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Storm Front – Jim Butcher

Storm Front Cover

Decided to give the Dresden Files series a try based on the recommendation of friends. It’s a fantasy series, only set in modern Chicago. The main character, Harry Dresden, is a wizard, master of spells and deals with demons and the like.

I’ve always been interested in what a fantasy story in the modern setting would look like. This book, however, isn’t exactly what I was looking for. There’s little character development, no clear belief system for the magic being used, and no major philosophical exploration. In short, this isn’t a book by Tolkien or Robert Jordan. It could hardly be one at just over 250 pages.

Having said that though, it’s a great read. It’s fast paced, witty and you can quickly identify with the protagonist, who pretty much narrates the story. Lots of action and a decent plot kept the pages turning for me. I’ll move on to the next few books in the series and hope it doesn’t get boring!

One Comment

  1. AC wrote:

    Why in blue blazes should everyone be Tolkein man. And I do not want to hear the mean streets of Chicago described down to Shade #2343 of sepia brown with a smattering of Shade #3232 black.

    There’s enough and more development across the series – and isn’t magic by itself indescribable :)

    Have fun with the rest of the books!

    Monday, September 14, 2009 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

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