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HARRY DRESDEN — WIZARD Lost Items Found Paranormal Investigations Consulting Advice Reasonable Rates No Love Potions Endless Purses or Other EntertainmentHarry Dresden is the best at what he does Well technically he's the only at what he does So when the Chicago PD 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 stinksSo 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 interestingMagic it can get a guy killed


10 thoughts on “Storm Front

  1. says:

    I'm not going to pull any punches This book is a misogynistic piece of shitAll I knew about it before I picked it up was the very basic premise—a wizard in modern day Chicago who works as a sort of detective—and that it had picked up uite a cult following I was expecting to really like it but before I got to the end of the first chapter my eyebrows had risen to meet my hairline I kept reading out of some misguided expectation that things would get better that there couldn't possibly be such a sustained level of misogyny coming from both the character and the authorial voice Oh how wrong I was The main character Harry Dresden repeatedly tells us that he's a chauvinist yes and shows no signs of wanting to change that It would have been difficult enough for me to get into a novel with such an unpalatable main character but the level of narrative endorsement of his viewpoint nauseated me The female characters in the book are there only to cry seduce and occasionally mother Some of them are presented as having power of their own but if you take a second glance at them that power is always represented as secondary to male power or a sham Karrin Murphy is a hard bitten homicide detective and Harry's friend true; but she's undermined to constant references as to how belligerent she is how small and lady like her hands are how she cries when he won't share information with her Let me repeat that cries Bianca the vampire—sorry vampiress must use appropriately gendered language—is defeated because Dresden can see how she's truly ugly beneath all that fake beauty and so she's humiliated and he can overpower her All of them use their sexuality to get ahead—or try to because clearly Harry is just too intelligent to fall for those silly women's wilesHow about an explanation for the motive behind a murderI gestured toward the room Because you can't do something that bad without a whole lot of hate I said Women are better at hating than men They can focus it better let it go better Hell witches are just plainmeaner than wizards This feels like feminine vengeance of some kind to meOr how about one prostitute talking about anotherShe shook her head No no Nothing like that That wasn't her style She was sweet A lot of girls get like—They get pretty jaded Mr Dresden But it never really touched her She made people feel better about themselves somehow She looked away I could never do that All I did was get them offThis isn't just Dresden being sexist This isn't just showing us the thought processes of an un reconstructed chauvinist This isn't even just using noir tropes—because god knows there are a thousand and one ways of subverting those and reimagining them This is holding up a clichéd smug asshole of a main character as the kind of man every guy wants to be and the kind of man every woman wants to fuck as a mirror for how Butcher thinks It's laden with sexist stereotypes that irritate me and in case you couldn't guess it made me very very angryThe book also fails on pretty much every technical level I can think of I have no idea why it's set in Chicago or why the location was emphasised because there's absolutely no sense of place to it For all Butcher told us it could all have been taking place in Seattle or Denver or Kansas City The plot is silly illogical and by rights everyone should have been dead of Stupid within the first two chapters The writing style displayed an absolute cloth ear for language I'd imagine that he was trying to recreate the terse staccato style of noir detective stories but didn't realise that in order to do so you need than short simplistic sentences You need to be attuned to the rhythm of what you're writing to know how to turn a handful of words to best effect and Butcher neither knows how to do that nor how to write realistic sounding dialogue at allI have not read such offensive drivel in a long long time Avoid


  2. says:

    I never got around to reading these books until The Name of the Wind was published And when I first did I was a little pissed First person point of view Magic based on thermodynamics Gritty realistic world Arrogant wizard who doesn't know when to keep his mouth shut It struck rather close to home Some people say that the first few books of this series were kinda rough But I didn't notice anything particularly untoward about them In fact I burned through the whole series 11 books at the time in about two weeks As a side note James Marsters reads the audiobooks And while his first one was a little rough all the rest are very enjoyable


  3. says:

