lundi 7 avril 2014

Storm Front (The Dresden Files 1) by Jim Butcher

Hello to all,

            Sorry to have been silent all week but it was Carnaval here and thus i'm suffering from a severe sleep deprivation ( no i didn't party, not at all i just had music blasting several streets away during several days long....) i hoped to spend that time reading but apart the few hours when i still could manage after i simply couldn't the incessant pounding vibration really put my blood pressure in havoc.

So end of the week was spent trying to recuperate without success and i'm behind answering emails, comment and writing blog posts, sorry i will try  to get back on track as soon as i can. My health will come first though so if you are waiting for an answer  just a little patience please.

At least i do have something to share with you. As you know i'm attempting to read from my TBR pile the books that have been recommended to me....Last month was Nalini Singh and her Guild hunter series, this time it's a classic for some of you and a completle novelty for me...The dresden Files by Jim Butcher. I lost count of many time it was recommended and by so many people... i was really interested but it took me time to obtain the books as often so finally this is the time for book one.

Happy reading.
Publisher: Penguin ROC
Publication: 2000
ISBN:  045145781
Genre: urban fantasy, wizard,vampires
Violence: strong

Language: mild
sex: mild ( allusion)
Public: 18+
Source: bought

Short description from goodreads :

 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.

My opinion:
          Nothing exceptional but the story is still really enjoyable. I spent a good time reading this first book and Dresden is a character really promising, sarcastic^^ but honest and loyal. There is a lot of humour and the universe while complex is accessible.
The author, Jim Butcher, manage to make the reader feel at home in this world where magic is there but not wholly accepted either.

He built his characters with enough subtleties that you know there is more to discover and learn but you don’t feel like you are missing something either. Murphy for example seems to be a really determined and strongly independent woman but her relation with Dresden is strange. They like to keep bickering with each other… but she ignore a lot about him and thus I don’t think she completely trust him. He is more a colleague, acquaintance than a friend for her….for him it’s different, he cares a lot about her but seems afraid to tell her. It makes me wonder how they came to meet for the first time and why Murphy is more accepting of Magic than the others.. what did she live to come to that?

The investigation is well constructed too the plot thickens before coming to a complete conclusion. We see a large gallery of characters who tends to be more enemies and suspect than allies. Mister, the cat, as well as Bob the skull made me laugh and smile so I do hope there will be more of them. I mean Dresden doesn’t seem to be a really knowledgeable wizard…at least not by memory so without Bob, not sure what he could do. He is has power and knowledge yes but enough? Not sure.

It ‘s a series I will continue, not a favourite one yes but it could become one I follow with pleasure anyway.  So if you love Magic, Wizard, action, investigation and a touch of dark humour this is a series that could interest you.


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