I just discovered these books: The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

By Leca
@lecanis (16664)
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
January 18, 2008 7:37am CST
I love reading, but I haven't been reading as much new stuff over the past few years. I had a few authors I was following, but I never really pay attention to bestseller lists or ads or any of that when it comes to books. As a result, I tend to be a little behind the trends. Recently a friend of mine came over, and we couldn't decide what to watch, and he pulled out DVDs of a TV series called "The Dresden Files". Then he mentioned that the series came from a series of books by Jim Butcher, and that they were really great. So I borrowed Storm Front, the first book, since I was really interested in the characters from the series. I devoured it. In one night, lying there reading most of the night when I should have been sleeping. So now I'm reading the second book, Fool Moon, though I'm reading it more slowly so I can savor it. :P Has anyone else read these books? Did Storm Front make a major impression on you and make you really want to read the other books?
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
18 Jan 08
I have heard of 'The Dresden Files' but admit I have never read the books and really know nothing at all about the series. I do love finding an author who's work I like though and tend to do that alot - I think I figure if I liked one of their books I'll like more so makes it easier picking a book to read rather than chancing an unknown. I also have not found much time to read the last few years and myself miss it horribly as I love to read.
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
18 Jan 08
Hi! :) They're great books, from what I've seen so far! Basically a combination of supernatural and detective story, because they're about a wizard who basically works as a private investigator, as well as a police consultant. I love finding a new author too! I tend to read series a lot, because I read single books so quickly that they're over in a blink to me it seems. So I love finding a new series to follow, or a new author whose style I like, because it'll keep me interested for a while. Sorry to hear you haven't had much time to read! I haven't had as much time as usual, but then my usual when I was younger was like a book or two every day! What a nerd, eh? :p
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
18 Jan 08
Part of my problem with 'reading' is once I pick up a book I don't put it down until I've finished - this is not good when there are usually many other things in my life that need to be done :( I dream of the days when I can just set in a chair and do nothing but read :)
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
18 Jan 08
Haha, that's a good point! I have to force myself to put books down too, and sometimes I fail. (Like I mentioned here, when I was reading Storm Front and stayed up all night!) My solution is setting an alarm and making myself stick to it if I only have a set amount of time to read. It might seem silly, but it's working for me at the moment. I sometimes read on my breaks at work, and seeing as I'm at the doctors like 2-3 times a week, I take my book with me instead of reading the old magazines. :P
@lightningMD (5932)
• United States
18 Jan 08
I have not read these books. They sound interesting though. I'll have to check and see if our library has them. What are the other Authors that you read? I think my favorite right now is James Patterson.
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
18 Jan 08
I tend to read a lot of fantasy, sci-fi, and sometimes horror. Stephen King has been my favorite since I was a little kid, but Spider Robinson and Dennis McKiernan would probably be the closest rivals for that "favorite author" title for me. I'm really fond of the funny sci-fi stuff, like Spider Robinson's "Callahan's" novels, or "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams. I'll read just about anything that is fantasy, but my favorites there are the previously mentioned McKiernan (whose Mithgar novels I am eternally grateful to my husband for introducing me to), Kate Elliot, Tanya Huff, Mercedes Lackey, and Raymond Feist. What I like about The Dresden Files so much is the masterful way he intertwines the mundane world and the supernatural. It's kind of fantasy/supernatural + mystery + thriller + crime drama.
• Canada
13 Feb 08
I'm a fan of Jim Butcher and his serie The dresden files... like you I started to read it from the first book and if you really want to enjoy the serie do read it in order of publication.. that way you will connect with the way Harry evolves... for he does "grow stronger"... Right now I'm waiting for the 10th book called "Small Favor" coming out April 1st, 2008.. Jim said that he planned to have 20 books in the serie and end it with a trilogy!!! anyway if you do want info just visit www.jim-butcher.com you'll see you are not alone!! and yes Jim DO visit his website!!!
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@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
15 Feb 08
Ive not read the books but I DID watch the show..Have you read any of the others lecanis?? If so, do you like them? I should check the local library and see if they have them
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
16 Feb 08
I've only read the first two so far. I was borrowing them from a friend, but he hasn't been to visit lately so I can trade them out... so I'll have to hunt him down. :P
15 Feb 08
I... eep! Weirdness. Okay, I'm a big James Marsters (Spike of Buffy fame) fan and he read two audio books a few years back. I was always interested in getting them but could never find them at an affordable price. Last year I discovered the TV show The Dresden Files. Love it, its hilarious. But blow me if Storm Front and Fool Moon are not the same two audio books I was trying find! Now I REALLY have to get them!
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
16 Feb 08
Hah, that's hilarious! And now I want those audiobooks too, considering I'm also a HUGE James Marsters fan as well! Thanks for giving me something to strive for. ;P
@xParanoiax (6999)
• United States
16 Feb 08
I've read up to Blood Rites, and want to read the last four books...but ever since the first book I've been hooked. I really love Butcher's writing style. It is one of those series' where I can just devour the whole thing in one night and be craving more. I caught every episode of the tv show too, when it was still on. I didn't love it as much as I did the books, but I was very fond of it.
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