    Let me tell you how a wisecracking Chicago wizard for hire with the most rotten luck imaginable won a permanent spot in my heart making me a devout Dresdenite'Twas a week before USMLE Step 1 the most important test for any medical school student as it pretty much determines which medical specialty you are supposedly smart enough to pursue Basically the stakes were high and the stress reached the previously unknown heights By then my poor average sized brain has been fully stuffed with all the medical trivia it was able to handle Have you ever met an overcaffeinated freaked out sleep deprived shaky med student with bloodshot eyes and propensity to uote at you random basic medical science facts in a high pitched shaky voice? If so it was probably before Step 1 and this is an honest representation of what my friends and I looked likeLovely no? Anyway physically unable to study any I stumbled upon this book on my Kindle app And this is how Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden he of the magical staff and a black leather duster entered my life Suddenly the anxiety was gone and instead of omg it's test time and I did not study enough customary nightmares I dreamed about Chicago magical world that night In the week that followed I got through most of the series 11 books at that point in time The stress was gone with the help of Harry Dresden's adventures and on the test day I beat my goal score by one whopping point D “A man's magic demonstrates what sort of person he is what is held most deeply inside of him There is no truer gauge of a man's character than the way in which he employs his strength his power I was not a murderer I was Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden I was a wizard Wizards control their power They don't let it control them And wizards don't use magic to kill people They use it to discover to protect to mend to help Not to destroy” I loved this book despite all its imperfections Harry Dresden a wisecracking self deprecating Star Wars references dropping never knowing when to shut up and unwaveringly good guy with a penchant for attracting trouble was someone I'd love to be friends with I even forgave him the annoying and eyeroll inducing case of old fashioned chivalry towards women Plus his assistant is an erotica obsessed formerly evil spirit living in a skull how can anyone not love that? “Harry Bob drawled his eye lights flickering smugly what you know about women I could juggle” This book is a uick and delightfully pulpy read modeling Harry's personality and adventures on the hardboiled crime noir detective stories with a generous helping of humor set against the paranormal background It does not aspire to be life changing or profound it does not try to be the capital L literature that was an excuse to use my favorite Pratchett uote Susan hated Literature She'd much prefer to read a good book All it does is take you on a fun and exciting ride and that's what I love about it Yes sometimes it falls flat or tries too hard or gets a bit full of itself but the feeling of sheer fun that Jim Butcher must have had while writing this story is palpable on each page and it's awesome “Paranoid? Probably But just because you're paranoid doesn't mean there isn't an invisible demon about to eat your face” This is a freshman book and is not perfect but it is nevertheless really good Jim Butcher's narrative voice gets confident and polished as the series progresses especially beginning with book 4 But it was enough to keep me completely engrossed in Harry Dresden's world and read eleven books of the series in a little over a week I love the Chicago mystical world I love the characters I love the fast even breakneck pace I love the detective noir touch I love Butcher's take on mythologies I absolutely adore the wisecracking to me it never felt annoying maybe because it's a big part of my own I assume completely charming personality ““You don't go walking into the proverbial lion's den lightly You start with a good breakfast” For all of that I easily give it four stars I'd be tempted to call Harry Dresden my literary boyfriend but as I learned from the seuels nothing good can possibly come out of that “I don't want to live in a world where the strong rule and the weak cower I'd rather make a place where things are a little uieter Where trolls stay the hell under their bridges and where elves don't come swooping out to snatch children from their cradles Where vampires respect the limits and where the faeries mind their p's and 's My name is Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden Conjure by it at your own risk When things get strange when what goes bump in the night flicks on the lights when no one else can help you give me a call I'm in the book” ————2020 reread Listened to it on audio with my better half — his introduction to Dresden It’s been a decade since I first read it now Flaws definitely became apparent this time and Harry’s attitude towards women that “chivalry” theme is indeed annoying and that noir feel sometimes is actually funny But overall I still liked it It’s interesting seeing Harry Dresden’s humbler beginnings as I’m used to him being the magical powerhouse of the later installments Anyway I’m not as enad by it this time but magic still holds


  4. says:

