marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

The Dresden Files

As the Yellow pages say:

Harry Dresden – Wizard
Lost items found. Paranormal Investigations.
Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates.
No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or
Other Entertainment.

Just finished up getting through them twice.  All eleven of them.  Which is to say:  Storm Front, Fool Moon, Grave PerilSummer Knight, Death Masks, Blood Rites, Dead BeatProven Guilty, White Night, Small Favor, and Turn Coat.  By Jim Butcher.

The adventures of a Chicago PI/wizard.  Involving evil warlocks, werewolves of several varieties, vampires of several varieties, the (ahem) Good Folk (Seelie Court, Unseelie Court, Wildfae), necromancy, Knights of the Cross, the Church, the White Council (of wizards), war and a bar. . . . a wild menagerie of myth, legend, and folklore that manages to combine all sorts of stuff by the simple expedient of not looking too deeply into how it all hangs together.

Each novel is a self-contained story involving detection and leading up to a dramatic confrontation.  Frequently having three or four plot lines that Butcher always manages to get to collide at the same time.  Perhaps a little too self-contained, sometimes, I wondered on occasion why something from a previous book did not show up in the next, where it was relevant -- but elements are flowing from story to story.  Particularly the war.  Which is one reason why I recommend reading them in order.  (Arcs are starting to build in the last books.)

Another being to watch Dresden's character development.  A rather noirish detective to start out, but accumulating more friends as life goes on.  Even if they sometimes must explain to him that certain behaviors are unfriendly.
Tags: adventure, fiction reviews: contemporary fantasy, fiction reviews: mystery

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