Let’s address the racist elephant in the room… yes, super unfortunate name, but no, the title Storm Front is not in any way related to good ol’ David Duke or white supremicism. I seriously cringed a little bit every time I saw the title in my phone.
“HARRY DRESDEN—WIZARD Lost items found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, Parties, or Other Entertainment. 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 of them don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in.”
Made-Up, Oddly Specific Genre: winky post-Buffy hardboiled detective novel, WITH MAGIC and COKE-DRINKING.
Stream-Of-Consciousness Notes: I love reading first person perspective when it’s done well. Harry Dresden is kind of a grumpy tomcat. This is probably a book for cat people, whatever that means. Vampire escorts! Really dumb fairies! Coke-drinking! Gotta love a sassy talking skull, too. Did not give a care about the plot, but enjoyed most of the individual scenes a lot. Ridiculously easy to listen to. James Marsters sounds appropriately tired and bored, which sounds like a bad thing but is totally a good thing. I will probably only ever “read” the rest of these books as audio.
But… definitely drags a little at times, and the characters are not exactly nuanced. The noir style can feel forced when you’re not carried away with the plot. Supposedly the series get much, much better as it progress, though.
“It is the prerogative of wizards to be grumpy. It is not, however, the prerogative of freelance consultants who are late on their rent, so instead of saying something smart, I told the woman on the phone, “Yes, ma’am. How can I help you today?”
“Paranoid? Probably. But just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean there isn’t an invisible demon about to eat your face.”
Why Should You Care? Not a single one of the fifteen books in this series has less than a 4/5 average rating on Goodreads. James Marsters reads the audiobooks, which means you can mostly just picture Spike, soooo… y’know. Big bestselling series.
Recommended If You Liked: The Southern Vampire Mysteries (True Blood) series by Charlaine Harris, Pushing Daisies AND Law & Order, Hellboy.
Audio Recording: 9/10