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Fool Moon: The Dresden Files, Book 2 | [Jim Butcher]

Fool Moon: The Dresden Files, Book 2

Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is Chicago's only openly practicing wizard. He is also dead broke. His vast knowledge and magical skills are unfortunately matched by his talent for making powerful enemies and alienating friends. With little more than his integrity left, he accepts an offer of work from Lt. Karin Murphy of Chicago's Special Investigations Unit. He wants to redeem himself in Murphy's eyes and make enough money to quiet his rumbling stomach.
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Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is Chicago's only openly practicing wizard. He is also dead broke. His vast knowledge and magical skills are unfortunately matched by his talent for making powerful enemies and alienating friends. With little more than his integrity left, he accepts an offer of work from Lt. Karin Murphy of Chicago's Special Investigations Unit. He wants to redeem himself in Murphy's eyes and make enough money to quiet his rumbling stomach.

Soon he finds himself pinned between trigger-happy FBI agents, shape-shifiting motorcycle gang members, a threatened mobster boss, and an heir to an ancient curse along with his primal fiance. Throw in environmental activists and a pair of young werewolves in love and you have something of Fool Moon.

©2002 Jim Butcher; (P)2002 Buzzy Multimedia

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    Mondez Durden Atlanta, GA, United States 08-05-12
    Mondez Durden Atlanta, GA, United States 08-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Concept but Badly Executed"
    What disappointed you about Fool Moon?

    Dresden's behavior, that of most the characters in fact, and the dialogue, are simply unrealistic to the point of you wanting to stop reading it several times. A wizard is suppose to be wise; yet Dresden is clearly retarded (yes, I said it because it clearly needed to be said. This man is retarded and therefore would not be smart enough to master invincible forces) and far more concerned with being tough than being smart.

    As for his continuance claims of his power: lots of talk for a man who literally is beaten up in every chapter of a book. It makes no sense unless he's simply arrogant and being a blowhard. Murphy's actions are unrealistic to the point of assuming that the author has a certain HATE for women because he's either showcasing them as sex objects to be described in excruciatingly sexual details, even Murphy a strong character is describe several times as CUTE, or he's making the women devious, mean spirited or somehow overtly angry. Why can't they be actual developed characters? Oh, that's right, Butcher can't seem to actually create developed characters outside of Dresden, especially if it's a female. This man is a HACK writer who writes in the worst of the Noir genre with a dialogue that makes you want to stab at your eyes and ears with a sharpened pencil just to distract you from the pain it causes.

    And my GOD, the narration by Marsters is literally the most ridiculous example of a man doing something he clearly is not good at. I loved him in Buffy but goodness he's terrible in the first two books of this series. If I have to listen to this actor breathe or smack his lips one more time, I'm going to lose it. I read the first one, and listened to it, and it was not this bad. The first book would be better to read than to listen to and could still be enjoyed but this second installment was a complete waste of time and I'm not going to continue with the series after this. Can't take it anymore.


    Has Fool Moon turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. But it turned me off from reading anymore by this author


    How could the performance have been better?

    You could have had a wounded cat screaming in the background and I think that would have been more settling than to hear Marster's continued bored signs, breathing and lip smacking.


    What character would you cut from Fool Moon?

    Dresden. Get rid of him and his arrogant sexism and start over.


    Any additional comments?

    This could have been such a good book if the author knew how to write better and handle the subject with a bit more realism. Just because it's fantasy doesn't mean characters should not react to certain circumstances the way real people would react in similar circumstances. That's the foundation of good fantasy writing to which Butcher has not discovered by this installment. People and circumstances dealing with their actions still have to come off real for a book to be credible and Butcher falls short of that. He creates a caricature of reality to go along with the magic in his books. But the world he paints has got to look just like our world, only with real magic in it. He's not done that in this book. I heard that after you get passed the first four books it gets better but he's not going to get any more of my money. I tried two books but a hack writer needs to not be rewarded for his hack writing.

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    gr1 Quincy, MA USA 06-27-12
    gr1 Quincy, MA USA 06-27-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Not as good as 'Storm Front'"

    I really liked "Storm Front," the first in the Dresden Files series. I was disappointed with the Fool Moon. The story just could not catch my attention.

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    Lauren HERNDON, VA, United States 06-20-12
    Lauren HERNDON, VA, United States 06-20-12 Member Since 2013

    32 year old female in the DC area with a terribly long commute and high standards for my audiobooks... I like science fiction, science, instructional, and humorous novels.

