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Storm Front (The Dresden Files, Book 1) Hardcover – November 6, 2007
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As in the audio adaptation of Butcher's first Dresden Files novel, Storm Front, Marsters (who played Spike on Buffy the Vampire Slayer) slips easily into the role of down-on-his-luck wizard Harry Dresden. Marsters's self-deprecating tone fits the character perfectly; he reads with a dry, ironic humor that doesn't mask Harry's genuine concern for the lives of innocents. Marsters also displays a remarkable skill for lending even the strangest characters and creatures voices-including gentleman gangster Johnny Marconi, his henchmen, a sexy female werewolf and Bob, the British-accented talking skull. In this outing, Harry is again out of cash, and police detective Karrin Murphy, who's still angry at him over the events of the first book, isn't inclined to throw work his way. But soon a series of mysterious, violent murders sends her to Harry for help. Are the killings the work of a local motorcycle gang? Or a werewolf-and if so, which werewolf? Mac Finn, the werewolf environmentalist? The group of idealistic college kids who voluntarily become werewolves by night? Or the trigger-happy group of FBI agents turned werewolf vigilantes? Though the price of this audio package may put off some listeners, Marsters's lively telling makes it worth every penny.
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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
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Top customer reviews
Sometimes Stormfront seems like it teeters on YA, but I'm constantly reminded that this is an adult series with themes that are dark and mysterious and quite entertaining. There are sexual overtones, brutal but meaningful fight scenes, and Mr. Butcher puts Harry through hell (emotionally and physically) all the way up to the end of the book.
Only in parts did I feel the writing style was a bit awkward. Mostly, I slipped right through it. All-in-all, I really enjoyed this first book and can't wait to get to the next.
Really like Butcher's writing style and the pace if the book. I read a lot of fantasy/sci-fi and I found this story refreshing. The urban/contemporary fantasy setting is cool but I liked how traditional elements of fantasy were woven in too. Looking forward to reading more if this series.
At one point I just paused reading (after a specific elevator scene) and thought, holy crap this is a fun book! Harry Dresden, never runs out of good intentions or bad luck. An anti-hero that reminded me of Big Trouble in Little China's Jack Burton, he tried his best to do the right thing but it was a constant struggle. It left me just as surprised as Harry when he overcame what he did.
I. Loved. It.
Starting Book Two tonight!
Storm Front starts strong if a bit clunky but quickly devolves from inconsistencies and false conflict. Harry is an all powerful wizard but also susceptible to the most mundane attack from a 5' tall cheerleader. His best friend whose life he has saved multiple times distrusts him for withholding information to the point that she beats him nearly to death. Multiple times. This type of false conflict is OK if used in moderation but is relied on far too often. A very interesting conflict with a demon occurs only to reveal the primary foe, an accountant who dabbles in drugs and sex magic. Still, Harry's character is interesting and I am curious to see what he will face in the next book. I hope it gets better.
I give Storm Front 5 stars for its incredibly fantastic read.
I would recommend this book to everyone.