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
I first discovered The Dresden Files series on NetFlix and was instantly hooked. I was nervous about reading Jim Butcher's books after seeing the series, worrying that my preconceptions and possible knowledge of plotlines might take away from the experience, but there's so much more to the characters and stories that I didn't even think of the TV series as I listened. Wonderful characters, wonderful stories, wonderful prose. I liked Marster's narration better in the second book. In fact, as much as I loved the first book, I found the second far more enjoyable, suspenseful, and thought provoking.
I was looking for another engaging series to try after reading all of Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse books and found Jim Butcher's books.
Harry Dresden, a wizard/detective in Chicago, is a very quirky, compelling main character who gets himself in one unbelievable predicament after another. I found the writing style of this second Dresden book to be decidedly improved from the first (Storm Front). Although there is still some hackneyed detective-genre prose to make me cringe at times, I am won over by Jim Butcher's talent for painting these characters, creating an intriguing paranormal universe, and some twisty-turny storylines that keep you guessing.
Fool Moon (nice pun, BTW) is about Harry's search to discover the source of a recent spate of killings, presumably by a werewolf. You will learn more about the different flavors of werewolf than you ever thought you wanted to know, and how they kill their prey (warning: not for the squeamish!)
I'm going to download the rest of the Dresden series because I just have to know what happens next to Harry and how he'll get out of it!
Kent A. Larson
This novel is a turning point in the series. It is the second book in the Dresden Files and paves a strong foundation for turning a fairly light fantasy series into a substantial series with characters that live and breath. Murphy and Dresden begin to define the kind of friendship that will blossom into something very special.
Harry becomes something a bit more than just a brooding wizard as he begins to realize his responsibilities not just to trying to make a living but to his friends and his community of wizards.
James Marsten continues his excellent talent of reading these books and I disagree with a previous review that his delivery was shaky. His performance was stronger than the first book, Storm Front, and it continues to get better through the rest of the series.
I hope Audible gets all of the series. You should, too!
Speculative Fiction Book Review Blogger
I enjoyed this installment more than book 1; the narration was much improved, it had chapters (I need order in my reads), and the story showcased countless different types of werewolves. The cast of secondary characters were wonderful as was Dresden's POV. The author's dark humour is catchy, and the action sequences were heart-stopping, especially the one in the police station. Whoa Nelly!
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
I WOKE IN A DARK PLACE
This is a popular series about a likeable character. HELL'S BELLS there is a lot of action. Some have said they like this better then the first book. NO MATTER WHERE YOU GO THERE YOU ARE. I liked the first book better. I don't feel it is important what order you read these in. You will not be lost or anything. It is obvious that Butcher is an intelligent writer and it shows. This story started pretty good, but as it went on, I felt it dragged. I usually don't like lectures in my stories and in this you kind of get werewolves 101, I actually enjoyed learning about the three different types of werewolves. If you have listened to any of the other books in this series and you liked them, then I believe you will like this.
I REPLIED KEEPING MY VOICE BLAND.
This narrator might be ok in small doses, but if you listen for several hours in a row, his bland voice can get on your nerves.
I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY, SO MY MOUTH JUST STARTED ACTING ON IT'S OWN.
With all the undead books out there it was surprising to find a werewolf story that is actually original. Lots of suspense and lots of laughs mixed together - very enjoyable detective story fun. Some adult content, tastefully written, but not for pre-teens.
Well I liked the story enough to put up with the reader's constant deep breaths and swallowing sounds..As soon as I would get engaged in the story, he would do something to remind me yet again that he was the reader and not the character...you can even hear him swallow every few minutes!
new reader please
I have to admit I came into The Dresden Files expecting something really great but in the end it really just isn't for me. Dresden is a bit of an ass and spends most of the book in an emo mess of self loathing about how everything wouldn't be so screwed up if he was just able to figure out the convoluted mystery sooner.
Then there is Karrin Murphy. Ms. Murphy is far to quick to just assume Dresden is an evil, murdering, bastard when in truth he is just a crappy friend who can't just tell her what is actually going on which is what she is paying him to do.
Oh and lets not forget Mr. Masters. The breathing, oh the breathing. Why in the world did the editor allow all of the damn breathing and swallowing to stay in the book? Don't get me wrong, it isn't half as bad as the first book but it really pulled me out of the story. At least the production value for this book was a bit better than the first because it didn't sound like a bootleg of a 1950s radio program.
Alas, I have to say that I really don't think I am going to continue the Dresden Files. I had high hopes but it really just seems like a chore to continue with the series. It isn't the worst thing in the world and I fully understand that a lot of people really love the series but it's just not for me.
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.
"great story, great narration"
Tremendous stuff - though if you are contemplating buying this as your first "Harry Dresden" book, it is important to read the series in order - get "Storm Front" first!
So what's the series about? Science Fantasy meets detective noir, with lots of action, terrific narrative drive, great characters, quirky dialogue, humour - what more can I say?
