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May 20th, 2010

Storm Front by Jim Butcher @ 04:32 pm

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Storm Front is the first in the Dresden Files novels.
You have to, I think, be a little cautious of a book when the cover of the first edition screams "First in the New Series!"
It's as though Butcher said to himself, "Hey, those Harry Potter books are not really that well written, but are wildly successful, and have little trope-y nuggets that grab a reader's attention. What if I did the same thing but for two-fisted tales of detective fiction?" And there you are: voila, The Dresden Files.
You may have heard of just-in-time logistics, Storm Front seems to be largely a product of just-in-time plot developments. And sometimes character decisions seem rather forced in order to keep everything on the rails and following the schedule.
I'm not saying it's trash... just a little trashy.
 
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From:marlo
Date:May 21st, 2010 12:20 am (UTC)
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I read it. It was a little trashy, I agree. Also, there wasn't anything special that really stood out. Pretty boring.
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From:notjenschiz
Date:May 21st, 2010 02:03 am (UTC)
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i would say Butcher is definitely going for pulp. It's patterned after pulp detective novels. It's in that noir voice. I definitely find the whole series fun, and occasionally brilliant.
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From:rsheslin
Date:May 21st, 2010 04:27 am (UTC)
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What I like about the series as a whole (I actually paused my re-listening of Turn Coat in prep for reading Changes, the latest, in order to post this) is that the characters grow and learn and the various plot lines build upon what has gone before to become increasingly more complex.

Also? For the audiobooks, James Marsters is awesome.
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Journal of No. 118