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Fool Moon (Dresden Files) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 2001
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Praise for the Dresden Files
“Think Buffy the Vampire Slayer starring Philip Marlowe.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Fans of Laurell K. Hamilton and Tanya Huff will love this series.”—Midwest Book Review
“Superlative.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“One of the most enjoyable marriages of the fantasy and mystery genres on the shelves.”—Cinescape
“Butcher...spins an excellent noirish detective yarn in a well-crafted, supernaturally-charged setting. The supporting cast is again fantastic, and Harry’s wit continues to fly in the face of a peril-fraught plot.”—Booklist (starred review)
“What’s not to like about this series?...It takes the best elements of urban fantasy, mixes it with some good old-fashioned noir mystery, tosses in a dash of romance and a lot of high-octane action, shakes, stirs, and serves.”—SF Site
“A tricky plot complete with against-the-clock pacing, firefights, explosions, and plenty of magic. Longtime series fans as well as newcomers drawn by the SciFi Channel’s TV series based on the novels should find this supernatural mystery a real winner.”—Library Journal
“What would you get if you crossed Spenser with Merlin? Probably you would come up with someone very like Harry Dresden, wizard, tough guy and star of [the Dresden Files].”—The Washington Times
About the Author
A martial arts enthusiast whose résumé includes a long list of skills rendered obsolete at least two hundred years ago, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher turned to writing as a career because anything else probably would have driven him insane. He lives mostly inside his own head so that he can write down the conversation of his imaginary friends, but his head can generally be found in Independence, Missouri. Jim is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera novels, and the Cinder Spires series, which began with The Aeronaut’s Windlass.
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But despite all this, Murphy does eventually have to call in Dresden to consult on a strange homicide - one that appears to be so savage, it looks like an animal attack. But given the scope of things, it also seems to indicate the possibility of a werewolf. But the FBI is also involved in the case given a recent string of similar murders and Murphy is unable to do much given an Internal Affairs investigation as a result of her involvement in the last case. Thus Dresden decides to do the best that he can to help out given his unique magical gifts.
I appreciate the fact that the incidents in Storm Front had such a significant effect on Dresden's status quo. It's far too easy for these book series to stick to the episodic format of status quo - adventure - status quo every time. Here the significance of the deaths involved in the last case resulted in some major consequences for various characters here. And thus things aren't quite the same at all. As much as Dresden does in fact have a new adventure of sorts to embark upon, he also has to deal with Murphy's lack of trust in him, which is rather significant to his sense of well-being.
And the case itself is rather fascinating as well - an unusual exploration of the world of werewolves. And given how early on Bob the spirit explains that there are several types of werewolves out there, the list of werewolves acts like Chekhov's gun this time around. The list has been provided and thus you know that Harry is eventually going to have to deal with every single type of werewolf as he tries to get to the bottom of things. And as much as many readers may predict this, the manner in which they are revealed is sure to surprise folks.
And that's really what has me enjoying these books so much. Butcher is able to take many familiar concepts like movie monsters and good old-fashioned detective work and yet present them in a manner that is new and quite striking. And you can really feel the weight of every decision that Dresden makes whether it involves lying to Murphy one again or tapping into his dwindling magic reserves.
And yes, I love how limited the magic system is and how this book builds on the concepts established the last time around. Magic is not a be-all, end-all cure to things and thus despite him being a Wizard, Harry still needs to put a lot of work into getting things done. And this particular case pretty much has Harry on his last legs more than once as he tries to survive the many threats involved in this case. And the whole thing is just brilliant to behold.
Fool Moon is an amazing story and one that had me on the edge of my seat more than a few times throughout the book. It's amazingly well-written and quite the follow-up to the first book.
Harry is a multi-faceted hero. He has a high level of self-awareness. He knows when he is at risk for temptation to the Dark side and manages to get himself straight. He's conscious of the limitation of his powers. He is sensitive and vulnerable enough to shed a tear or two. He is brave, heroic and very loyal. He's self-deprecating, despite his substantial power. I love that he does not have his act together and struggles to be able to live as the wizard he wants to be.
This story pits Harry against werewolves -all different kinds of werewolves. I feel like Jim Butcher does a wonderful job summarizing the various types of wolves found in the UF/PNR - the Hexenwolf, werewolf, lycanthropes, and the loup-garou. As much I want these stories to be light and comical, after all, Harry doesn't take himself too seriously and I don't want to either, this installment is scary. Harry is terrified through most of the book and he has good reason to be. The one scene in the police station with the loup-garou will give me nightmares for days.
It don't find the mystery of overly complex, but it does have depth. The struggle between good and evil is nuanced with many shades of gray. Intriguing.
Given my new crush, I am curious if Harry will find himself in a romance triangle. Karrin or Susan? Susan has the inside track right now, but I don't know. I have a feeling Karrin will be making a run sometime in the future. I cannot wait to see how this plays out.
IN A NUTSHELL
I'm thrilled to have found this series. I am concurrently listening the Harry Potter series with my young son on audio, and I cannot help but think of Harry Dresden as an adult version of Harry Potter. With tons of charm, lots of magical talent, and the capacity to get into a lot of trouble, Harry Dresden is a satisfying and highly entertaining read.