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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, 372 pages
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Tags:series, paranormal, police, Chicago, drugs, organized crime

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Storm Front by Jim Butcher

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    Fool Moon by Jim Butcher (Siesser)
  2. 100
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    majkia: both involve paranormal mystery and smart-ass dialog.
  3. 100
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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)
  4. 92
    Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison (cjacklen)
    cjacklen: A crime-fighting witch quits her job to become a PI. Faster pace and more addictive than than "Storm Front".
  5. 70
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  6. 60
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  7. 94
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  8. 61
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    dmacmillan: Similar in tone to Butcher's Dresden Files but bigger in scope and with perhaps an even wilder storyline.
  9. 30
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  10. 30
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    gluestick: Brothers Cal & Niko Leandros battle monsters while on the run from Auphe.Doesn't help that Cal is half Auphe.
  11. 30
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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)
  12. 31
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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)
  13. 20
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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.
  14. 20
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  16. 10
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  18. 10
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  19. 21
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  20. 10
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3.5 stars. I like this much better than Butcher's epic fantasy series. Harry Dresden has a great voice. ( )
  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
The Dresden Files are the kinds of books that I always come back to when I need a break. They're readable and entertaining, and this book is a solid start to what has turned out to be an engaging series. It's not often that I maintain enough interest in a series to make it through all 14 books, but Butcher has captured my attention thus far.

But in the interest of full disclosure, I do have to say that Harry Dresden is a bit of a pig sometimes. ( )
  CinnamonandGinger | Mar 26, 2014 |
I started it yesterday, and I'm plowing through it. Very readable scifi-mystery. The series appears to be worth the hype. ( )
  ewillse | Mar 23, 2014 |
I've found a new series to read! Just what I need, more books on my To Read list, but I can't help myself! The Dresden Files series has been around about 14 years, so I'm a little late to the party. But books are timeless!

Storm Front is a solid first book in a paranormal series. Harry is a broke wizard who has to sell his talents to make a living. He's got a fledgling business relationship with a police detective, though she doesn't trust him. What could go wrong?

Harry is a great character. He's smart, talented, funny, sarcastic, and unlucky with women. He's a magnet for trouble, but manages to stay one step ahead of utter failure... or... death.

The story is well paced and kept my interest. I plan on continuing on in the series! ( )
  NCRainstorm | Mar 14, 2014 |
Tormenta / Storm Front (La Saga De Harry Dresden / the Dresden Files) (Spanish Edition) ( )
  Keyboon | Mar 10, 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
Marsters, JamesNarratorsecondary 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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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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