My first several posts are going to be Dresden heavy. As I mentioned previously, my husband started listening to The Dresden Files on CD a few months ago and he's hooked. I started reading the series back in 2010 but gave up after the sixth book. A lot of things annoyed me about Jim Butcher's writing style and about Harry Dresden himself. For one thing, I got the impression that Dresden was just a voice box for Butcher, and I always find that annoying. All writers put some of themselves into the characters they create, but a good writer can hide that fact. Harry himself was (and still kind of is) obnoxiously sexist, and acknowledging as much in his inner monologue doesn't make his constant boob gazing any less annoying. Butcher writes a lot of stereotypes and a lot of times his dialogue is a little too cute. I'd like to slap Dresden every time he says "bite me" to a bad guy. Butcher is also too free with the deus ex machina...
|Tell me again about how women are fragile, Jim But- I mean Harry Dresden.|
But The Dresden Files also have a lot of good going for them, so picking the series up again wasn't so hard. Butcher has created a pretty cool world with plausible rules for magic. I like the way he weaves faith and magic together. I like some of his secondary characters quite a bit, especially Karrin Murphy, head of Chicago's supernatural investigation team.
|Red-headed Karrin Murphy.|
Harry does some research, finds out that Kemmler was a seriously nasty wizard practicing black magic and necromancy right around WWII, and discovers that The Word of Kemmler is this guy's missing book detailing a spell that would make anyone who completed it a god among men. Of course, Harry isn't the only one who wants the book. Kemmler might be dead, but his disciples are also running around Chicago looking for the The Word. If Harry doesn't get his hands on the book first, not only will Murphy go to jail, but the world would be overrun by the most powerful black magic wizard in the history of time.
|If Dresden ever fails at anything, this will happen to the world. In every book.|
I read through this book in a couple of days and had a lot of fun with it. I still don't really buy the fact that Harry gets into as many scrapes as does. Seriously, dude should learn to just stay home for a few months, or years. I still get a little annoyed with Harry's irreverence. But I like Harry a little more now, so I'm more willing to suspend my disbelief. I hope this new found goodwill lasts through the rest of the series.