Saturday, December 3, 2016

Storm Front; Jim Butcher

Hello Fellow Readers,

I read this on the recommendation of my husband. Considering my husband only recently became a reader thanks to audible, any recommendations (or even when he mentions a book) I immediately look it up.

Book Synopsis

Title: Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1)
Author: Jim Butcher
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published: April 1st, 2000
Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.
Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he's the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the "everyday" world is actually full of strange and magical things—and most don't play well with humans. That's where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a—well, whatever. There's just one problem. 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. And that's when things start to get interesting.
Magic - it can get a guy killed.

Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is a (perpetually) down on his luck wizard for hire. Named after three popular magicians it's no wonder the guy became a wizard. First, let me say that I really liked this book. Harry was a really likable character and I just felt so bad for him because the poor just couldn't seem to catch a break. He is currently a month behind rent and struggling to get work. When two jobs fall in his lap the same day it looks like things may be looking up on the money front.
The first case should be open and shut, a woman trying to find her husband, all signs point to a man trying to sow his wild oats. The second case is a bit much, helping the police solve two brutal murders. 

Butcher is very believable in his bringing magic into Chicago. It almost makes me believe there could be wizards and witches out there. Butcher also doesn't bore us with too much backstory instead sprinkling it in in a way that encourages you to keep reading.

All side characters were great and surprisingly fleshed out. My favorites were Mister, Bob, and Mac. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and with the series totaling about 13 books, I know I can turn to the Dresden Series when I need to get back into reading.

About The Author

Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and a new steampunk series, the Cinder Spires. His resume includes a laundry list of skills which were useful a couple of centuries ago, and he plays guitar quite badly. An avid gamer, he plays tabletop games in varying systems, a variety of video games on PC and console, and LARPs whenever he can make time for it. Jim currently resides mostly inside his own head, but his head can generally be found in his hometown of Independence, Missouri.

Jim goes by the moniker Longshot in a number of online locales. He came by this name in the early 1990′s when he decided he would become a published author. Usually, only 3 in 1000 who make such an attempt actually manage to become published; of those, only 1 in 10 make enough money to call it a living. The sale of a second series was the breakthrough that let him beat the long odds against attaining a career as a novelist.

All the same, he refuses to change his nickname.


You can Purchase the book HERE and view Jim Butcher's Goodreads profile HERE


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