Fool Moon–Jim Butcher

My brother implored me to keep reading this series, but I really don’t think it’s for me. It’s slow going and even though Harry Dresden is a decent character who is real during supernatural situations, something is missing from it and I can’t place my finger on it.

Could be that I’m just used to another wizard named Harry and wanted to be back at Hogwarts instead of this place where things are normal until they really, really aren’t.

In this second coming of Harry Dresden we are introduced to werewolves.

It was an okay book, just not for me. I probably won’t continue on with this series.


Storm Front–Jim Butcher

My brother suggested this series, saying that I would love this guy just from his sheer sassy wit. He was right.

Unlike most novels about wizards or magical lands, this one is a cut below (that’s right, I said “below” and meant it as a compliment) and actually makes me feel that I know this person. He doesn’t completely have his life together, he’s not the best at what he does, but he keeps trying (Keep Moving Forward: Wizard Edition. Hello.) and he does the best he can with the tools he has.

Even if that means he has to fight a demon naked.

I say ‘cut below’ because it takes place in our time, our land, and it doesn’t involved secret languages that we skip over because we don’t understand them. That doesn’t mean I think this novel is less than what it deserves, I enjoyed the hell out of it because I didn’t have to read through a bunch of mystical nonsense. I didn’t have to read through page upon pages of descriptions about the same tree. I didn’t have to read about the knots in the wood of a bar and want to stab myself in the eye. (I’m looking at you G.R.R. Martin.)

Hell, one of his potions has tequila in it. I just mean that it wouldn’t have taken this guy 20 years to write one book, and kudos to him because it was just as wonderful and quick witted.

I definitely relate to Harry Dresden, struggling to make ends meet, trying and failing at having a dating life, and his fighting skills are sort of lacking, but nonetheless hilarious. At one point he throws a film canister at a demon just to throw it off his game.

Sometimes no magic is involved and it’s so funny.

Read it fellow wizards, you’ll enjoy it.

Constant vigilance.