    You know the premise of this book actually sounded good A wizard PI sure why not I like wizards and I like PIs so what could be the problem The problem was I over estimated this author's abilitiesThe main character is like some kind of emotionally retarded uber geek's idealized life He lives in a basement and subbasement He ALWAYS wears a black duster and cowboy boots even when he's wearing sweats and a t shirt He has an abnormally large alley cat that likes to drink coke and doesn't get violently ill from the caffeine He can't get anywhere with women for no real reason at all The first woman that broke his heart he actually killed but for good reasons I mean she was evil I could go on and on The protagonist of this story is an immature weiner He is a walking dorky cliche that feels like he is some kind of Peter Parker wizard Constantly bemoaning the weight of the world on his shoulders even when its actually not on his shoulders Add to this the characters inability to have basic levels of trust for his friendsallies lack of common sense and a very low level of intelligence for someone that relies on brains and willpower for their strengths And you end up with a guy that is very annoying to read in most any situationNow throw that character into a Noir Detective style situation This is not a confident man nor is he a physically tough man and he lacks much in the way of street or even book smarts I find it highly unlikely that this guy should have survived past the first 100 pages let alone through all the other blunders he makes through the entire book Take a gander back to the beginnings of the Noir Detective genre and you'd be ashamed that this man besmirches the genre's good traditions Sam Spade has no magic what so ever but he could uite easily have out smarted and out fought this guy with his bare fistsDon't even get me started on how annoying magic is in this book Not since the magic of Terry Brooks' Shanara books have I felt magic meant little to nothing This guy is constantly like oh shit I don't have my wand or staff or special ring so if I do my magic now I'll kill everyone What the fricking good is magic that can't be used unless you've got your stick of power If magic is going to be used the way it is in this book as basically a crutch to hold the rest of the weak aspects of the book up as it is in most non awesome fantasy; then at least have it around to do its job and make cool things happenSo to close this book is immature and not fun to read There was a time in my life when I would have found this book awesome when I was going through that phase of life where you're 13 emotionally retarded and just discovered ADD 2nd edition Which there is nothing wrong with that's a phase that me and most other nerds went through Then we grew out of it because we matured in to adults But this book isn't be lauded to me as great writing by 13 year old nerds and geeks its being held up as a Great Book by adults and that's who its marketed to Look if you like this book and you're in Junior high then fine though I could recommend better things for you to read that are aimed at your age group but not adults If your an adult and you think this is even just good writing and again I'll state that most tell me its great writing then I think you need to try reading some other stuff by much better authors Go find and read Neil Gaiman Joe Hill Joe R Lansdale Walter Mosley Warren Ellis or Charles Stross These are all writers that have written either modern fantasyHorror or Noir andor Crime fiction so they are working on some similar concepts Then if you don't find those to be far better book written by actual good writers well then I'm just going to have to say that you and I may be from different planets or somethingThis book is not fun to read Its poorly constructed The plot is about as complex as 6th grade math and less original than that The characters are 2 dimensional at best Magic is used a focal point of the story rather than something to enhanced the flavor of original and real feeling plots and characters At one point the author describes someone by saying he looks like Sean Connery's character from the Highlander instead of I don't know just describing the dude as having a pony tale since that was where those two character's physical similarities ended Most of his other descriptions of characters are like police descriptions of people being given to me by the narrator which completely takes you out of the narrative The author at one point even wrote I was a wizard when his point of view character is lamenting about going into a house or building to solve a problem and I was thinking wait did you stop being a wizard at some point? If you're going to write in the first person perspective then learn to write in the present Of course one would expect a decent editor could have fixed this but I'm going to assume that decent editors get assigned to decent writers Look its not a good book I didn't make it a bad book it just is I'm told that the book get much better after or on book three so some day I hope to get a copy of his second book for free and see though I have my doubts since I've read enough bad authors in my day to know they don't usually start becoming good authors just experienced bad authors but that's a really spurious argument since I need ALL book I read to be good if not great right away I'm not going to recommend an author to someone because his first work was really awful but if you just read two books by him he gets good Well then perhaps he should have just started with book three and spared us the bad books Its bad and I don't recommend it to anyone who's not reading it as a goof to lampoon it in there own head End of statement


  5. says:

