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Subject: Dresden Files Books
Date Posted: 2/22/2008 9:48 PM ET
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I really enjoyed the Harry Potter books....but I keep hearing about the Dresden Files. While I didn't like the TV show....I am wondering are the books just as good as Harry Potter? I know two completely different authors...but both of wizards named Harry.

Date Posted: 2/22/2008 9:58 PM ET
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I also loved the Harry Potter books, and I unequivically recomend the Dresden files.  The TV show did not hold a candle to the books.  I have recomended or lent out my copies at least 8 times myself and everyone has loved the series.  The only other authors I recomend as highly are David Gemmell and George R. R. Martin.  The Dresden files are smart, interesting and are quite funny with out the humor becoming the focus of the books like Piers Anthony or Terry Pratchett.  Jim Butchers other series the Codex Alera is also very good.

 

Mike

Subject: Dresden Files Books
Date Posted: 2/23/2008 2:55 AM ET
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These are nothing alike, as Harry is an adult and the books are written for a mature audience, but you should enjoy the Dresden Files series.   Much better than the TV show.  Bob is not a flesh and blood character, but a raunchy spirit that lives in a skull.  Love him.  Like Mike B. said.

Sue

Date Posted: 2/24/2008 8:25 AM ET
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i asked for best of the best authors & books & someone here recommended Jim Butcher's dresden files & i got & am really enjoying a lot! Love Bob too! i have not completed the series but am still working my way thru them; not at all like Potter books & this is definetly for mature readers not for young adults like Potter was. Enjoy! (if you are looking for a good series for young adults try the Lost Merlin years books by T A Barron most excellent; my favoritest character there is a small at least at 1st giant who looks like a dirty dwarf & talks uniquely; great charactor who has to be one of the most endearing in all of fantasy world; his name is Shim!

Date Posted: 2/29/2008 3:36 PM ET
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Date Posted: 3/17/2008 8:14 PM ET
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i am searching for the dresden file series. if any one has any please contact me before you post them. i have a sweet offer for you.

Date Posted: 3/28/2008 10:11 PM ET
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good luck with that! I got one from a used book store only; others in area must read if not respond to these forums as well cuz every book store i went into someone had already been there looking for them! found another one at Walmart for $5.97 & they will have the new one in there for that price as well! Know a lot of folks don't want people to shop there but I go out of my way to do so for several reasons: #1. They were the FIRST to respond to the peoples plight after Hurricane Katrina bringing lots of necessary items like WATER etc; with no thought of profitting from the disaster which is far more than I can say of the US Gov or FEMA or any other agency or Corp any where any place any time. HURRAH for heros! and #2; they started the $4 generic pricing for us folks. People say many things about much but anytime any place someone does something outstanding i will go out of my way even at the price of gas today to do business there. Same for the gas station I go to. The people are always extremely pleasant polite & do my windows & i love going there.

Date Posted: 4/1/2008 9:56 PM ET
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Hey Sherryladen - just PM'd you on one of the Dresden File books.

Subject: now i have all but the last 1 coming
Date Posted: 4/1/2008 11:50 PM ET
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and i preordered it. thanks everyone

Subject: hey...i want them too!
Date Posted: 4/3/2008 6:21 PM ET
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i have book one and book 10...  : (

I need the rest...if anyone has any i would also like to offer a deal...please PM me!

Date Posted: 4/3/2008 6:53 PM ET
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Well I have book 1, 2, & 3 that I'll be offering up soon together but not in a deal since they are all WL'd. They will be available for 3 credits once I start & finish book 3.

Date Posted: 4/5/2008 9:38 PM ET
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well at least i'll move me up the list.   I'd buy a box of books membership if someone would trade me some dresden books (maybe they have em on a keeper shelf or something) for something i have. 

Date Posted: 4/11/2008 12:07 PM ET
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I've been thinking about reading the Dresden Files, but I've been quite addicted to Simon R. Green's Nightside novels, and the premise of the Dresden Files just seems like an American version.  I've been afraid that I will be too biased, but I noticed that Simon R. Green has endorsed at least one of of the books, and saw that Jim Butcher did the same for Simon's. 

