- Publisher: Roc (January 16, 1900)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451947207
- ISBN-13: 978-0451947208
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.4 x 3.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #759,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jim Butcher Boxed Set (The Dresden Files, Books 1-3) Paperback – January 16, 1900
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the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. By the time he turned eight,
he'd added the rest of the Narnia books, the Prydain Chronicles, every
book about Star Wars he could find, a great many Star Trek novels and
the Lord of the Rings to his count.
So he was pretty much doomed from the start.
Love of fantasy, his personal gateway drug, drew him toward a fairly
eclectic spread of interests: horseback riding (including trick riding,
stunt riding, drill riding, and competitive stunt racing), archery,
martial arts, costuming, music and theater. He played a lot of role-
playing games, a lot of fantasy-based tactical computer games, and
eventually got into live-action roleplay where players beat each other
up with boffer weapons.
So, really, he can fly his nerd flag with pretty much anyone, and
He took up writing to be able to produce fantasy novels with swords and
horses in them, and determinedly wrote terrible fantasy books until,
just to prove a point to his writing teacher, he decided to take every
piece of her advice; fill out outlines and worksheets, and design
stories and characters just the way she'd been telling him to do for
about three years. He was certain that once she saw what hideous art it
produced, she would be proven wrong and repent the error of her ways.
The result was the Dresden Files, which sure showed *her*.
She has not yet admitted her mistake and recanted her philosophy on
Jim has performed in dramas, musicals, and vocal groups in front of
live audiences of thousands and on TV. He has performed exhibition
riding in multiple arenas, and fallen from running horses a truly
ridiculous number of times. He was once cursed by an Amazon witch
doctor in rural Brazil, has apparently begun writing about himself in
the third person, and is hardly ever sick at sea.
He also writes books occasionally.
Jim stands accused of writing the Dresden Files and the Codex Alera.
He's plead insanity, but the jury is still out on that one. He lives in
Missouri with his wife, romantic suspense and paranormal romance writer
Shannon K. Butcher (who is really pretty and way out of his league),
his son, and a ferocious guard dog.
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Top Customer Reviews
I'm not going to ruin any plot, and there is plenty for each book averaging in at only 300 pages or so. The actual story lines are amazingly intricate, you may overlook some obvious tie early on, but it'll come back later and smack you in the face. I'm pretty good at calling twists, but the ones here aren't so obvious or out of place as to be absurd.Read more ›
The series gets off to a somewhat rocky start here, with three stories that were somewhat formulamatic, but nonetheless clever and frequently amusing. Harry Dresden is always likable and endearingly flawed. And his world is as unique as they come, combining regular joes who know nothing about magic with supernatural criminals (and cops), faeries, spirits, ghosts, and even werewolf street-gangs. Through it all, Harry gets help from a smart-@$$ talking skull, a tough-as-nails cop who's wise to the ways of the supernatural, a modern-day Knight of God, and some even less likely allies.
Plus you get three books for the price of one!!! What's not to love there? If you enjoy fantasy (with a fair bit of humor and a surprising ammount of heart), you'll fall in love with Harry, his side-kick Bob, and his friend and confidante on the police force Karrin Murphy. There's a trio I would want defending me against the forces of evil any old day...
Wizard for Hire and the stories within provide a good start for a GREAT series!
And "Jim Butcher Boxed Set" opens on a high note with the gritty urban fantasies "Storm Front," "Fool Moon" and "Grave Peril" -- the first three books in his wizard-PI series. These aren't quite Jim Butcher at his best, but these novels are still a great introduction to his likable wizard hero and a complex new universe full of vampires (in three flavors!), werewolves and monstrous ghosts.
Business has been slow for Harry Dresden, the wizard PI, so he's eager when two new cases come at once: a missing husband who may be involved in magic, and a couple slain in the middle of sex -- their hearts exploded from their chests. Talk about a heart attack. As he tries to investigate both cases at once, he finds himself suspended between a vampire madam and a gentlemanly Mafia don.
Unfortunately, it seems the White Council of wizards also believes that he did it, due to a terrible event in Harry's past. With his proximity to some nasty magics, Harry faces execution in just a few days if he can't prove himself innocent. And as he unravels an increasingly dark web of drugs, demons and sorcery, Harry discovers that he is the next intended victim...
"Fool Moon" gets Harry involved in a series of mystery killings -- the victims were torn apart by an animal, and a canine paw print is the only clue. Smells like werewolf spirit. Unfortunately, investigating this crime brings him into contact with Johnny Marcone's mob -- and even thrown in jail after Murphy goes postal on him.
But Harry has some unusual allies in a gang of teenage werewolves and a mysterious wild woman who wants to save her fiancee.Read more ›
Harry Dresden doesn't exactly fit the wise mage image made popular by Merlin, Gandalf, etc. Harry is more of a wiseass who doesn't have all the answers. In fact, he often takes a beating before he has any clue about what's going on. He's awkward in certain social situations. He has a weakness for beautiful women. When he's nervous, he mutters "Uh..." He has a sarcastic sense of humor. He spits out witty one-liners at the most appropriate inappropriate moments. He lives in a messy bachelor pad. He doesn't always get the girl. Most of the people he meets don't take him seriously. Harry doesn't even take himself seriously. He describes himself as a magical thug whose brute magical power lacks refinement. He considers himself lucky if he can pay the rent and more importantly, if he lives to see another day.
I can see how some people can find Harry to be "annoying." The arguments are generally: "He's a wizard! He should be rich and have bunch of women hanging off him like Hugh Hefner" or "He's a whiner. All he does is complain about how bad his luck is.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this set for my son, he had loaned his books and never got them back. He will NOT be lending this set. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Feat of Clay
Read all three books over a weekend. That included us hosting a holiday family gathering and watching Sunday football. Needless to say these are page turners. Read morePublished 1 month ago by BC
This is a great series. It's like Harry Potter grew up and became a cowboy badass.Published 2 months ago by Sherry A. Klein