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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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    John Skaneateles, NY, United States 01-06-13
    John Skaneateles, NY, United States 01-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good but some annoying things"
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    Overall I enjoyed this book but it was just good, not great. What kept it from being great are a few annoying things which (on only book 2) are becoming repetitive.

    The first of these is the character Murphy. She is supposed to be a smart cop yet acts like a complete moron with a mean streak to boot. Even though she has known and worked with the always well intentioned Harry for years and has had her life saved by him several times she doesn't trust him and physically injures him. She repeatedly risks his (and her own) life by restraining him or threatening him at the worst possible times. She suspects he is the killer despite the obvious facts that the murders were commited by werewolves she has personally winessed. She FINALLY will do something decent at the very end of the book which is supposed to make eveything alright. And despite all this Harry keeps trying to suck up to her. Come on! He should hate her guts.

    Second is Harry constantly blaming himself for EVERYTHING. None of the bad things happening are his fault in any way and he is the only one trying to stop them yet he continually self flagelates himself for being responsible for them. He should be pissed off that no one is helping him like that dolt Murphy. I don't like whiney, woe is me, type characters and Harry fits the bill.

    Third, the saved just in the nick of time, device is overused to the point of ridiculousness.

    Fourth, Harry is supposed to be a powerful wizard. As he tells us a wizards most powerful tool is his mind. Then why does he keep making dumb mistakes? And why can't he communicate efectively with Murphy? Why is he continously out maneuvered? He should be able to be powerful once in a while. Every encounter doesn't have to end up with his near death. This gets old as well.

    I like this writer but the above problems have repeated in the first 2 books. I will read the third but if it is more of the same then I'm done.

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    Noone 01-04-13
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    "Good story, GREAT narration."
    What made the experience of listening to Fool Moon the most enjoyable?

    JAMES MARSTERS. Too bad Harry Dresden doesn't have blond hair. I keep visualizing Spike from the Buffy series, and it adds enormously to the listening experience. My previous favorite for narration was Dick Hill, but James Marsters IS Harry. Can't even express how glad I am to hook up with his talent again. Can't we have a movie or a series?? I miss Buffy tremendously, but so tired of vampires. These stores are a lot more fun.


    What other book might you compare Fool Moon to and why?

    Well, it's kind of like "Stories from Dumbledore's youth", if such books had been written. And if they were, I would certainly have read them.


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

    Had no idea James was doing narrations. This is the 2nd Harry Dresden book I have listened to. I bought it specifically because I saw James was the narrator, and decided to give book 1 a try. I immediately ordered book 2, and now about to order 3. Ten more to go!!! Heaven!! I bought some more credits just so I could keep ordering. I excitedly looked up what else he has been narrating, and found a bunch of Shakespeare stuff. I'm sure he's good at that, but my hero-worship of James (and Spike) can't go that far.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laughed out loud a couple times while walking. I probably look like the crazy old dog walker lady.... Also, found myself sighing out load, or saying "oh NO" at some of the scrapes Harry gets in to. There are a few too many close calls, actually, but James Marsters makes them believable, somehow, and enjoyable. If I were reading instead, I would be tempted to jump ahead occasionally. Some of these close calls go on and on and ON.


    Any additional comments?

    My favorite part of these books is Harry's feeling about magic. While I don't believe in magic, I wish I could believe in it the way Harry describes it. I mean, religion should be so decent. Most wizard novels don't go where this one does. You get the feeling the author believes, so between him and James Marsters, you can too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christina 12-19-12
    Christina 12-19-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Harry Dresden Rocks"
    What made the experience of listening to Fool Moon the most enjoyable?

    James Marsters. I didn't feel like I was just listening to him read; he brings the characters to life and really nails Harry Dresden. I could see the story taking place in my mind's eye. It's a great book anyway, filled with so many twists and turns; but Marsters reads it perfectly.


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    He's not just reading, he's really acting out the parts.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Harry's irreverant attitude often makes me laugh. He's the Indiana Jones of the wizarding world.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read all the books in the Harry Dresden series and am a huge fan. I'm not a big paranormal fan. I detest sparkly vampires and the modern tendency to romanticize legendary evil creatures. What makes Butcher's books different is the homage he pays to the origins of these myths and legends. He writes them they way there are meant to be. And he ties it together with Harry Dresden, the world's most sarcastic and trouble-prone wizard. For a wizard, he's very human! Added to that, I think Butcher has created one of the best ever series arcs. Any of these books can stand alone, but read - or listened to - in order and it feels seamless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Keith Waynesburg, PA, United States 12-14-12
    Keith Waynesburg, PA, United States 12-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Very Good"

    I got hooked on Dresden in print, and have not been disappointed with the audible recording. I want to listen to the whole seriies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pamella LOWELL, MA, United States 12-13-12
    Pamella LOWELL, MA, United States 12-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Better than the First"

    I liked this book even better than the first one in the series. I can't wait to start book number three. I can see signs of the Harry finding himself.

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    Pamela 12-12-12
    Pamela 12-12-12
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    "I love Harry Dresden!!!"
    If you could sum up Fool Moon in three words, what would they be?

    Very, very entertaining!!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoy stories about Supernatural creatures. Love all of the Werewolves. I also enjoy Harry's wit.


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

    Yes, the first book. James Marsters is Harry Dresden. I feel that he is speaking just to me.


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

    Yes. I listen on my way back and forth to work. I have been late many in the morning cause I couldn't turn it off. And I sit in my car in front of my house every evening til it gets dark.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher El Paso, TX, United States 12-10-12
    Christopher El Paso, TX, United States 12-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Bleh!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    How can any of you like this series?! It's horrible!!! Slow, Boring, I could barley get through it. Only reason I did is I feel as if I waste money if I don't finish a book. This entire series is crap!!! How Jim Butcher made his money and fame off this series is beyond me! His other series the Codex Alera is amazing. Go buy those books.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila SAFETY HARBOR, FL, United States 11-29-12
    Sheila SAFETY HARBOR, FL, United States 11-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I love the Dresden files, all of them."
    What made the experience of listening to Fool Moon the most enjoyable?

    The narrater is amazing and the story makes you want to listen without stopping.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry is quit funny and a good man , always wanting to help everyone and keep them and himself alive.


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

    Harry Dresden, but I really like BOB also.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CB San Antonio, Texas United States 11-21-12
    CB San Antonio, Texas United States 11-21-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Not my favorite book"

    I wanted to like this book, I really did. The story line seemed like something I would really like, however the story just didn't compel me to keep reading. I read a little over half the book and finally called it quits. The story just didn't grab me. The narration wasn't that great either. It sounded like James was a little bored with the story himself. I can understand why.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ross United States 11-07-12
    Ross United States 11-07-12 Member Since 2006

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    "Amazing series"
    Where does Fool Moon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best!


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

    Harry Dresden


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh, definitely laugh.


    Any additional comments?

    Jim Butcher just keeps getting better, im now on the 12th book in this series and i wish there were a dozen more.

    Mixing practical science fiction with pure fantasy so skillfully i cannot seem to tell when one ends and one begins. I've not seen the sort of skillfull articulation and practical speculation on secular things relating to the fae and magic in general.

    In short Jim Butcher does such an excellent job hiding the seams that its as if this skillfull articulation between two genres is actually one.

    James Marsters does an amazing job as well. With audio books it takes a definite amount of dedication to provide the reader with an adaquate experience and James does not dissapoint.

    Great book, great series, he just cant write them fast enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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