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    "Disappointing."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I really liked the beginning of this series which I read in the old school, paper-bound form. I'm not totally sure if it's the book itself, the actor, or the bad translation from words to audio but I never even finished this book.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narrator has a good voice and was likely going for the verbal gritty equivalent of Film Noir but it ended up merely convincing me he had some serious lung problems. Every time he did this shaky breath-in thing in between lines, I wanted to scream, "Go see a Doctor, sir!"


    Any additional comments?

    Unless desperate, I won't be listening to the rest of this series. I may buy the books, though.

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    George Harlingen Tx., TX, United States 05-27-12
    George Harlingen Tx., TX, United States 05-27-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Sam Spade with a wizards staff"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Already have. It mixes two of my favorite genres Detective Stories and Fantasy.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry Dresden. I love that hard nosed, uncompermising, outlaw type.


    Which character – as performed by James Marsters – was your favorite?

    He dose a great job doing Harry Dresden. Getting that tough guy feeling across.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


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    Sheri 05-20-12
    Sheri 05-20-12 Member Since 2015
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    "WHO DOESN'T LOVE A WIZARD IN CHICAGO?"

    I never expected to like Harry Dresden so much, he caught me by surprise. He's like the guy next door but he performs magic and electronics seem to stop working around him! Very good story and very good narration. Easy listening and a very workable reality in present day. Highly recommend this series to all, lots of books to keep you in a story no matter how fast you go thru books!

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    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 05-15-12
    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 05-15-12 Member Since 2008

    I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.

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    "Hard boiled wizard (Small spoiler alert)"

    First off, you need to disabuse yourself that this is great literature, except in the Ray Chandler sense. That said, I found it a delightful and silly romp.
    This is the second Dresden novel I've read. Like most detective fiction, it's not about the plot, although I enjoyed the different sorts of were wolves and finally the were human. It's the gritty conflict of right/wrong, honest/dishonest lawful/needful code of the detective. With a wand.
    Of course it's silly. And very fun.

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    Kristine Mesa, az, United States 05-06-12
    Kristine Mesa, az, United States 05-06-12 Member Since 2013
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    "My first Dresden book."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it had humor and action.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry of course.


    Which character – as performed by James Marsters – was your favorite?

    Harry was the most natural.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    If you thought you had a bad day, meet Harry.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved James Marsters

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    eclectic_pet New Caney, TX, United States 04-27-12
    eclectic_pet New Caney, TX, United States 04-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Listened...now I'm Hooked!!!"
    Where does Fool Moon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I found the author's story to be intriguing. I have now listed all of the Dresden Files audiobooks into my Wish List.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fool Moon?

    I would tell you, but that would be a spoiler.


    What does James Marsters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator brings Harry Dresden to life. I cannot imagine any other narrator for this series of books. James Marsters IS Harry Dresden.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Who knew there were differant types of Werewolfs?


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    jason phoenix, AZ, United States 04-14-12
    jason phoenix, AZ, United States 04-14-12
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    "Worthy Edition"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fool Moon to be better than the print version?

    Yes, James Marsters brings Harry Dresden to life > I would imagine Dresden sounding just like Marsters Portrays!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fool Moon?

    The character Terra and how she conducts herself was memorable and somewhat chilly!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, though it is worthy if you have the time!


    Any additional comments?

    Though for me this was not a better edition than the Original (Storm Front - book 1) it is a good listen ! I would listen to it if your going to continue to develop a relationship with this character and progress through the rest of the series...

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    Onalee BROOKSVILLE, FL, United States 04-11-12
    Onalee BROOKSVILLE, FL, United States 04-11-12 Member Since 2015

    Avid fan of sci-fi and James Marsters, I use audio books to inspire me to exercise, taking them on morning walks. It's a perfect combo!

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    "Magical,Sexy,Dangerous.Excellent story/performance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definately! The book is well written and brilliantly performed! It keeps you engaged and not wanting to turn it off!


    Have you listened to any of James Marsters’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes! He always gives an excellent performance! He IS Harry Dresden! He pulls you right into the scene with him. You can feel the emotions of the character, the fear, the excitment, joy, foreboding, etc. He can convey every emotion with the tone, timbre, and tempo of his voice. Brilliant!


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