and unwaveringly good guy with a penchant for attracting trouble was someone I d love to be friends with I even forgave him the annoying and eyeroll inducing case of old fashioned chivalry towards women Plus, his assistant is an erotica obsessed formerly evil spirit living in a skull how can anyone not love that Harry, Bob drawled, his eye lights flickering smugly, what you know about women, I could juggle This book is a quick and delightfully pulpy read, modeling Harry s personality and adventures on the hardboiled crime noir detective stories with a generous helping of humor set against the paranormal background It does not aspire to be life changing or profound, it does not try to be the capital L literature that was an excuse to use my favorite Pratchett quote Susan hated Literature She d much prefer to read a good book All it does is take you on a fun and exciting ride, and that s what I love about it Yes, sometimes it falls flat, or tries too hard, or gets a bit full of itself, but the feeling of sheer fun that Jim Butcher must have had while writing this story is palpable on each page, and it s awesome Paranoid Probably But just because you re paranoid doesn t mean there isn t an invisible demon about to eat your face This is a freshman book, and is not perfect, but it is nevertheless really good Jim Butcher s narrative voice gets confident and polished as the series progresses, especially beginning with book 4 But it was enough to keep me completely engrossed in Harry Dresden s world and read eleven books of the series in a little over a week I love the Chicago mystical world, I love the characters, I love the fast, even breakneck pace, I love the detective noir touch, I love Butcher s take on mythologies I absolutely adore the wisecracking to me, it never felt annoying, maybe because it s a big part of my own I assume, completely charming personality You don t go walking into the proverbial lion s den lightly You start with a good breakfast For all of that, I easily give it four stars I d be tempted to call Harry Dresden my literary boyfriend, but as I learned from the sequels, nothing good can possibly come out of that. I don t want to live in a world where the strong rule and the weak cower I d rather make a place where things are a little quieter Where trolls stay the hell under their bridges and where elves don t come swooping out to snatch children from their cradles Where vampires respect the limits, and where the faeries mind their p s and q s My name is Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden Conjure by it at your own risk When things get strange, when what goes bump in the night flicks on the lights, when no one else can help you, give me a call I m in the book


  4. says:

    You know, the premise of this book actually sounded good A wizard P.I., sure why not I like wizards and I like P.I.s, so what could be the problem The problem was I over estimated this author s abilities.The main character is like some kind of emotionally retarded uber geek s idealized life He lives in a basement and subbasement He ALWAYS wears a black duster and cowboy boots even when he s wearing sweats and a t shirt He has an abnormally large alley cat that likes to drink coke and doesn t get violently ill from the caffeine He can t get anywhere with women, for no real reason at all The first woman that broke his heart, he actually killed but for good reasons, I mean she was evil I could go on and on The protagonist of this story is an immature weiner He is a walking dorky cliche, that feels like he is some kind of Peter Parker wizard Constantly bemoaning the weight of the world on his shoulders, even when its actually not on his shoulders Add to this the characters inability to have basic levels of trust for his friends allies, lack of common sense, and a very low level of intelligence for someone that relies on brains and willpower for their strengths And you end up with a guy that is very annoying to read in most any situation.Now throw that character into a Noir Detective style situation This is not a confident man, nor is he a physically tough man, and he lacks much in the way of street or even book smarts I find it highly unlikely that this guy should have survived past the first 100 pages, let alone through all the other blunders he makes through the entire book Take a gander back to the beginnings of the Noir Detective genre, and you d be ashamed that this man besmirches the genre s good traditions Sam Spade has no magic what so ever, but he could quite easily have out smarted and out fought this guy with his bare fists.Don t even get me started on how annoying magic is in this book Not since the magic of Terry Brooks Shanara books have I felt magic meant little to nothing This guy is constantly like, oh shit I don t have my wand or staff or special ring, so if I do my magic now I ll kill everyone What the fricking good is magic that can t be used unless you ve got your stick of power If magic is going to be used the way it is in this book, as basically a crutch to hold the rest of the weak aspects of the book up as it is in most non awesome fantasy then at least have it around to do its job and make cool things happen.So to close, this book is immature and not fun to read There was a time in my life when I would have found this book awesome, when I was going through that phase of life where you re 13, emotionally retarded, and just discovered ADD 2nd edition Which there is nothing wrong with, that s a phase that me and most other nerds went through Then we grew out of it, because we matured in to adults But this book isn t be lauded to me as great writing by 13 year old nerds and geeks, its being held up as a Great Book by adults, and that s who its marketed to Look if you like this book and you re in Junior high then fine though I could recommend better things for you to read that are aimed at your age group , but not adults If your an adult and you think this is even just good writing and again I ll state that most tell me its great writing then I think you need to try reading some other stuff by much better authors Go find and read Neil Gaiman, Joe Hill, Joe R Lansdale, Walter Mosley, Warren Ellis, or Charles Stross These are all writers that have written either modern fantasy Horror or Noir and or Crime fiction, so they are working on some similar concepts Then if you don t find those to be far better book written by actual good writers, well then I m just going to have to say that you and I may be from different planets or something.This book is not fun to read Its poorly constructed The plot is about as complex as 6th grade math, and less original than that The characters are 2 dimensional at best Magic is used a focal point of the story rather than something to enhanced the flavor of original and real feeling plots and characters At one point the author describes someone by saying he looks like Sean Connery s character from the Highlander, instead of I don t know just describing the dude as having a pony tale since that was where those two character s physical similarities ended Most of his other descriptions of characters are like police descriptions of people being given to me by the narrator which completely takes you out of the narrative The author at one point even wrote I was a wizard when his point of view character is lamenting about going into a house or building to solve a problem and I was thinking wait did you stop being a wizard at some point If you re going to write in the first person perspective then learn to write in the present Of course one would expect a decent editor could have fixed this, but I m going to assume that decent editors get assigned to decent writers Look, its not a good book I didn t make it a bad book, it just is I m told that the book get much better after or on book three so some day I hope to get a copy of his second book for free and see, though I have my doubts since I ve read enough bad authors in my day to know they don t usually start becoming good authors, just experienced bad authors but that s a really spurious argument since I need ALL book I read to be good if not great right away I m not going to recommend an author to someone because his first work was really awful but if you just read two books by him he gets good Well then perhaps he should have just started with book three and spared us the bad books Its bad and I don t recommend it to anyone who s not reading it as a goof to lampoon it in there own head End of statement.


