The Dresden Files – Twilight Alternative #481

Posted: September 24, 2010 by jerkmag in VAULT -- archives
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Harry Potter has nothing on Harry Dresden, Jim Butcher’s snarky protagonist in his series, The Dresden Files. Ignore the crappy SyFy TV show. The books are the way to go here.

The first book in the series, released April 2000, is Storm Front. His most recent release, Changes, isn’t even in paperback yet. There are twelve books so far, and Butcher’s not finished yet.

Besides a kick-ass last name, Butcher has a lot of things going for him that put his books at the top of my list. His writing flows seamlessly from one sentence to the next, with a sarcasm and wry humor that few can do better. By the end of the first chapter of Storm Front I was already laughing out loud.

A line like: “…just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean there isn’t an invisible demon about to eat your face,” is just one gem from my favorite part of the series — the main character.

Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden lives in modern-day Chicago. He barely earns enough money from his day job to pay his rent and feed his enormous cat, Mister. What’s his day job? He’s a fucking wizard. And he advertises his magical services in the yellow pages. The ad reads like this: “Lost items found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable rates. No love potions, endless purses, or other entertainment.”

Harry’s life is chock-full of awesome and incredibly dangerous situations, which sometimes involve vampires. (Less sparkle, more huge, leathery blood-suckers that burst out of their fleshy human disguises whenever they feel threatened.) Also, he has a mentor human skull named Bob who lives in his basement and enjoys romance novels. Naturally.

~Rebecca Leviton

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