Thursday, June 04, 2009

Finally off the shelf- Stormfront: Book one of the Dresden files


Stormfront by Jim Butcher, has been sitting on my shelf for a couple of years now. No particular reason, I just hadn't gotten around to it yet. There was a time when I was really into supernatural thrillers / detective mysteries. I was a rabid fan of the Anita Blake novels until four books into the series, Laurel Hamilton, the author did a 180 with the character and turned her from a kick ass vampire slayer to a suck ass vampire groupie. After that disappointment I left the genre.
Still, I picked up Stormfront at the recommendation of a friend who has my likes pretty well dialed in. I've spent the last couple of days reading Stormfront and I really enjoyed it. Harry Dresden is a modern day Wizard in a world that mirrors ours but is more in tune with the supernatural.
Dresden works as a "consultant" for both the police and private individuals. The character of Dresden and his universe are interesting and well thought out. There are lawful practitioners of magic, chaotic practitioners, and a whole lot of in between. Parts of the story were reminiscent of author Simon Greens work, other parts reminded me of the movie Mystery Men, in that the main character Harry Dresden spends a lot of the story getting his ass kicked. But he never gives up. I caught an episode of the TV series on Hulu as well, and while it differs from the book, I found it enjoyable, too bad it lasted only one season.
All in all a definite recommendation from the Lair. I'll be picking up more of the Dresden file stories and adding them to my immediate reading stack.