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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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    pterion 07-16-09
    pterion 07-16-09
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    "I'm liking Harry more and more"

    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!

    29 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Ziegler 05-06-10 Listener Since 2001
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    "One of the best books I've read in a long time!"

    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.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 12-23-13
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 12-23-13 Member Since 2015

    I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.

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    "Who knew there were so many kinds of werwolves?"

    This is the second book in the series and it is good. It is a bit better than the first as the author contiinues to grow in ability. It is fast-paced, fun and has plenty of action and humor. The constant interference by Murphy gets a bit tedious in this one but ther than that a great read. Once again the 3 stars is in order to show how the authors writing improves through the series. These are 3 Butcher stars which is 4-5 for most other authors. Narraration is top notch as usual.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer SLC, UT 07-09-09
    Amazon Customer SLC, UT 07-09-09 Member Since 2008

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    "Another great novel of the Dresden Files"

    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!

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    RabidReads 01-04-15
    RabidReads 01-04-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Werewolves, lycantropes, hexenwolves & loup-garou!"

    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!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    pashopper 07-05-09
    pashopper 07-05-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Howling entertainment"

    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.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Kailua, HI 07-29-11
    Rebecca Kailua, HI 07-29-11 Member Since 2009

    Rebecca

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    "With friends like Murphy, who needs enemies?"

    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.

    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Heather K United States 07-19-14
    Heather K United States 07-19-14 Member Since 2014

    Goodreads reviewer and blogger... also dentist and wife/mom when I get the time!

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    "Awesome!"

    I can't review this properly. Harry Dresden took me right out of my book funk. I mean, who can be in a funk while listening to James Marsters??? No one! It is a proven fact.

    I don't even care that James Marsters makes all of his characters sound almost the same. I don't care that he swallows and clears his throat all the time. His voice is perfect for Harry Dresden and I love him for it.

    I love Bob the skull, I love how Harry cries when he is injured like a real person, I love the world that Jim Butcher created. My only wish is that there were fewer misunderstandings, especially between Harry and Murphy. Silly misunderstandings ranks up there among my most hated pet peeves.

    Can't wait to read the next. Rock on, Harry Dresden.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 05-17-14
    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 05-17-14 Member Since 2014

    I'm the managing editor of the Fantasy Literature blog. Life's too short to read bad books!

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    "Impressive series"

    This is an impressive series. This one isn’t one of my favorites, probably because I don’t like werewolf stories, but the characters continue to develop and stakes get higher. The audio versions read by James Marsters are really terrific.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Dexter, MI, United States 08-02-10
    Susan Dexter, MI, United States 08-02-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Yeah, this is what you can do with your vampires!"

    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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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