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- Publisher: Roc (January 1, 2001)
- Publication Date: January 1, 2001
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001BPYD2O
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I did not like this book, and I think it's because I did not like Harry. He seemed more like a coward in this book than he did in the first one, and he was far more... I don't know. There are a lot of naked women in this book, and Harry is definitely a straight man. Sure. Fine. No problem. But whenever there were bewbs on page, it was dull and boring. Like it could've been funny, but instead we just see a bunch of dudes staring at a nekkid lady undulating next to a dumpster to act as a distraction for Harry to do whatever he needed to do.
But that's not the sole reason why I disliked this book. It was boring. How could this book be boring?! I skimmed a lot, guys. I skimmed the hell out of this book. And for the first time in years, I wasn't upset that the conclusion, the wind down at the end of the book was summarized.
Here's what I liked: There's no problem with the prose. The belts were cool. Karrin decked him.
Here's what I didn't like: everything else.
Really disappointed with this one. Doubt I'll come back to the series.
Ultimately, this left me very disappointed with novel. After finishing it, I still don't feel as if I know anything important about the characters. This is forgivable, perhaps, for the cast of side characters and villains, but inexcusable when it comes to Dresden himself. Butcher loves to make cryptic references to Dresden's past, which is that usual trope of "look how dark, depressing, and tragic his life is" without any kind of unique twist. He doesn't expand upon the first novel and feed us any specific information to chew on, save for a few scraps that really don't tell us much. This seriously harms the story, in my opinion. Dresden seems to have a bizarre sense of morality (kill the magical criminals, but save the mundane crime boss for some reason?), and it would be nice to know why he's such a weird character, since his decisions shape the plot and story world.
And while Butcher does bring the magical element of "urban fantasy" closer to the forefront in this novel, it still takes a backseat to the action. (In fact, now that I think about it, the story is so densely packed with action that it suppresses the detective noir drama to about the same degree). We do learn a little more about how magic works in this world, but core concepts like "The White Council", "The Nevernever", and more, still haven't been explained, which is a shame, because Butcher's world is desperately lacking in something to make it feel unique, alive, and immersive. Not to mention my frustration with the fact that these concepts seem to have a massive influence on the plot, yet we don't fully grasp *why* that is.
This, along with a few other gripes I'm about to mention, make the plot feel very hollow and contrived. Things just seem to *happen*, somehow, without any clear reason why, often in direct violation with something that was stated before. I lost count of how many times Dresden was able to keep using magic despite the reader already having been told that he was burned out of energy. Murphy, for instance, does some extremely irrational and hostile things against Dresden without a clear reason why, only to magically change her mind for some unknown reason at the end (and he forgives her, for some reason). Ugh. Seriously, this book's plot is riddled with more holes than swiss cheese. The characters are driven by the plot, rather than the other way around.
The one good thing I'll say that Butcher has going for him is his prose, which is very punchy, well-written, and easy to read. There's a lot of humor interspersed throughout, whether witty, dark, or just plain silly. It's certainly very refreshing to read, and the narrator (Dresden) is the type of narrator you could follow for 400 pages. For such a shallow and poorly-developed character, I really enjoyed hearing about his thoughts and reactions to things. Butcher demonstrates he has sense for dramatic and gritty writing, and this is something I really like to see in fantasy novels.
However, I just don't think that the prose can hold up the rest of the story. By the end, I found myself rushing through just to finish it and have some sense of closure. My drama neurons were way too burned out to care much about what happened anymore, and I was ultimately unsatisfied.
This story is essentially the equivalent of a summer blockbuster action flick: fun, but not too creative or unique. I highly doubt i'll be returning for another read or picking up Butcher's next book.
I do dislike the poorly defined magic system, but it's nice that usually the epic saving moment isn't because Dresden finds some new magic reserve, or some new undefined magic object that fell into his lap.
My FAVORITE parts of this series is how typically to solve the current issue, Harry digs himself a little deeper in with a different wrong crowd. He has a very twisted sense of morality and things he would and wouldn't do, and he's not afraid to deal with the devil if he keeps himself free of another faction or two. And as part of that, each book builds on that last promise of power (with strings of course). Also, Butcher isn't afraid to seriously and permanently damage his characters, which is very nice and refreshing. No one is safe, everyone is getting scars, and people die. As much as its fantasy, it keeps it real in that no matter what happens in life, people do get hurt and those pains have consequences.
Amazing book series, even if it takes 1-2 books to really get into what Butcher is doing with his characters. I promise its worth it. The last 3 books are WAY better than the first in my opinion, but you absolutely need all the backstory and character building/events you witness first hand in the early books.
Oh and don't forget the dinosaur. Oh yeah, it's bada......
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This story had everything that I look for in an engaging book; it has a good balance between the various aspects of this story - mystery, crime, thriller, horror, detective and paranormal - and blends them with well written humour that was dry and helped to keep it from being too heavy. This story surprised me a few times and I enjoyed trying to second guess where Mr Butcher would take us next!
I added the narration too and I alternated between reading and listening to the tale. I feel that the narration by James Marston helped to bring our hero, Harry Dresden to life.
Grave Peril (book 3) is already added to my Amazon wish list.
1st person writing can be awful sometimes, but this isn’t. Very skill fully crafted.
What can I say about the story itself? Good foundation for an otherwise werewolf pot boiler, which makes it readable and enjoyable.
The plot is strong and builds tension throughout, although I often found my mind had wandered slightly and events had overtaken me - I had to turn back a page to get back on track. The narrative is enriched by occasional hints of things to come and backstory which is drop-fed without much explanation, teasing future books in the series.
