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“I think Butcher needed to get a book under his belt to flesh out his setting before really getting down to business because "Fool Moon" is phenomenally better than "Storm Front" (Book 1). The story is more interesting, and keeps you guessing--a delightful improvement over "Storm Front"'s...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Harry Dresden is a wizard and private investigator in Chicago. Harry is approached by Kim Delaney asking about symbols. He refuses to tell her their meaning, she leaves mad. Next thing he knows he finds himself solving a murder. It has something to do with those symbols, a full moon and bloody paw prints. Very intense story line with a bit more gore in this one. Harry's humor is still there as well as his vulnerability. I did enjoy this book a little more than this first book but I did get lost a couple times with what was going on. This was a turn off and the reason for the four stars. ”SouthWestZippy wrote this review 4 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Bloody and action-packed. ”lightheaded wrote this review 8 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The plot is action packed and exciting and the world building continues to develop with this installment focusing on the various types of wolf-shifters. There is a lot of information and detail that can be confusing at first, but it all makes sense by the end. One of the most compelling aspects of the storyline is that the distinctions between good an evil are not always clear and appearances can be deceiving.
Harry is a very likable protagonist and I enjoy his wit and sarcasm, particularly when he gets into sticky situations. Nonetheless, he has a tendency to come across as weak at times mainly because he is reactive rather than proactive. He waits for things to happen and copes with the fallout rather than seeking out clues and coming up with a workable plan. Moreover, his magic has a bad habit of failing him at precisely the moment he needs it most - what then is the point of his being a wizard?
The secondary characters are interesting bunch. Murphy is seriously annoyed with Harry after the events of Storm Front and while her attitude is understandable, it is disappointing that their friendship is in danger. Harry's relationship with Susan heats up in a completely different way and more details are provided about Elaine, a woman from Harry's past. It will be interesting to see how Harry's love life develops but I'm definitely a Harry/Murphy shipper.
All in all, an entertaining read and I look forward to getting some answers on who is out to get Harry. ”
“An absolutely amazing read, even better than the first. ”Lauren C. wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Book on CD performed by James Marsters.
Harry Dresden is a wizard and private investigator in Chicago. When Karrin Murphy, director of the Special Investigations Unit, seeks his assistance with a gruesome murder he and she immediately run afoul of the FBI and a variety of werewolves. Who knew there was more than one kind of werewolf?
Butcher populates this series with not only two exceptionally strong lead characters – Dresden and Murphy – but with a delightful cast of ancillary and minor characters. I love Bob, Harry’s resident “spirit” who is a font of information on all things in the “Nevernever,” and has been helping wizards for centuries. Gentleman gangster Johnny Marcone manages to give the impression of “clean hands” though he’s clearly manipulating politics, business and crime syndicates. And tabloid “news” journalist Susan Rodriguez is tall, leggy, and beautiful and proves herself a loyal and trusted ally.
The plot is a wild ride, fast-paced and heart-thumping. It’s also sprinkled with wry, witty comments that serve to relieve the tension and take our minds off the viciousness and gore of a loup-garou gone mad at the full moon.
James Marsters does a wonderful job of performing the audio version. He maintains a pace that’s fast enough for this kind of action-packed story, but slow and clear enough to allow the listener to absorb it.
This series is about as far from my favorite genre (literary fiction, including classics) as you can get, but, my stars, I am definitely a Harry Dresden fan!
“It's Dresden, what can I say? He is so compassionate and ethical to have so much magic at his disposal. Always. This gets him in trouble but seeing him get out of it with humor is great.”Susan Sullivan wrote this review Monday, April 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I love these stories.”Renee F wrote this review Sunday, March 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
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“Book Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of urban fantasy
My Thoughts: Hexenwulf. Werewolf. Lycanthrope. Loup garou. In common, modern times, these are all used to describe the same creature, but traditionally—and in the world of the Dresden Files—these are four different creatures. One of the things I like about Butcher is he seems to have done a lot of research into the various paranormal/supernatural creatures, and incorporated that, but also twisted it just a bit to fit into his universe. I like that sort of traditionalism.
However, Harry did something very, very wrong early on in this book, when he faced the Streetwolves. What as it, you ask? I’m so happy you asked, ‘cause I might save your life someday. When faced with an angry predator, you should never, ever run away from it. You heard me right. If you run from a predator, you’ll click on its instincts, and it will chase you. This is not what you have to have happen, trust me on this one.
So, as my re-reading of the Dresden Files continues, I continue to remember exactly how much and why I have enjoyed this series. Wonderful stuff!
Disclosure: I bought these books for myself. All opinions are my own.
Synopsis: Business has been slow. Okay, business has been dead. And not even of the undead variety. You would think Chicago would have a little more action for the only professional wizard in the phone book. But lately, Harry Dresden hasn't been able to dredge up any kind of work�: magical or mundane
But just when it looks like he can't afford his next meal, a murder comes along that requires his particular brand of supernatural expertise.
A brutally mutilated corpse. Strange-looking paw prints. A full moon. Take three guesses, �and the first two don't count...”