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Storm Front 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 ❮Reading❯ ➺ Muerte en Hamburgo (Jan Fabel, Author Craig Russell – Lavons.co.uk Endless Purses [Reading] ➷ Jazz Age Stories By F. Scott Fitzgerald – Lavons.co.uk or Other EntertainmentHarry Dresden is the best at what he does Well ❰Read❯ ➱ Much Obliged, Jeeves Author P.G. Wodehouse – Lavons.co.uk technically ☉ [PDF / Epub] ☆ The Wrong Blood By Manuel de Lope ❤ – Lavons.co.uk he s the only at what he does So when the Chicago PD has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability [KINDLE] ❁ The Customer-Funded Business ❄ John W. Mullins – Lavons.co.uk 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 [PDF / Epub] ✐ The Affair ☃ Emma Kavanagh – Lavons.co.uk whatever There s just one problem Business ☂ [PDF / Epub] ☁ Summer People & The Little House By Shirley Jackson ✐ – Lavons.co.uk to put it mildly ❮Epub❯ ➥ Beautiful Creatures ➤ Author Lulu Taylor – Lavons.co.uk stinksSo when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic ❮PDF / Epub❯ ✈ Dr. Simon Forman ⚣ Author Judith Cook – Lavons.co.uk Harry s seeing dollar signs But where there s black magic ❴Read❵ ➪ Susannah (Sunfire, Author Candice Ransom – Lavons.co.uk 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 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, colloquial style that makes you want to keep reading, but except for a few interesting magical twists on the private dick genre e.g., 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 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, colloquial style that makes you want to keep reading, but except for a few interesting magical twists on the private dick genre e.g., 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 This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I m not going to pull any punches This book is a misogynistic piece of shit.All 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 quite 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 I m not going to pull any punches This book is a misogynistic piece of shit.All 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 quite 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 wiles How about an explanation for the motive behind a murder I 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 me Or how about one prostitute talking about another She 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 off This 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 clich d, 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 angry.The 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 needthan 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 all.I have not read such offensive drivel in a long, long time Avoid 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 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 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 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 quote at you random basic medical science facts in a high pitched shaky voiceIf so, it was probably before Step 1, and this is an honest representation of what my friends and I looked like Lovely, 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 DA 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 destroyI 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 thatHarry, Bob drawled, his eye lights flickering smugly, what you know about women, I could juggleThis book is a quick 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 quoteSusan hated Literature She d much prefer to read a good bookAll 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 awesomeParanoid Probably But just because you re paranoid doesn t mean there isn t an invisible demon about to eat your faceThis is a freshman book, and is not perfect, but it is nevertheless really good Jim Butcher s narrative voice getsconfident andpolished 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 personalityYou don t go walking into the proverbial lion s den lightly You start with a good breakfastFor all of that, I easily give it four starsI d be tempted to call Harry Dresden my literary boyfriend, but as I learned from the sequels, 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 quieter 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 q 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 book2020 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 becameapparent 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

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