  5. says:

    Reread for challengeThis is the first time I have read a Harry Dresden book and I love it I m so glad for my friends at goodreads for bringing me into his world I had no idea Harry was so freaking funny And the cast of characters in this book were great The bad guys sucked of course I loved Mac, the bartender He made me think of a quiet ish Andre the Giant I loved Toot Toot, the funny little faerie I wish he was in the book but hopefully I will get to see him in books I could just order a pizza and he might show up Mister is a no brainer because I love animals and he s a cool cat Then there is Bob, who could not resist Bob the talking skull I m not sure what kind of creature lived inside, I may have missed that part but once in awhile Harry would let him out, but not so much because he seemed to like to hang out at the sorority s and cause trouble So, someone is going around killing people with black magic and Harry must find out who is doing this because so many people are blaming him for it The story is really good and didn t drag for me at any point There is too much craziness and action going on for that I look forward to reading the other books in the series at some point Mel


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    The Dresden Files is one of those books that s intimidating to approach It has a hard core fan group that will scream its praises from the top of the roof Usually, I would approach with extreme caution I rarely read a series when I ve been assured that it gets good after six books When people tell me that, I simply quietly encourage them to read the Fever Series and avert eye contact.However, after a discussion regarding male readers and writers of the Urban Fantasy genre, I felt I should give this series a go since the UF male demographic tends to be on the small side.The Dresden Files has an immersive, interesting world It s magical lore is possibly the only original thing about it Which doesn t say that much for the book It s exactly the same half assed compliment you d give to MeyersDon t get me wrong Harry is a solid, interesting character and the mystery and action in this book was great There were plenty of tense moments, laugh out loud moments, and clever, witty escapes.But that doesn t mean that anything in this book was actually original.Paranormal private eye If there ever was a cliche in this genre there it is Can t they ever have a different occupation If you have some magical ability is this your only career choice Honestly I think Anita Blake, Rachel Morgan and Harry Dresden would make GREAT pizza deliverers image error


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    Urban fantasy is a sub genre that I have been very much enjoying for a few of years and Jim Butcher s Harry Dresden series usually tops the lists of readers favorites and it has proven wildly popular.For good reason.Butcher first published Storm Front in 2000 and it was in this first edition that Butcher introduced readers to Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden, Wizard Butcher describes his protagonist as a kind of occult private investigator, being chiefly active in the Chicago area Dresden s advertisement is as follows WIZARDLost items found Paranormal Investigations.Consulting Advice Reasonable Rates.No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.I m coming to the party late, as I write this review Storm Front has over 160,000 ratings on Goodreads, so a lot of fantasy fans are already well acquainted with Harry and what a cool series Butcher has created To date, there are over 15 novels and scores of related media, and there are two upcoming novels already planned.Butcher s talent was in creating a charismatic, cool urban fantasy character and then placing him and the stories in the category of mystery thriller This provides an almost endless assortment of possible magical occult fantasy settings for Harry to explore and Scooby Doo mysteries to solve Butcher s prose is evenly paced and his world building and magic rules forming skills are in good form and I will likely read from him.


