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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
Rating:***1/2
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Storm Front by Jim Butcher

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    amberwitch: A tough P.I. with a number of convenient talents making a living and trying to uncover the secrets of his own origin in the magical Nightside of London.
    plutoempress: similar style, though i (and this is my opinion) find john taylor funnier than harry dresden.
    lookitisheef: Jim Butcher and Simon R. Green both have created great supernatural male-lead detective series. I think they provide a nice balance to the girls-kick-butt series out there...don't get me wrong, I love the work of Kim Harrison and Laurell K. Hamilton (to name a couple), but it's nice to see that authors can create plausible male leads in the supernatural fiction world, too.… (more)
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    cjacklen: A crime-fighting witch quits her job to become a PI. Faster pace and more addictive than than "Storm Front".
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    Strict31: Lotta "urban fantasy" books out there. So many that simply stick to a formula. I was jonesin' hard for some Dresden when I stumbled across the Kate Daniels series. Like Dresden, it's a rare gem among a drawer filled with common stones. Kate doesn't spend her time on her back or pining for super-handsome creatures of the night. And she's not just an action surrogate for a male hero. There is action and there is romance. But it all fits. The series was not created to serve the needs of a genre, but rather, the needs of the character. It's a different type of storyline than Dresden, because the world has been irrevocably changed by the existence of magic. But a lot of the things I go to Dresden to get are also found here.… (more)
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**No spoils.

2.5 Stars I’m being mighty generous in rounding up here. I was tempted to round down for this one book.

Immediate reaction after reading : Hooraaaayy!! It's finally over. Woohoooo!!..

After some reflection : MEH. For how long and often I've been bashed over the head with how great this series is, I was seriously unimpressed. To be fair, the book wasn’t horrifically bad, but neither was it awesome as is widely purported. It could very well be attributed to 1st Book Syndrome, so I won’t end my Harry Dresden journey here, but it better get good quick, because I’m getting tired of mediocrity and less than mediocrity. I’m starving for a 5 star book.

The plotline was good. Enough. Good enough. The characters were fine. They were nothing special and only one other than Harry made any kind of impression on me Murphy. A bit. Thought her taking care of Harry was kind. I’d like to see more of her. I liked Harry, but not a lot. He was.. ok. What really blew it for me was the nonstop droning of Harry’s inner thoughts. Typically, when I get stuck with a book that drones on and on, I skip and skim – you can’t do that with an audio version. Well, you could, but I’m not trying to get into the mess of trying to find my place and all that jazz, especially as I listen to these while driving. The long/short of it is that I spent a lot of my work commute time screaming at my car stereo for Harry to STFUUUUUUUP. Shut up, shut up, shut up! Ugh. I would drift off into random thoughts for minutes at a time and when I’d drift back, he was still droning on about the same stupid shit and I never missed anything important during these attention lapses. Never.

In the “final showdown”, Harry arrives at the villain’s location and proceeds to “inner speak” for nearly 12 MINUTES before even attempting to approach the door. 12 minutes of, I’m Harry Dresden. I am speshul. I am powerful. They can’t bring me down. They don’t know who they’re messing with. I can do this and I can do that and they can’t do this and they can’t do that and I’m the best and I’m unstoppable and I’m so amazing and who do they think they are and I'll show them and I have another 10minutesofthisinfuriatinginnerbantertogobeforeIta​keasinglesteptowardsthestupidfuckingdoorandonandon​… STFUUUUUUP!!! I’m exhausted just thinking about it. I got anxiety listening to this, because I couldn’t skip ahead, as it was the final showdown and therefore, an important part of the story. Meanwhile, he gets his ass handed to him before he kinda lucks out at the end and defeats the villain. Where is all this frikkin power you incessantly speak of, Harry? Anywho, I’ve gone on long enough about it. You get my drift.

There were snippets of good storytelling here and there and I see reviews that mention the series getting better after book 3, so I’m just gonna Wiki book 2 and skim the summary to see what happens. I'm then diving straight into book 3. If that's not better, I dunno if I'll continue.

Lastly, if I could say one thing to Harry, it would be:
Don’t talk about it Harry, BE about it. ( )
  JennyJen | Aug 14, 2014 |
Through my years at the library, there was one series that seemed to maintain its popularity--The Dresden Files, by Jim Butcher. I assumed it was some kind of futuristic noir private-eye story set in LA. (No idea why!) I decided to give it a try, starting, of course, with Storm Front, the first in the series. Imagine my pleasure to discover, a: it's set in Chicago in the late 1980s; b: the protagonist is indeed a PI--who just happens to be a wizard with an attitude (imagine a young Jim Rockford with a magic staff); and c: the story flies along so fast the reader can hardly keep up with it! Dresden is on retainer with the Chicago PD. When they get a case that has the smell of magic about it, Lt. Karrin Murphy gives him a call. In this case, it's a double homicide, effected in a way that no human could accomplish. Before Dresden knows what hit him, he has made enemies--the Chicago crime syndicate is after him, the killer wants him dead, and his watchdog from the White Council wants to make sure that Harry does not overstep the boundaries of what "good" magicians are allowed to do. This book has it all--a smart-mouthed and sassy protagonist who tries to turn everything into a joke, plenty of attractive and interesting women, ghosties and ghouls galore, along with the creepiest scorpions you've ever seen. I can't wait to get my hands on Book 2! Highly entertaining. ( )
  alexann | Jul 18, 2014 |
Harry is a private investigator, as well as a wizard. When two people are murdered, the police bring him in to help solve the case, as there appears to be a supernatural element to it. At the same time, Harry is hired by a woman whose husband has gone missing. She believes he has become too heavily involved in magic and is worried.

The book was good, but I can't say that it blew me away or even say for sure whether or not I'll continue the series. I definitely preferred the supernatural element to it to the detective stuff. ( )
  LibraryCin | Jul 8, 2014 |
As a fan of urban fantasy, I liked this, which was a hard-boiled detective story with mostly light magic, until the end. I was a little disappointed there wasn't more detail about the magical world, though I appreciated the fact that the details that did come up were related to what was going on, as opposed to a massive lecture about unrelated topics.

The showdown at the end of the book was worth the wait for the mostly magic-lite story. I did like a lot of the quirkier elements though, my favorite being the potion-making skull in the basement.

I think my only criticism is the setting. I was surprised when I started this and realized the city takes place in Chicago, but there's absolutely no detail about the city here. Aside from occasional cabs and 7 or so fictitious locations, there's nothing. At one point, wealthy west suburbs are mentioned (which exist, but the big money's mostly up north), and then Harry walks home to Chicago from them, which is definitely not an option. No neighborhoods or suburbs, streets, famous buildings, or anything else is mentioned. Nothing is described in detail.

Overall, I liked it a lot, though. A nice, uncomplicated easy read, and rather addictive. I'm definitely reading more in the series. ( )
  ConnieJo | Jul 7, 2014 |
I already loved these stories. Hearing them read by James Marsters, who will now forever BE Harry Dresden for me, is simply icing on the cake. ( )
  MrsLee | Jul 5, 2014 |
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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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Langowski, JürgenTranslatorsecondary 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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