I felt as I read though that I couldn't detect much in the way of direction to the story and was just going along for the ride rather than being guided through events. Other than Dresden himself, the characters are more bluntly mysterious than ever deep, and I found that sightly frustrating, though it may be designed as an artefact of seeing the world through the wizard's eyes.
Over all, I feel the same about this book as I did the first entry - I'm still not convinced that the series is going to keep my attention throughout, but I'm also not ready to abandon it by any means. I look forward to reading more and hope it starts to really grip me in the next book.
It's quite obvious from the offset that Fool Moon is going to be about werewolves. Great, I thought, another chance to see the furry beasties done right. Say what you will about Stephanie Meyer's Twilight, but her werewolves are done well. They're not essentially rats on stilts, not large slobbery dogs, and certainly not especially monstrous. Good things, all. So, I experienced much the same delight with Jim Butcher's werewolves.
Where (in my opinion and for my hard-to-please tastes) Butcher fails somewhat with his depiction of vampires (mainly appearance, origins, and "vampire rules", for me--yet, his notion of the different coloured Vampire Courts is excellent for me, and goes some way to make up!), he totally succeeds with his werewolves.
Butcher's imagination and ability to take existing folklore and use it to the fullest, is what makes his world so attractive a version of our own supernatural world: that there are elements of "truth" and "accuracy" within his magical lore, roots that can be identified (with), makes his slight reimagining of our own world addictively readable--much in the same way Rowling's Potter world does. It is so entirely believable, coupled with just enough accepted "fact" that the reader accepts the world and is swallowed deep into the setting.
Fool Moon begins in much the same way as Storm Front--Harry is called in to consult on a homicide and immediately it is clear that supernatural forces are responsible. Lt. Karrin Murphy and Harry share a relationship a few degrees more uneasy than before, due to the events in Storm Front but Harry is determined to patch things up, and subsequently agrees to assist in the case as best he can--even if that means getting knee-deep in trouble before he's even started.
With the FBI sniffing around, a teenage band of werewolves, and a tough biker gang, aptly named the Streetwolves, not to mention that it was Gentleman Johnnie Marcone's man who was offed, Fool Moon sets out to give Harry his weirdest, most complex case yet.
This second instalment of The Dresden Files proves, yet again, that Butcher's idea of the supernatural is anything but cliché. Butcher can give us werewolves and still come out of it gleaming with originality--it's an art he has down, and as Harry evolves through the following instalments, I can only assume Butcher's supernatural genius will improve as exponentially as Harry's magic (and trouble-load).
Imaginative, dark, funny and witty, Fool Moon really raises the bar set by Storm Front, and readers hooked at book one will seal the deal and call themselves Dresden fans from here onwards. An excellently paced, exciting urban fantasy adventure, Fool Moon simply is what Butcher does, and what he does well.
Harry is an approachable, likeable character who engages constantly: there is never a dull moment in a Dresden book, and always something new to intrigue and enthral. Fool Moon was a quick, fast-paced adventure that introduces new characters, establishes existing characters further, and shows the reader a damn good time whilst doing so. An absolute pleasure to read.
Kudos to Butcher for working every possible variation on the werewolf into this story; it keeps you guessing as to the culprit, as well as making sure that the only cliches are the ones the author is skewering on purpose.
Harry continues to be a thoroughly engaging character, and this time around his relationships with the supporting cast (which gains a few new regulars) are explored more deeply.
Butcher really knows his way around a setpiece, as well; the sequence in the police station is among the best I've read in any genre. Harry doesn't just use magic, he uses it with wit and style.
This second installment really cements Jim's talent as a writer, and you can tell he's only going to get better with experience. Hopefully, there will be many more Dresden Files to come!
I'm not normally a huge fan of stories about werewolves. The ones I've seen on TV or film often look silly. However despite all that I definitely enjoyed this book. Harry's back and he's still a lot of fun and a punching bag for the author. A little more detail about his past, developed some of his key relationships. Bit of a weird dream sequence that I'm not sure I cared for and an honest-to-goodness sex scene! Not that I minded - pretty tame and tastefully done - but I'd figured Harry for someone who almost gets laid a lot.
I think I preferred Storm Front but this was still pretty good, I considered giving it 3 stars to distinguish it but that would be unfair
Anyway, having been blown away by the first novel I was keen to know where next for wizard Dresden and how the mythology that Jim Butcher was starting up would pan out. I'm alway quite wary of sequels if truth be told. Or sagas. I tend to get a bit bored with the same characters doing the same things and sometimes they can become quite predicable and (dare I say it) boring. Like Ron Weasley, for example.
Like its predecessor this is a tight detective story again centering itself around a murder and throwing up several lupine suspects. Yup, this one's about werewolves. And lots of them. That is to say different types, breeds and colours with different goals and dispositions. Naturally, there is a lot of blood, more magic, shapeshifters, gangsters(as this is Chicago), a plot involving a National Park, the FBI and Harry gets a girlfriend.
This is more assured that his debut and as wizard we get more insight his strengths and limitations - magic, it seems, can't solve everything. And neither can being aloof and distant.
Again tightly plotted but with a few references to events that could (will?) happen in future novels, this is a good second outing for the Urban Wizard. He's developing well.
Got both Kindle she audible version and switched between the 2. Jim Butcher is a find story teller.
Really enjoyable main character - funny elements, but plenty of action and mystery to keep me hooked.
Tales of a modern day wizard continue, in Dresden’s second outing.