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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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    dmacmillan: Similar in tone to Butcher's Dresden Files but bigger in scope and with perhaps an even wilder storyline.
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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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Exciting book. It's weird, but after the first half, I didn't think I was going to like it. It was too quirky. But the last half was a wild ride and the end was very exciting. I can't wait to read the next book! ( )
  twertz | Apr 23, 2015 |
Storm Front reminded me of numerous TV shows, like Supernatural and Angel - at least the shows have/had eye candies like Jensen and David... Most of the story was pretty interesting, though completely predictable and a little too superficial for my taste, except for a few moments of honest feelings, deeper thinking and flow of consciousness. Poor attempts at humor along with some pretty funny and humorous thoughts and conversations, plus witty comebacks, make up quite the contradictory feelings towards the book. If only the monsters of the book weren't this boring, it would get those three, I liked it stars from me. I am hooked, though, so I will at least be giving the second book an honest chance! ( )
  v_allery | Apr 19, 2015 |
An easy read...no thinking involved. ( )
  sraelling | Mar 1, 2015 |
Have you ever been approached by a grim-looking man, carrying a naked sword with a blade about ten miles long in his hand, in the middle of the night, beneath the stars on the shores of Lake Michigan? If you have, seek professional help.

The curse of the predictable plot strikes again. I could see things coming from miles away (extremely early in the book). That could have potentially not bothered me as much as it did if only I had found Harry Dresden to be funnier or more interesting than he was. I'll admit that there were times when he had me chucking but for most of the book he was a bit boring.

When I first started this it felt like I had accidentally started the series a book or two in. Harry's backstory is kind of tiptoed around. Clearly some major things have happened in his past and I was frustrated by how briefly it was mentioned. Quite frankly his past seemed more interesting than the present events in the book.

While this book wasn't horrendous it also wasn't great. For lack of a better word it was  meh (if that can even be considered a word). I don't think that I will be continuing on with this series but I don't regret reading this book. ( )
  dpappas | Feb 22, 2015 |
So, not the worse book I have read. Predictable yes. But not a terrible idea for a story. Why not bring magic into the real world. Does he need to live in a basement, wear the goth clothes etc. Perhaps not.Those things cheapen the idea I think. But then, had he been some slick well dressed dude, we would not have bought that either.I may not read on into the series, but then if I was looking for something to get me though until I find that next GREAT book, well its better than watching TLC!! ( )
  jaddington | Feb 16, 2015 |
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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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