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Fool Moon by Jim Butcher {2.5 Stars}

Fool Moon by Jim Butcher {2.5 Stars}

Fool Moon by Jim Butcher (The Dresden Files #2)
Published by Roc on Jan. 9th, 2001
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 342 pages
How I got my copy: BookLender
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Harry Dresden--Wizard
Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.

Business has been slow. Okay, business has been dead. And not even of the undead variety. You would think Chicago would have a little more action for the only professional wizard in the phone book. But lately, Harry Dresden hasn't been able to dredge up any kind of work--magical or mundane.

But just when it looks like he can't afford his next meal, a murder comes along that requires his particular brand of supernatural expertise.

A brutally mutilated corpse. Strange-looking paw prints. A full moon. Take three guesses--and the first two don't count...

2.5 Stars

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The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher ARC {5 Stars}

I’m excited to be welcoming my book-loving mom back to the blog as she helps me tackle the review pile! She’s basically a co-blogger at this point so look forward to more from her ;-).

I worried about The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher because I don’t usually embrace a new series from a favorite author. It is usually discordant to have a familiar and beloved style show up crafting a different world and characters. Butcher’s new series, however, has made me rethink my rule of thumb. This series is as well-crafted as his later Harry Dresden books, with rich characters and an expansive new world. I had a very hard time putting down this tome and found myself breezing through its 600+ pages in a matter of a few days.

Note: I received an advanced copy of The Aeronaut’s Windlass from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher ARC {5 Stars}

The Aeronaut's Windlass by Jim Butcher (The Cinder Spires #1)
Published by Roc on Sept. 29th, 2015
Genres: Adult, Steampunk
Page Length: 640 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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Since time immemorial, the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls, aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace.

Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship, Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy’s shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels. But when the Predator is severely damaged in combat, leaving captain and crew grounded, Grimm is offered a proposition from the Spirearch of Albion—to join a team of agents on a vital mission in exchange for fully restoring Predator to its fighting glory.

And even as Grimm undertakes this dangerous task, he will learn that the conflict between the Spires is merely a premonition of things to come. Humanity’s ancient enemy, silent for more than ten thousand years, has begun to stir once more. And death will follow in its wake…

5 Stars

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Working for Bigfoot by Jim Butcher {4 Stars}

I’m quite excited to welcome back my book-loving mom to review Working for Bigfoot by Jim Butcher, which I gave her for her birthday! *daughter win* ;-)

In Working for Bigfoot by Jim Butcher, Harry Dresden, professional wizard, leaves his comfort zone in more ways than one and branches out into the forests of Wisconsin (and Norman, Oklahoma) to accept a string of cases from one of the Forest People, aka a Bigfoot. Although the unusual client makes even a member of the White Council a bit nervous, when a nerdy half-human child is at stake, Harry comes through and does the right thing. Repeatedly. Even if it does mean that he has to go back to school.

Working for Bigfoot by Jim Butcher {4 Stars}

Working for Bigfoot by Jim Butcher (The Dresden Files #15.5)
Published by Subterranean Press on June 30th, 2015
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 136 pages
How I got my copy: Gift
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Chicago wizard-for-hire Harry Dresden is used to mysterious clients with long hair and legs up to here. But when it turns out the long hair covers every square inch of his latest client's body, and the legs contribute to a nine-foot height, even the redoubtable detective realizes he's treading new ground. Strength of a River in His Shoulders is one of the legendary forest people, a Bigfoot, and he has a problem that only Harry can solve. His son Irwin is a scion, the child of a supernatural creature and a human. He's a good kid, but the extraordinary strength of his magical aura has a way of attracting trouble.

4 Stars

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The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher (Guest Post)

I’m back! And with a guest post :-).

I’ve only gotten through the first book of the Dresden Files (it’s on my todo list! In fact the second one is sitting right next to me…) but my bookaholic parents both tore through them, and so I figured it’d be fun to write about what my mom thinks about these books!

Title: The Dresden Files (The first book is Storm Front)
Author: Jim Butcher
Pages: ~350 per book (paperback)
Setting: The books take place in an alternative universe Chicago where magic is real and works, but most of the population still isn’t really aware of it. Magic has a tendency to interfere with technology though and there is a whole different world and politics revolving around magic.
Premise: Harry Dresden is a quite powerful wizard who has had a checkered past that got him on the bad side of the wizard government and is also the only wizard in the phone book and willing to help non-magical types. This obviously makes his life a little bit interesting when the magic entities that prey on humans get in his path.

Strengths:

  • Great characters
  • The main character has down sides to his magic, and isn’t all powerful
  • Good supporting characters with their own strengths and weaknesses, and they don’t always get along (more realistic)
  • The bad guys are really bad, so you’re quite happy for their demise
  • Good description/feel of Chicago
  • Complex plots and twists you don’t see coming
  • Magic is complex and there is a wide range of talent levels

Weaknesses:

  • First couple of books have a bit of frantic/stressful pace, but that gets better 
  • Dresden has a bit too much drama with authority figures, it just gets a bit unbelievable and annoying
  • Dresden’s mouth is also a bit annoying; someone in their 40’s should have better self-control

Summary: These are nice easy books that are fun for airplanes and summer activities that need reading. They are great urban fantasy and pull from a wide range of mythological backgrounds. If you have a problem with Christianity getting mixed in with magic and other religions, then you might not enjoy it. There are also some sexual innuendos, so PG-13 rating. Overall, great for the beach, everyone will know you’re a nerd!

-A (and Mom!)