Love It or Leave It: The Dresden Files

I mentioned at the beginning of the year that I was going to read Storm Front, the first novel in The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher. I procrastinated, I've waited until the last possible week to read this  book because I've been working on my own novel - but I found myself yesterday with nothing to do. Nothing to work on.

So I started it.

It's not the worst thing I've ever read - oof, do I have a lot of books that fall near that category - and it's funny, I'll give you that. I think that's its redeeming quality. The main character is Harry Dresden, an oh-so-moody-and-cool wizard P.I. filled with quippy comebacks, who is definitely every nerd boy's fantasy man (in one sense of the word or another): he's good looking but he doesn't know it, the ladies love him but he's juuust this side of oblivious, he's quick on his feet and with his tongue. I got halfway through this first book and thought, "Oh boy, I just don't know if I could cringe any harder."

But you know what?

I think this is going to end up as kind of a guilty pleasure thing for me. Hear me out: urban fantasy has always been my jam. This is set in #supergritty Chicago, the perfect place for a fantasy crime novel; I've been to Chicago, parts of it really are as seedy as you think, but that's the case with just about every big city I've been to. Their history with the mob is also kinda what makes this work, it just lends itself to the overall gumshoe out of time vibe I'm getting off of Harry Dresden.

And I really do admire Jim Butcher's creativity when it comes to building this world. He seems to have put a good deal of time into establishing his governing system and his characters are seemingly well-rounded. I'm only through book one, so I guess we'll see how this goes.

Obviously my verdict is love it. I'll let you know how the rest of the books pan out, but for now I'm invested.


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