The Dresden Files Novels by Jim Butcher
Chris McGrath’s Cover Art for White Night
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Aaah, Harry Dresden! I hope some of you clicked on the image above, the better to see Chris McGrath’s wonderful cover painting of everyone’s favorite wizard! (Grown up wizard, that is!) If you DID take a close look, then you’ll likely understand why I love Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden so much. Six and a half feet of pure, good-hearted chivalry, in a world where almost NONE exists, and wearing a long black duster, too! Not to mention he carries a rune-covered magic staff and a blasting rod of flame and destruction! Who WOULDN’T want this guy on their side?
With the release date of Cold Days coming up soon, I figured it’s time to talk about The Dresden Files, as a whole. This is one of my most treasured urban fantasy series, EVER. Maybe the best of ALL. It has everything an urban fantasy fan could want: wizards both good and evil, vampires of several interesting sorts, werewolves of varying types, demons, faeries with all their assorted political intrigues, and best of all, it has Bob the Skull. Other than maybe the Creature from the Black Lagoon, pretty much all the magical, mysterious, and supernatural types are represented. And then, like the icing on the cake, the cherry atop the sundae, or the sweetness at the bottom of the pie, there’s Harry.
What to say about Harry…he’s everything you want in a hero. Incredibly powerful, yet always principled. Humble, and self-effacing, with a well-developed sense of Snark to carry him through the worst his world has to offer. He’s imperfect, and knows it, but never lets his human frailties stop him from striving to do what’s Right, with a capital “R.” He’s old-fashioned in the best sense, with a complete inability to treat a lady as anything but, right down to the nearly forgotten courtesy of opening doors for the women in his life…in spite of the fact that some of them don’t appreciate it. He can’t help it. He’s hard-wired to protect women and children, and it only makes him all the more endearing. Just one of a long list of things that make him endearing, I might add.
When I read Storm Front, the first Dresden book, I thought it was an interesting concept, with a very likable protagonist, who was worth reading more about. As the books have progressed, I have always been glad that I discovered that first one. Jim Butcher’s writing has gotten exponentially better and better over the span of the series, which covers 14 books (counting the soon to be released Cold Days), along with numerous short stories & some graphic novels. Storm Front may have been a wee bit rough around the edges, but Butcher soon found his stride, and has allowed Harry & all his cohorts to evolve over the years. The books have gotten richer and more intriguing, with more complex plot lines, and continued character development. And they are just plain FUN. Nothing makes me happier than to see a new Dresden Files book on the shelves.
If you like books about magic, wizards, danger, adventure, and supernatural bad guys galore–seasoned with humor, friendship, affection, and love–you can’t miss with The Dresden Files. Start with Book 1, Storm Front, and enjoy the whole series, in the order listed below. You’ll laugh, you’ll gasp, you may even cry. I did. (Of course, my husband says I cry at K-Mart openings, so you can’t always judge by that.) But cry or not, you can’t do much better than to climb into Harry’s infamous Blue Beetle, and share the ride with Dresden and Crew. And did I mention Bob the Skull? Just one of the funniest characters, ever, is all! That’s all I have to say about Bob. Read the books. You’ll see what I mean.
Chris McGrath’s Cover Art for Blood Rites
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