Business has been slow. Okay, business has been dead. And not even of the undead variety. You would think Chicago would have a little more action for ...Show synopsisBusiness has been slow. Okay, business has been dead. And not even of the undead variety. You would think Chicago would have a little more action for the only professional wizard in the phone book. But lately, Harry Dresden hasn't been able to dredge up any kind of work - magical or mundane. But just when it looks like he can't afford his next meal, a murder comes along that requires his particular brand of supernatural expertise. A brutally mutilated corpse. Strange-looking paw prints. A full moon. Take three guesses - and the first two don't count ...Hide synopsis
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The Wizard Dresden finds himself in constant danger from friends, collegues, and supernatural beings. Suffering the loss of an apprentice, wanted for murder by a friend, and marked for death by an unknown enemy Harry Dresden wonders if he has finally met his end. A good read from beginning to end and a nice extension of the series.
I found "Fool Moon" to be simultaneously better and worse than the first book of the series, "Storm Front." It was better in many ways because Harry Dresden begins to take a firmer shape as far as character development. The reader begins to get a sense of Harry in a continuous sense, and the way in which he navigates his life.
However, there were also some annoyances. I began to be more and more aware of just how much borrowing that Jim Butcher does from other literary works and popular entertainment. There is nothing inherently wrong with borrowing; all artists do it, and as they say, great artists steal. But his magpie-like collecting of established types and devices was not exactly seamless and my radar picked up on similarities to the source material so often that it became mildly distracting. Also, once in awhile, Butcher would use a phrase so cliched that I couldn't help but roll my eyes and try to pretend he hadn't used it for the sake of finishing the book.
To be fair, however, the plot is labyrinthine and engaging. This is in no way a bad novel, it's just that some of the gears began to show to this individual reader.
Being partial to werewolf stories, I loved this book! Dresden is in the real thick of it this time, with Marcone, Murphy, some weird Special Investigations cops, and 3 different kinds of werewolves trying to kill him. For once, I'm beginning to think that Murphy and Dresden's friendship is over. Her character is too hard. I don't like her much. She is not a trusting person, at all, for a cop. Especially, a cop that investigates the paranormal. Dresden has to argue with some really hard headed people in order to try and save their lives, but no one is listening (one of those being Marcone). Wondering how he is going to survive being shot, beat up, and direct attacks from werewolves, his magic is out because of using a potion (I bet he never drinks again), he barely pulls it off, but not to the ending I was expecting.
This is the second entry in the "Dresden Files" series, featuring Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden, Chicago's only practicing wizard and occasional consultant to the Chicago PD's "Special Investigations" unit. This time a series of bizarre and brutal murders would seem to point to wolves--or could it be, werewolves?--and yes, there is the obligatory reference to "Young Frankenstein". Complications include an internal affairs investigation into the SI unit and Lt. Murphy in particular, a zealous FBI agent who seems to take Harry seriously, and the fact that most of 5 different varieties of werewolves seem to all be found in and around Chicago. A fun read, with further insight into Harry's past and his developing relationships with Murphy and lovely tabloid reporter Susan Rodriguez, neither of whom are willing to play the traditional damsel in distress role no matter how chivalrous Dresden's inclinations. Lots of detail and lore add to the overall realism (dare I say verisimilitude, or maybe just truthiness?) of this imaginary universe, grim and dangerous as it sometimes is.
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