    355 stars Storm Front is an introductory and page turning installment to a beloved urban fantasy seriesI am not much of an expert on urban fantasy sub genre I certainly haven’t read as much urban fantasy compared to high fantasy and almost all of the majority of urban fantasy series I’ve thoroughly loved has been UF series that took place in a fictional world rather than ours; The Green Bone Saga by Fonda Lee and The Divine Cities trilogy by Robert Jackson Bennett are a great example of this Many trusted readers and friends of mine who understands my reading taste however have convinced me that if there’s one urban fantasy series—with a contemporary setting—that I would end up loving it’s The Dresden Files by Jim Bucher Well here I am I’m officially starting my journey with this series “There is no truer gauge of a man's character than the way in which he employs his strength his power” Storm Front is the first book in The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher and we follow Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden—the only Private Investigator that’s also a Wizard in town If I'm not mistaken this series is planned to be 23 or 24 books long Storm Front is without a doubt an introductory installment to a long series Many huge fans of the series have warned me that it takes three or four books for the greatness of the series to truly “begin” I honestly expected this book to be much worse because of this but as it turns out I actually thought that Storm Front was very enjoyable to read “I don't want to live in a world where the strong rule and the weak cower I'd rather make a place where things are a little uieter Many readers have voiced criticisms that the first three books are very typical and formulaic by today’s story standard and yes that is true I haven’t read the next books yet but at least as far as the first book goes I can’t deny their claim But we do need to go back a bit and put some things in perspective here Storm Front was first published twenty years ago Let that sink in for a while I wasn’t even in middle school yet when this book was first published Now I’m reading this in a time of a pandemic Maybe instead of calling the first three books to be unoriginal because of the formulaic story structure it would be apt to say that Storm Front and The Dresden Files series to be—at least one of—the perpetrator responsible for popularizing that formula within the sub genre in the first place “Where instinct fails intellect must venture I’m not saying that this book isn’t without its issue it will not blow your mind but even putting modern storytelling standards into account I can’t deny that I had a great time reading this short book Storm Front is a fun and uick read that introduces Harry Dresden the characters the magic and the world building within a compelling murder mystery plot nicely Oddly I didn’t click with Butcher’s Codex Alera series; I haven’t continued the series past the first two books which is odd because Codex Alera is a high fantasy series—my favorite sub genre to read As for The Dresden Files if Storm Front is indeed the weakest book of the entire series it seems like we’re going to have a lot of fun adventures together Harry Blackstone Copperfield DresdenPicture Storm Front by Vincent ChongYou can order the book from Book Depository Free shippingYou can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions Special thanks to my Patrons on Patreon for giving me extra support towards my passion for reading and reviewingMy Patrons Alfred Devin Hamad Joie Mike Miracle Nicholas


  6. says:

    Reread for challengeThis is the first time I have read a Harry Dresden book and I love it I'm so glad for my friends at goodreads for bringing me into his world I had no idea Harry was so freaking funny And the cast of characters in this book were great The bad guys sucked of course I loved Mac the bartender He made me think of a uiet ish Andre the Giant I loved Toot Toot the funny little faerie I wish he was in the book but hopefully I will get to see him in books I could just order a pizza and he might show up Mister is a no brainer because I love animals and he's a cool cat Then there is Bob who could not resist Bob the talking skull I'm not sure what kind of creature lived inside I may have missed that part but once in awhile Harry would let him out but not so much because he seemed to like to hang out at the sorority's and cause trouble So someone is going around killing people with black magic and Harry must find out who is doing this because so many people are blaming him for it The story is really good and didn't drag for me at any point There is too much craziness and action going on for that I look forward to reading the other books in the series at some point Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾


  7. says:

    The Dresden Files is one of those books that's intimidating to approach It has a hard core fan group that will scream its praises from the top of the roof Usually I would approach with extreme caution I rarely read a series when I've been assured that it gets good after six books When people tell me that I simply uietly encourage them to read the Fever Series and avert eye contactHowever after a discussion regarding male readers and writers of the Urban Fantasy genre I felt I should give this series a go since the UF male demographic tends to be on the small sideThe Dresden Files has an immersive interesting world It's magical lore is possibly the only original thing about it Which doesn't say that much for the book It's exactly the same half assed compliment you'd give to MeyersDon't get me wrong Harry is a solid interesting character and the mystery and action in this book was great There were plenty of tense moments laugh out loud moments and clever witty escapesBut that doesn't mean that anything in this book was actually originalParanormal private eye? If there ever was a cliche in this genre there it is Can't they ever have a different occupation? If you have some magical ability is this your only career choice? Honestly I think Anita Blake Rachel Morgan and Harry Dresden would make GREAT pizza deliverersimage error


  8. says:

