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Hi there, I'm a newbie who likes the work of Terry Pratchett, Julian May, David Eddings, Raymond E Feist, Katherine Kurtz (anyone remember her?) as well as other genres. Has anyone read any of the Dresden Files by American fantasy author Jim Butcher? If you go to Amazon they seem to think the character is just an adult Harry Potter, but they obviously haven't read the books. The only things they have in common are a first name and wizardry. I enjoyed the HP films don't get me wrong, but it's like comparing apple juice and cider, both are refreshing but one has a bigger kick to it. Each book is complete in itself but also furthers the character's self discovery and that of his past. His sidekick is a romantically inclined spirit inhabiting a skull called Bob. Other characters: Depending on which book you pick up first, a red headed reporter girlfriend (but with a later twist), blonde short martial arts cop who grudgingly brings Harry in on cases the cops can't solve or have a magical twist, a pet cat, demons, pizza-loving fairies, other Fae, ghouls, zombies, sorcerers, vampires of differing types - red court, white court etc, werewolves, other wizards. One way or another most seem out to get him, including his fellows on the Wizards Council. Oh then there's Michael a family man, kind of Knight Templar and in later books you'll find Butters, the oompah-loving coroner, I just love his zen statement in Dead Beat. In Dead Beat you will also find Sue who I won't tell you about. There is some talk that Nic Cage will be producing a TV series based on the books but it seems to have stalled. Here's some of the web blurb: 'Jim Butcher is the published author of the Dresden Files, telling the story of wizard Harry Dresden, who solves crimes in modern-day Chicago. The series is published by Roc, and its sixth book was released August 2004. The seventh book, Dead Beat, came out May 2005, in hardcover. He has another series in the works from Ace publishing, titled the Codex Alera. The first book, Furies of Calderon, came out in hardcover in October 2004. The second one should be with us in July of 2005. If you haven't heard about this exciting author, you should spend some time with him and his fans over on the McAnally's mailing list. The list is named after a pub owner in the Dresden books, and we do our best to promote that kind of friendly atmosphere. Jim is a regular patron, participating in conversations there, and you'll find that, along with being a writer, he's also a great guy. ' I have read and enjoyed all his Dresden books but this last one 'Dead Beat' was in my opinion, and I know some who disagree, his best yet. I would really love to see it as a film. anyway long post for a newbie, so bye ~sunny