zaterdag 11 april 2015

Jim Butcher: Fool Moon


Fool Moon is the second novel in The Dresden Files. I haven’t read the first novel so I can’t compare them.
The cover is intriguing and the book has only 341 pages.

“Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment. 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...”

It’s a detective story with magic! How can you not love that?

Don’t expect fantastic prose or in depth characters. Why not? Because it’s not in there.
The writing is simple and to the point; it’s effective.

Why read it then?
It’s pure and simple entertainment; it’s perfect escapism.
The novel is full of adrenaline-charged action, witty dialogue and dark, ironic humor.
Harry is a wizard but he doesn’t save the day everytime with some dumb magical trick of spell. Instead he gets beaten up, saved, beaten, saved, beaten up again en he saves himself a few times. He is not a typical hero and I like that.
It’s kind of adorable how Harry and Murphy are mad at each other for protecting one another. Harry by keeping secrets from Murphy and Murphy by not employing Harry to keep him from getting arrested. Sweet right?
The whole history and theory behind the werewolves is very detailed and I like that. I hope there’s more in the other novels.

I am certainly going to read other novels in this series. It’s very promising!

Happy reading!