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Storm Front: Dresden Files #1


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ISBN13: 9780451457813
ISBN10: 0451457811
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Courtney Seyl, October 22, 2014 (view all comments by Courtney Seyl)
I absolutely love this book. I had two uncle recommend it to me and I am glad I finally read it. This book is the perfect mix of fantasy and modern day Chicago. The idea of mixing lore with detective work is one that works perfectly. I love the descriptions of all the different creatures and the snarky attitude of the main character. It's wonderful for anyone who loves wizards, mysteries, crime scenes, or some mixture of them all.
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skullshonin, October 21, 2014 (view all comments by skullshonin)
If you like Magic, the Paranormal, and Mystery. This is the series for you!Jim butcher is a great author and you will fall in love with his characters and stories.
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Cora, June 18, 2014 (view all comments by Cora)

A Fun, Fast Paced, Easy Read

I read Storm Front, the first book in The Dresden Files series, a few years back, found it engaging, and moved on to other books. I liked it, but I wasn't dying to read the next one. In the interim, about a dozen people have told me I should read the series. So I thought I’d give it another chance.

I reread Storm Front, and it turns out I liked it better the second time around, and I've already started the second book. If you are looking for a fun, fast paced, quick read, this novel could fill the bill.

Brief Summary:

This novel is written in first person. Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is a private investigator wizard, who can be found in the yellow pages and sometimes works for the Chicago police as a consultant to their "especial" division (paranormal stuff that the police don't know exactly how to investigate).

He’s also on the outs with the Wizard’s Council that has life and death power over him, and is a combination of wisecracking Philip Marlowe and a resourceful Merlin.

There has been two bizarre murders, and Harry is called in to help. From there, everything is a roller coast ride until the murderer is found. Harry commits one faux pas after another and by the end of the book finds he’s alienated nearly everyone.

I’m a fan of the old hard boiled PIs, like Philip Marlowe, and Dresden is definitely a throw-forward of that genre. He has plenty of wise crack comments, beautiful women, including a blond who hires him to look for her husband and is definitely more than she seems, a bad-ass female cop, a get-my-story-at-all-costs female reporter, and, of course, a "lovely" vampire.

He's a wizard and guardian of a wisecracking, apparently trouble making, skull spirit who seems to be in as much trouble as Dresden and isn’t allowed out and about.


Okay, I freely admit that this book is full of more stereotypes than I care to count, but since Butcher doesn’t seem to take himself too seriously, I don’t either. Some of the "borrowed" material is so tongue-in-cheek that it makes me smile. After all, I love Shakespeare, and he “borrowed” almost all his story ideas and tropes.

There’s lots of action, and the story never slows down. Butcher is excellent at describing this alternate Chicago, the storms that rage throughout the novel, the murders, and the little details of place and people that make a story come alive. I love the fast and easy read quality of the book.


I found the story throws in everything but the kitchen sink: vampires, wizards, demons from hell, a wizard council guardian who isn’t watching over Dresden but trying to catch Dresden doing evil so he can execute him, fairies, and a smart-ass, womanizing, talking skull. I think this was the reason I didn't read more of the series the first time I read the book.

Now, for some mysterious reason, the hodgepodge was more entertaining.

In the early chapters, Harry’s constant wisecracks were annoying, but as the story went on, Harry settled into a more moderate snarkiness, which I enjoyed and hope continues in the rest of the books.

It's clear Harry Dresden is modeled after the 1930s and 40s detectives, and like those detectives, he has sexist tendencies. Yes, in that time period most men were clueless, and I can view those novels as reflecting a social norm. Which, oddly enough, brings me back to the first person narrative.

Since the story is told from Harry’s point of view, this personality defect could have been a disaster. If there is something that saves the day and makes Harry likable, it's the smack downs the other characters give him for being a sexist. His other positive qualities overshadow this defect. He is after all a knight in tarnished armor.

When all is said and done, I like Storm Front, and I’ll read the rest of the series. I’d better get busy because there are 15 books and several short stories.

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AbbyK, March 19, 2013 (view all comments by AbbyK)
I got the first 10 Dresden Files books as a college graduation gift from my father and I fell in love immediately. Just the right mix of Noir, fantasy, romance, and snark to keep me coming back over and over. The books get better with each one, but Storm Front gives a fantastic introduction to Harry's Chicago and the Dresdenverse as a whole. Enjoy!!
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Daniel Abbott, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Daniel Abbott)
Jim Butcher's Storm Front book one in the Dresden Files is one of the best sci fi books I have read in a very long time and I can't wait to read the rest of the series and I'm very sure all the other book are just as good.
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Product Details

Butcher, Jim
New York :
Fantastic fiction
Detective and mystery stories
Mystery fiction
Fantasy fiction
Fantasy - Series
Fantasy - Contemporary
Chicago (Ill.)
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Contemporary
Edition Description:
MM Picture Book
Dresden Files
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 12
6.72x4.26x.90 in. .35 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 384 pages Roc - English 9780451457813 Reviews:
"Review" by , "An amazingly good first novel."
"Synopsis" by ,
For Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, business, to put it mildly, stinks. So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder 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.
"Synopsis" by , In this first book in the offbeat Dresden Files, readers are introduced to Harry Dresden, a wizard with a consulting practice in modern-day Chicago. Dresdens profession offers him little money, lots of mockery, the suspicion of his magical colleagues, and plenty of danger.
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