When people tell me that, I simply quietly encourage them to read the Fever Series and avert eye contact. Only one thing really bugs me about this series. I was helping the police in an investigation, nothing more. He's a private detective, a Chicago Police Department contractor, and a wizard with a penchant for wise cracks. And while his first one was a little rough, all the rest are very enjoyable.
Things begin in his office with a visit from Justine, who arrives with a child in tow, claiming that she is being pursued by the Fomor, a race of water-dwelling creatures. Some local fishermen have been possessed by some scary creatures. The story is darker than most of the books in this series, but I still liked it. I would highly recommend this book to others. Yeah, okay so we'd totally have to fix how he looks.
He agrees to meet with this Monica person, but before that appointment he gets another more urgent call from Karrin Murphy of the Chicago police about two dead bodies that she needs him to look at asap. Includes 12 pages of concept art. I thought Storm Front was reasonably good for an urban fantasy and a series starter, though I suspect my lowered expectations had to do with my ending the book feeling pleasantly surprised. Plus, this one had a hilarious World of Warcraft reference, and because I just happen to be an avid pet collector in that game, huge points for that bit about the murloc egg. That is, until a fledgling warlock interrupts their plans. The one part of the world-building in this book I did like was that machines were interfered with by the presence of magic.
I thought it was very slow at first. Candy in book form but I enjoyed it. I knew that this was going to be a book that I would need to read as soon as I saw it. I find them more interesting, more compelling, I want to know more about them. And that's when things start to get interesting. Business, to put it mildly, stinks.
These books are much less well written, and have very simplistic plots. The reviewer certified that no compensation was received from the reviewed item producer, trademark owner or any other institution, related with the item reviewed. I just love fast-paced plots, and this one doesn't disappoint. I went into this collection expecting to love it, and I did. I have heard quite a few people recommend it throughout the years, so I bought a copy and set it aside. Storm Front initially put me off Harry Dresden for a number of years.
The last story about Harry, Maggie, and Mouse going to the zoo was magical. I went into this book with pretty high expectations simply because I have come to expect great things from this series. In my defense, I haven't had much luck with male authors in the genre, and come on. Butcher's world building efforts as the series progresses. We have potion that can do any number of things and we have artifacts of varying potency. And you end up with a guy that is very annoying to read in most any situation.
Harry, Maggie, and Mouse take a trip to the zoo one day, where several different magical threats turn up to disrupt what was supposed to be a pleasant outing. Harry cannot explain this to Murph, because if he tells her about the White Council, they will both be dead. Most of his other descriptions of characters are like police descriptions of people being given to me by the narrator which completely takes you out of the narrative. It does have sex as a large part of the plot, however, it is not graphic about it. Plot and character both are liberally flavored from both genres, taking elements freely from both fantasy and hard-boiled pulps, once more with just the right balance from each. Most of the other narrators fit their personas and did a solid job. He has been sent to help the Miksani.
Weaker in a sense that they follow the rules more, so they use less magic. You learn a bit about the Nevernever from it being mentioned a bit more. I can't believe I waited so long to start this series. Originally, all except Ghost Story have been narrated by. It made the story so much better.
On April 4, 2015, the World Science Fiction Society announced that , the 15th installment in the series, was a finalist for the 2015. I love seeing both of those characters grow into their full potential. I still love these books though with all the quirky characters, all the magic, all the mayhem, and the story just flows along. Okay, so, I'm not going to get into how much Butcher is driving me nuts over here with his newly found George R. She'd much prefer to read a good book.