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Storm Front (The Dresden Files, Book 1) (edition 2000)

by Jim Butcher

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Title:Storm Front (The Dresden Files, Book 1)
Authors:Jim Butcher
Info:Roc (2000), Edition: First Edition, Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:detective, urban fantasy

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Storm Front by Jim Butcher

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    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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    kqueue: I found many similarities between Isaac Vainio and Harry Dresden. Both are cynical, powerful, heroes with a dark sense of humor, who are on the fringes of their official organization but are called in to save the day. Both books feature many mythical creatures, and have a good versus evil theme in a fast-paced adventure.… (more)
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    gluestick: Lone wolf hero.After coming back from Iraq and getting a donor eye he starts seeing ghosts. Next best thing while waiting for the newest Dresden files book.
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Gave this one a shot because it's been on my to-read list forever, and I needed an audiobook with a narrator whose voice wouldn't annoy me. The narrator was great, so no disappointment there (thank you, [a:James Marsters|169487|James Marsters|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1252176950p2/169487.jpg]), but the content of the story was just... okay.

I read a lot of fantasy novels, but I'll admit I'm only a very, very casual reader of the detective/mystery genre. Still, I'm familiar enough with the setup to know what to expect - but [b:Storm Front|7698228|Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1)|Jim Butcher|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1265410645s/7698228.jpg|1137060] as a whole wasn't as interesting or engaging as I anticipated from the synopsis.

I liked the realism of Butcher's descriptions of "crime-fighting," such as having a protagonist who doesn't somehow manage to overpower every enemy regardless of their opponent's strength. I loved that Butcher wrote Dresden as someone who actually shows fear, owns up to it when he gets severely beaten on occasion, and actually screams in pain when injured.

I was not a fan of Dresden's need to constantly inform the reader just how "old-fashioned" (read: chauvinistic) he is towards women. But I'm also taking into account that the book was written by a man, which can be hard to transition to when you're accustomed to female authors. (And I also acknowledge that female writers in the fantasy genre often write female protagonists are equally chauvinistic towards men. Basically both sides of that fence could use some evening out, but that's off-topic for this review.)

Butcher's world of magic was unique, which made it more interesting to read about, even if some of it was kind of strange and off-putting (like a spirit who lives in an old skull until he's let out on rare occasions, at which point he uses his temporary freedom to generate orgies because, what?). Anyway, the potions aspect was unique, and I enjoyed the story-telling in that.

I also feel like Butcher was trying too hard to create a character that goes to the extreme on the "nerd versus cool" scale. He's a nerdy wizard who lives in a basement, spends a lot of time thinking about women but doesn't have any romantic prospects, has no fashion sense and is totally okay with leaving the house wearing sweatpants, a trenchcoat, and cowboy boots (which, I don't care how "fashion indifferent" you are, I have yet to see anyone actually do something like that and wear it in public). Obviously, Dresden is his character and Butcher is free to make him whatever he wants, but it's transparent and tiresome. To be honest, I don't know anything about the author, but Dresden has a very Mary Sue feel to him.

And while we're on the topic: I don't like when characters have trademark pieces of clothing, particularly when it's something easily destroyed in a normal fighting scenario (like a cloth trenchcoat) because it's a guarantee it will continually pop up throughout the book/series, and manage to survive every fight and near-death the protagonist faces until it becomes a focal point for the character to catalog every tear, discoloration, or stain on the now gross, old thing. Basically, objects like that are a waste of space, yet another pointless thing to randomly focus on at multiple points throughout the book.

All this said, I did like it enough to give the second one a shot (mostly just because I already have the [b:Fool Moon|7698237|Fool Moon (The Dresden Files, #2)|Jim Butcher|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1265410565s/7698237.jpg|855288] audiobook checked out from the library, so I might as well). Hopefully the story is more interesting than [b:Storm Front|7698228|Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1)|Jim Butcher|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1265410645s/7698228.jpg|1137060]. ( )
  ItEntertainsMe | Oct 4, 2016 |
I was first introduced to Harry Dresden when a group of friends started excitedly talking about the series. They were batting around ideas for their next tabletop RPG game, and the game based on the books was brought up as a possibility. The series sounded amazing, and one of them loaned me the books, and after the first few pages, I was officially hooked. This isn't your average urban fantasy where the forces of evil are pitted against the dashing, good looking, hero. Harry is a down-to-earth, can't-keep-his-mouth-shut-to-save-his-life, wizard. You'll be pulled along laughing and sometimes, holding your breath, on the many adventures Harry runs into and through. ( )
  LilyRoseShadowlyn | Sep 25, 2016 |
I chose this series to begin listening to while on a road trip with my roommate and her 12 year old son. We all enjoyed the fantastic nature of the protagonist, a consulting wizard, and the plot, tracking down a magic-using murderer while also trying to dodge the paranormal equivalent of the Internal Investigations Division who want to pin the murders on Harry.

Harry is a pretty great character, flawed and dynamic, humorous and independant...the only thing I have a problem with is that he's rather misogynistic. James Marsters portrayal in the audiobook is excellent as well. His voice acting is varied and nuanced while relating the dialogue of other characters as well.

I'm quite pleased and impressed with this and will continue the series. ( )
  EmScape | Sep 12, 2016 |
I just noticed my re-listen dates on this audiobook are both at the end of August. Apparently I get in the mood for this at the end of Summer (I think that's when I originally read the paperback too.)

Storywise, the same as the paperback obviously, nothing to add there. It's far from perfect, but sets up a great world. James Marsters is perfect for Harry he has exactly the right ratio of swagger to self-deprecation, but I get the feeling this was one of his first narrations (I could go look that up but I'm having an attack of lazy.) Sometimes his phrasing is a bit weird, and he has an annoying dialectal pronunciation of the word height that grates on me for irrational reasons involving an ex boyfriend.

Luckily he improves at the same rate Butcher's writing does as the series continues (and the word height doesn't actually appear enough times to make me rip my headphones off in frustration.) So overall, a good start to the series. ( )
1 vote krazykiwi | Aug 31, 2016 |
Happy I read it! I really wasn't sure what to expect when I started listening to Storm Front. I'd heard of the TV show The Dresden Files but never watched an episode or even knew what it was about. I didn't know until recently that the show was based on a series of books. 
It wasn't until I saw the newest book by Jim Butcher - a steampunk adventure - that I actually took the time to look him up. I spoke to a few folks about the Dresden series and decided to give the first one a shot. And I'm happy I did.
I truly enjoyed the magical aspects of the story and the mystery was pretty good, too. The secondary characters were interesting, although not very fleshed out, and while I didn't like everything about Harry, I found him a believable protagonist with an interesting backstory. 
I'm already on the waiting list with my local library for the second audio book. ( )
  amcheri | Aug 22, 2016 |
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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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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.
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?"
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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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