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

by Jim Butcher

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Member:mrko
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
Rating:**1/2
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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    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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    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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    Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews (Strict31)
    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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White Horse complex very much in evidence, and with less concern about how the recipients might feel about it than in later books. Annoyed that Murphy is portrayed as being subconsciously comforted by it, thus in context justifying forcing "gentlemanly" behavior on her. There is nothing gentlemanly about so much as opening a door for a person who does not want to be treated that way.

The dead escort is very much a condemnation of sexually active women, and of women using their bodies to generate income. We have a female Big Bad in the form of Bianca, who is monstrous on the inside, literally, as a Red Court vampire. And it isn't a coincidence that the female monster is also the escort service madame.

Marcone. He is held up as a representation of masculinity, ultimately. He is cold, calculating, tremendously protective of his people, and motivated by the young girl who took a bullet meant for him years before the start of the books. This is a male motivated by nurture (protectiveness and nurture of children), as well as by his version of a white horse complex (swoop in on white horse save victim (usually attractive and female) = get girl). And he runs Chicago's criminal world, kind of how Harry ends up being responsible for Chicago's supernatural world. Yes, I think this is an alternate form of masculinity supported by the narrative and structure of the stories. Harry can complain about not liking Marcone all he wants, Marcone's actions are admired within the context of the narrative, his ultimate motivations match Harry's. ( )
  librarycatnip | Jan 12, 2015 |
Well now, I very nearly didn't read this. After the first two or three chapters I started to pick holes in it all and wasn't really 'into' it very much and thought I should maybe quit while I was ahead.... Laziness was the decider in the end and I stuck with it because it was either that or traipse downstairs to get a replacement from the bookshelf....

Anyway, it got a bit better after those first few chapters. Or at least I think it got better, I'm not altogether sure if it did actually. Maybe it was just more of the same and I got used to the style. That's the thing with this book, I'm not sure what to make of it or what to think.

Harry Dresden is a wizard. But a crappy one. Or is he? I don't think he's meant to seem crappy but that's how he comes across to me.

He's got a gumshoe/Philip Marlowe/Sam Spade thing going on but he's also got wizardy powers and you'd think that would be a huge advantage to him, but no, he doesn't know what he's doing half the time or even HOW to do it (and if sometimes he does know - he's too scared to do it).

If you took out the wizard stuff then this is just a detective story. Without magic he's just Columbo (minus the razor sharp mind). He even has a ratty duster coat that he eats, rests and plays in.

It's a book about a down on his luck Private Eye who is useless with women (although women seem to go for him, for some reason) and he's got special paranormal powers. That's it in a nutshell really.

So, why then do I like it? I have no clue. I honestly don't know - I just do. I wouldn't recommend it to others, I won't stay up 3 nights running to devour the rest in the series and I don't even particularly like Harry Dresden as a character. Doesn't make any sense but it is what it is.

I want to read the next few, and I will, but I'm not desperate for them. And if he would just stop defining women by how much make up they wear and what they wear, he and I will get along a lot better in later books.

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  SilverThistle | Dec 31, 2014 |
Read from December 29 to 30, 2014

Jesse can finally stop badgering me to read this book! :-) he was right. I liked it.

This is a great introduction to a very long series. There's a lot of character introduction, which is a good thing. But that also means some things are mentioned as asides and your left wondering more about a character's history. The plot of this one is simple -- Harry needs to find a dark wizard so everyone stops blaming him for some very violent murders. The writing is filled with dry humor and at times too many commas. However, still good and according to Jesse the series gets even better around Book 3. ( )
  melissarochelle | Dec 31, 2014 |
I registered a book at BookCrossing.com!
http://www.BookCrossing.com/journal/11853741
  JosieRivers | Dec 28, 2014 |
I saw this series recommended on a Facebook page by someone who described it as having a writing style and wit similar to that of Joss Whedon in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I knew I had to check it out, especially considering the actor who plays Spike on that TV show narrates the audio books! I wasn't disappointed. I found it well-written, well thought-out, and just plain enjoyable. Harry Dresden is a very likable protaganist. I am definitely continuing with this series. ( )
  Dawn94 | Dec 20, 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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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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