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Subject: Jim Butcher
Date Posted: 2/23/2009 9:16 AM ET
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I keep hearing about how wonderful his books are, but to be completely honest, they just don't sound interesting at all. I know I should just give them a chance but I can't seem to bring myself to spend a credit on one. What do you like about them?

Date Posted: 2/23/2009 9:21 AM ET
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Everything! The writing is amazing, the humor is awesome. Harry is the perfect anti-hero kind of guy. The world is so well written it feels like you are a part of it. The storylines never get boring and you never know what is going to happen. The rest of the characters hold their own just as well, even the bad guys. April cannot come fast enough, I go through withdrawls waiting for the new books.

Date Posted: 2/23/2009 9:58 AM ET
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I just got the first book.  But don't have time to start it at least until next month, so can't comment.  I too heard so much about them that I figured I should at least try the first book and see how I feel about it.  Everybody can't be wrong.  LOL

Date Posted: 2/23/2009 11:09 AM ET
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I just finished the first one a couple of weeks ago and can't wait to get to the next one!

 

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Date Posted: 2/23/2009 1:52 PM ET
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Everything! The writing is amazing, the humor is awesome

I totally agree with Ashley.  I love Harry.  He can be a dork sometimes but a lovable one.  As far as the secondary characters go, Bob, has to be my fave.  Mr. Butcher blends action, humor, sarcasm, character and world building as well as if not better than the best fantasy writers.  You should give the first book a try and see if you like it.  I hope you become a Harry fan like the rest of us!!

Date Posted: 2/23/2009 2:17 PM ET
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what Ashley said.  :) 

if you try it, you really need to start with the first one.

i just loved the thought of a guy who would put himself in the Chicago phone book as a Wizard.

Date Posted: 2/23/2009 2:44 PM ET
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I love the series, too. They're different than your average paranormal and although Harry manages to get himself in some doozy of perdictaments, he always manages to find a creative way out. I agree with Ashley that the characters are wonderfully written including the minor ones. Really great reads. Give at least one a try.



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Date Posted: 2/23/2009 3:28 PM ET
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I'd say it depends on what you're looking for in a paranormal book.

If you like romance/erotica from your novels, then the Dresden Files are probably not for you. If you like urban fantasy though, you'll love the series!

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Date Posted: 2/23/2009 3:37 PM ET
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I have to say just reading a description description doesn't do justice.  I heard so much about them that I borrowed the first one from the library and was hooked with the first chapter.  I love the setting, and especially the writing style...I prefer 1st person writing anyway, and Jim Butcher givess it a kind of light and jaunty tone, even in the middle of catastrophe.  Perfect.

Date Posted: 2/23/2009 7:45 PM ET
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I  really liked the first book and am getting ready to read the second.  I have to agree - Harry is a bit of a dork but I really got into the book pretty quick.  I wasn't sure about it at first but it well worth the read. My husband has read the first two and can't wait to get the third.  I LOVE Bob :)

Date Posted: 2/23/2009 8:31 PM ET
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My 19 yo son and I are both big fans and we're counting the days til April 7.  We always argue (good natured) about who gets to read the new Dresden book first!  I love his slightly warped sense of humor.

Date Posted: 2/23/2009 11:15 PM ET
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The only one I read by him was in Blood Lite and it didn't make me want to search out any of his others.  

 

Subject: I Love Harry
Date Posted: 2/23/2009 11:29 PM ET
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Seldom do I love a series/author so much that I can't wait for the next book.  Harry makes me laugh!  I got the first book through paperback swap, read it, loved it, and promptly went out and bought all the rest.  I hoard these.  Am currently rereading entire series  while awaiting the next one.  He still makes me laugh.  I love Bob too.  Even really like Marcone.  It's refreshing to read a paranormal series with minimal sex scenes.  Most of them just turn into erotica by the 4th or 5th book.

Date Posted: 2/24/2009 4:05 PM ET
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I have ordered the first of the Dresden Files, Storm Front.  And by the looks of it, you-all don't list the others on this web site since he has wrtten dozens of books and this one is the only one available to swap!

 

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 2/24/2009 5:16 PM ET
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The paperback versions of the Dresden books have a lot of wishers, but the lines movefairly fast, at least for the older ones (I still have #5-10 on WL).

 

Date Posted: 2/24/2009 6:08 PM ET
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I agree with what everyone is written.  It is one of my fav series.  It is a great world, and Harry is a great character, and the plot continues to grow and be original each new book.  Some series you continue to read because it is like seeing old freinds, but you aren't that interested in th plot, it is same old same with a new cover, These books aren't like that. 

Date Posted: 2/25/2009 1:20 PM ET
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I'll have to give in a order the first one then!

Date Posted: 2/25/2009 2:00 PM ET
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Matt,

I would love to hear how you are liking the Sookie Stackhouse series?

Pamela

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 2/25/2009 5:48 PM ET
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I would love to hear how you are liking the Sookie Stackhouse series

I'm halfway through the second book, and I love it!  I posted some more detail about the first book in my blog, and I post in the "Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Currently Reading" thread when I finish a book.

Date Posted: 3/3/2009 12:51 AM ET
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The Snookie Stackhouse books were OK.  I purchased and kept them, but prefer the Rachael Morgan books by Kim Harrison. 

Date Posted: 3/3/2009 1:26 AM ET
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And I prefer Sookie to Rachel.  I'm keeping Charlaine's and sending Kim's on.