Perfectly suited for an audiobook as the story is told by the main character, and James Marsters (Spike in TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer)brings Harry Dresden splendidly to life and captures Jim Butcher'style to perfection.
"Something went wrong here."
I've listened to several of Jim Butcher's audio books and really love this series but if I'm being totally honest, you could probably skip this one if you wanted. There is no character progression here, only an idiot claiming to be a detective would miss really important clues or walk into dangerous situations completely unprepared, the way Dresden does in this one. After how well the first story was written, I was left really disappointed.
There are three reasons why you may want to stick with it. While Harry doesn't exactly experience much in the way of personal growth in this story, there are several important developments with his relationships. James Masters is brilliant as always, drawing you in without you even realizing it. His acting ability really brings the characters to life and gives a performance where many narrators provide only a recital. Lastly, the first novel is a really enjoyable listen, I would rate the next novel as five star, so if your expectations aren't too high, you should still enjoy this book as part of the series.
I think I preferred this to book one in the series. Harry's character is definitely gaining some depth, and the story seemed to just gel better than in book one. I understand from other reviewers that the series improves as it goes on.
James Marsters' narration is excellent. Although he doesn't really do different voices for different characters, his presentation is such that you have no doubt as to who is speaking. His voice is very easy to listen to, and his tone, emphasis and ability to impart the character's state of being really adds to the overall enjoyment of this book.
Enjoyed it enough to give the next book in the series a chance....off to download that one now.
"A great purchase"
Excellent reading as always - I could listen to this reader read the phone book out, as he has a lovely voice. He makes an average set of books well worth listening to, and I stick entirely to audio nowadays for this series. Definitely among my favourite purchases.
"A great listen"
A very hard thing to do... Werewolves, Wizards and Mystery.
Obviously, It's Harry... but then it's all about Harry :) But my favourite character is Karrin Murphy, but that's based on the story arc [I'm up to Book 14 Cold Days]. In this she still doesn't 'get' Harry entirely and she's learning about what really lurks in the shadows and how to be taken seriously.
I am biased and I have listened to all 12 of the Harry Dresden audiobooks available on audible and so think James Marsters reading is pretty darn good. I watched him on Buffy, Superman and a few other places he has appeared over the years as well. He gets the tone of the book right, Film Noir twisted with Urban Fantasy. He also makes a good attempt at voicing the characters well, Bob and Harry being particular high notes.
I did laugh quite a bit at Harry, he has a way of getting into scrapes and trying to be the hero and chivalrous all in one.
I have read all of the Harry Dresden books and love having them in audio, being able to listen when it suits me is brilliant. I'm on my third round of listening to these books and it's amazing the things I just didn't pick up on before, paths that Harry will be led down in the distant future. Jim does an excellent job writing these books with such detail and care. I just can't wait now for audible to get Ghost Story and Cold Days in audio format now.
"Excellent series of books"
How to explain? Imagine private eye Philip Marlowe in the Big Sleep and then substitute wizard Harry Dreseden, For the bad guys you have supernatural beasts like Werewolves and Daemons. The narrative of James Masters brings the rough around the edges character of Dresden to life. and the fast paced writing of Jim Butcher keeps your interest in the story. Excellent books, difficult to stop listening - trouble is they're using up all my Audible credits!
Fantastic book and James Masters IS the voice of Harry Dresden... Can I have some more please?
The reading mp by Marsters is good n this book, noticed a few quirks in the book that I didn't when I read it a few years back, albeit I've read the complete series & maybe look at it slightly differently now. If you like science fiction or fantasy books this is a must read...after Storm Front of course. It's a good book & a great series
"An Excellent Urban Fantasy Book"
The second book in the Dresden Files. It's still not quite perfect but the series really starts to find it's feet here and as I've said before James Marsters is perfect as Harry.
This book introduces a few new characters who become very important throughout the series and it's spin offs (one of them is the author of the roleplaying game) and helps to strengthen relationships between characters we already know.
Although not one of my favourite in the series there are a few particular scenes that really define the series and certain characters for the future - the police station scene for one as well as the scene in the pit with Marcone both spring to mind.
"An interesting look at werewolves..."
While I really like the Dresden books, and am working my way through the entire series, this one is definitely a stand-out for the sheer amount of research that Jim Butcher must have done on the various legends of werewolves
Not only does he mention the various types of were-creations, but he lists the differences, how they could get their power, and their advantages and dis-advantages - for a listener who knows something about were-wolves, this was a REALLY interesting read, although it does get very complicated at times
I'm a fan of Butcher's writing, and this is definitely a stand-out for anyone who loves the magic back-drop and the fantasy parts with the were-creatures - it's a pity that he doesn't include other weres in the detail of the story, as that would leave doors open to later were-related side-stories later on
A great listen for Dresden fans, and a good bit of information thrown in to make you think!
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