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Title A Restoration of Faith
Author Jim Butcher
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Publisher Available Online (around 1998)
First Printing Roc - 2010
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Title Welcome to the Jungle
Author Jim Butcher
Illustrated By Arduab Syaf, Chase Conley, Brett Booth
Publisher Dynamite Entertainment - 2015
First Printing Del Rey - 2008
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Title Storm Front
Author Jim Butcher
Cover Art Daniel Dos Santos
Publisher Science Fiction Book Club - 2005
First Printing Roc Paperback - 2000
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Title Storm Front - Graphic Novel
Author Jim Butcher
Illustrated By Arduab Syaf, Chase Conley, Brett Booth
Publisher Dynamite Entertainment - 2015
First Printing Del Rey - 2008
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Title Fool Moon
Author Jim Butcher
Cover Art Daniel Dos Santos
Publisher Science Fiction Book Club - 2005
First Printing Roc Paperback - 2001
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Title Fool Moon - Graphic Novel
Author Jim Butcher
Illustrated By Arduab Syaf, Chase Conley, Brett Booth
Publisher Dynamite Entertainment - 2015
First Printing Del Rey - 2008
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Title B is for Bigfoot
Author Jim Butcher
Cover Art Jasori Zamajtuk
Publisher Random House - 2013
First Printing 2012
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Title Grave Peril
Author Jim Butcher
Cover Art Daniel Dos Santos
Publisher Science Fiction Book Club - 2005
First Printing Roc Paperback - 2001
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Title Summer Knight
Author Jim Butcher
Cover Art Daniel Dos Santos
Publisher Science Fiction Book Club - 2006
First Printing Roc Paperback - 2002
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Title Death Masks
Author Jim Butcher
Cover Art Daniel Dos Santos
Publisher Science Fiction Book Club - 2006
First Printing Roc Paperback - 2003
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Title Vignette
Author Jim Butcher
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Publisher Available Online
First Printing Roc - 2010
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Title Blood Rites
Author Jim Butcher
Cover Art Daniel Dos Santos
Publisher Science Fiction Book Club - 2006
First Printing Roc Paperback - 2004
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Title Dead Beat
Author Jim Butcher
Cover Art Daniel Dos Santos
Publisher Science Fiction Book Club - 2006
First Printing Roc Hardcover - 2005
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Title Something Borrowed
Author Jim Butcher
Cover Art Chris McGrath
Publisher Roc - 2010
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Title Proven Guilty
Author Jim Butcher
Cover Art Daniel Dos Santos
Publisher SFBC - 2007
First Printing Roc Hardcover - 2006
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Title White Night
Author Jim Butcher
Cover Art Daniel Dos Santos
Publisher SFBC - 2007
First Printing Roc Harcover- 2007
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Title It's My Birthday, Too
Author Jim Butcher
Cover Art Chris McGrath
Publisher Roc - 2010
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Title Heorot
Author Jim Butcher
Cover Art Chris McGrath
Publisher Roc - 2010
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Title Small Favor
Author Jim Butcher
Cover Art Chris McGrath
Publisher Roc - 2008
First Printing Roc - 2008
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Title Day Off
Author Jim Butcher
Cover Art Chris McGrath
Publisher Roc - 2010
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Title Backup
Author Jim Butcher
Cover Art/Illustrations Mike Mignola
Publisher Subterranean Press - 2008
First Printing Subterranean Press - 2008
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Title The Warrior
Author Jim Butcher
Cover Art Chris McGrath
Publisher Roc - 2010
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Title Last Call
Author Jim Butcher
Cover Art Chris McGrath
Publisher Roc - 2010
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Title Turn Coat
Author Jim Butcher
Cover Art Chris McGrath
Publisher Roc - 2009
First Printing Roc - 2009
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Title Love Hurts
Author Jim Butcher
Cover Art Chris McGrath
Publisher Roc - 2010
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Title Changes
Author Jim Butcher
Cover Art Chris McGrath
Publisher Roc - 2010
First Printing Roc - 2010
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Title Aftermath
Author Jim Butcher
Cover Art Chris McGrath
Publisher Roc - 2010
First Printing Roc - 2010
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Title Side Jobs
Author Jim Butcher
Cover Art Chris McGrath
Publisher Roc - 2010
First Printing Roc - 2010
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Title Ghost Story
Author Jim Butcher
Cover Art Chris McGrath
Publisher Roc - 2011
First Printing Roc - 2011
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Title Cold Days
Author Jim Butcher
Cover Art Chris McGrath
Publisher Roc - 2012
First Printing Roc - 2012
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Title Skin Game
Author Jim Butcher
Cover Art Chris McGrath
Publisher Roc - 2014
First Printing Roc - 2014
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Title Peace Talks
Author Jim Butcher
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Title Mirror, Mirror
Author Jim Butcher
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Category Urban Fantasy
Warnings None
Main Characters Harry Dresden, Bob, Karren Murphy, Susan Rodriguez, Michael Carpenter, Thomas Raith, Donald Morgan, Ebeneezer McCoy, Molly Carpenter, Billy, Mouse, Johnny Marcone, Mab
Main Elements Wizards, werewolves, demons, ghosts, vampires, faeries, inccubi, succubi, zombies, angels, fallen angels, gods (and more!)
Website jim-butcher.com




