maandag 17 augustus 2015

Jim Butcher: Storm Front


Storm Front is the first novel in The Dresden Files; a series by Jim Butcher.
I read the second one a couple of months ago because I found it rather cheap. I knew my father likes the series, it is a very popular Urban Fantasy series and I wanted to find out for myself.
I did like Fool Moon.
So I decided to collect the series too.
Storm Front has 307 pages with a 7-page interview and I got it from Bol.

“Harry Dresden -- Wizard Lost items found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment. 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 of them 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.”

This was a very, very enjoyable read. It’s not Literature with capital ‘L’ but it is pure entertainment.

Butcher created a wonderful world that’s just different in some ways with vampires, werewolves, a council of Wizards and faeries. It’s our world but with a few extras and still very believable.
The magic is very realistic too. Harry has studied, but still, you can’t know everything so he needs Bob the Skull to help him with potions.
And Toot-toot! I loved him too. And Mister, the cat.
Harry is witty, sarcastic, chaotic and so clumsy at times!

The villain is very over-the-top and cheesy but that’s ok because it’s the only ‘cheese’ in the novel.

And I know, as a woman, I should be affronted by Dresden’s opinions and views on women. But I’m not. It’s so over-the-top that it’s clearly humorously meant.

Storm Front is filled to the brim with action, humor, chaos, magic and darkness.
It’s fast-paced and almost impossible to put down.

Highly recommended!

Happy reading to you too.

Friday Night!