Thursday, August 26, 2004

Magic. It can get a guy killed.

Harry Dresden--Wizard
Lost items found. Paranormal investigations.
Consulting. Advice. Reasonable rates.
No Love Potions, Endless Purses, Parties, or Other Entertainment.

Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he's the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the "everyday" world is actually full of strange and magical things--and most of them don't play too well with humans. That's where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a--well, whatever.

I first saw this series mentioned at Scattershot Direct and couldn't resist. I love funny dialogue, mysteries, and good modern/urban fantasy. This covers it all. Harry is the archetypal tough talking, wise cracking PI with a heart of gold that gets him into trouble every time. One of Harry's skills is the ability to alienate almost everyone from his friend on the police force to the Wizard's Council. I especially like the couple of books where Harry works with Michael, a Templar Knight, who not only swings a wicked holy sword but spends most of his time shaking his head over Harry's lack of faith in God.

Most importantly, Jim Butcher has the ability to ratchet the pace up to the point where you just can't quit reading, as I have discovered to my dismay every night for the past two weeks. These books are like popcorn ... light, easy to digest and hard to put down. I'm almost done with the fifth book and then what will I do? Book 6 isn't at the bookstore yet and the library doesn't plan to order it. Being a good Catholic girl, I'll guess I'll just have to offer it up until it does come in.

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