How did I come into possession of this book?
I bought this at a local used book store, The Thrifty Bookworm. RoB had bought a book there earlier in the week and they gave him a coupon celebrating an anniversary (I think), so I took that and went by to see what sort of books I could find. This book store is primarily a romance book store but they do have some small sections for other genres, and since I don’t really read a lot of romance I made a bee-line for the non romance sections.
“I never used to keep track of the phases of the moon.” (Butcher 1)
What is it about?
This is technically the second book in the Dresden Files series, but it seems like it’s one of those series you don’t really need to read in order, but I did. Harry Dresden is called in for help when Chicago police suspect a werewolf is killing people. They hope that he can explain what happened and that it’s all a misunderstanding, but with all the weird things that tend to happen and all the weird creatures that show up when Dresden is around it ends up being much more involved than just a werewolf.
What did I think?
This was the second book I read of his, and the second in the series. These books are great, a typical thriller with a fantasy twist on it. My only complaint is I wish he would give us a better background on each character, for example tell us what happened in the end of the previous book. I would like to follow all the characters through this series but since most people will just pick up one or two of these somewhere in the middle of the series I guess it’s not really necessary. I felt like there were a few more plot lines in this one than the previous book, which was good, but if he keeps adding more every book it will definitely be too much for me. I also get really frustrated with Dresden at times, he makes stupid decisions and I feel like yelling at him, but I guess that’s probably a sign of good writing from the author.
Who would I recommend it to?
Anyone who is a fan of thrillers and/or sci-fi, fantasy. The nice thing about these is they are quick, not an epic, and they still have just enough of a fantasy element to keep things interesting. I don’t know of many other series or even books that fall into this category so I like mixing in his books to my reading pile every now and then. They are also fantastic airplane/traveling reads!