Book Review: The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

Title: The Dresden Files Series

Author: Jim Butcher

Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Mystery, Fiction, Paranormal, Magic

Publisher: Penguin ROC

Goodreads Summary: 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 don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a—well, whatever. There’s just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks.

Why Read: The Dresden Files were recommended to me by a friend, and although I accidentally acquired the 8th or so book in the series and proceeded to read it first – I have since then gone back and read through to now – Book Five. This will be a bit of a different review series because I’m not sure how useful writing review after review for a series will be – so I am restricting myself to one “full” Dresden files review for what I’ve read so far and this will be the last you hear of it.

Review:  Magic is somewhat of a pull for Harry Potter lovers, of which I am one. Harry Dresden though is nothing like Harry Potter. He’s a bit of a jerk, speaks before thinking, and generally is a bit of a curmudgeon. It’s a big part of the pull to the series for me – it’s fun to read about someone who is dramatic and childish as they go off to save the world. The writing is fun and the characters always sassy, much to Harry’s dismay.

Each book represents a further look into the supernatural world of Chicago, a place where monsters come out from underneath your bed and will attack you unless you’re careful. But one of the things that I love about the series is that although there are werewolves and vampires in Chicago – not everyone believes in them. In fact, a huge part of the police force that employs Harry openly scorn his techniques. It makes for great reading when Harry is vindicated (sometimes).

Other characters like Harry’s skull, Bob and his cat, Mister – are so hilariously random that I catch myself laughing and smiling at my Kindle. There’s no question in my mind that it’s a fun series that I absolutely love both reading and talking about with my cousin and friend who are also huge fans. I will hopefully continuing to read the series – even though it’s not entirely complete yet – but I have five or seven more books I think before we get to that point. For Positively Gabriella, though, I will aim to have some level of diversity amongst my reading – but if you’re feeling sassy and magical – take a chance on Harry Dresden, you won’t regret it.

Rating: 4.8/5 Stars

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