Sunday, April 18, 2010

Review of Storm Front by Jim Butcher

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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."
Harry Dresden is one of my favorite characters plain and simple. Harry is just a character that I can relate to on a life experience level. I think that his attitude is what keeps me hooked throughout the series. He knows the talent that he posseses but he does not seem to get a big head about it. Despite all the things that are trying to bring him down he stays pretty positive and most of the time really hilarious! The whole magic and wizard P.I. give the story a little more than just your everyday murder mystery a twist that I need in books to keep me interested. Storm Front lays the ground work for the series in many ways but does not drag you out with a whole lot of back story. The one thing that I like about Butcher's writing is that he gets to the point with his characters and lets you get a real good opinion of them with just Harry's thoughts of them and some really fantastic dialogue.

I don't follow Jim Butchers web page or blog too often but I heard somewhere around the hinternet that the series will be 20 books long which is just fine by me as I have yet to be disappointed. I think that I will wait till it is finished though to see the t.v. series. I have not watched it yet and have thought about buying it, but all too often I am really disappointed in the whole book to t.v. series adaptation. It's amazing how someone else's view of how you perceive these fictional characters can just totally ruin a good story for you! Don't ya think?

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