Nov 6, 2010

Jim Butcher : Dresden Files

Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is a very particular kind of private investigator. As a matter of fact he's the only one listing in the phone book under "Wizards". Although considered among his colleagues as a magical "thug" and accused of lacking fine control of his power, he's one of the strongest living wizards in terms of pure magical strength. Despite his traditional magic weapons (leather duster, rune staff, blasting rod, shield bracelet, silver ring and silver pentacle amulet) Harry has also been known to carry around many firearms such as a .38 revolver, a .357 and most recently a .44 revolver and a sawed-off shotgun for those times when 'magic just doesn't cut it'.

Amazing variety of rune staffs. Which of them you thing Harry would choose?

He lives in a basement with his principal associate, Bob, a spirit of knowledge -the equivalent of a magical encyclopedia- living in a skull, and a Foo Dog called Mouse possesed of quasi-human intelligence and able to detect supernatural evil.

Complementing Mouse is Harry's crew of loyal, pizza-bribed pixies, serving as scouts and spies and informers...and keeping the mice out of his home, under the leadership of the empowered pixie Major General Toot-toot.

Harry is a member of the White Council as a full Wizard, and has also been drafted into the Wardens, the combat-capable members of the Council, after their losses fighting the Red Court (the seat of vampiric power, the bad guys)

Last and most formidable of his particular circle of magical associates is his Fairy Godmother, the Leanan Sidhe. Considered the second most powerful member of the Winter Court, she has been tasked with protecting Harry and takes the job very seriously. You'll have to get acquainted to Winter and Summer fairies if you want to know why on earth did Harry get appointed Winter Knight or why his mother Margaret Gwendolyn LaFey bequeathed him a half brother, Thomas, who happens to be a White Court vampire, one who doesn't delight in blood but in the sickly submission that his sex appeal raises in his victims.

This is the complete series of books published so far with Harry as the protagonist:

Storm Front
Fool Moon
Grave Peril
Summer Knight
Death Masks
Blood Rites
Dead Beat
Proven Guilty
White Night
Small Favor
Turn Coat
Side Jobs

(short stories)
Ghost Story

As Martina E. Balint says in Amazon Customers Review: Harry Dresden, the series' protagonist, is everything that's great about the hardboiled anti-hero, with a twist: He's a wizard trying to make a living working practical magic in a modern world that's foolishly rejected the supernatural in favor of science and technology. Part average guy, part renaissance man, Harry's got a dark side, a wicked sense of humor and a deeply rooted, personal code of honor that drives him to risk everything to fight the supernatural forces preying on his clients, an attitude that puts him at constant, dangerous odds with both the bad guys and the authorities alike.

Jim Butcher is himself a curious character: a martial arts enthusiast with fifteen years of experience in various styles including Ryukyu Kempo, Tae Kwan Do, Gojo Shorei Ryu, and a sprinkling of Kung Fu. He is a skilled rider and has worked as a summer camp horse wrangler and performed in front of large audiences in both drill riding and stunt riding exhibitions.
He  also enjoys fencing, singing, bad science fiction movies and live-action gaming. He lives in Missouri with his wife, son, and a vicious guard dog. Butcher goes by the moniker Longshot in a number of online locales. He came by this name in the early 1990's when he decided he would become a published author. Usually only 3 in 1000 who make such an attempt actually manage to become published; of those, only 1 in 10 make enough money to call it a living. The sale of a second series was the breakthrough that let him beat the long odds against attaining a career as a novelist.All the same, he refuses to change his nickname.


  1. Shame on u Ron! Such lack of modesty and decency, showing this scandalous & sighing fascination with a whimsical, lanky and skinny wizard and that cheap playboy of a brother of his. Can't help remembering when u prefered real men like... Aragorn? If I were a chick I'd much rather date Bob the Skull than Harry.

  2. Maki, man, you have no idea and, yes, perhaps you should date Bob the Skull, provided he accepted, which I doubt (LOLOLOL)

    I'm more for Thomas, really, all that white cold charm and evil blonde seduction makes my mouth water. Bad guys appeal, I guess.

  3. Hey, ladies and gentleman, let's calm down a bit, do not fight, make love and not war and all that pacifist nonsense that would lead you to death within minutes in one of the books of the series.

  4. Maki_bigmouth_whatever: I'm not lanky, much less skinny. Envy's oozing from every pore of your skin and pours out of your mouth with your every word. If you have a rune staff, take it out and let's see who's got it bigger!

    P.S.: Apologize or I'll tell Lara Raith that you wetdream of her

  5. Maki, honey, making friends as always. Now you've managed to irritate the mightiest, sexiest, strongest and most attractive of modern wizards. Fortunately I know first hand that he's not a spiteful person so perhaps if you happen to apologize in time he'll permit you to keep all your body parts more or less intact.

    Nina, I cannot understand that attraction of yours toward naughty guys (first of all, toward the one you and me know :-)))))) but if you like evil ones you should read Black Sun Raising and meet Gerald Tarrant.

    Sick, dearest, don't waste your time tryint to pacify us beast, we like quarrelling among ourselves more than anything else, if you meddle and try to mediate, you'll get out short, as always. Sweet of you to try, anyway :-P :-)))))

    Harry, please, ignore Maki, do not pay attention to his words and... buy me dinner in a nice romantic place one of this nights so that we can get to know each other and stuff ;-)

  6. Oooop, Sick, I intended to say "you'll get out SHORN", not "short".


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