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Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1)Storm Front by Jim Butcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I finished a book.

Goodreads tells me that I have actually finished 5 books since my mother died but two of those were graphic novels, and one I started in February and didn’t finish until May. I was surprised to see that I had started and finished two books since my mother died. I don’t remember reading it. It was a little “Oh yeah,” moment when I looked at the list. I guess I should say that I haven’t been able to concentrate on anything that requires much thought. I’ve been slowly reading I Loved You More by Tom Spanbauer since early June. I’m on page 85. That’s not a knock on Mr. Spanbauer, my head just isn’t there right now. It’s wrapped up in trust documents and finding new home owners insurance and, oh my god, I own a home and, wait, that’s part of my property and hasn’t been cleared in over a year. Shit. I hate yard work.

So, a librarian friend of my suggested something easy. Something a little mindless that doesn’t require a lot of attention. I call these Brain Candy reads. Detective novel series are good for this category. Someone bad does something bad and somebody good, or even quasi good, does something hero like, or even anti hero like, and the day gets saved. Bad guy ends up where ever bad guys end up. Jail or dead.

Enter Harry Dresden.

I’ve had Storm Front sitting on my shelf for sometime. I think I have another one in the series but for some reason I felt like starting this series at the beginning years ago and then I didn’t start it. So, this one got plucked off the shelf a few weeks ago when I was looking for some brain candy. Yes, it still took me a couple of weeks to read it. Whatever. I read it.

Harry Dresden is a wizard that finds lost things, investigates the paranormal, consults for the Chicago PD, and does not do love potions. Except for that one. The White Council is after him and he’s behind on his rent. Someone has killed two people with black magic and Harry is on the case. The book is like a detective novel with magic and demons.

The story is a little clunky as most first in the series books are, but I found no serious flaws that made me put the book down in disgust. Perhaps the author, Jim Butcher, is a wizard himself and put some short of spell on the book. I probably won’t rush out and buy book two in the series as I have a To Be Read Pile that I could use a wizard to help me with, but I will find my way to the next one eventually.

I know that there was a short lived TV show based on the Harry Dresden Files. I saw it. I don’t remember much about it now but a long time reader of the series has told me to ignore it. It does not do the books justice (does anything, ever?). I remember that the guy that played Harry (Paul Blackthorne) now plays Quentin Lance on Arrow.

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