Simply put, the story was good and could have been a four-to-five star rating...
But Butcher's insistence to continually have his so-called "wizard", Dresden, unable to muster nothing more than that on par with a "first-year" from Hogwarts... it simply turned a good story into a tedious and impotent endeavor.
And as the reader struggles to overlook that display of futility... you are given Lt. Murphy investigating wolf-like killings and where in that process she is witness to actual werewolves... upon which Mr. Butcher's "great detective" and friend to the paranormal is STILL found attempting to arrest Dresden, the NON-WEREWOLF wizard?!?!. And she decides to do this while there is a confirmed CRAZED werewolf in the neighborhood still unaccounted for?!?! So there's a full-moon werewolf on the prowl, and Dresden is the person Murphy feels most compelled to point her gun at... Really?!?!?
Fool Moon, indeed.
This audiobook was a major surprise: not only I discovered Jim Butcher and his wonderful creation the Dresden Files but also the narrator is none other than James Marsters- Spike from Buffy the vampire slayer. It really couldn't get any better than that. two thumbs up!!
Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction
This is actually my first read into the Dresden books, although, I have watched all the tv episodes so I had fair idea what I was getting into. I love the creativity of Jim Butcher in his making of this world of magic and mystery. The characters are for the most part enjoyable and leave a want to learn more about them. What I didn't like was the moaping around Dresden would go through and constant worry about not hurting people that were trying to kill him and the kissing ass to a women dective that beat him up because she had a little pms going on. The start of this book was very hard to get into with the narrator breathing very loudly and pausing, probably for dramatic effect, however, it came off very distracting. Over a time I was able to get used to him and it became less noticable.
Anyway, overall I would give this book a 2 and a half stars. I know this is a good series from the characters, weaving of this story, and the potential I saw from the TV show version and I will get another book in the series.
I wasn't particularly hooked by the first Harry Dresden novel, Storm Front, but decided to give this second book a try anyway. Alas, it's more of the same predictable plot. Dresden cares deeply for his friend, Murphy, and always tries to be there for her. Alas, he is completely incompetent at effective communication, which inevitably results in Murphy becoming suspicious of him and cutting off any further opportunities resolve their communication problems. And despite Murphy supposedly being a smart cop, she continually behaves irrationally, persisting in her attempts to arrest Dresden at the worst possible times, and refusing to listen when important information is being presented. So, miscommunications abound, Dresden believes that all the problems are his fault, that he must fix everything, and Murphy continues to be suspicious of Dresden. Of course, if it weren't for all this, the action would be substantially minimized, the plot dissolved, and the book would end in about 4 chapters.
Found the Harry Dresden books by accident and have been hooked ever since. Marsters is the perfect narrator, nice and dry. The writing is tight and funny and suspenseful.
I've finished Jim Butcher's first 2 Dresden Files books--this title being the second--and even though I've moved on and I'm now reading other novels, I find myself thinking of The Dresden Files in the middle of the night or at random times. If I feel like reading, my mind automatically assumes (with pleasure) that I'll be reading about Harry Dresden. That's a very high recommendation for any novel.
Fool Moon continues the story of Harry Dresden (who was first seen in Storm Front). Harry's a practicing wizard living in Chicago. That set up and the resulting complications are what make The Dresden Files fun to read. Harry's an interesting character, with a colorful past involving a mother who was a witch, a father who was a stage magician, and an uncle who taught Harry how to be an evil wizard.
In Fool Moon, people are being murdered during the full moon. No surprise then that werewolves are involved. Harry discovers that there are four distinct types of werewolves, and the background for this mythology was the best part of this novel for me. The other aspects of the magical world created were deeper and more fascinating than the first novel. The least believable part was that Harry ended up encountering all 4 types in only one novel.
I have two major disappointments with these first 2 novels: Harry Dresden and Lt. Murphy have a working relationship; yet neither trusts the other. Lt. Murphy especially distrusts Harry Dresden, and the explanation for that distrust seems extremely weak, at best. The false obstacles she places in Harry's path caused by this distrust hurt my enjoyment of the story. At the same time, Harry Dresden has a self-blame complex. Everything is his fault and his responsibility. I found his constant need to blame himself just plain irritating, especially when there was nothing he could have done differently.
Overall, I highly recommend this novel. The good definitely outweighs the somewhat minor irritations.
I Loved it! Jim Butcher tells quite a story. Harry Dresden is a wonderful hero, though i wish he'd give himself a break once in a while. he's constantly blaming himself for everyones woes.
the series is excellent; just light & witty enough but the action & creatures are scary enough to keep your heart thumping! i will surely listen to the whole series.
The story was pretty good. Jim Butcher did a good job of introducing the characters, but I found him to wordy. I skipped forward a few times and did not miss a beat. The selling point is Harry. I have passed over this series too many times to count. It's not bad. I would have enjoyed it more if I didn't have to listen to the narrator breath and swallow. It's worth the money or credit. I already bought the next book and plan to start on it tonight. I only hope I don't have to listen to breathing and swallowing.
Favorite books are Elizabeth Peter's Amelia Peabody series. I also like supernatural novels such as Laurel K. Hamilton, Patricia Briggs and Charlaine Harris. I love mysteries as well as mysteries/romance for example J.D Robb's In Death series. I will read a good contemporary or historical romance novel as well. I guess what I'm saying is I love anybook that is good enough to provide me with a well-deserved escape and entertainment.
This series is rated so high that I thought I'd give it a chance. The storyline is interesting enough that you want to find out what happens, but the main character does go on and on. It's all about what he did and what he shouldn't have done and everything is his fault. He's kind of this pitiful guy that cries a lot and has no confidence in his abilities but always skates by. The narrator has a nice speaking voice, but he does every character in the same tone be it male or female. The book is readable but I wasn't as impressed as most of the other readers.
After enjoying the Codex Alera series, I hoped that I was going to enjoy the Dresden Files. Unfortunately, I can't say that I have, and I'm not going to buy any more of the books in this series. In fairness to the author, my primary issue with the books is the reader. Maybe I have been spoiled by George Guidall, Kate Reading, and others, but Marsters' narration is so distracting that it keeps me from appreciating the author's work. That having been said, I can only rate the book itself as good, as opposed to very good or excellent. Some of the things that the characters do are simply implausible. Granted this is a book series about a wizard, but still, the actions of the people in the book need to be consistent with human nature. For example, an FBI agent would not draw her gun and try to kill a police lieutenant simply because they had gotten into a tussle. So, net-net, the first two books were disappointing.