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Fool Moon Paperback – May 1, 2011
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- Publisher : Orbit; 39009th edition (May 1, 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0356500284
- ISBN-13 : 978-0356500287
- Item Weight : 8.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.88 x 1.34 x 7.72 inches
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- #11,576 in Paranormal & Urban Fantasy (Books)
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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......
Top reviews from other countries
I struggled to really connect with this second of the Harry Dresden novels. Whether this was because I was struggling with my concentration in general or because of the storytelling I cannot be sure. It just didn't grip me the way the first novel did.
There is still the same snark present and an overall character development for everyone, but especially Harry, that should have made this a truly enjoyable read. I suspect that it was actually the mythology behind the different ways that one could become a werewolf and the struggles to figure out what type it was that was committing these murders. It just all felt a little bit off somehow, kind of hinky and cobbled together without too much thought. It is an Urban Fantasy Novel so you don't expect versimilitude but you do expect the author to have thoroughly thought through the more fantastical aspects of the tale and it just doesn't feel that way - to this reader at least.
Plenty of guts and gore, if thats your thing - personally, I'm not bothered by it in the slightest but it is starting to feel a little overdone and (dare I say it) boring. Certainly the best bits for me are poor old Harry's attempts to get along in a society that he is not really a part of - this goes for the Magical Community from which he has all but been ex-communicated and also Human Society because he isn't fully Human as far as they are concerned. I love his clumsy social maladroitness.
Definitely not giving up on this series just yet as there is something that does speak to me about it all.
This review has been a long time coming. I actually read this book between the 10th and 16th June 2020 so my memory is a bit foggy about all the plot lines. Fortunately, I have a notebook where I jot some initial thoughts on the book and an overall ranking so between the book blurb and that I did have a reasonable handle on what I thought at the time of reading.
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.
There's more obvious relationships being built between the characters now and the writing continues to have me smiling, whether it's because of humour or just the interesting detail and the phlamboyant nature with which Jim Butcher writes. Downloaded and started the next one already!
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.