Book #4 of 2016: Storm Front by Jim Butcher

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Harry Dresden — Wizard 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 of them 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.

 I had first heard about The Dresden Files back when there was the SciFi (now Syfy) television series. I had only seen a few episodes, but it was enough to get me to want to try out the book series. So, eventually I was able to find the first book and decided to give it a whirl.

I have the audiobook. The audio rendition of the book gave the story reality. It was the subtle things that got me. The way James Marsters narrates the book gives the character Harry substance. He clears his throat, he shifts around; it is this almost unclean feel to it that gives the audiobook a sense that I was listening to an actual man tell a past case.

Without the narration, I feel that the book would have bored me a little. I was able to figure out early on just what was happening and who the bad guy was. It was pretty easy as the reader, but it wouldn’t be for Harry Dresden the character. So, if you want a mystery that is easy for the reader to figure out: read it.

Truthfully, I was into the world Butcher crafted more than the substance of the story. You get enough of Harry to just taste what he may be like. I’m not sure if I’m completely sold in him as a character or the world in The Dresden Files, but I am sure that I will dabble in more of the books.

All in all, the book wasn’t too bad. It was a quick read to get things done to and I do love James Marsters. The experience was nice. Not amazing-oh-my-god, but nice.

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