Storm Front by Jim Butcher

04 Dec


Butcher, Jim. Storm Front. ROC, 2000. 322 pages. ISBN 978-0-451-45781-3

Plot Summary:

Harry Dresden is a private investigator. He works out of an office with a door that say: “Harry Dresden – Wizard.” People always ask him if he is serious, and of course he is, because Harry is a wizard, a real one. He even has an add in the phone book and he is the best at what he does. However, this may be because he is the only at what he does. Harry is on good terms with the Chicago police department and when the come across a case the is just plain weird, they call him in to investigate. And lets face it, Harry doesn’t get a lot of business, so whenever he gets a call from the Chicago P. D. he jumps at the opportunity for a little cash. The police gave Harry a call to come in as a consultant on a gruesome double murder, that just happened to be committed by black magic. Where there is black magic, there is a black mage behind it, and it is best not to dapple with them, but Harry needs the money, so he takes the gig. That was the first bad move, because now the black mage knows Harry’s name and things start to go downhill from there.

Critical Evaluation:

This is the first book in the Dresden Files, which currently has 13 titles and several short stories. This fast paced novel is full of action, adventure and magic. It seem to never slow down, one minute Harry is trying to kill some supernatural being only to be attacked by somebody or something else. It is written in the first person point of view of the main character Harry Dresden, Wizard Detective. Harry is a great character. He is fast acting, witty, very funny, and always seems to have a good comeback. The other characters of the novel compliment Harry quite well, and help with toning down the sarcasm that Harry uses to an acceptable level. There are all nature of fantasy and supernatural creatures in this novel that add to the excitement and adventure. Although this is a fantasy novel it has an air of mystery and horror to it as well. There is never a dull moment with Harry Dresden.

Reader’s Annotation:

A sarcastic wizard named Harry Dresden and a job consulting for the police department. Things just got interesting.


Jim Butcher is into martial arts and has fifteen years of experience in various different styles. He is a skilled rider and worked as a summer camp horse wrangler. He also performed for large audiences. He enjoys fencing, singing, bad science fiction movies, and live-action gaming. He lives in Missouri with his wife, and a very vicious guard dog.

Jim goes by the nickname Longshot. He got the name inthe early 1990’s when he decided to become a published author. He thought it was a good nickname because an average of 3 in 1000 who attempt such a feet actually become a published author. And even then only 1 in 10 actually make enough money to live off it. He was able to publish a second series, the Codex Alera series on top of the Dresden Files and beat the odds. He likes the nickname.



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Booktalking Ideas:

A wizard as a private detective, what could get better than this.

Do you have issue of the supernatural type? Give Harry Dresden a call.

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Why I included this book:

I think Butcher is a fabulous author, including his Codex Alera series. His books have a little bit of every thing in them, and they are hilarious and almost always checked out at the library.

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Posted by on December 4, 2011 in LIBR 265-10 Database Project/Blog


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