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    2 7 18 ON SALE for 2.99 by Rabid Reads3.5 starsLover of Urban Fantasy that I am, it may come as a surprise that before now I have never actually read Jim Butcher .I KNOW I m such a poser.In my defense, I haven t had much luck with male authors in the genre, and come on we re up to what FIFTEEN installments, with the SIXTEENTH already in the works, so yeah DAUNTING Cut me some slack And besides, better late than never, right Also, I m holding all of you partially to blame, b c someone should have told me that around book 3 or 4 the series becomes seriously FAE oriented So what s up with that, huh I ve said than once that Fae are my FAEvorite, and based on the PUNS in Storm Front alone, I m the one who should be feeling betrayed, not you snickers Okay I have adequately blame shifted, so moving on.I knew going into this that I d be entering a longterm relationship with Harry Dresden I was willing, but skeptical Even with the image of Paul Blackthorne firmly planted in my subconscious, I knew from experience that commitment requires than a pretty face.Little did I know how right I was.You see longterm relationships are WORK And often, the things you love the most about another person are the same things that enable that person to drive you NUTS.I love how realistically flawed Harry is.I hate how realistically flawed Harry is.He gets himself into a tight spot, so he rationalizes It wasn t as though I was actually going to be doing any black magic, I told myself I was just going to be figuring out how it was done There was a difference I was helping the police in an investigation, nothing But then he immediately calls his own bluff Yeah, right And maybe one of these days I d go to an art museum and become well rounded He s also incredibly self aware He knows his weaknesses as well as his strengths, and he presents both sides very matter of factly It was refreshing There was no false modesty or self deprecation No melancholy search for affirmation Harry Dresden just lays it all out in plain site, do with it what you will.But that same openness allows you to see over and over again how hapless he is when it comes to the fairer sex .You know for a self proclaimed, socially awkward wizard with very little relationship experience, Harry Dresden finds himself surrounded by beautiful, flirtatious women with uncommon frequency rolls eyes But then he gleefully reveals his boyish, mischievous side by the sheer delight he takes at pulling one over on someone who has underestimated him rolls eyes again, but this time while grinning One second I wanted to smack him on the back of the head, and the next, I wanted to ruffle his hair and kiss him on the cheek.So that s Harry.There s also Bob the peeping Skull, Toot the pizza loving faery, Mister the cat, Mac the surly pubkeep, Murphy the hard case female cop, and glimpses into possible future interactions with a literal faery godmother and the mysteriously intimidating White Council.The plot was eh shrugs I m giving it a pass this time, b c I m pretty sure a lot of groundwork was laid for future installments, and while this was a fairly entertaining read, it was also fairly predictable, and Bad Guy was just a stock power hungry Bad Guy.On the world building front, we were given a lot of hints, but nothing substantial, but that was okay, b c so far, we ve only been in the real world, so as much as I d like to know about the Nevernever RIGHT NOW , there s plenty of time for that when we get there.Overall, I definitely see this series being worth it and not just b c if I read this one, I will have read every, single one of the Big Deal UF series which may or may not be a personal goal shrugs noncommittally Harry Dresden is a realistically likable character who I have a suspicion will turn out to be quite formidable, and Butcher lays a promising foundation with this first installment Will it live up to my expectations Only one way to find out .My other reviews for this series Fool Moon The Dresden Files, 2 Grave Peril The Dresden Files, 3 Summer Knight The Dresden Files, 4 by Jim Butcher


  9. says:

    The first volume in the Dresden Files series introduces us to our hero, Harry Dresden, a wizard who is also a private investigator and police consultant It is written in a breezy, colloquial style that makes you want to keep reading, but except for a few interesting magical twists on the private dick genre e.g., Harry s tipster is a faery, lured with a bowl of milk and honey and confined within a magic circle until Harry gets the information he needs , the book is thin on plot, lacking in wit and deficient in interesting characters Maybe they get better I might read the second volume sometime Then again, I might not.


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    I heard the mailman approach my office door, half an hour earlier than usual The first book in the Dresden Files series, I found this quite exciting It felt like being picked up by a slightly crazy person, and pulled through a labyrinth by your shirt all the while having not one creature, but many, trying to kill the person dragging you along with them You re in for some ride, and the main character is definitely a man without a plan.Our main character is the wizard extraordinaire, Harry Dresden He does freelance detective work, but also consults with the Chicago P.D., and he has a doozy of a case He seems like a decent guy however he s not the most organized, or prepared He has a bad habit of underestimating the situations he finds himself in, so you never know what he s going to pull off to stay alive It makes for great fun and an interesting story You re never lacking for either suspense or intrigue, and boy, oh boy, the segues from drama to action are nonexistent One minute you re trying to figure something out, solve the mystery, and the next, someone s trying to kill Harry It changes that quickly, so you simply never know what s about to happen I m really looking forward to book two I m curious as to how Harry s character evolves from here and what adventure is next What s the next crime scene going to be like What dangerous situations will he barely escape next Will he be prepared Does he get a second date with the reporter or does he get burned I think I m going to go read Fool Moon and find out I m in the book.


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Storm Front download Storm Front, read online Storm Front, kindle ebook Storm Front, Storm Front 470e1711da1d HARRY DRESDEN WIZARD Lost Items Found Paranormal Investigations Consulting Advice Reasonable Rates No Love Potions, Endless Purses, Or Other EntertainmentHarry Dresden Is The Best At What He Does Well, Technically, He S The Only At What He Does So When The Chicago PD 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, StinksSo 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 InterestingMagic It Can Get A Guy Killed