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 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!
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.
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!
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
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.
I found Harry Dresden always feeling responsible for all of the other free-willed adults in the book, really really annoying. Couldn't stop myself from yelling at him whenever he started ruminating on his predicaments and how everyone else was in the position they were because of him. How self-centered. I rather like the character of Karen Murphy and was hoping she'd kick his butt, and if she did I'd continue the series. But my annoyance level is so high, I don't see myself enjoying any more of the series if the main character continues this way. I like the narrator, except for all the close up breathing and swallowing noises. Bummed I didn't like this more. Was looking forward to enjoying the series.
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.
The second of the series, builds from the first with the characters becoming your friends, and we learn a little more from Harry's past. As with the first, this is a narrative told by Harry, mainly about the everyday life of the wizard. So happens, he has a very unusual life that lands him in trouble from day to day, and wizardry doesn't do much to pay the bills. This episode has him hunting for a werewolf murderer that has gone on a rampage the last couple of full moons.
It's a good story, with a few laughs here and there, along with all the crime solving. The narrator is superb, who scares me away from reading one of these books. He knows exactly how to deliver Harry, and all the characters with perfection.
I like this series of fantasy novels, the hero is likable, the scenarios dangerous, exciting. Sometimes the "just in time" and "everything that happens is about me" plot lines gets to be too much though.
The reading is fantastic. Marsters really gets you into the characters perfectly.
I do wish the women in the story could remain clothed more often. For some reason they are always taking off their tops, which I understand can be appealing if you are an adolescent boy.
This book really shows how useless and a whimp Dresden really is. I was really fed up with his character, so much baggage but I really LOVED James Marsters. His reading of the book is what kept me going.
It is a great story line but I would like Dresden to be less whimpy and be a bit stronger than what he is. People have stated the 3rd book is where things get better, I'm hoping so because Marsters can only keep my interest for so long if the stories keep showing Dresden to be so useless and a whimp.
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