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Subject: Jim Butcher's "Dresden Files"
Date Posted: 3/28/2009 11:31 AM ET
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Who has read these?  What did you think?

I started the first in the series (Storm Front) yesterday and I'm not quite sure what to think.  The genre, mystery/fantasy/paranormal (I guess?) is a bit of a departure for me so I'm a bit leery.  So far (first 70 pages or so) I'm inclined to stick with it.  The writing is fairly good and not too annoying (LOL) and the main character seems likeable.  Tell me what you think of this series!

Date Posted: 3/28/2009 12:01 PM ET
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LeeAnne, there is a Discussion of these books in the Paranormal forum, and everyone there seems to like them.  :-)

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Date Posted: 3/28/2009 12:25 PM ET
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It's funny that you posted this now. I just finished Storm Front and have the next one, Fool Moon, but have yet to start it. It took me a while to get into Storm Front but I did eventually. I can't say I felt like I had to rush out and get the next one to read immediately, but I do really like the main character. So I'm going to read the second one and see if I want to continue the series. I did check out the thread under paranormal here and it seems like there are a lot of people who absolutely love this series,  so I'm hoping I'll be one of them.

Date Posted: 3/28/2009 2:03 PM ET
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I have read "STORMFRONT" and enjoyed it and have the next three in my TBR pile to read and looking forward to reading them.

Has anyone seen this series on the SCIFI channel? I was wondering if it was true to the books and if it was worth watching? 

Date Posted: 3/28/2009 5:59 PM ET
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I love these books.  Harry's world gets better defined as the books go along.  Jim Butcher also writes short stories for a lot of anthlogies that tell some of the between the books stories.  I just read the story in "Mean Streets", which is between "Small Favors" and "Turn Coat".  I can't wait until that comes out next week!. 

Date Posted: 3/29/2009 8:56 AM ET
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I'm about halfway through the series and have enjoyed all of them I've read so far.


Date Posted: 3/29/2009 11:40 AM ET
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I've read the series, and I did enjoy it.  The author adds complexity as the series builds.  I also saw the series on DVD (I think there was only one season), and it was pretty true to the books, but different plot lines.

Date Posted: 4/3/2009 12:06 AM ET
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I have the series on my wish list.  The TV show was what got me interested but when it came out a friend told me about the books.  I liked the TV show but really liked the 1st book, have had the 2nd book on my wish list for a LOOOONG time.

Date Posted: 4/9/2009 8:27 PM ET
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Very enjoyable - I also echo what others here are saying: they start fun and get better as they go.  The writing gets more complex, the world gets more defined, situations get more intense.  Recommended - *especially* considering how filled with potholes the paranormal/urban fantasy genre is (and by potholes I mean an over-reliance on romance and sex, an under-reliance on talent). 

But don't consider that damning Jim Butcher by faint praise, please. The Dresden Files books are very good.

Date Posted: 4/21/2009 8:53 PM ET
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I loved the first one and the have had the second on my wish list forever.

Date Posted: 4/22/2009 7:31 AM ET
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Max, you've hit the nail on the head as to why I love the Dresden books, even after getting through several of them, rather than burning out as I have with most paranormal series after a couple of books--they aren't all about hot, sweaty bodies clad in leather, heavy breathing, werewolves in heat, etc. LOL There's an actual story with some meat and substance to it! Which reminds me, I need to get to the next one of these soon....


Date Posted: 4/24/2009 6:26 PM ET
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I am currently reading through the Dresden Files and have been putting books in to the system, because I am impatient with the wishlist.

I just wanted to let you all know that I did research on the cheapest places to buy book #3 and, since I found it locally, posted it to my blog. If you are considering buying it, please feel free to take advantage of the already-done research -- http://tinyurl.com/d3fyro

Date Posted: 5/2/2009 11:12 PM ET
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I just put the 1st one on my WL and it was posted to me right away. I'm holding off and putting any others on my WL until I read the 1st. I read a Dresden short in a paranormal mystery anthology and liked it so I thought I'd give the series a try.

Date Posted: 5/3/2009 1:27 PM ET
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I like the series as a whole, though I have ound one or two of the books just so-so.  I just got the most recent hard cover Turn Coat.  Haven't started it yet.

Though less 'paranormal', I have also found the books by Felix Gomez, vampire PI, by Mario Acevedo are interesting reads, though not as good as Butcher.  More traditional PI style with a paranormal twist and very lurid titles.