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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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Frustrating Story, Gasping Narration

This is actually my first read into the Dresden books, although, I have watched all the tv episodes so I had fair idea what I was getting into. I love the creativity of Jim Butcher in his making of this world of magic and mystery. The characters are for the most part enjoyable and leave a want to learn more about them. What I didn't like was the moaping around Dresden would go through and constant worry about not hurting people that were trying to kill him and the kissing ass to a women dective that beat him up because she had a little pms going on. The start of this book was very hard to get into with the narrator breathing very loudly and pausing, probably for dramatic effect, however, it came off very distracting. Over a time I was able to get used to him and it became less noticable.

Anyway, overall I would give this book a 2 and a half stars. I know this is a good series from the characters, weaving of this story, and the potential I saw from the TV show version and I will get another book in the series.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Good Story... but Impotent Characters...

Simply put, the story was good and could have been a four-to-five star rating...

But Butcher's insistence to continually have his so-called "wizard", Dresden, unable to muster nothing more than that on par with a "first-year" from Hogwarts... it simply turned a good story into a tedious and impotent endeavor.

And as the reader struggles to overlook that display of futility... you are given Lt. Murphy investigating wolf-like killings and where in that process she is witness to actual werewolves... upon which Mr. Butcher's "great detective" and friend to the paranormal is STILL found attempting to arrest Dresden, the NON-WEREWOLF wizard?!?!. And she decides to do this while there is a confirmed CRAZED werewolf in the neighborhood still unaccounted for?!?! So there's a full-moon werewolf on the prowl, and Dresden is the person Murphy feels most compelled to point her gun at... Really?!?!?

Fool Moon, indeed.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Tanya
  • Fort Monroe, VA, United States
  • 07-31-10

Getting better

I liked this one better than the first book. I am glad I kept going

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Werewolves everywhere

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.

13 of 19 people found this review helpful

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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.

19 of 29 people found this review helpful

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  • Susan
  • Dexter, MI, United States
  • 08-02-10

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 9 people found this review helpful

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Keeps you interested

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.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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more wolves

trying to keep all the wolves straight in this story is a pretty good acheivement.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Cliff
  • madison, MS, United States
  • 12-23-13

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.

7 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 02-16-12

Not as magical as it could have been

The story was pretty good. Jim Butcher did a good job of introducing the characters, but I found him to wordy. I skipped forward a few times and did not miss a beat. The selling point is Harry. I have passed over this series too many times to count. It's not bad. I would have enjoyed it more if I didn't have to listen to the narrator breath and swallow. It's worth the money or credit. I already bought the next book and plan to start on it tonight. I only hope I don't have to listen to breathing and swallowing.

10 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Sharon
  • 07-08-14

The story continues ...

This is a slightly different story to the first in the series in that it introduces were creatures. There are still deaths, I'm guessing that lots of 'people' die around Harry! However it was excellently narrated by James Marsters again and he has the right edge of sarcasm in his voice to come across as how I would expect Harry to sound. Worth listening to in order to build background for the rest of the series, and to enjoy! Also, who knew that supernatural creatures could be bribed with delivered pizza!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Tracy
  • 04-24-14

The only thing my 15 year old son and I agree on!

Would you listen to Fool Moon again? Why?

Already have.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Fool Moon?

Too many great moments to choose.

What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

Perfect comic timing.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

“I can't be under arrest now... I don't have time.” - Harry

Any additional comments?

“Black wizards don't just grow up like toadstools, you know. Someone has to teach them complicated things like summoning demons, ritual magic, and clichéd villain dialogue.” - Harry

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • markcow
  • 12-02-13

A great supernatural detective tale!

Would you consider the audio edition of Fool Moon to be better than the print version?

Yes. The delivery by the narrator really brings dresdens world to live.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It has to be harry of course.

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

James masters as well as being an accomplished actor on screen really does deliver as a voice actor too.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Why have a wand when you have a hockey stick!

Any additional comments?

If you enjoyed the all too short lived Dresden files series a few years back you really do need to listen to these books. Many of which had episodes based on them but are expanded greatly on for the audiobooks.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • EC W
  • 07-16-13

Gripping but bloody

OK OK So maybe I was a bit naïve, but I really didn't expect the level of gore in this book after the first one. The first Dresden Book goes bonkers at the end (very exciting, do read) but this one has necks snapping, blood gushing and serious injury throughout.

Being a bit of a woos and new to this kind of genre, I've found myself listening to it in chunks. Normally I'd have the audio track playing whilst doing my housework but with this one ... hmmm ... I've switched to listening to it via my iphone so I can do the audio equivalent of hiding behind a cushion and turn it off when it all gets a bit ... ARGH!! NOOOO!!

Mind you, I'm still listening AND enjoying it AND I'm going to buy another one. The characters are developing nicely and the plot is actually truly a mystery. This is unlike most other detective fiction which I can now generally read (ahem) like a book as I've got through so much of it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Barry
  • 04-13-13

Good series

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Philip
  • 04-08-13

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!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • S. Lacey
  • 11-12-17

Brilliant!!!

Love the Dresden files and loved this story! Kept me hooked to the very end!

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  • Susan
  • 09-30-17

A bit silly

I quite enjoyed the first book in the series, but got bogged down with this one. All a bit too silly, and I've abandoned it. I just can't be bothered to listen to any more of it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-26-17

"bloody" brilliant

Hells Bells this was good stuff.

James *spike* Marsters is fantastic as the titular Wizard. Now onto the next.

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  • Stuart John McKissock
  • 09-12-17

Harry For Life

The Dresden Files Rules. It Really Is That Simple. See For Yourself. Thank You Jim.