    Urban fantasy is a sub genre that I have been very much enjoying for a few of years and Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden series usually tops the lists of readers’ favorites and it has proven wildly popularFor good reasonButcher first published Storm Front in 2000 and it was in this first edition that Butcher introduced readers to Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden Wizard Butcher describes his protagonist as a kind of occult private investigator being chiefly active in the Chicago area Dresden’s advertisement is as followsWIZARDLost items found Paranormal InvestigationsConsulting Advice Reasonable RatesNo Love Potions Endless Purses or Other EntertainmentButcher’s talent was in creating a charismatic cool urban fantasy character and then placing him and the stories in the category of mystery thriller This provides an almost endless assortment of possible magical occult fantasy settings for Harry to explore and Scooby Doo mysteries to solve Butcher’s prose is evenly paced and his world building and magic rules forming skills are in good form


  9. says:

    The first volume in the Dresden Files series introduces us to our hero Harry Dresden a wizard who is also a private investigator and police consultant It is written in a breezy collouial style that makes you want to keep reading but except for a few interesting magical twists on the private dick genre eg Harry's tipster is a faery lured with a bowl of milk and honey and confined within a magic circle until Harry gets the information he needs the book is thin on plot lacking in wit and deficient in interesting characters Maybe they get better I might read the second volume sometime Then again I might not


  10. says:

    2718 ON SALE for 299 by Rabid Reads35 starsLover of Urban Fantasy that I am it may come as a surprise that before now I have never actually read Jim Butcher I KNOW I'm such a poserIn my defense I haven't had much luck with male authors in the genre and come on we're up to what? FIFTEEN installments with the SIXTEENTH already in the works so yeah DAUNTING Cut me some slack  And besides better late than never right?Also I'm holding all of you partially to blame bc someone should have told me that around book 3 or 4 the series becomes seriously FAE oriented So what's up with that huh? I've said than once that Fae are my FAEvorite and based on the PUNS in Storm Front alone I'm the one who should be feeling betrayed not yousnickersOkay I have adeuately blame shifted so moving onI knew going into this that I'd be entering a longterm relationship with Harry Dresden I was willing but skeptical Even with the image of Paul Blackthorne firmly planted in my subconscious I knew from experience that commitment reuires than a pretty faceLittle did I know how right I wasYou see longterm relationships are WORK And often the things you love the most about another person are the same things that enable that person to drive you NUTSI love how realistically flawed Harry isI hate how realistically flawed Harry isHe gets himself into a tight spot so he rationalizes It wasn't as though I was actually going to be doing any black magic I told myself I was just going to be figuring out how it was done There was a difference I was helping the police in an investigation nothing But then he immediately calls his own bluff Yeah right And maybe one of these days I'd go to an art museum and become well rounded He's also incredibly self aware He knows his weaknesses as well as his strengths and he presents both sides very matter of factly It was refreshing There was no false modesty or self deprecation No melancholy search for affirmation Harry Dresden just lays it all out in plain site do with it what you willBut that same openness allows you to see over and over again how hapless he is when it comes to the fairer sex  You know for a self proclaimed socially awkward wizard with very little relationship experience Harry Dresden finds himself surrounded by beautiful flirtatious women with uncommon freuency rolls eyesBut then he gleefully reveals his boyish mischievous side by the sheer delight he takes at pulling one over on someone who has underestimated him rolls eyes again but this time while grinningOne second I wanted to smack him on the back of the head and the next I wanted to ruffle his hair and kiss him on the cheekSo that's HarryThere's also Bob the peeping Skull Toot the pizza loving faery Mister the cat Mac the surly pubkeep Murphy the hard case female cop and glimpses into possible future interactions with a literal faery godmother and the mysteriously intimidating White CouncilThe plot was eh shrugs I'm giving it a pass this time bc I'm pretty sure a lot of groundwork was laid for future installments and while this was a fairly entertaining read it was also fairly predictable and Bad Guy was just a stock power hungry Bad GuyOn the world building front we were given a lot of hints but nothing substantial but that was okay bc so far we've only been in the real world so as much as I'd like to know about the Nevernever RIGHT NOW there's plenty of time for that when we get thereOverall I definitely see this series being worth it and not just bc if I read this one I will have read every single one of the Big Deal UF series which may or may not be a personal goal shrugs noncommittally Harry Dresden is a realistically likable character who I have a suspicion will turn out to be uite formidable and Butcher lays a promising foundation with this first installment Will it live up to my expectations? Only one way to find out My other reviews for this series Fool Moon The Dresden Files #2 Grave Peril The Dresden Files #3 Summer Knight The Dresden Files #4 by Jim Butcher