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Storm Front (edition 2000)

by Jim Butcher

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Title:Storm Front
Authors:Jim Butcher
Info:Roc (2000), Edition: First Edition, Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Collections:2012 completed, Your library
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Storm Front by Jim Butcher

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Reads like a promising sci-fi tv show.

I docked off a star because (honestly) the writing in the first few chapters made me cringe in parts! But I was pretty much into it half way through... and by the end... hey, I found I enjoyed it! ( )
  kephradyx | Jun 20, 2017 |
It was very light reading and fun. Wizard meets Columbo/Magnum PI type private investigator. I liked the TV show so I thought I would try the series. A bit sexist and silly some of the time, but definitely a good read when you want something light or want a fun vacation book. ( )
  aliciadana | Jun 16, 2017 |
Interesting and captivating, while still managing to be hilarious. Excellent book. This is the story of Harry Dresden, the only openly practicing wizard in the Chicago Area. While investigating a missing persons case and a couple of grotesque murders, he skirts the edges and toes the line of magical society - who he is already on thin ice with.

After coming back for another re-read some years later, I have to say that this book is the embodiment of snark and sass in the best possible way. Harry's knight-in-shining-armor syndrome can kind of get on my nerves, but at the same time it manages to balance well with the multiple strong female characters that he interacts with. This book is heavy in sex, both literal and implied (it kind of essential to the plot in this case). There is also a fair amount of crude language and graphic violence. As for complexity of reading, I would call it high school level. ( )
  J9Plourde | Jun 13, 2017 |
I wasn't sure how much I was going to enjoy this, but thought i'd give it a try. I confess I'm a bit averse to the whole urban fantasy thing at the moment. Even where it isn't the dreaded 'dark romance' *shudder*, mainstream urban fantasy – as opposed to the Good Stuff like Charles de Lint, Jonathan Carroll, early Christopher Fowler – generally leaves me cold in its ubiquity and lack of originality. Yes, I know there's a whole girl-power vibe going on with a lot of it – the Kelley Armstrongs and Laurell Hamiltons – but this seems to have already been hijacked by the money making machine spotting a new segment of consumer and a lot of the female oriented urban fantasy seems to cater toward the erotica/S&M taste (which is fine if that's your thing) or the truly offensive willing victimhood of Twilight (which IS NOT ALL RIGHT).

Anyway, that's really nothing to do with Harry Dresden books, but a more general stain that contaminates, rightly or wrongly, my view of the genre. Another mental barrier I had was that I'd sat through a few episodes of the TV series, hoping it would stop being utterly banal. But you can't blame the shortcomings of a screen adaptation on the source material, as Johnny Mnemonic testifies among many others.

So, cut to the actual review. Modern day Chicago. Harry Dresden is wizard for hire; an honest to god wielder of magic who uses his talent and training as a private investigator, his speciality finding lost things. The writing flows nicely, a first person voice in the style of your classic PI novel. The set up is classic Philip Marlow; attractive woman turns up wanting Dresden to find her missing husband. Dresden is also on retainer Chicago PD, and gets a call to look into a gruesome double murder that could only have been committed by powerful magic. One of the victims works for a local mob boss, and on the way back to meet his client Dresden gets a warning to leave the case alone. Could all the threads be connected?

The writing flows well and the narrative voice is nicely laconic (I listened to the audiobook, and James Marsters does a excellent job, truly inhabiting the role in a way too few readers manage). Dresden is not a tough guy private dick in the Philip Marlowe / continental op mould; he is quite insular and self-dependent, as a good PI should be. The shadows in his past aren't the broken marriage and heavy drinking of most detectives, but centre around his magic. It is this that makes him a loner (or this is the excuse he gives, at any rate) and the shadow is that when he was young he used his magic to kill someone. Even though this was in self-defence, it means that he is being watched by the Council, a body of elders that governs the use of magic in the world, and there are some who believe he is a danger.

The world set up was one of the things that didn't quite work for me; sometimes the setting seemed to be our world, with magic existing alongside the mundane (a rare, hidden talent of which most people are unaware) but the differences jarred slightly. Dresden says he got annoyed with explaining to people that he was an actual wizard and didn't pull rabbits out of hats or perform at children's parties (I did like the humour, by the way), but the new street drug is one that gives mundanes the illusion of second sight and magical awareness; when magic gets flung around in public people flee in terror, but there are less consequences than in the aftermath of a gunfight. It seemed to me that Butcher was undecided, or possibly unclear in his own head, whether the magical world is hidden from the mundane or integrated into it – although this is the first book and perhaps the world will become more defined as the series continues.

Storm Front was a light, fun read, with decent writing and some nice, low key jokes. There were aspects of the story that could have been stronger – Butcher could easily have made more of the wider effects of the street drug which is part of the plot, and I think he needs to make more of a decision about how gritty or light the series is – but I'm definitely intrigued enough to continue with the series. ( )
  Pezski | Jun 8, 2017 |
The first book of the Dresden files totally convinced me. Basically nothing new here we haven't seen in a Hamilton or Shadowrun novel but Butcher simply knows how to write urban fantasy. This is how an Anita Blake book should look like after the first few books. I've already ordered the next volume. ( )
  TheCrow2 | Jun 4, 2017 |
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Storm Front's premise is pretty slim.. But Butcher makes it work, through a combination of interesting characters, tight plotting, and fresh, breezy writing. This is definitely not deep reading, but it is a whole lot of fun.
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Butcher, Jimprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Langowski, JürgenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Marsters, JamesNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McGrath, ChrisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Debbie Chester, who taught me everything I really needed to know about writing. And for my father, who taught me everything I really needed to know about living. I miss you dad.
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I heard the mailman approach my office door, half an hour earlier than usual.
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Paranoid? Probably. But just because you're paranoid doesn't mean that there isn't an invisible demon about to eat your face.
"An actual wizard?" he asked, grinning, as though I should let him in on the joke. "Spells and potions? Demons and incantations? Subtle and quick to anger?"
"Not so subtle."
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451457811, Mass Market Paperback)

For Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, 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.

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A modern-day mage and consultant to the police finds his stale life suddenly enlivened by the presence of a rival in the black arts.

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