If you look in the Chicago phone book under "Wizards," you'll find me, Harry Dresden. I'm the only openly practicing professional wizard in the country. People often laugh, aks me if I'm serious. But if you'd seen the things I've seen...

Click to read the summaryStorm Front

Click to read the summaryFool Moon

Click to read the summaryGrave Peril

Click to read the summarySummer Knight

Click to read the summaryDeath Masks

Click to read the summaryBlood Rites

Click to read the summaryDead Beat

Click to read the summaryProven Guilty

Click to read the summaryWhite Night

Click to read the summarySmall Favor

Click to read the summaryBackup

Click to read the summaryTurn Coat

Click to read the summaryChanges

Click to read the summaryGhost Story

Click to read the summaryCold Days

Click to read the summarySkin Game

Click to read the summarySide Jobs

Click to read the summaryJim Butcher's the Dresden Files Omnibus Volume 1




Do you like the Anita Blake books but got tired of the constant sexual tension between her and Jean-Claude / Richard? Thought it too much when the book series became more erotica than horror? Maybe you need someone else who can kick vampire butt.

You were a Harry Potter fan since you were a kid, but now you're looking for some more grown-up fare? Or, you didn't like Harry Potter at all? Well maybe it's time to switch to a different Harry.

Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden that is, the only openly practicing wizard in Chicago. And a pretty nice guy to boot. To tell the truth, I never liked Harry Potter, I prefered the secondary characters. On the other hand, I really, really like Harry Dresden. I'm a girl, and I certainly wouldn't mind finding a guy who believes chivalry shouldn't die.

Alright, so the main character got a thumbs up, what about the setting? The concept itself is somewhat believable, magic existing in our current world, but without our noticing. People go missing and are never found. Who is to say they weren't a snack for a vampire. And its not just vampires. There are black wizards, demons, ghosts and at least four different types of werewolves. There are also fairy godmothers, magical air spirits that reside in skulls...and I've probably forgotten some, and that's just in the first three books.

There are also some interesting quirks, such as what happens when you mix magic and technology. Seeing as I'm a big fan of fantasy, while being a computer engineer, I enjoyed that part. And you don't just get a bunch of wizards waving their wands about out making magic. You get in-depth descriptions of how exactly that magic is supposed to work, and reasons why it won't.

But where I draw the line at suspending my disbelief was when pretty much every novel turns into a kind of wizardly "Die Hard" movie. I expect Desden to get some bumps and bruises along the way, but after nearly dying in every book so far, its just a little hard to accept. After all, the poor guy is only human. He might be a wizard but he's never shown any spectacular healing powers.

But if you can imagine the guy to be made of stronger stuff than most, then the books are fun. A lot of fun. I found them to be fast-paced, quick to read, and never leave you bored. And one just gets more and more attached to the characters as one goes along. Dresden is by far no two-dimensional character, there's a lot of soul searching going on. After all, if black magic is used for good, is it evil? Or are you just paving the way to Hell with good intentions...

The same can be said of Thomas, who exemplifies the words - appearances are deceiving. Even the wizarding world grows richer with every book you read. Though the books are episodic by nature (one or two baddies per book) they do build on each other and I suggest reading them in order. I *very* highly recommend them.

