So as I sit on this rainy afternoon, listening to Linkin Park, I realise I’ve not written much in the last few days. So here I am! I actually read something! Even more surprising is that it was something not in my usual wheelhouse of selections. My friend nudged me towards this book (and the series of them). He said that I would absolutely love it. I confess that I am not usually one to take my friends’ suggestions on books because I like historical fiction and other books like that. I have yet to forgive some of them for raving over 100 Shades of Criminal Minds, er 50 Shades I mean. (I can’t help but be insulted that they would think I’d enjoy reading that, lol. Sorry, not sorry.)
Anywho. I suspect he’ll be delighted to hear that I read this book in three hours. I’m a fast reader, what can I say? He’s away for the weekend for his anniversary, but I’m sure he’ll enjoy reading this on Monday or whenever. But I thought you guys would be impressed for me to have read something different.
Print Length: 332 pages
Publisher: Roc; 1st edition
Publish Date: April 1, 2000)
In the first novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Dresden Files series, Harry Dresden’s investigation of a grisly double murder pulls him into the darkest depths of magical Chicago…
As a professional wizard, Harry Dresden knows firsthand that the “everyday” world is actually full of strange and magical things—and most of them don’t play well with humans. And those that do enjoy playing with humans far too much. He also knows he’s the best at what he does. Technically, he’s the only at what he does. But even though Harry is the only game in town, business—to put it mildly—stinks.
So when the Chicago P.D. brings him in to consult on a double homicide committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry’s name…
Harry Dresden is a wizard for hire. Unsurprisingly, he’s a wizard in debt and one who needs to pay his rent. When his phone rings and a woman inquires about his services, we’re treated to a bit of his wit– “No,” I thought. “It’s Harry Dresden the, ah, lizard. Harry the wizard is one door down.”– and he’s asked if he can help find her missing husband, he’s initially hesitant but he needs the cash. He invited her to his office and at that time, he gets a call from the cops, for whom he consults.
When it rains, it pours.
It’s a case that eventually became more than expected. There’s a missing person, murders, the Mob, magic…they all tie together, and Harry’s witty narration makes this an unexpected gem of a book. He’s telling you the story, recounting it with honesty, self-deprecation, sarcasm…but behind it all, Harry is a good man, a great wizard, and one who has a Warden determined to catch him breaking a law…did I mention the White Council? Remember that name as you read. #PainInTheDerriere
There were a number of passages that had me rolling. Here are a few quotes that I loved.
-Never let it be said that Harry Dresden is afraid of a dried, dead bug.
-We blue-collar wizards just have to sling a few spells out where we can and hope they don’t go stale at the wrong time.
-We wizards are terrific at brooding.
I loved the world-building, the characters and the way the narration isn’t monotonous or boring. I expected there to be cliches all over, but there weren’t. The characters are quite lifelike and it’s amusing some of the characters you meet. I liked Harry’s interaction with a fae (who really likes pizza, by the way.) and Bob. (Who is literally a talking, horny skull. He’s a spirit who inhabits a skull…there’s more to him than meets the eye, that is all I’ll say.) It’s going to be fun to read about the Vampire Courts, the White Council, different types of werewolves and all manners of creatures from the supernatural realm.
My only complaint is… actually, I don’t have one!
It’s really an unexpected gem..and I can’t wait to read more!