Sunday, October 10, 2010

Fool Moon - Jim Butcher

Title: Fool Moon (Book 2 in The Dresden Files series)
Author: Jim Butcher
Publisher: ROC Fantasy (Penguin), 2001 (Paperback)
Length: 342 pages
Genre: Adult; Fantasy
Started: October 7, 2010
Finished: October 10, 2010

From the back of the book:

Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations.
Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates.
No Love Potions, Endless Purses, Parties 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...

Okay, this series was more addictive than I anticipated, and I fully admit the only reason I'm reading these books is for Harry, he rocks my socks. The plots aren't anything amazing and neither is the writing but I love the characters, Harry most of all, heck I even love can you not love a anthropomorphic talking skull? Anywhoo, if you liked the first Dresden Files book (Storm Front), then it's a no brainer that you'll like the second. The plot is actually a little more exciting than the premise of the first book: werewolves! I like how the author made sense of all the different names for werewolves (werewolf, loup-garou, lycanthropes etc.) and made it so that each name described a different type of creature and how it came to be. There's a lot more information given about Harry and his background, which leads to yet more questions. I also love the inclusion of "Good Harry", there's nothing funnier than seeing Harry talk to his subconscious and get a lecture in the process.

Again, if you've read the first book in the series, read this!

Thoughts on the cover:
I like it better than the first book's cover, I think zooming out on Harry in front of the huge full moon has a nice effect.

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