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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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    Jennifer Littleton, Colombia 02-24-13
    Jennifer Littleton, Colombia 02-24-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Dresden story gets rolling"
    What made the experience of listening to Fool Moon the most enjoyable?

    The character interactions in Fool Moon make the book worth listening to. You are introduced to many people that show up throughout the series but this is not a background book.


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    K. Cyr 02-07-13
    K. Cyr 02-07-13

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    "Awesome"
    Would you listen to Fool Moon again? Why?

    There was so much going on that I think a second listen-through wouldn't be such a bad idea. Especially with so many of the characters popping back up in later books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humor.


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    Inquisitivesage 02-04-13
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    "Brings Harry's and Butcher's World to Life"
    Would you listen to Fool Moon again? Why?

    Yes. Relaxing entertainment after staring at a computer screen all day.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characterization of the protagonist, evolving plot, and the imaginative world of magic.


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

    More vivid picturization of the background.


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

    The dialog is always amusing as is the protagonist's sardonic view of the world.


    Any additional comments?

    I find audible books heavy on dialog the most entertaining. The ability of the reader to change voices so the individual characters are more readily recognizable is also a plus. Masters is good, but does not excel at this.

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    Kim United States 01-23-13
    Kim United States 01-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "great start to an addictive series"

    This was a great start to what has become my favorite series. I'm already on book 4.

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    linda 01-15-13
    linda 01-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "People turn into wolves on full moons, r you sure?"
    What did you love best about Fool Moon?

    The introduction of Bob and Dresden's relationship with Susan.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Susan was a strong character, interested in the unexplained and really attracted to Dresden as a person, not just a wizard.


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

    Tough to pick, Dresden seems the natural choice but the complex character of Bob made me ask questions with no one to ask. hummmmm


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

    It was intriguing as a fine mystery, Jim Butcher is a great story teller, but as Marsters continued to take Mr. Butcher's characters and breathe life into them, held my attention to where I was listening while cooking dinner, wondering what was next, thinking about it when I took a break from it. Getting involved in scenarios and trying to figure out what Murphy was going to do, was Bob going to be involved? Are there still apartments like Harry's? I was the ghost following his every move, wanting to warn him of danger. This is the book that completely hooked me on the series. How many types of wolves did Bob say there was? I will be reading this book again, maybe sooner then later. I could have missed something. Need to remember what Bob said about the lyken ... what did he call them? Yep, have to wring every bit of this story out. May read it after book 3 or 4, if I can wait that long.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is for adults due to language in my opinion, The TV series is on Hulu and Netflix and the only thing was the language was sanitized but with Jim Butcher on the set, working in the background, it becomes a family oriented movie night. Would love to have the entire series of books turned into film. The actor for Dresden was great on TV just as Marsders is the Dresden when he reads it aloud. Grab a cold drink or hot one, sit down and be prepared to be entertained.

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    Marahet Wyoming 01-07-13
    Marahet Wyoming 01-07-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Grow Some Hair"

    The fact that Jim Butcher can combine every concievable myth about werewolves and create a single story including them all is writing at it's finest. And James Marsters is the best way to listen to Harry Dresden.

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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"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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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.

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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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