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Storm Front (The Dresden Files, Book 1) Hardcover – November 6, 2007
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“Think Buffy the Vampire Slayer starring Philip Marlowe.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Fans of Laurell K. Hamilton and Tanya Huff will love this series.”—Midwest Book Review
“Superlative.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“One of the most enjoyable marriages of the fantasy and mystery genres on the shelves.”—Cinescape
“Butcher...spins an excellent noirish detective yarn in a well-crafted, supernaturally-charged setting. The supporting cast is again fantastic, and Harry’s wit continues to fly in the face of a peril-fraught plot.”—Booklist (starred review)
“What’s not to like about this series?...It takes the best elements of urban fantasy, mixes it with some good old-fashioned noir mystery, tosses in a dash of romance and a lot of high-octane action, shakes, stirs, and serves.”—SF Site
“A tricky plot complete with against-the-clock pacing, firefights, explosions, and plenty of magic. Longtime series fans as well as newcomers drawn by the SciFi Channel’s TV series based on the novels should find this supernatural mystery a real winner.”—Library Journal
“What would you get if you crossed Spenser with Merlin? Probably you would come up with someone very like Harry Dresden, wizard, tough guy and star of [the Dresden Files].”—The Washington Times
About the Author
- Publisher : Roc (November 6, 2007)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0451461975
- ISBN-13 : 978-0451461971
- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.4 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #121,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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And the ‘strong woman’ character ends up being pathetic, useless, in need of saving also- but just blusters, bosses, comes to wrong conclusions and is generally awful-(but needs to be saved because she’s so stubborn she gets herself in danger)... exactly how a man would write a ‘strong woman’. /Eyeroll.
I like to try to picture what I read as if it were a movie. If this were a movie the monsters/demons would be laughable. They were in my head.
That's what I get for trusting friends...lol!
BTW, no matter what many other parents say, I personally do NOT think this is kid appropriate. Maybe older teens. It does have sex as a large part of the plot, however, it is not graphic about it. But parents need to parent and stop letting kids raise themselves.
Storm Front, on the other hand, is not a great introduction to the series. It isn’t actively bad, but neither did it grab me and say “This is a writer to watch!” What you have is a fairly standard mystery novel: two people have been murdered and Harry Dresden, Wizard for Hire, is brought in on the case.
The actual mystery is interesting and moderately well-handled. More interesting is the world-building on display. Harry is a pariah amongst Wizard-kind, due to something undisclosed that happened in his youth, and is watched over suspiciously by the Wizard Council. The world in general does not admit to the paranormal being real, and only two “normal” characters – a policewoman and a journalist – know that Harry is not a fraud. There are vampires, one of whom operates a brothel, and faeries.
However, these things are but lightly touched upon. The book feels moderately short – at 372 pages in the paperback edition, it isn’t really that short – but you only get glimpses of the world that Jim Butcher creates in the subsequent novels. More importantly, those glimpses are rarely engaging. For instance, the revelation of the true form of vampires feels thrown away; it’s incidental to the plot of the book. It’s just something creepy.
Perhaps most problematically, the characters didn’t engage. Harry Dresden reads as a person just getting by, lacking money and, more importantly, friends. Without those friends, there aren’t the interactions that the book really needs. Dresden will come out of his shell, but his shell makes this book a moderately tough read.
It doesn’t take that long for the series to really come alight, but Storm Front is much less than what comes later.
DO. NOT. SKIP. THIS. BOOK.
It is important for the reader to grow with Harry as a character and have our understanding of the magical world change along with his. Details in this book will come back as important later in the series, and therefore skipping this book will leave readers without the necessary knowledge to see the big picture Jim Butcher is building here. This is a series that will draw you in and capture your mind. Revel in Harry's journey. You won't regret it.
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Let me get this bit out of the way - this is the first book. The first published book of Butcher and it shows; the edges are a little jagged, the prose could do with a little more polish and there are a few small sections that you feel could have done with some extra re-writing.
And this book is still one of the best urban-fantasy books I have had the fortune to read.
Whilst it feels somewhat disconnected from the later books in the series (but cleverly and well shoehorned back in, in later publications), you get a real sense of what Butcher was trying to achieve, and can read safe in the knowledge that each following book gets stronger and more well written.
Storm Front sets the scene - a novel length prologue if you will - for what has become affectionately known as the Dresdenverse. The detective elements are well written and I can find few faults in the logic of the 'crimes', whilst the explanation of the magic system and its interaction with the real world.
Storm Front is highly recommended for those who like their fantasy more gritty, their urban more magical and their Noir a bit different.
If you like Pulp Fiction, P.I.’s and Wizards, you’ll love this. It’s quite unique. Recognisable characters, but a unique story line.
I really enjoyed this story; it was a good balance of mystery, thriller, crime, detective, horror and raw emotion but with a dry humour running throughout that kept it from being too heavy. I loved James Marston's performance and felt it did the book justice.
I will definitely be adding the rest of the books in this series to my wish list.