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What a fun idea! And I don’t know about you but I love to talk about my favorite books, no matter how old or new they are.
This week I’ll be featuring one of my favorite writers, Jim Butcher!
Storm Front is the first in Butcher’s Dresden Files series and I read it more than a decade ago, when I was in the 8th grade. Wow. Even typing that is crazy.
Storm Front, and The Dresden Files, follows Harry Dresden, Professional Wizard and PI, as he takes magical cases, finds lost objects, and fights the bad guys who would harm the people of Chicago. (He doesn’t do parties though, don’t ask.)
This gritty, urban fantasy was one of the first books I remember reading and loving that was written in a masterful first-person voice. Harry’s sarcastic wit, humor, and belief in his ideals color every line of dialogue and description and he is one of my favorite characters through which to look at the world. And he makes me laugh. In fact, I have laughed, cried, screamed, and thrown things in response to these books. We’ve been through a lot together.
The Dresden Files is 15 books long now, along with an additional novella and two collections of short stories, each one from a different characters POV. Butcher has grown so much since he wrote Storm Front, his debut novel, that his later books are impossible to put down. He is a master of suspense, twists, tricks, and pulling the wool over the readers’ eyes just enough so that they’re on the edge of their seat.
The most recent book in the series is called Skin Game and I highly recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a deep, complex urban fantasy series with characters you will never forget.
What old favorites have you been thinking about lately?
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