Is there anyone out there who have read both series and can say how they compare? 

Date Posted: 4/11/2008 3:20 PM ET
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        Hello I have read all the Dresden files and the first three Simon Green books so far and I must say that while I enjoyed the Simon Green books, the Dresden files are much, much better.  All of my friends who have read one series have also liked the other, they certainly both seem to appeal to people with the same taste in books.  I found the Dresen Files to be more believable in a sense that I could really immerse myself in them easily, where the Simon Green books would occasionally have something in them that would snap me out of the book for a minute.  I also found both books very funny at times the Dresden Files the humor is all in character and flows with the story rather than being so obvious.  Also Jim Butcher really writes great secondary characters in his books, both the Dresden Files and the Codex Alera, and he has a real talent for great endings for his books.

Mike



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Date Posted: 4/11/2008 4:15 PM ET
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Well, I'll certainly have to give them a try.  There does seem to be a lot of popularity in the series. 

Kim (Mistry) -
Date Posted: 4/13/2008 7:45 PM ET
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    I found the first Dresden Files book at a Goodwill yesterday and I was so excited to find it!  I've really been looking forward to reading this series.

Date Posted: 4/18/2008 10:57 PM ET
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I am starting book 3 tomorrow and am really enjoying them!  Had to check them out at the library though because they are so hard to come by!

Date Posted: 4/19/2008 7:57 AM ET
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Jim Butcher is at the NY ComicCon this weekend and I found out too late to go this year.  Some friends are going and they are getting a book autographed for me.  I decided to go with the book Cursors Fury since it is my favorite in the Codex Alera series, and my favorite in the Dresden Files is Dead Beat which I only have in paperback.

 

Mike

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Date Posted: 4/19/2008 10:40 AM ET
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I just started reading these as well and found myself LOL'ing at times throughout the book.  I love Harry and Bob.  I've only read book 1 but I'm addicted.  Can't wait to read the rest. 

Date Posted: 9/16/2008 10:59 PM ET
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I just read the 1st one and loved it.

I loved the 1st 4 Harry Potter Books. Hated the last one though.

 

Date Posted: 9/29/2008 10:48 PM ET
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I finished all the Dresden Files to date.  Wasn't sure if I would enjoy them in the beginning but was hooked after the first one! 

Sue - most everyone I know, plus myself, really didn't care for the 5th Harry Potter book.  It seemed so gloomy and Harry seemed so whiney throughout it but now that I have finished the entire series that book held a lot of information for the last 2.  Finish the series - you'll enjoy them and wish there were more!

Date Posted: 9/30/2008 6:34 PM ET
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I did finish the Harry Potter series. The 5th was ok. It seemed like a transition book. The 6th I felt like it was a step backwards. I wanted Harry to begin to take things seriously which he didn't. Hated the 7th. I knew the only way Harry could win was a deus ex machina but I hated the convoluted logic of wand owner ship. I could make a long list of what I disliked about the last book.

I've started the 2nd Dresden book - so far so good. 

Date Posted: 10/4/2008 6:03 PM ET
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I'm just dreading the movies.  If the HP books went downhill, think of how bad the movies are going to be.  *Back on topic*  I've read both Green and Butcher, and preferred the NIghtside series slightly more.  Butcher does have the better developed characters, but Green has such unusual ideas for his characters and I think he's very funny.

Date Posted: 10/20/2008 3:33 PM ET
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Well for me i read both series, I kind of Dresden Files.  Plus while waiting for the 10th paperback  book. So I went to his website (http://www.jim-butcher.com/) to read short stories A Restoration of Faith, Vignette and libraries to read My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding "Something Borrowed” and My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon “Heorot" by P.N..Elrod, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Charlaine Harris, Many Bloody Returns “It's My Birthday, Too” by Charlaine Harris, Toni L. Kelner.

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Date Posted: 10/21/2008 6:18 PM ET
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I jsut picked up Storm Front from the library today to see what all the fuss was about.  I'm already hooked.  I'm going to need to get some keeper copies :)

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