There is a also TV series, which I watched before reading the books. I didn't care for it much. Though big budget Hollywood movies are making magic believable these days (like in the Harry Potter movies, or Lord of the Rings), TV magic is still lacking and looks a little silly. Note - The series has unsurprisingly been cancelled, there will only be the 12 episodes

But go, go read the books. Or else Bob the skull will get you. Hehe.



January 2010

I haven't added much to this review lately, in general my feelings about the series has remained the same. I have now read up till and including Small Favor, and while Harry is still getting beaten to a pulp, there is a lot more psychological contests to be won than physical ones. I don't want to say much more, because as things progress they get more complex and in discussing them I'll give away some twists and turns you shouldn't be aware of if you're just starting the series. Know that I've read 11 books and I'm still looking forward to the others.

And go read Backup. I've always liked Thomas and I think it's great that he got a novelette all to himself. It's a little harder to get, here in Canada I had to order from the US Amazon.com to get my hands on it.



January 2012

Wow, Changes was...well there were a lot of changes in it. I'm almost starting to worry about where the story is going. In each book Harry gets progressively beaten up more, put in even more difficult situations, and in this one he literally loses just about everything. And the supernatural creatures have progressively become bigger heavy hitters, and we've just now been introduced to a god. What's left? Hopefully the bar hasn't been set so high that Butcher will no longer be able to keep up. It will start getting a little ridiculous if even worse things have to happen, because I can't imagine what else could be worse than he's been through before! Not giving up on the series yet though, there is still something about it that I seriously enjoy, and maybe I'm just a little curious at what else this author could throw at his poor, tortured, creation.



January 2013

I won't say much about Ghost Story, except that after Changes, it was more the old Harry we've come to love. And hey, we get to see Bob in human form *g* A lot more humour, a lot more fun, and an interesting setup to the next chapter in Harry's life, and a really great take on the nature of ghosts and their spectral kin. There were moments where I was just laughing out loud. I really loved this installment.



January 2014

Again I won't say much here, so deep into the series it's not possible to avoid spoilers for what came before. But once again Butcher impressed me, 14 books and several short stories in, with his ability to create fresh, new stories. At this point most series start going downhill, if they even make it this far, but I really enjoyed Cold Days and I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series. And to add one compliment I hadn't mentioned before, Butcher's villains are NOT two-dimensional. I've read several books lately where the author writes from the villain's POV and they think of nothing other than their ambition and stepping on the little people. But in Butcher's stories you realize that good and evil aren't really all that clear cut, that some of the nastiest creatures out there are actually nasty for a good reason. This really helps in keeping the stories interesting, because in the end, you don't know who the good guys are, and who are the bad ones. Even Harry at times takes a walk on the bad side, and makes you question if the way to Hell really is paved with good intentions.



January 2015

Butcher still doesn't disappoint. There's a little weird bit where Dresden knows something that the reader doesn't, but being first person narrative it's a bit hard to see how that could work. I'd actually need to read it again to see if the hints are there or not. Otherwise, was another installment that I just couldn't put down, and it twists around on itself in a couple of ways. Also I'm not 100% sure what the title has to do with the book, I can see a vague connection but, meh, minor complaint. Also it refers to a short story that I hadn't read yet, so be forwarned, but I didn't feel like it was necessary for this book, just a minor point.



January 2016

Side Jobs was like goig back in time, from the very beginning of Harry's career as a wizardly PI to the aftermatch of Changes. This collections of stories and novellas was a whole lot of fun, covering a wide variety of topics depending on the type of anthology the story was original written for, and we get to see a little more of the secondary characters. Backup is from the point of view of Thomas, Aftermath from the point of view of Murphy. As usual, I enjoyed it all, and since Peace Talks hasn't been published yet it was perfect for keeping my one-a-year trend going.



January 2017

Well, the next book in the series is still not published yet, but that gave me the motivation to try out the graphic novels. It was a nice return to the origins of Dresden, with Welcome to the Jungle taking place even before Storm Front. Now I'm very picky of my art when it comes to graphic novels, and well, while the art was good it just didn't capture Dresden right in my mind (guess McGrath already did that), but then I lean more towards manga styled art. That aside, and of course seeing the blood you get to read about firsthand, I still enjoyed my time with Chicago's only professional wizard. And was a way to refresh my memory of the first two books in the series which I read nearly 10 years ago! Mind you, Harry seemed to have some handy powers back then that he seems to have forgotten since (whatever happend to Chauncey?) but that tends to happen in long running series.


Posted: August 2007

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