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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

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I adore Pratchett and Feist, although I hate the way Feist seems to have done an 'official fan fiction' thing with the tales of the Riftwar series. I've read two of those and they were pretty dire.

 

I came across Katherine Kurtz about twenty years or so ago, and really enjoyed them. I think I read the first two trilogies and the odd book from elsewhere in the sequence. But I never had them all so there was always something missing.

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Hi Darkstar,

 

re Katherine Kurtz, I have only been able to read occasional copies that I found in libraries, and bought up when they sold them off, I don't think I have read the complete works yet.

 

I agree I was disappointed with Feist, I had read Magician and the rest of the series back in the hmm was it the 80's I am getting old. But I didn't buy his newer books because I felt it was all a bit too commercial.

 

Jim is a relatively new author and still has a few kinks to work out in his work, he sometimes forgets a detail or changes it in a later book and that can irritate some, but on the whole, it's an action packed, series which has a lot to offer.

 

I think I must be a bad fantasy fan, I still haven't read a single Harry Potter book, though I have seen some of the films and enjoyed them.

 

~ sunny

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Big Dresden fan ;)

 

The books just keep getting better and better. Hard to pick a favourite as they are all so good but Blood Rites, Summer Knight, Deat Beat and Proven Guilty are among them.

 

Although the latest 'White Night' is giving them a run for their money ;)

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I love Jim Butcher and every time a book is due release I am down my local bookstore hunting the shelves for it. Also managed to convince to my friend to read them and she loves them too.

 

I think it's great how Butcher mixes different creatures together from two different genres. I mean werewolves and vampires are usually horror and fairies tend to be fantasy, but somehow you don't mind because they just work so well in this alternate reality Chicago Butcher's constructed.

 

White Night has definitely been one of my favourites so far just because in the latest books you get to see a different side to the character, a darker side and it just took my breath away. That said, I tend to read them from cover to cover when I get them anyway, and I don't really mind when a few facts get mixed up - I mean probably all series of books have tiny mistakes in them.

 

Just wondering, in a little sidenote - has anyone read Mike Carey? He is a graphic artist who has written a series of novels about an exorcist called Felix Castor - a similar vein to Jim Butcher, but set in London with more of a horror genre to it.

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Seconding the Jim Butcher love :)

The new one is out already, just ordered it on amazon - and I have already forgotten what it is called.

It feels like ages since the last Mike Carey was out, I was just starting to get properly into the whole setting, and I want Rafi demon free :( Softhearted that way ehehehehe

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Just read Storm Front, the first book in the series. Not as funny as Kevin Hearne, or as macabre as Simon R Green, but certainly highly entertaining. And it seems from the posts up thread that he gets better. I'll be looking forward to reading more of these.

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I love the Dresden Files too, I can't read more than one at a time, but every six months or so it's great knowing that there's a good read in store.

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Well, I just finished Fool Moon and while it wasn't bad, I didn't think it was great. There were plot holes big enough to drive a truck through, and there wasn't as much humor as Storm Front. And the whole thing with Murphy not trusting him really wore thin and seemed forced. It was entertaining at times and I finished in a day while stationed in front of my air conditioner hiding from a heat wave. But only 3stars this time.

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Hmm - old thread resurrected - which is a good thing, but this one dates back to the early days when we didn't recognise promotional posts, and hadn't instituted the 'no links' rule. I have edited the OP to remove illegal links.

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