Sunday, September 25, 2016

Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1)

Title: Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1)

Author: Jim Butcher

Genre: Paranormal & Urban Fantasy

Rating: 5 out of 5 fairies

Where to buy: Amazon

Synopsis: Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.
Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he's the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the "everyday" world is actually full of strange and magical things—and most don't play well with humans. That's where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a—well, whatever. There's just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks.
So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry's seeing dollar signs. But where there's black magic, there's a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry's name. And that's when things start to get interesting.
Magic - it can get a guy killed.

About the Author: Jim Butcher read his first fantasy novel when he was seven years old--
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 
frequently does.
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.

Review: I was first introduced to Harry Dresden when a group of friends started excitedly talking about the series. They were batting around ideas for their next tabletop RPG game, and the game based on the books was brought up as a possibility. The series sounded amazing, and one of them loaned me the books, and after the first few pages, I was officially hooked. This isn't your average urban fantasy where the forces of evil are pitted against the dashing, good looking, hero. Harry is a down-to-earth, can't-keep-his-mouth-shut-to-save-his-life, wizard. You'll be pulled along laughing and sometimes, holding your breath, on the many adventures Harry runs into and through.